Drawn thread embroidery – 2 methods

 

drawn thread embroidery

What is  Drawn thread embroidery

Drawn thread embroidery is  a counted thread open work embroidery technique in which thread ( either weft or warp) is removed from the fabric and decorative stitches and knots are formed over the remaining thread in a pattern. The work is traditionally done white on white ( white fabric and white thread) . The holes (open spaces) made by the pulled thread forms a part of the design

In this work , as the name suggests, you cut and draw the thread/threads and remove it from the fabric. One thread or many threads are simultaneously removed according to the pattern. Once you get a knack of this embroidery it is easy to make fascinating embroidery designs with it. The drawn thread work is mostly done on linen but you can make this in any regular weave fabric with visible threads

There are two ways to do this embroidery – you can tie knots on bundles of thread drawn in a pattern or fill the design with filing stitches all over. Checkout these two methods here

Method 1. Bundling and knotting

Step 1

Mark the area or the design for the embroidery. Work  buttonhole stitches around the edges where you will be cutting the thread. This is done so that the thread would not unravel from the edges. A close buttonhole stitch over 2 or 3 threads along the edge is appropriate and enough to hold the design.

I have marked 3/4 inch on the design for pulling out the thread. Usually thread is counted on the fabric to be cut but this is also an alternative. The thread is cut from the back and the hangind thread is trimmed. 

drawn thread embroidery

Cut and pull the horizontal thread (weft thread of the fabric)  inside the design area on the  3/4 inch area . You can begin by cutting the fabric along the buttonhole edge ensuring that you are cutting only the horizontal threads . The vertical threads should be intact.Cut on both ends . Use seam ripper or a needle to lift the thread one by one form the middle. Hopefully this will be easy for you.

drawn thread embroidery

You have to bundle thread on the top edge and bottom edge. These knots will also bundle the threads for knotting later. For that make simple knots following the steps below

Step 1

Weave needle through the buttonhole stitches on the sides on the back of the fabric to anchor the thread. Now Bring needle up 4 threads from the side as the picture below

drawn thread embroidery

Then take the needle from the side and come up at the same place you had come up earlier ( 4 threads from the side edge) , enclosing the needle in the twist of the thread. Tighten the thread. This will form your first knot; continue making knots like this every 4 threads.

drawn thread work

The completed work will look like this

drawn thread embroidery

Do the same knots for the bottom edge as well.

 

drawn thread embroidery

Now you should start knoting the threads together in a pattern which is what the drawn thread embroidery is all about

Thread the needle with a thicker thread than the embroidery floss or two strands of embroidery floss. Anchor the thread under the buttonhole stitches ( no need to make knot ) then come up to the face of the fabric. You will have to make the knots so that the thread is always taunt against the fabric.  You have alread bundled the threads. Now knot these thread bundles together.

 

Follow the steps below to knot these bundles.

Step 1

Bring the neelde and thread around the two thread bundles once (Overcast). Tighten.

drawn thread embroidery

Step 2 Now make the simple knot. Bring up the needle inside the thread twist as in the picture below

drawn thread embroidery

The finished work will look like this

 

drawn thread embroidery

 

Method 2 Filling stitches

Another easy way to do the drawn thread work is to fill the whole design with simple filling stitches. Here in this example zig zag stitches are used to fill the design. There are many other filling stitches you can use in drawn thread embroidery . You can also create a different effect  by varying the thickness of thread used ; eg one thread vs 4 threads to make the filling stitches. Experiment and see which you ike the most

Out line the design with backstitch. Here because we are not removing as many thread a close backstitch is enough to keep the design intact

drawn thread embroidery

Pull the thread ; remove 3 threads after every 4 threads . If you want smaller holes remove less thread like 2 rows of thread

drawn thread embroidery

This is how it will look from the front

drawn thread embrroidery

Make the zig zag stitches over the threads through the open spaces made by the pulled thread

drawn thread embroidery

drawn thread embroidery

 

drawn thread embroidery

drawn thread embroidery

 

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