Drawn thread preparation with buttonhole edges
This method of drawn thread preparation is often used when you are working drawn thread right up to some other stitching. In this example, a buttonhole edge is used. However, the edge could use other stitches such as satin stitch (frequently seen in Hardanger work) or trailing.
Work a double running stitch by going back and filling in the gaps between the running stitches.
Using buttonhole stitch, cover the double running stitch. The buttonhole edge should be towards the centre of the area which will be drawn.
Make sure that the buttonhole stitch is very close to the double running stitch: in this example the buttonhole stitch is one ground fabric thread away from the double running stitch.
Cut one of the lengthways threads of the ground fabric thread in the middle of the area to be drawn.
Push the blade of your scissors against the buttonhole stitch, hold the thread taut and snip it away.
Structure of stitch
Lizzy Lansberry, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Whitework (2012) , p.67
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.337