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Weaving Tutorial: Woven Hemstitch Finish (With Video)

If you are new to weaving, then one of the (numerous!) questions you’ve probably asked yourself is how you can finish your handwoven piece with a simple edge.  There are a few different ways to achieve this besides tying the ends (for a quick tutorial on tying your weaving ends, go here or here).  In today’s weaving tutorial we’ll explore a simple woven hemstitch finish which creates a lovely detail without creating a lot of bulk.

Weaving Tutorial | Woven Hemstitch Finish (video instructions included) | DIY | crafts | frame loom weaving

Benefits of Using a Hemstitch Finish

There are a few benefits to using a simple woven hemstitch finish for a wall weaving:

1.  It will prevent your weft (horizontal rows of yarn) from sliding up or down your warp (vertical threads) by securing the edges.

2.  It will prevent your warp at the top end of your wall weaving from pulling in different directions once you’ve added your dowel (Kate from The Weaving Loom demonstrates this at the top of her post here).

3.  It creates a subtle, yet pretty design feature along the edges of your weaving.

How To Create a Hemstitch Finish

In the photo below, I’ve already finished the top edge using the hemstitch.

weaving technique | hemstitch

Here’s a closer look at the finished edge.

woven hemstitch DIY

Okay, so let’s complete the look along the bottom.

Step 1:  Select Your Yarn

First, select the yarn you’ll be using to create the hemstitch. You can use the same yarn (as I did) or choose a different colour or weight, depending on how subtle you wish this design feature to be.

Step 2:  Secure Your Yarn

Secure the yarn to the back side of your weaving. Begin by flipping your loom over so that the back side is facing up.

hemstitch weaving

Feed your yarn vertically through 3 or 4 weft threads.

woven finish DIY

Pull the yarn through, leaving a small tail end.

weaving tutorial - hem stitch

Flip your weaving back so that the front is now facing up.

weaving DIY | hemstitch weaving

Next, tie a knot around the first warp thread to anchor your yarn. To begin, feed the needle under the first warp thread, pulling the yarn through, but leaving a small loop (as I did below).

hemstitch weaving tutorial | anchor yarn

Then feed the needle back through that loop (as above) and pull the yarn through, creating a knot (as below).

hemstitch | knot yarn on first warp thread

Step 3:  The Hemstitch (2 X 2 bundling)

To create the hemstitch, you will be ‘bundling’ together 2 warp threads with 2 weft threads (i.e., 2 X 2 bundling).

(Note:  You may decide that for your weaving, you’d like to bundle together 3, 4 or more. That is entirely up to you. But for this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do the hemstitch by bundling together 2 warp and 2 weft threads.)

First, feed the needle under 2 warp threads and pull your yarn all the way through (in this case, towards the left).

hem stitch weaving DIY

Next, taking your needle, go back to the right and go over top of  the same 2 warp threads and then back underneath and towards the left under the same 2 warp threads (thus ‘bundling’ the warp threads together) – but don’t feed your needle up just yet! Instead, move it up past 2 weft threads and then push the needle through (as I’ve done below).

weaving hemstitch to finish an edge

Now pull your yarn until it creates your first knot (or hemstitch).

finish a weaving using the hemstitch

hemstitch bundle | DIY weaving

You’ve now created your first ‘bundle’ of 2 warp and 2 weft threads.

Repeat this process going across the entire edge of your weaving, making sure that for every 2 warp threads, you include 2 weft threads (2 X 2) for each bundle created.

Below is a side by side comparison of a finished and an unfinished edge.

two bundles of woven hemstitch vs unfinished woven edge

Below is a completed hemstitch finish.

hemstitch weaving DIY

DIY hemstitch edge

Video Tutorial

If you still need a little more guidance on creating a hemstitch edge, just follow along in this easy, step-by-step video tutorial where I show you how I added the hemstitch along the top of this weaving.

Once you’re done, just snip your weaving off the loom, add a dowel, hang and enjoy!

Woven hemstitch | weaving

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How To Finish Your Wall Weaving Using the Hemstitch | Video Instructions Included | aprettyfix.com

Happy weaving 🙂

 

 

Weaving Tutorial | Woven Hemstitch Finish (video instructions included) | DIY | crafts | frame loom weaving

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrin
    October 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    OMG this is so gorgeous Jelica! Loved your video as well, you did great!

    • Reply
      Jelica
      October 27, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Thanks, Katrin! On both accounts. Making the video was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. The technical aspects always put me off, but, for some reason, things went off without a hitch. I really enjoyed the whole process!

  • Reply
    Maria Brittis
    October 23, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    I love this, its bright and happy looking. The video was great!
    Maria

    • Reply
      Jelica
      October 27, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Thanks for that feedback, Maria. I really appreciate it!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    October 24, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Youare a natural Jelica. I loved your video. Your voice is so calm and soothing. Beuatifully done.

    • Reply
      Jelica
      October 27, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Thanks Michelle – I hope my ‘soothing’ voice didn’t put you to sleep 😉 Just kidding 😉 Will definitely do more in the future 🙂

  • Reply
    Christina Makri
    October 24, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    You are an artist Jelica with what you are doing… and you are so cute also! OMG but this looks so difficult to me… I like all your weaving pieces so much ! Excellent work 🙂

    • Reply
      Jelica
      October 27, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Awww, thank you so much, Christina! I am a weave-o-phile (is that even a word?) and love the pace of this craft. It really helps me slow down and appreciate the creative process. My main problem? Time! I have so many projects planned, but just not enough time to do them in!

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    Mary
    October 27, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Jelica i don’t know much about weaving but that does not stop me from enjoying your technique and photography. Oh and of course the end result of your work which is so masterful!

    • Reply
      Jelica
      October 27, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Thanks Mary! I feel the same when I come across other crafters or DIYers (much like yourself) who have skill sets that I admire. Even just watching a DIYer creating something from start to finish is inspiring, no matter what the craft. It spurs me on to continue creating in my own way…Take care my friend 🙂

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    jodie filogomo
    October 27, 2017 at 11:59 am

    What a great tutorial, and it turned out fabulous!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply
      Jelica
      October 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you, Jodie! I appreciate the feedback 🙂

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