Thursday, November 8, 2018
The Wedding Hankie
My son got married in October and we were delighted to welcome a new daughter-in-law to our family. I wanted her to have a special wedding hankie to carry on the big day, so I set out to make one.
I bought a piece of lightweight white cotton fabric and cut it to 10 1/2 inches square. Then I folded the raw edges under twice to give a nice neat edge. I secured the edge using my sewing machine and a blanket stitch.
With a large needle and crochet cotton, I hand sewed a blanket stitch around the edge to give myself a base row for some crochet stitches. I used the machine stitches as a guide to help me make evenly spaced hand stitches:
Then I switched to a crochet hook and did a few rows of stitches all the way around.
I boxed up the hanky and had it ready to give to the bride. Two nights before the wedding, I learned that she did not have anything blue for her "Something Borrowed, Something Blue..etc.". I told her I had something for her, and that I could make it blue. I then gave her the handkerchief, and told her I would add some blue ribbon.
The following morning, I went to Michael's and bought some narrow blue ribbon,
and that evening, amidst all the other wedding preparations and after the rehearsal dinner, I used a safety pin and wove the ribbon in and out of the spaces in the crochet border.
On the morning of the wedding, I was very pleased to be able to give her her "something blue". Here is a somewhat blurry photo of the bride with the hankie.