I am now adding the final touch to the mat. To secure the fabric and the thread, I am using another type of blanket stitches (scallops).
I am using a bright orange colour to contrast with the strong, dark shade of the fabric and give the overall design a lighter, almost "springtime" effect.
The stitches have to be worked closely together so no background fabric shows through. I am adding back stiches underneath to give a 3D effect to the border.
When the orange line is complete, I can then cut away the excess fabric along the outer edge of the scallops.