Schwalm Hems – The Arch Border (3)

Knötchenstiche und Kettenstiche | Coral Knot stitches and Chain stitchesWork Coral Knot stitches along the curved line and, on the inner sider of the Coral Knot stitches, work Chain stitches. Now, working from the back side of the linen, withdraw the threads to establish a grid. In this example, it is a Limet-grid which means to cut 1, leave 3.
Laengsfaden-Auszug | withdrawing vertical threadsThe vertical threads are cut at the curve and withdrawn back to the perpendicular withdrawn-thread line that the arch sits upon. To choose which thread to withdraw, I looked to the Four-Sided stitches.
Each Four-Sided stitch always consists of a four-thread bundle. To centrally place the Limet-grid, you will want to choose either the left or the right thread of each four-thread bundle.
Laengsfaden-Auszug 2 | withdrawing vertical threads 2Here I have chosen the right thread of the bundle (see red arrow).
Laengsfaden-Auszug 3 | withdrawing vertical threads 3Here I have chosen the left thread of the bundle (see blue arrow).
festgeheftete Fadenenden | thread ends basted in placeSo that the withdrawn threads do not interfere with the embroidery to be done on the grid, lay them away from the grid and baste them in place with short Running stitches using a coloured sewing thread. Trim the ends of the withdrawn threads.
Querfaden-Auszug | withdrawing horizontal threadsNow, still working from the back side of the fabric, withdraw horizontal threads. Begin from the bottom withdrawn-thread line and leave 3, cut 1 to complete the Limet-grid.
A Limet pattern can now be worked. The longitudinal axis is a thread line. So I chose an appropriate pattern. (It may happen, that the longitudinal axis of an arch is determined by a three-thread bundle.
Then a pattern with a square in the center should be chosen).
Further instructions will be the subject of the next article.

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