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    I've made a wall hanging that is circular, it looks great. But I have no idea how to put a binding on it.

    Put one on the way I usually do square quilts, and it's pulled too tight so it doesn't sit flat.

    Any tips or help would be appreciated!

    :-)

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    Did you cut your binding on the bias, as it has a lot more ease to it...other than that I haven't a clue :roll: :D

    BUT I am sure one of our resident experts will be able to guide you :D

    Edit: Just had another thought...maybe you have to snip it abit after stitching on to help it on the curves........ :D

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    Doh!

    I didn't.... I wonder if that's all it needs.

    My partner likes it as it is, the circle is "raised", kind of like the top of a hat, so it sticks out from the wall. He thinks it makes it 3D.

    But I'm not happy with it, I want to re-do it.

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    Well I made a couple of small xmas tree ornaments and just used straight grain fabric to bind, and they did the same,but they were only 3" across so I got away with it, I am sure that is the reason......time to rip rip rip :wink: :D

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    Here's the circle in question....



    Stained Glass Wall Hanging - Angel of Grief
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    Oh its beautiful.....it looks fine in the picture but you have to like it yourself don't you after all that hard work...I think I would unpick and try using bias binding, or it might annoy you everytime you look at it :D

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    Thanks :-)

    The colours are actually much stronger than they seem on the monitor, very rich and strong. It's about 18" from one side to the other.

    And you're right, I've got to re-do it, I'm not happy with it sitting out from the wall.

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    Bluechicken, how are you intending hanging it? did you incorporate some sort of sleeve for it, just curious? :D

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    Bias binding would make a lot of difference!
    It is a beautiful piece! :lol:

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    LOL

    Funny you should ask, that's been the subject of MANY discussions!

    The thought was that it would "flop" so needed something at the back to support it into a circle shape.

    But now that it's backed (with a very thin batting) it's actually quite stiff and self supporting, so I haven't needed to insert wire, or perspex, or thin timber, or anything, to make it hold its shape. I've used a small curtain ring on the back which hooks over a normal picture hook on the wall. It's sitting nicely with no floppiness.

    I wonder if over time it will soften and start to sag, but will deal with that if it happens.

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    Oh, and the ring is quite near the top. I figured a sleeve midway would leave too much weight at the top to "flop over".


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    I must admit I love round wallhangings, but how they would be hung has put me off...so now I might add one to my list :D

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    I don't know if there is a rule on how they should be hung... we tossed around so many ideas and some were getting rather complicated.

    My partner thought it was hilarious, some of the contraptions friends were coming up with. His idea was "keep it simple, stupid". And I hate to say it, but he was right! LOL

    I think if it was a lot bigger it would need extra support.


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    Men!!...It's annoying when they get it right isn't it lol!!

    I was thinking you would have to use some sort of wire to retain it which could be threaded throught some loops stitched in while you were binding it, thats why I asked :D :D

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    What's worse is he KNOWS he's right! LOL

    We did think about a wire circle in the binding, which would have been light and easy to insert, but it would be difficult to make a perfect circle out of the wire.




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    Well I am just glad for you that it is able to support itself :D

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    So am I dude, so am I! LOL

    A simple cross attached to the back would work too, to hold the sides out. The bigger the circle the more support required.

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    I might stick to my 3" ornaments then lol!! :roll: :lol:

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    LOL

    I am really pleased with how this came out, and so glad I didn't think before hand about how difficult it would be. This is my first ever stained glass, and it's not from a pattern, I made it up myself.


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    Wow!! :shock:

    Well give yourself a great big pat on the back for creating such a beautiful work of art :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:


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    Thanks! :-)

    Off to work now, will catch you later.

    :-)

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    Nice chatting, I really should go and do some sewing now too :D

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    masking tape. on the back, of course. ;-)

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    Fancyfoot recently posted a wonderful tutorial on curved bindinding. She posted it when she made the Fish in the Oven mit pot holder. I wasn't able to find it for you, though. I know the tutorial is on the Sharon Schambers website, if you care to search it. I thought it was very helpful. Nita

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    If you do decide to cut a bias binding, it would also help if you press the binding in a curve before applying it.

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