Monday, 19 December 2011


Although the velvet is already lined, I'm going to use an interlining - an additional piece of fabric between the two sides of the Banner - to help support it.  The velvet is quite thick and heavy, so having additional support will help spread the weight evenly and give it extra body.

As it is quite thick and heavy already, I need some quite substantial fabric for this, and have used 12oz cotton canvas.  A pre-shrunk piece of the canvas (and it shrank a lot, should you ever want to use it yourself), was cut to size and edged, ready for use:

This was lined up over the back panel of the Banner, and then stitched into place.  To support it properly, it needs more than just stitching round the edges, so using a strong thread and some pretty big stitches, I sewed the canvas to the seams around the central cross and between the border panels:

It's not at all easy to see in the photo, but the stiches are there, honest!

With the interlining well anchored, I folded the edges of the Banner panel over it, mitred the corners, and sewed them down with herringbone stitch all the way round:

So here's the back of the Banner, interlined and finished:

There are a few bits and pieces to do before the front can go on, but I have some time off work, so you should see quite rapid progress from here to the finish.  Not long now!


  1. Exciting! Thanks for the info on finishing a heavy piece :-)

    The pic came up on my screensaver (Windows XP screensaver is a slideshow, I saved an image of this piece to it).
    The ferns (your least-best friends on the piece) really struck me. They are so much lighter that the other colours, but long - they "pop", and give depth to the piece. First them, then the flowers, then the dark centre. So it was worth all of those fern leaves :-)

  2. It's good to know they were worthwhile, as they were a slog at the time!

    I've never managed to capture the colours well on the photos, and the ferns are actually a *darker* green than the other leaves. Other than my dodgy photography skills, I think maybe colour theory is coming into play here - as they're completely green, with no yellow petals getting in the way, it may be the red-green complementary colour thing that's making them 'pop'.

  3. It's a marvellous piece of work, Ruth. What's it for? A church? Or is it the Durham Uni college?

  4. It's for Durham Cathedral itself, which is about as good as it gets!