Hearts Bookmark – Part 2 Hemstitching

Date: 2/20/2011
Time: 1:30-4:00
Type: Meeting
Location: Wheaton Community Center
Teacher: LMSG-Marilyn Vanover

At the February meeting Marilyn Vanover will teach us how to hemstitch the hearts bookmark that was the focus of the January meeting.  Learn how to prepare the fabric, fold mitered corners and do a simple hemstitch.  Even if you didn’t get a bookmark kit in January, you can learn on the practice materials that will be provided for everyone.  Hemstitching is easier than you think and makes a great finishing option for many stitching projects.


We had a short business meeting before our program. Joyce Reid, our past president ran the meeting. Joyce had just returned from workshops at Williamsburg.  She shared some of her experiences. Susan Balsai also attended and showed us the kits from her classes and others that she had purchased.

Joanne Harvey will be presenting two workshops for LMSG in April. We have more than 12 people signed up for her workshops so the workshops will be held. If you haven’t signed up yet, do so before the deadline on February 26th!

Marilyn Vanover presented our program on “How to Hemstitch”. She handed out a folder to each of us that contained instructions, needles, pins, thread, linen colored floss, and a small piece of linen to practice the technique.  The step-by-step instructions contained a detailed explanation and a color close-up photograph illustrating each step.

In our folder was a small piece of paper with lines marked on it.  Marilyn had us fold the paper on the lines to create a mitered corner. Once we mastered the technique, we moved on to the linen which was already prepared for us.  Marilyn stitched a small cross stitch design and pulled some threads to get us started. We pulled another thread and learned how to weave it back into the linen.

Then we marked the fold lines on our linen by basting with a dark colored thread. We scored the lines, folded the linen and clipped the corner just like our paper sample. The folded edges were basted to hold them in place and then the fun began:  the hemstitching!

Marilyn demonstrated how to do the stitch and went around the room and showed each of us individually. She discussed the different types of hemstitching, over 2, 3 or 4 threads or even zig-zag. She had many examples of hem-stitched samplers that she shared with us.

Our folders also contained detailed instructions for finishing the heart bookmark from our January meeting with either mitered corners or fringed ends. With the aid of the detailed instructions, we all felt we could hemstitch our bookmarks and other projects. Thanks for all of your work on this presentation, Marilyn! We leaned a lot. This was a fantastic class!

Click on the links below for more information about our show and tell items along with pictures. Hope to see you at our February meeting.

Show and Tell