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Hemstitching & the Finishing Touches


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Good morning and Happy Monday! And Hurray! This is The Week!

It’s the week we’re launching the second Stitch Snippet project of 2023! And we’ll do that on Friday. So, this Friday, we’ll be launching the kits for Sweet Marguerite, which is a small hemstitched linen square, decorated with a sprig of whitework embroidery.

I’ll go into more detail on the project as the week progresses, and tell you a little more about the kit on Friday when it launches. Suffice it to say for now that the kit contains everything you need to complete the project, except scissors and a hoop! I even included a great little pair of tweezers that is ideal for your embroidery workbox. The kit for this project will float around the $22-or-less price range.

In the meantime, here’s the final sneak peek, after finishing up the decorative hemstitching on one of the samples.

Sweet Marguerite: Whitework and Hemstitch embroidery

One thing that I love about hemstitching is that there are so many options for decorating it!

With this project, one of the points of it is to introduce the stitcher to hemstitching and to take you step-by-step through the process of decorative hemstitch. I settled on this particular decorative approach because it is easy and very satisfactory. I think it’s really pretty!

Even if it doesn’t seem like hemstitching would be your proverbial cup of embroidery tea, it’s a great technique to know because it comes in so handy for finishing the edges of embroidered linens and cloths. Hemstitching provides that little extra touch on a finished edge that’s not only beautiful but functional. It incorporates both the hemming and the embellishment. So it is both beautiful and functional.

If you’ve never worked the hemstitch, I promise you, I’ll make it easy for you – because it is easy!

Sweet Marguerite: Whitework and Hemstitch embroidery

After we finish the little embroidered element on the linen, I’ll take you step by step through the process of setting up the edge for finishing and working the hemstitch.

As usual, all the lessons for the project will be delivered right here on Needle ‘n Thread, for free. We’ll have a complete materials kit available, so that you don’t have to seek out sources for good linen and the appropriate thread and tools.

If you want downloadable and printable instructions in PDF format, those will be available to members of the Needle ‘n Thread community on Patreon, and, once again, we will attempt a couple videos to post on Patreon as well, for the dedicated and avid stitchers.

So that’s what you can expect with Sweet Marguerite. It is an accessible project for all levels, beginners and beyond, and it will be a great opportunity to pick up lots of tips and techniques to add to your embroidery repertoire!

Besides having an inordinate amount of fun staging photos of the finished project, Anna and I have been preparing everything to ensure a really smooth, quick launch, so that you can have the kits in your hands quickly and we can start the project as soon as possible. We can’t wait to get it going! I hope you’re as excited about it as we are!

So look for all the juicy details later this week!

See you then!


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  1. I love hemstitching. It is extremely calming and relaxing for me–better then wine. Best thing since wine was first made.
    Louise Brown

  2. I’m very excited for this! Working on cotton quartet at the moment and I’ve been wanting to dabble in some hem stitching after I’m done with this.

  3. I am just finishing a project that I started many years ago. It is the Springtime Sampler by Periwinkle Promises. I love the way the sampler is framed with a hemstitching border around the work. I have no idea how to go about doing this and would appreciate any guidance you can give me. Thank you, Colleen Kinney

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