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Date: 12/9/10 4:47 PM

I need some help with a home dec project. I'm recovering the cushion for a rocking chair, using the box cushion construction method. I want to include a piece of two ply lip cord in the seams between the vertical and horizontal pieces. My question is how do I disguise the place where the cord begins and ends?

I vaguely recall something about untwisting each end for an inch or so, trimming out one of the plies, and then twisting the remaining two plies back together. I'm not clear on how to keep the trimmed put pieces from showing, and I'm afraid I won't be able to get it twisted back together tightly enough to look good. I really want this to look professional, since I am doing it for a friend.

I would appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks!

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Date: 12/9/10 5:28 PM

Your recall is spot on! You do need to leave both ends free, so that you are able to unwind the cord a bit, then sort of reweave the ends together. This is a job for hand sewing only.

You would be best served by making the join at the back edge of the cushion, and be sure not to be right on a corner. You will also be surprised at how easy it is to reweave the ends together, and how simple it is to make the join invisible. Almost. Face it, if you give someone a magnifying glass, good light and enough time, they will find the join. Otherwise? Not so much.

Another trick is to use a fair number of pins to keep the pieces that you are binding back together, so that when you do the little catch stitches, it's easy and not that visible. Just stick them in, and sort of wiggle things around until the twist sort of go back to their twisted state, which is how the join gets disguised.

Also, you might want to be sure you have a needle with thread running in it for each end that you are joining. That is, if you are joining right to left on a straight edge, you should have a needle working for each chunk of the trim.

If this is unclear, ask again. And the honest truth is, once joined you really can't see it. I looked at the cushions I did, and I am unable to find any of the joins easily because with time, I've forgotten which parts were joined where. And it was the first time I ever tried it. Good luck. You'll be fine.

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Date: 12/17/10 6:24 PM

I was having trouble visualizing what fiddlinglizzie was saying (my fault, not hers!), so I did a Google search, and found a blog entry with pictures:

http://zipperlady.blogspot.com/2009/04/joining-cord-on-lip-or-welt-cording.html

I'm still not *completely* clear on what's happening in the magic step there in the middle, but I thought this might be useful!

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Date: 12/21/10 9:44 PM

I made this cord-joining tutorial a while ago. Hope it helps!

cording tutorial

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Date: 12/24/10 1:45 AM

Selina, that's wonderful! Great photos; thanks so much.

I've been finishing off hand-stitched Christmas ornaments with twisted cord with no welt/lip and having trouble figuring out how to join the ends smoothly. Any tips for that?

Thanks!

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