Don't you just love when a new technique is born from a happy accident?!? That’s the story of these hankies. It was business as usual. I needed to whip up a quick gift and so, sat down to make what must have been my hundredth set of Rolled Hem Handkerchiefs.
I rolled and rolled the edge until Kokka's beautiful fine cotton fabric held the shape on its own. Always amazed at fabric’s sculptural potential, I took a moment to admire this tiny tube along my hankie’s border. It seemed a cause for celebration, and suddenly, I found myself working unlike I had on the previous ninety nine sets.
I ditched the matching cotton thread I would normally have used and chose instead the brightest, most surprising yarn I could find, Alchemy's Silken Straw. I threaded an embroidery needle, and rather than making an invisible stitch in the crease of the roll, I went bold. I carried the silk around the rolled hem, marking the gentle curve with graphic little lines of hot pink.
Form follows function, or something like that... does that apply here? I am not sure it does, but I am sure about how satisfying it was to turn my stitches into functional ornamentation, a series of dashes outlining each hankie.
So, I rolled and dashed, rolled and dashed, and before I knew it, I had five unique handkerchiefs. Some with many dashes, some with few, some equally spaced, some hiccupping their way around the edges. It’s so fun to just follow your fancy! -Laura
To make 12 inch square handkerchiefs:
(1/2 yard is enough for three handkerchiefs)
Mark Your Fabric
- For a Single-Dashed edge shown on the gray handkerchief, make a mark every 1 1/2 inches.
- For a Double-Dashed edge shown on the gray handkerchief make a mark every 1/2 inch.
- For a Triple/Single-Dashed edge shown on the brown handkerchief, make a mark every 1 inch.
Roll the Edge
The side of the fabric facing you will be the back of the hankie and the side away from you will be the front of the hankie.
Create a Hem
Bring the needle around to the front side of the hankie and through the fabric towards you, just below the rolled edge as shown above.
Roll and Sew the Corner
Place the needle into the roll below your last stitch and exit inside the corner on the back side of the hankie. You will make the following two stitches through the same hole.
Place the needle into the roll just below the exit point inside the cornerof the new side.