Finishing with stitches

When you get to the end of your piece of weaving, you have a few options for how you “finish” the non-selvedge edges. One of the commonest ways is to use hemstitch. This gives you a neat, regular stitch that holds your weft in place and creates little groups of warp threads that are perfect as a fringe or for creating tassels.

image of hemstitch

This is the best set of pictorial instructions I’ve seen, so go check them out if you’re not familiar with how to do hemstitch. I particularly like that you get to see the back of the hemstitching as well as the front. It’s one of the traps for new stitchers that a lot of these type of edge stitches are only ever shown on their prettiest side.

Mastering hemstitch is worthwhile, because it gives such a neat edge and one very useful for scarfs and shawls, but you can also do a simple overcast/whip stitch if you’re after a simpler stitch (it can look nice as a feature).

image of whip stitchIf you want to go a bit fancier though, there is also Italian hemstitch which is similar to “ordinary” hemstitch, but makes neat little squares.


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2 thoughts on “Finishing with stitches”

    1. You know that happened to me just tonight! I find particularly happens when I’m hemstitching at the cloth beam. My brain seems to think it’s way more complicated when stitching “upside down”. Odd. But you’re certainly not alone.

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