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Extract from Whitework Embroidery • By Ayako Otsuka • Published by Search Press

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Whitework Embroidery
These are the basics of the technique called “udklipshedebo” or Hedebo needlelace. This style features cutwork with needlelace fillings, and additional motifs worked on the surrounding fabric in surface embroidery.

Stitch the Edging: Hedebo Buttonhole Stitch
This stitch is often worked around the perimeter of a piece to create a base for decorative needlelace, such as buttonhole scallops and pyramids. It is done on a folded fabric edge. Regular buttonhole stitches are usually sewn with the needle pointing away from you, while Hedebo buttonhole stitches are worked with the needle pointing toward you. The initial row of stitching is worked with a sharp-pointed needle. For the second row, use a tapestry or blunt-ended needle.

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  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 1
    Step 1

    Knot the thread and insert the needle into the folded edge of the fabric, 11/4–11/2 in (3–4 cm) to the right of the starting point. Bring the needle out at the starting point through the folded edge.

  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 2
    Step 2

    Insert the needle from back to front, a little way down from the folded edge.

  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pull the thread through but leave a loop sitting up.

  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pass the needle through the loop from back to front.

  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pull the thread upward. One Hedebo buttonhole stitch is complete.

  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 6
    Step 6

    Insert the needle from back to front, a little to the right of the previous stitch.

  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pull the thread through, leaving a loop. Pass the needle through the loop from back to front, then tighten.

  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 8
    Step 8

    After sewing for an inch, cut the knot off. Be careful not to cut the fabric!

  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 9
    Step 9

    After sewing the length required, change to a tapestry needle to work the second row. From the back, insert the needle under the top section between the last two stitches.

  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 10
    Step 10

    Pull the needle through. Continue, passing the needle between each of the stitches in the first row, from back to front.

  • How to embroider . Hedebo Embroidery - Step 11
    Step 11

    The second row is complete. This will serve as a base for needlelace designs.

    AYAKO’S TIPS
    When you are using an evenweave fabric, count the threads to create regular spacing for the stitches.

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