This was inspired by a comment from a friend on my post about Kasuti embroidery. The bird is in DMC 3807 blueish purple and the border is in DMC 718. It came out really well! The stitched area is about 3.5 in x 4.5 in (8.9 cm x 11.5 cm). It’s on 28 count evenweave linen. The twisted cord edging is DMC 823 pearl cotton #5.
I signed up for a class to learn some finishing techniques, and took this along. So now it’s stretched over padded mat board with a nice twisted cord edging, a handle to hang from, and fancy backing fabric. I like the cord – it saves a lot of trouble trying to match up frames to a non-standard size, and it looks great.
It was a bit of a pain though, since the teacher’s approach involved carefully attaching the stitched linen to one padded mat board and the backing fabric to different one, then sewing them together, then sewing on handmade cording to hide the stitching and frame it. I’m pretty sure you can do something similar with only one mat board, and some other tricks to reduce the work. I’ll have to investigate further. There’s got to be a better way.
Here’s a photo of the stitching holding the two boards together, before I finished sewing the cord over it:
If you look very closely at the back, you can see the stitching holding the cord on.