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Drawn faggot filling

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This pulled thread stitch is a development of single faggot stitch which forms diagonal lines of large holes interspersed with lines of small holes.  The stitches alternate diagonal lines of large squares (formed by single faggot stitch) alternated with smaller squares.

There is a similar stitch called net filling which is sometimes given as an alternative name; however most authors suggest that net filling consists of diagonal lines of small squares interspersed with a single zigzag line (rather than this stitch’s double line) and so the effect is subtly different.  This version will feature in a future RSN stitch bank release.

N.B. the ‘drawn’ in the stitch name refers to the pulling of the stitch, it does not involve withdrawing any threads.

This stitch first features in early twentieth century publications.

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Method

This stitch initially appears to be worked with rows of large and small single faggot stitch, however the small squares are worked by stitching two vertical stitches on the first journey and then completed with two horizontal ones on the return journey.  This is the method documented by Mary Thomas in her 1934 Dictionary of embroidery stitches; you may prefer to work the small squares as two lines of single faggot stitch (across two threads).

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Starting almost at the top right corner, work a line of single faggot stitch over four threads.

2

Working from the top again, bring the needle up in the same hole as the out facing corner of the single faggot stitch.  Count two threads up and take the needle down.

3

Bring the needle back up two threads down and two threads to the left.  Pull taut.

4

Create a parallel stitch and then bring your needle back up six threads down and two threads to the left (sharing a hole with the single faggot stitch).  Pull taut.

5

Continue working pairs of vertical stitches in this way to the bottom of the design area.  Keep enough tension on your thread to pull the fabric threads apart.

6

Work back up the design area filling in the gaps between the pairs of stitches to form a square.  Work each stitch from right to left and keep your stitching taut.

7

Starting from the top, work another row of large single faggot stitch, sharing holes with the corners of the small squares.

8

Work back up with another row of large single faggot stitch and then continue with the pairs of small stitches to form squares, as before.

9

Continue in this way to fill the design area.

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The reverse of drawn faggot filling.

Drawn faggot filling

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

Related Stitches

Identifying Drawn faggot filling

This pulled work stitch can be identified by the repeating pattern of holes.  There are three diagonal lines of large holes followed by a single diagonal line of smaller ones.

References

  • Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.90–1