A Lesson on Hemstitching Drawn Thread Needlework

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Hemstitching

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.

 

A Lesson on Hemstitching Needlework

 

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

 

Lesson on Hemstitching

Lesson on Hemstitching

 

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.

Lesson on Hemstitching Needlework

The pattern is in PDF format so to read it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

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Tatting Is So Much Fun – Tatting for Beginners

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

Today’s freebie about Tatting is from a 1954 magazine called Crafts & Hobbies,  How To Make Money At Home.

Every month the magazine had several articles on ways to make extra money with your crafts and hobbies. I searched, but was unable to find out how long it was published.

 

Crafts & Hobbies Magazine 1954 - Vintage Crafts and More

Often the articles would include needlework hobbies, like today’s Tatting Is So Much Fun. It includes Tatting instructions and 8 designs in a 3 page article taken from the Beginner’s Manual of Crochet by the American Thread Company published in 1950.

Below is the page for the designs:

Tatting Is So Much Fun - Vintage Crafts and More

Tatting is a durable lace made with knots and loops. Usually made for trim or doilies. For more information on Tatting take a look an earlier blog post Tatting Instructions.

If you’re interested in Tatting and a beginner wanting to learn more at home, this book Learn to Tat (with DVD) from the American School of Needlework has great reviews. Be careful though, the Kindle edition doesn’t include the videos.

Through the years I’ve also shared several tatting patterns you can find by clicking on the Tatting category to the right.

All 3 magazine pages are in the PDF file below:

Tatting Is So Much Fun PDF

To download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

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Bunny Rabbit Baby Bib Embroidery Design

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

Bunny Rabbit Baby Bib - Vintage Crafts and More

This cute embroidered Bunny Baby Bib comes from a 1922 Star Needlework Journal. Published by the American Thread Company, each magazine is filled with wonderful needlework patterns for crochet, embroidery, knitting, tatting and lace making.

Bunny Rabbit Baby Bib Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More
The type of material required is not stated so you could use just about anything that can be easily embroidered and probably washable, if you’re going to be using it as a baby bib.

Enlarged, the design would make a nice quilted wall hanging.

The project uses American Thread Company’s “Silkline” Art Thread and Crochet Cotton.

Article 50 – Silkline Art Thread is “an embroidery cotton of excellent brilliancy in a most artistic line of shades. The strands may be easily separated.” It comes in six strands, skeins in white and colors.

Since American Thread Company has been out of business for a long time, I don’t have a color conversion chart for the numbers used with the design so the choice of coloring would be yours.

Most of the outline stitch is worked using black for the head and red for the remainder of the design.

The Article 30 – Silkline Crochet Cotton is “smoothly spun and perfectly twisted as to give to the finished work a distinctive “lacey” feel.”

The crochet cotton is used around the edge of the bib. You’ll see at the bottom of the instructions a s c (single crochet) and p (picot) in a row to finish the edge. You’ll find a handy how-to page on this blog post for these and other crochet stitches.

Below is the PDF file link to download for later:

Bunny Rabbit Baby Bib Embroidery Design

To read the one page PDF file, you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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