Monday, January 25, 2016

Finishing Hearts ~ "Betsy" Style ~

Since a couple people wondered, I thought I'd give you a quick how-to finish the hearts.  The finished heart is about 10" x 10", give or take a little.  After the hooking is complete, I cut out the heart leaving about 1" - 1 1/2" of linen.  I then zigzag around to prevent fraying.

I just thought I'd show the back so you could see how far apart the hooking is.

I use fray check in the crook of the heart and press the linen to the back.

I then lay pieces of wool on the wrong side of the heart.

CAREFULLY begin to trim away the excess wool.  It's better to trim away too little and continue to trim more.  I do not fold the edges under.  I then use a straight stitch (a whip stitch that is not slanted - does that make sense?) to sew all the pieces together.  Be sure to stitch only the wool and not catch the backside of the heart.  After you've stitched all the patches together, whip stitch your patchwork to the heart.  I leave an opening and lightly stuff the heart with wool snippets and a lavender sachet and then continue to stitch closed.

Time consuming, but worth the effort.  It takes me longer to do the patchwork back than it does to hook the heart.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)


Primitive Stars said...

Evening Lauren, love those hearts, thanks for sharing.Blessings Francine.

acorn hollow said...

Thank you so much it is not how I thought you did it.

WoolenSails said...

That is a nice way to finish and a nice tutorial for others to see. I always do better with photos.


Glenda said...


Simply Quaint said...

I love it , the colors are so muted and prim and a wonderful tutorial on putting together......thank you for sharing.....


Three Sheep Studio said...

I'm glad you shared your finish with us. Pictures really do help to understand.
Beautiful hearts. They are much bigger than I thought !

Saundra said...

Mmmmmm, I can smell that lavender now. Sure do like the hand torn look.

Dogwood Farm said...

I love how your hearts turned out!! Thanks for the tips!!

Farm Girl said...

I love your little hearts. I didn't realize you stuffed them. I love the way the back looks. I learn so much from your tutorials.

Julia said...

A great tutorial on how you made the heart. I still can smell the scent of lavender in one you gave me.
Thanks for taking the time for the tutorial.Have a great day. Hugs,

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lauren,
I echo everyone's comments on a great tutorial!
The hearts are bigger than I thought too, and just love how you finished them!! Who doesn't love a heart??
Thanks for sharing....a picture IS worth a thousand words!!
Have a great week!
Warm Hugs~

Gayle said...

I can't wait to give this a try on my next small project. Wish me luck (though I won't really need luck since your instructions are so understandable) THANKS!

susan hemann said...

love how you finished the back! so clever

TheCrankyCrow said...

You know I love your hearts to pieces....and your heart too. ;o) Thanks for the tutorial...I wouldn't have guessed that was how it was done. I have a heart I started last year with wide strips (different than yours)...maybe I'll give this finish a try....if I ever dig it out to finish hooking it. Then again...probably not...this looks really time consuming lol. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

She Seeketh Wool said...

Hey Laura
Thanks for sharing this. I love Betsy Reed's ideas. I am hoping to take a workshop this year with her, she is coming to our guild.


Lil Raggedy Angie said...

O Lauren , just love your works ! So sweet of you to share the how to! Wishing you a wonderful week ~ hugs Angie

moosecraft said...

Thank you Lauren! This seems simple enough and the finished appearance is so worth the extra time! We'll see how the weekend goes and I just might hook a heart (or two)! :-)

Curtains in My Tree said...

very interesting.
I'm from the show me state so this helps LOL
not that i'll ever get one made

Jennie in GA said...

Charming. That technique would make a cute pillow back, too. Thanks for showing us how,

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