A few wallhangings woven in past months have been waiting on my worktable, needing finishing. A grim & overcast day was the perfect time to address this backlog.
The first step was to machine stitch the cut edges to stop unraveling. The following picture shows the wrong side, and you can see the warp floats of the lampas (peach color silk). The twill-like section is the hem area, and it will appear black & white on the right side.
Here's a peek at the right side being turned back. After the hem is hand stitched, a wooden rod will be inserted.
Also part of the finishing is label-making. My very old Bernina is one of the first sewing machines with digital capabilities. It comes before the whiz-bang machines with huge color screens, Windows, embroidery, and other such glamorous features. It sews a plain and simple alphabet, and it does it well. I love it and would never "trade up" despite many offers I have received from my local shop. Apparently this model is in great demand used, and no wonder.
After the stitching I pull all tails to the back & trim the labels and press back hems; then I hand stitch the labels invisibly to the back of the hangings. The labels are non-destructive and can be removed if I ever decide to "recycle" the hangings & cut them up for book covers.