As usual, one of my first stops when looking for needlework instructional books online is Antique Pattern Library.
I love this website! And I could spend many long, lingering hours there!
I was happy to find Therese Dillmont’s Drawn Thread Work (DMC Library). Typipcal of these Therese Dillmont books (there’s a whole list of them on Antique Pattern Library), there’s heaps of information, diagrams, and so forth in the book.
While many of the Dillmont books listed on the APL index are in French, the drawn thread book is in English. No matter what language you speak, though, the diagrams are clear enough to follow, if you have at least a little understanding of drawn thread embroidery.
There are so many techniques that can fall under “drawn thread work,” so the book is quite extensive. It’s available as a two-part download, in PDF format.
The first part addresses mostly the different types of drawn thread work, with pictures of how to work out different bunching techniques, as well as decorative corners, needle lace accents, and so forth.
The second part features some really beautiful ideas for drawn thread projects.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own drawn thread embroidery, do check out Therese Dillmont’s book at the Antique Pattern Library.
And if you’re just longing to spend some time browsing some old needlework books, pop in at the Antique Pattern Library and enjoy lingering for hours over some of the wonderful books available there!