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Drawn thread preparation

Removing threads from the fabric is an essential part of Drawn thread work so that a decorative stitch can then be worked.

Drawn thread preparation is generously sponsored by Maureen Plummer

Method

It is advisable to loosen the fabric so that it hangs slack in the frame.

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Using a sewing thread, tack around the area from which you want to remove threads.

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In the middle of the area, pick up just one thread of the fabric using a tapestry needle. Slide the scissors under the same thread next to the needle, and snip the thread.

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Use the needle to tease the cut thread free of the fabric.

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Continue this to the end of the area.

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Then do the same in the opposite direction.

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Pick up another thread of the fabric with a tapestry needle and snip it.

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Repeat the procedures.

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Continue until you have removed all the threads required.

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Now remove the sewing thread tacking.

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Thread the needle with the first unpicked thread and weave it back into the fabric.

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Continue doing this until all threads at both ends have been secured.

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When you finish weaving all the unpicked thread into the fabric, you can start trimming away the excess thread.

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A complete drawn thread preparation. This sample shows ten drawn threads.

Drawn thread preparation

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques

Related Stitches

References

  • Lizzy Lansberry, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Whitework (2012) , p.66
  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.336-337