Think Bigger! Or smaller

PictureMaking up the difference in the vertical bar.

Last time we had a look at the too-short vertical bar of the cross of St. George in the canton. This isn’t completely unexpected:  the wool bunting is tricky to cut, and sewing, even when you pay careful attention to seam allowances, will transform the fabric. The warmth of your hands and the tension of the stitches has an effect. Beware the stitcher who cannot manage their stress! I once knit a lace scarf intended for my mother. One half I did at home, and the other half I did at work, on lunch breaks. Reader, they did not match. The half I did at work was smaller, because I achieved a smaller gauge through tenser knitting. Obviously, I found another gift.

But here we are with this canton, trying to make things match. I asked the PM what to do, and he decided to ship me a bundle of “extra” red bunting to make up the difference. It’s an appropriate period-style solution. At left you can see the solution I achieved. It’s a little busier than I might care for, but it works. 

The pieces ended up coming from off-cuts of field pieces– but that becomes part of another explanation. For now, with the vertical bar of St. George’s cross pieced, it’s time to unite the two sides of the canton. 


The next step was to stitch the two sides of the canton to the pieced center of the cross. At left, you can see the canton has been sewn to one side of the upright, while the other side is pinned and preparation for marking and sewing. 

I prepared a short video about the process of marking the seam once it has been pinned.