Last August I purchased some fine linen to make handkerchiefs for my family. One daughter had requested a net edge on a handkerchief for her daughter. I finally finished hemstitching the samples I started eight months ago.
|6th one done with square corners|
|1st one done|
|5th one done - with mitered corners|
If you look carefully you can see why it was a good thing that I did six samples. I have gotten better. Now I'm ready to start on the real handkerchiefs.
I also need to make some of the edges so my granddaughter and others can choose which net edging they want on their white linen handkerchief.
I decided to make a sample of the edge found here:
International Old Lacer's, published in January 1978, A Practical Use of Netting, Netted Edging (page 70).
One-half and 1/4 inch mesh-sticks. With 1/4-inch stick, make 3 rows plain; 1/2 inch, 1 row plain; 1/4 inch, rose netting, draw 1st loop through 2nd loop and net it, draw 2nd loop through 1st loop and net it, repeat throughout the row; 3 rows plain; 2 rows rose netting; 2 rows rose; 1 row plain; 1/2 inch, 1 row making * 2 sts in one loop, skip 1 st (hold thread slanting on stick when skipping a st), repeat from * around: 1/4 inch, repeat last row.
First I made the larger sample using the mesh sticks it suggested. Then I made the smaller sample by using mesh sticks half the size of the larger size.
If I were to use just one of these samples as an edge on a handkerchief, I think I would choose the one that used the smaller mesh sticks. Which would you choose?