Working the Italian Hemstitch

Note: Some use the word hemstitch as one word, others as two words (hem stitch). I have chosen to use the version as it was originally written.

The Italian Hemstitch is a drawn hemstitch that is quite beautiful.

Work regular hemstitch just above the hem. Leave three or four horizontal threads equal in number to those pulled in the first row of the hemstitching.

Italian Hemstitching
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Now work from right to left. Catch thread at arrow (shown in illustration as red dot); bring needle up at 1 and insert just below the arrow.

Bring up at 2, then around same three threads in the upper opening. Then take a stitch as shown in the diagram. Continue across.

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