After the preparations the filling patterns can now be worked.
Bogen mit Muster 447 | arch border with pattern 447
Here I have chosen pattern “447”.
When some of the arch-grids have been embroidered, one can continue the Peahole hem.
Rückseite bestickter Boegen | back of embroidered arch es
Therefore, withdraw the Running stitches, lay the withdrawn-thread ends to the right – between the two withdrawn-thread lines – and secure them with Four-Sided stitches. The Four-Sided stitches of the first row and those of this row must be perfectly aligned.
Fadenenden | thread tails
To keep it constant, one must look to the front of the fabric every few stitches to ascertain the two rows of Four-Sided stitches are aligned correctly. This is a little bit tedious. In the end, the secured fabric threads are barely visible.
Kästchenstiche | Four-Sided stitches
From the front it looks like this:
Vorderansicht | front side
When one has completed a section of 2 parallel Four-Sided stitch rows,
durchgehende Kaestchenstichreihe | continued row
one can withdraw the threads for the Peahole hem
Fadenauszug | thread withdrawing
and can work the Peaholes. For exact and very detailed and illustrated step-by-step instructions, please look to my books “Basic Principles of Schwalm Whitework” and “Openwork Pattern Samplers”.
Erbsloecher Rueckseite | back of the Peahole hem
Vorderseite Zischenraummarkierung | front leaf design
From the front, mark – by hand or using a small stencil – small pointed leaves between the arches and embroider them with densely worked Satin stitches.
fertiger Bogenrandabschnitt | finished part of the arch border
Once the desired number of arches have been worked along one side, the opposite is worked mirrored. The description will be the subject of a later post.

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