In January of 2009, I began playing with a whitework and drawn thread embroidery sampler. It is still a work in progress! I had to put it aside last year to work on some other embroidery projects that had deadlines, and I’ve never gotten back to it. I like the idea of the sampler and I learned a lot while working on it, so when I approach the concept of a random whitework and drawn thread sampler, I think I’ll probably start over! In the meantime, though, while working on the sampler last year, I wrote several tutorials for different aspects of drawn thread work. I also played a little bit with drawn thread work on gingham last year. To make finding these tutorials more convenient, I’ve listed them here in one place.
Drawn thread embroidery is a technique that requires the stitcher to remove either vertical or horizontal threads from the fabric before stitching. The stitching itself in drawn thread work is usually both functional and decorative – the stitches hold the remaining threads together while adorning the area worked.
Drawn Thread – Securing Edges with Re-Weaving
Drawn Thread – Securing Edges with Satin Stitch
Drawn Thread – Hemstitch Tutorial
Drawn Thread – Chain Loop Bunches
Sampler Update with Schwalm Embroidery
Online Book on Drawn Thread Techniques
Diamond Stitch in Drawn Thread Work
Coral Knot Bunches in Drawn Thread Embroidery
Zig-Zags in Drawn Thread Embroidery
Simple Treatment with Coral Knots
Drawn Thread Embroidery on Gingham