Needlecraft Techniques - Pulled Thread


Drawn Thread

A type of openwork embroidery in which fabric threads are pulled or bundled together by embroidery stitches, creating an open, lace-like effect. No threads are clipped and drawn out of the fabric. Simple decorative stitches

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Drawn Thread Needlework Ideas 3281/601 Cashel
Drawn Thread Needlework Ideas 7615/900 Floba-Anne

become pulled-thread stitches by pulling the embroidery thread tautly. Always do pulled threadwork in an embroidery hoop or frame so that you can pull the stitches together evenly.

Fabric type :
For best results use loosely woven, pure linen fabrics, as smooth flax threads are easily pulled together and the elegant material enhances the lacy character of this embroidery.

Recommended fabrics:
3340 CORK has 20 count threads per inch a relatively coarse fabric, but when decorated with pulled threadwork this linen fabric appears elegant and fine. Use this fabric for your first pulled-thread project, as it is ideal for practicing. 3604 DUBLIN is a classic sieve linen with a thread count of 25 per inch that is traditionally used for pulled threadwork, the openwork patterns being particularly effective on this fabric. 3281 CASHEL is a pure linen fabric with 28 count/inch. Although a bit finer, it is still very easy to count.

Embroidery thread:
Use pearl cotton or embroidery yarn in the same weight as the fabric threads or just a bit finer to better accentuate the lacy, openwork pattern. In Germany, pulled-thread embroidery was traditionally worked on white linen, or tone-on-tone in pastel shades. In Southern and Eastern Europe, however, there are numerous examples using bright, contrasting colours.