Once the netting is completed, it is time to place the embroidery stitches on the netting.
The two oldest stitches are the darning stitch (also known as the reprise stitch) and the linen stitch (also known as the toile stitch). Both of these stitches involve going over and under the netting. However, each of them accomplishes that in a different way.
Before Beginning Embroidery
Attach the finished square-mesh netting to a frame. Thread the weaving needle with the thread that will create the design. Depending on the look desired, the thread can be larger or smaller than the thread used to create the netting. Tie the thread to the netting and, following the pattern, begin going over and under the netted meshes. Turn the frame as needed.
The Darning or Reprise Stitch
The darning or reprise stitch goes under and over the length of the netted squares as shown in the pattern.
Examples of the Darning or Reprise Stitch
The Linen or Toile Stitch
The linen or toile stitch is formed one square at a time. Because of the way it is formed, it is important to chart the path that will be followed as the stitches are made.
Example of the finished Linen or Toile Stitch surrounding the Loop Stitch
Examples of linen stitch and other Filet Lace stitches (including loop, wheel, and outline) found on a Filet Lace tablecloth