Since I’ve been playing around with drawn thread embroidery on my whitework technique sampler, I thought it worthwhile to look around online for some good resources for technique and design ideas. 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.
I like the choice of colors in the project on the front cover!
The book is in PDF format, in two parts. 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. Just search through the D’s, and you’ll find the PDF there for download!
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!