Follow these steps here:
Starting the hem stitch
- Have at least one woven row of plain weave.
- Bring the yarn tail under and around at least 2 warp threads (it can be more if you are using a large number of warp ends per inch).
- Bring your yarn tail through the loop you just made and pull tight so that the warp threads are brought together.
Making the hem stitch across your weave
- Bring the yarn from your loop around the warp threads behind and then through the back of your weave next to the warp threads you just “tied”. I recommend bringing your thread through the top of at least 2 weft rows, as I did in the picture, but you can bring it through more weft rows if you want to accentuate the look of the hem stitch.
- Now that you have pulled your weft from behind to the front of your weave, continue by wrapping the weft around the front of the next 2 warp threads and circle all the way around so that your thread ends on the front of the warp threads where you started, creating a loop.
- Repeat the pattern of bringing your yarn from the loop around the warp threads behind and then through the back of your weave next to the warp threads you just “tied”. Remember to keep a tight tension.
Finishing the hem stitch
- Loop around your last 2 warp threads as you have been previously
- This time pull your thread through the loop you just created and pull tight so that a simple knot is formed.
- Bring your thread to the back of your tapestry and weave in your yarn end
Now you’re done!
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