Finishing touches: beaded bind off, lacing, and more

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Ribbon lacing from Tunisian Crochet EncoreHave you ever felt that your knitted or crocheted project was missing that special something?

Sheryl Thies, author of Ocean Breezes, Knitting by Nature, Tunisian Crochet Encore, and more, is the queen of adding those coveted finishing touches. From beaded bind offs to beautiful ribbon details, Sheryl has a catalog of inspiring tips and instructions for giving your project that perfect final detail.

Check out this roundup of embellishment ideas from Sheryl Thies:

Add Sparkle with Beading and Beaded Bind Off

Beading from Tunisian Crochet Encore
Beading from Tunisian Crochet Encore

Beaded Bind Off from Knitting by Nature
Beaded bind off from Knitting by Nature

Add Elegance with Ribbon Lacing

Ribbon lacing from Tunisian Crochet Encore
Ribbon lacing from Tunisian Crochet Encore

Ribbon lacing from Knitting by Nature
Ribbon lacing from Knitting by Nature

Ribbon lacing edge from Ocean Breezes
Ribbon lacing edge from Ocean Breezes

Add Whimsy with Ribbon Tassels

Ribbon tassels from Tunisian Crochet Encore
Ribbon tassels from Tunisian Crochet Encore

Ribbon tassels from Knitting by Nature
Ribbon tassels from Knitting by Nature

Add Contrast with Hardware Embellishments

Toggle button clasp from Knitting by Nature
Toggle button clasp from Knitting by Nature


See more at ShopMartingale.com! Check out all of Sheryl Thies’s books for more beautiful embellishment ideas.

Knitting by Nature Nature's Wrapture Ocean Breezes
Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet Tunisian Crochet Encore


Which is your favorite: beading, ribbon details, or button clasps? Tell us in the comments!


7 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Love the beaded bind-off and the ribbon lace edging. I have a blanket that needs a new edge and I think I’ll use ribbons in a blanket stitch. And maybe even put a tassel on each corner. 🙂

    —Sherry Jurykovsky on May 9, 2014
  • Really like them all, but the beading is so classy and feminine.

    —Rhoda Thomas on May 9, 2014
  • My favorite is beading. When I was in high school, my BFF made delicate beaded doilies that were so gorgeous. Now, I teach beginning 4H crocheters how to make beaded bracelets in a friendship bracelet class. Adding beads to hats and earwarmers is also fun. Once, I even made a "flapper hat" for my Mom by adding a row of dangling beads to a simple hat. I have used larger beads for zipper pulls for purses and bags, and I must say, it definitely adds that certain something.

    —Lynne on May 9, 2014
  • I like the ribbons. You can use soft, beautiful ribbons, that can add a touch of color, softness, and a change in texture to your project. Buttons and beads can be beautiful but can be hard, making some items less comfortable to wear and use.

    —Karen on May 9, 2014
  • I have done several shawls with beading and a window hanging but have not tried the ribbons, yet. You show us such inspirational items that I feel certain that I will be adding ribbons to my crocheting very soon. I love to crochet and with the addition of ribbons to my works of love I am sure that I will be doing a lot more crocheting very soon. Thank you.

    —Tina on May 10, 2014
  • The beaded edgings are beautiful, but I really like the ribbon too! Great ideas!

    Carol Kussart on May 11, 2014
  • My favourite are the clear glass buttons I find in second-hand shops. I use and re-use them on bags, clothing and knitted or crocheted items. They add so much charm.

    —Kayt Deans on May 11, 2014

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