So these two candle mats are coming very close to their finish. I’m making one strawberry mat with a black background and one with a white background. Once you see both of them finished side by side, you’ll get a much better idea of how one pattern can be made to look really different.
It’s really funny how my head adapts to working on
each one too. When I’m working on the black background mat, I’m
positive that I like it better than the white background, but then … I
start doing more stitching on the white background mat and find myself
convinced that I prefer the white over the black. Once they’re
finished, it will be interesting to hear what everyone’s favorite might
Ok, let’s continue on with finishing up these candle mats.
It’s time to stitch the little white blossom flowers on.
little flowers are somewhat time consuming to cut out. I do cut each
one completely by hand but if you happen to have one of those handy
dandy dye cutters that will cut these flowers for you, by all means use
it! It certainly will save finger anguish from all the tiny cutting.
I prefer the look of the imperfect hand-cut flowers, so I tend to stay
away from dye cutters, but again, it’s just a personal choice.
So the little blossoms, once they’re all cut, are attached with one french knot in the center.
Then small straight stitches are made up into each one of the flower
petals. There are lots of different ways that the flower centers can be
made so if you have another preference, by all means, make them however
you wish. There are no rules. :)
Once all those blossoms are attached, it’s time to work on the center candle area.
It’s starting to look pretty good now, isn’t it?
But ohhhh… I can take out those ugly basting stitches now! I won’t need them anymore!
that’s so much nicer! Ok, so now, if you’re making this, you have some
decisions to make. It looks nice right now as it is without the center
candle area detail, so it would be perfectly fine as finished right
now. All that is needed is the backing stitched on.
But of course, I need the center candle area done because you’ll see, it makes the candle mat even prettier!
my chalk pencil, I measured up 3 1/4” up from the scalloped point and
made a little dot. I thought I had taken a picture of the measuring
process, but I can’t find it, so I’ll draw a little something to make it
This is why they say a picture is worth a thousand words. :)
marking a dot at 3 1/4” up from each of the 8 points will give me a
nice 4 1/2” inch candle circle area in the middle. If a smaller area is
desired, then that measurement can easily be adjusted to make it
Once the dots are marked, I pinned one leaf right on
the dot with the tip of the leaf angled towards the center of the
I backstitched down the center of the leaf. I then added a flower
blossom to the top of the leaf, attaching it the same way that I
attached it at the strawberries.
This is done eight times until it’s finished and looks like this! …..
It’s almost done!!
we have another decision to make. All the stitching is finished on the
top so I can either add the backing to it now and keep it right at this
size, or I can add the larger scalloped background to it to make it a
little larger and a little fancier …
is the special wool that I hand-dyed to use for the outside background.
It’s such a pretty mottled color, it’s a shame it will be mostly
covered up with the black background.
So the red background is centered under the black background and I’ve
pinned it in place. I’ll use some #5 black DMC Cotton thread to blanket
stitch around the edge.
Once that’s done, all that is needed is the backing, but that will have to be shown in the final part 4 of the tutorial.
is a sneak peak at the white background candle mat. I have some
catching up to do on this one, but next time, I’ll have both of them
finished and ready to show for comparison.
That’s all for now!
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FINAL FINISH OF THE STRAWBERRY CANDLE MAT TUTORIAL!
Happy Day everyone!