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Kimberly Servello - Pattern Drawer and Embroideress

Monday, May 28, 2012

Spring Scarf Completed Using Insertion Seams

 Here are the photos of the completed scarf that I promised.  As I mentioned before, I wanted a scarf that was longer than 72" (the length of my pink linen material) so I added more fabric to each end using a decorative seam technique used in Elizabethan times (and probably long before that).

The green floss I had ordered finally arrived in the mail, allowing me to complete the fringes.  

I used a simple technique for the fringes.  These were made with 6 stranded DMC floss in color 471 to match the embroidery in the seam.  

I simply wound the skeins of floss around a credit card and cut along one edge of the card to get my lengths of floss, all the same length.

Next, I took each piece of floss, folded it in half, without separating out the strands.  Using a fine crochet hook, I pulled the loop of floss through a hole in the bottom hem of the scarf, then passed the floss ends through the loop creating a fringe.  I repeated this for every other hole in the hem.

Materials used:

Cambric weight linen, pink.
DMC 6 stranded cotton floss, color 471 green (fringe)

For the embroidery on the seam:
DMC Coton a broder No. 25, color 471 green
DMC Coton a broder No. 25, color 761 pink


  1. This is so beautiful. Such a simple idea and yet so successful. How did you finish the sides? are they hemmed the same way as the bottom?

    1. Thank you.

      Yes, the sides are hemmed the same as the bottom. It's an antique rolled hem. You can click on "Antique Rolled Hem" on the right hand bar under Stitch Instructions for a tutorial.

  2. Very pretty. With nice neat stitching, I might add. Wear it with pride.

  3. It's charming - very springlike!

  4. I just love the simplicity of the scarf with the detail on the insertion seam.

  5. It's beautiful, so lovely. One day I'd love to be able to do needlework like this

    1. Thanks Wendy!

      You know, there's no time like the present to learn. Everything you need to know to stitch this insertion seam is on my blog -
      Under Projects click on "Openwork Insertion Seam Scarf" where I've collected the embroidery instructions.

      Also, under Stitch Instructions click on "Antique Rolled Hem" for the hemming instructions.

      Thanks for your comment!


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