When your leaf is stitched and ready to be finished, gather your supplies.
1.Trim around the needlepoint leaf approximately 1/2″.
2. Make 2 photocopies of your stitched needlepoint leaf.
3. Using a black felt marker and/ or pencil on the photocopies, enlarge one leaf by 1/8″ and reduce the other leaf by 1/8″. Cut out along the black lines. You will have a larger paper leaf and a smaller paper leaf.
4. You will be finishing a lot of leaves; the patterns need to be sturdier. Trace both leaves onto thin cardboard and cut out and mark accordingly (large and small).
5. Cut one large leaf in green wool. Trace the small leaf on thin magazine board and cut out. You will also need one small quilt batting leaf.
6. Snip around needlepoint leaf as shown in photo. Trim the point as shown. Do not cut into needlepoint stitches.
7. Finger press cut snipped edges to the back side of needlepoint to help later when you fold over the
cardboard and quilt batting. Open to insert the quilt batting and the card- board in the next step.
8. Place quilt batting on back side of needlepoint and then the thin cardboard on top of quilt batting.
9. Fold needlepoint edges over cardboard and secure using quilting clips. The point should be folded up first, and then each side folded on top of the point.
10. Using #8 Pearl Cotton, lace the back side of needlepoint as shown in photo. Pull the pearl cotton firmly. Move the quilting clips as you lace the leaf, but it’s helpful to leave clips on to help keep edges folded over as you lace.
11. Pin wool felt to the back side of the leaf. Leave a 3/4″ opening at the top edges of the leaf to insert cording. Use pins to grab edge of felt to meet folded edge of needlepoint. Push the pin straight down. The pin will stick between the cardboard and the back of needlepoint leaf. Using sewing thread, attach the wool felt to the leaf with small even stitches. Do not sew the opening closed at the top of the leaf. Knot your thread when you reach the opening and cut thread off.
12. Make cording with the cord maker, following the cord maker directions. The cording only uses 4 strands of pearl cotton divided into 2 bundles. This will make a narrow cording and won’t overpower the look of your leaf but will be a nice finish. I cut my cording threads to approx. 48″. You will get several leaves out of this length of cording
13. Using scotch tape, tape one end of the cording. If you knotted the cording while twisting the cord with the winder, cut off the knot after taping.
14. At the top of the leaf, insert the taped end of the cording into the opening and secure with a pin. Pin the cording around the leaf edge to the opening on top. Again, push the pins straight down as you did for the wool felt. The pin will stick between the cardboard and back of the needlepoint leaf. As you pin the cording to the leaf, you may at times need to twist the cord to make it look uniform.
When you get to the opening at the top, estimate where the cording will be inserted in the leaf and tape this end as you did for the beginning of the cording. Cut off extra cording, but cut in the middle of the tape, so that the cording will not unwind for the next leaf you finish. Insert the taped end in the opening at the top of the leaf next to the inserted beginning cord. Pin shut.
15. Stitch the cording on the edge of the leaf. Using sewing thread, insert your needle from the back of the leaf through the needlepoint just under the cording. Sew through the cording to the back. Insert your needle into the wool and again sew into the needlepoint just under the cording. Repeat this method around the entire leaf so that the cording is attached to the leaf. Knot at the end.
You are finished!
Note: The Copic green alcohol marker is a great tool to dab on
any tiny spots along the edge of the needlepoint that blank canvas may be showing after you stitch the cording on the leaf. A light touch is all that is needed.