Drawn Thread Embroidery
Drawn thread work is a form of decorative embroidery that has been practised for many centuries. Traditionally worked on fine linen, it achieves its effect through the contrast of open and closed areas created by removing threads from the fabric. In this study, the author has borne in mind the traditional aspects of the craft, but also pays attention to the exciting and experimental innovations of recent years. An introductory section explains the foundations of drawn thread work, how to withdraw stitches and secure ends. Different stitch types and various borders are then examined, illustrated with line drawings and photographs throughout. As well as basic techniques such as ladder and zigzag hems, more experimental styles, including working with colour and weaving with fabric strips, provide plenty of new design ideas. Chapters on the many thread techniques - needleweaving, reticella, Russian drawn ground, Hedebo and Hardanger - continue the exploration of both new and old approaches. A final section on experimental machine work provides many new ideas for modern embroidery.