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Pendibulle tutorial 
Sunday, 23rd of March, 2008 6:00 am

You need these materials for a pendibulle:
  • Square piece of fabric
  • Embroidery floss
  • Tapestry needle
  • Polyfill, quilt batting or thread clippings
  • ~20 cm (7.9'') of ribbon
  • Design suitable for corners
I chose 28 count pewter Lugana, some unknown floss from my leftovers, white polyester ribbon and parts of Ring of Roses #1 for the corners.
  1. Backstitch a square big enough for your corner motifs on your fabric (my square is 50 x 50 stitches). It is preferred that you use floss which shade is very close to your fabric's shade. I chose a bit darker for this square because it's more visible and therefore better for purpose of tutorial.

  2. Stitch the motif to opposite corners.

  3. Trim off the excess fabric. Leave ~8mm (1/3'') of seam allowance on each side.

  4. Wash and iron the piece. Iron the the seam allowances to the backside to make the finishing process easier.

  5. Fold the square so that it becomes a triangle. Note that the corners of the motifs are supposed to be facing each other on the tip of the triangle.

  6. Take one ~1m (1.1 yards) strand of the floss you used for the backstitching, thread it and attach it securely to the back of the backstitches in the corner.

  7. Take the ribbon and knot both its ends. Place the other end to the corner where you start (you can attach it with a pin if you feel like it).

  8. Use whipped backstitch to sew the pieces together.

  9. When you have closed about 75% of the edge, fill the pendibulle. Note that the "wings" shouldn't be filled.

  10. Attach the other knotted end of the ribbon to the tip of the other "wing" and close the seam.

  11. Don't end the floss yet, but use it to attach the tips of the wings to each other. You can do this by few small, well hidden stitches in the backstitches.

  12. Now, you basically have a pendibulle and you can secure and finish your thread.

  13. ... but I will add one more step and attach the tips of the wings to the body of the pendibulle with few well hidden stitches.

  14. Then I decided to add a bow to hide the tips (which I had no need to do, it was neatly done, but I wanted to have some decoration).

  15. Now, it is ready to be hung.

    It wasn't all that difficult, was it?

When I started making this piece I decided to give it away, so, if you wish to have this just leave a comment with your email address before 31st fo March, 2008, midnight and I will draw the winner in April Fools Day.

(Yes, those are chess boards. I was playing CC (as I have recently got badly addicted to it) when I was making this.)

Sunday, 23rd of March, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC) - I love this!
One Who Must Not Be Named
I have never made something like this, but you sure have peaked my interest. Please enter me in your drawing -

Sunday, 23rd of March, 2008 2:01 pm (UTC)
One Who Must Not Be Named
Enter me as well please. (My excuse, I am a visual learner, if it's in my hands I may be able to do it..... ;) )
patternnuts at gmail dot com.
Monday, 24th of March, 2008 3:44 pm (UTC)
One Who Must Not Be Named
Thanks for the great tutorial! I have to try that out myself.

And please enter me into your drawing. Thanks!
mattinasera at yahoo dot de

Tuesday, 25th of March, 2008 2:21 pm (UTC)
One Who Must Not Be Named
Is this what you have done for the stitchathon,or are you having a weekend off, lol
That design is very pretty!!

Tuesday, 25th of March, 2008 6:47 pm (UTC)
Huh. Cute. And, yeah, it doesn't seem that hard. Thanks for doing this!
Wednesday, 26th of March, 2008 7:11 pm (UTC)
One Who Must Not Be Named
wow, something new, thank you for the tutorial and please add me to your drawing.

Thursday, 27th of March, 2008 7:31 am (UTC)
"just leave a comment with your email address"
Friday, 28th of March, 2008 9:15 am (UTC)
One Who Must Not Be Named
okay here is my email address.


Thank you. :)

Wednesday, 26th of March, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Please enter me, too. I'd love to own your pendibulle.

I continue reading your blog. I enjoy the opportunity to follow your life and your thoughts. I've just worked out the origin of the name of your company - apt and amusing.

Best wishes

Elsa X elsaxenia at gmail dot com
Thursday, 27th of March, 2008 8:34 am (UTC)
Yup, Peri from peripheria. :D (And then "peri" stands for "fairy" -> "phaery" -> "phaeria"... etc.)
Thursday, 27th of March, 2008 8:43 pm (UTC)
One Who Must Not Be Named
I thought this kind of finish looked familiar. I've done it once before, but it's been a couple of years. Great tutorial!

- Jenna
Thursday, 27th of March, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC) - better than mine!
One Who Must Not Be Named
I have attempted this finishing technique, and was terribly disappointed in the result. I'm going to try it again, using your tutorial.

Please include me in the drawing. My email address is

Mainely Stitching
Monday, 19th of May, 2008 6:01 pm (UTC) - Thanks!
One Who Must Not Be Named
Great tutorial! Thanks!
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