Finishing Textile Art

Finishing Textile Art:

  • Adding Borders and Piping – I usually finish a textile art piece with a narrow inner border, a narrow piping, and a wider outer border/frame. Here are the instructions I handed out to a class recently describing how I do this:
  • Adding Borders and Piping II – This second version of the process is a recent adaptation for the adding of borders and piping to a textile panel. I think I prefer it, because there seems to be less tightening of the panel itself as a result of the sewing:
  • Pillowcase Turn – Sometimes I finish a piece with what’s called a “pillowcase turn” – laying the backing right sides together on the front of the textile art, sewing a 1/4″ seam around three sides and including the corners of the fourth side leaving an opening so I can turn the whole thing inside out, press, then hand stitch the opening closed. Here are Susan Brubacker Knapp’s instructions for doing this:
  • Hidden or Knife Edge Binding – This is a binding applied only on the back of the quilt and the open edge hand stitched in place. Here are instructions I found online from “Bloomin’ Workshop”:
  • My Instructions for a Hidden Binding for a Watercolour Panel – My method for doing a hidden binding are slightly different: