Queen's Crown Edging

Queen's Crown Edging © Wanda Salmans 2015

I'm going to be adding edgings to several table runners soon.  As usual, I seem to need to make up new patterns instead of using already existing ones.  I started this one day on the way to work (as the passenger!) with something else entirely in mind, but it just came off the shuttles like it was meant to be.  I had very few places I even had to change stitch counts to make it work.  I had one edging done in a couple of days. Made in size 10 Lizbeth #693 Linen Medium five repeats are about 11 1/2 inches long.  I asked my daughters for suggestions on the name; Queen's Crown was quickly agreed upon by both of them and my husband, so there you have it.

I thought drawing out the pattern would be harder than it turned out.  It was a little more difficult writing out the directions than drawing it. At least I think so. Most of it isn't that hard but there is a lot of switching shuttles involved.  The one tricky part is a picot that is on a turn where you change directions and shuttles at the same time.  It seems to work best with a lock stitch, and it comes out looking like the other side where there is a join to an existing picot.

Test tatting my pattern I used two shades of blue, Lizbeth #658 Ocean Turquoise Light and #657 Ocean Turquoise Dark (I think, I lost the label) in size 20.

Queen's Crown Edging © Wanda Salmans 2015

I really like how this turned out!  For any that are interested, I've added it to my patterns page.

Here the two edgings are together for a comparison of the two sizes of threads.

Queen's Crown Edging © Wanda Salmans 2015

Now I just need to buckle down and get a few more edgings done.  And then the hard part - attaching them to the material!

Today is Fat Tuesday (mardi gras), or Shrove Tuesday, which is the last day before the Lenten season begins.  Traditionally some people celebrate it by eating pancakes before restraining from eating rich foods for Lent.  I even remembered to make pancakes today!  I had to improvise a little bit - the recipe called for milk and I don't have any.  I used more butter, an extra egg and water instead and they came out mighty tasty.

I just realized that today is a fitting day to introduce the Queen's Crown Edging as there are many places that choose Mardi Gras royalty.  And they wear some fancy crowns!  

"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in."
Frederick the Great

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