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Extract from Woven Art • By Elena Vilar • Published by Search Press


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Woven Art
A useful technique for securing the top or bottom of a weave is hem stitch.This leaves the warp threads visible at the top because you do not have to push the rows tightly together, or finish the weave with a support rod. It is easiest if you leave the weave on the loom; I have deliberately taken it off here to show you how the rows can unravel at the top of a weave if they have not been hemmed.

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  • How to make a techniques. Hem Stitch - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take a length of twine approximately six times the width of the weave. Thread it on to your darning needle and, from the left-hand side, weave the twine all the way across the first row using the basic stitch, working opposite to the weave pattern in the row below.

  • How to make a techniques. Hem Stitch - Step 2
    Step 2

    When you have reached the final loop on the right-hand side of the weave, take the needle back behind it and wind the twine around the
    base of the loop, close to the weave, a few times in an anticlockwise direction. Pass the needle through the loop and pull tight. Bring it from the back of the weave to the front in between the first and second rows of the weave. Repeat the process on the next loop, as shown.

  • How to make a techniques. Hem Stitch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Continue in the same way across the full width of the weave and then finish by tying off with a knot. Weave this knot into the back of the weave a

  • How to make a techniques. Hem Stitch - Step 4
    Step 4

    Your weave is now hemmed so that the first rows do not unravel. This is a good method if you do not want to use a support rod and if you would like to see the top of the warp threads.

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