It’s a popular type of ornamental needlework where you arrange and group threads in different ways. Hemstitching is a type of openwork, the warp of threads are drawn from the fabric and then drawn together by various stitches that form open patterns.
By grouping and sewing the threads in different stitches you can make up many combinations of design. Hemstitching can be the sole decoration on the piece or can be combined with other types of embroidery.
For simple hemstitching, draw out threads above the edge of a hem that has been basted in to any desired width.
Then with a needle and thread cross and group the threads making decorative clusters.
Mexican Drawn Thread Work
This hemstitching is similar to Mexican Drawn Thread Work. Previously, I wrote a post on that. Find it here: Mexican Thread Drawn Work Instructions and Patterns
PDF file to download below
This is a two page PDF file of the pages above that explains what hemstitching is and has instructions and illustrations for doing drawn thread work.
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