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FINISHING MORE AND MORE …

It is amazing how unfinished projects can accumulate. I love punching and I actually love finishing – just have to push myself to finish!!! This morning while everyone was still asleep I tackled the braided finish on my Christmas truck punch needle. It was stressful – the braid was done with 3 colours that I picked out of the punch needle piece cut in a number 6 cut. I used to have really long hair as a teenager and used to braid it all the time to keep it out of my face so I know how to braid and had the braid finished and hanging off the ironing board a few days ago. Attaching it was not difficult – I left a bit less than 1/4 inch of weavers cloth all the way around my piece and this time did NOT turn it under. The braid ended up being a bit more than 1/4 inch so perfectly hid the weavers cloth when I placed it around to measure. I then stuck a few pins into the braid and right into my punch needle which I had siliconed to my bread board a few days ago. Now!!! how to attach the braid. Craft glue is too runny and takes too long to dry and would not hold it in place as I was moving around the edge; Silicone – my go to favourite – stays “open” for at least an hour – I needed something that would dry immediately and hold down the braid as I was working my way around the piece. Hmmm, I am not a fan of glue guns but in this case it was the only option that was going to work. So I started at the top doing about 3 inches at a time and gradually worked my way to the bottom where I was going to join the braid. Well, I sweated profusely worrying about getting too much glue on and trying to keep it only on the weavers cloth edge so it did not touch my punching. Many stressful minutes and a few burnt fingers later I had reached the defining moment – joining the ends of the braid together! yikes!!! I love braided edges but I HATE JOINING THEM. Usually I can cover the joint with a button on my rugs or I can spend 10 hours and many sleepless nights figuring out how to do it. But this was a tiny braid and I did not want to put a big button on the joint. So, hmmm what to do? Well in the end I stitched each end of the braid together at the length where they would just meet up and cut off the excess and glued them down and they met perfectly!!! and hmmm the joint is not even visible! DONE DONE DONE – may be a while before I do another braided edge but I love how this one works on my piece…

Today a few of the girls are coming for a Faux Iawah hookin and we will punch and hook (and eat) the day away! And maybe I will have a few more finished pieces to share tomorrow.

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  1. Loretta -it looks fantastic. Well worth all the extra effort. The braiding suits it perfectly. Thanks for sharing the finished piece.

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  2. Absolutely perfect Loretta !

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  3. Love this, it was worth the sweat!

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  4. GORGEOUS!!!!! You are SO clever!!!!! Nancy

    Sent from Nancy’s iPad

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  5. I love this!! It’s beautiful and the braid is perfect.

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  6. Striking ,it brings out the wood .

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  7. It is lovely! Worth all the ‘burnt fingers’, sweat, and tears!

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  8. Loretta, All your pieces are lovely & you are so creative with your finishing, framing & mounting of your work but this one is my favourite! … love that you shared your challenges & struggles. All the best Mary

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  9. Love, love, love this piece!
    Did you also paint/stain the board it is mounted on?
    What a great job on joining the braid……me thinks I will have to give this a try!

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  10. That is lovely!

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  11. Nicely done, Loretta: It looks terrific, as do all your pieces. I enjoyed your description of the process as well. It’s encouraging to know that others struggle as well. Keep up the fine work. Thanks.

    Warm Regards,

    Alice De La Plante

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