Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Drawn thread work

Suffering through the hottest summer on record isn't conducive to fine hand work ... I'm either wet through with sweat, irritable and bad tempered, or just plain lethargic and can't be bothered.  But, I have made an attempt on my drawn thread work for Module 11.

It's been a long time since I did such fine work and I'm finding it difficult on my eyes, despite using a magnifier, but I do love this type of needlework.  So far I've managed to hem stitch a piece of linen with mitred corners, and do one band of drawn thread work.
This one is four sided stitch and easy to do once you've done the labour intensive removal of threads.  Weaving the drawn threads into the remaining fabric is tedious, but gives a lovely finished edge and is very secure.  I've got 3 more bands to do and 2 corner bands ... if only the weather would cool down.
Just to let you know the latest on Sammy - he's doing okay.  He's not a happy-chappy having to have 3 lots of medicine rammed down his throat twice a day, but it's keeping him going and he seems happy enough.  I have found my own home remedy to assist him - dried cuttlefish from the Asian supermarket.  Not the white stuff you find on beaches and feed to your budgie - proper dried fish for eating.  I rehydrate it for him and it seems to work wonders.  The vet told me they're going to try it on other cats with megacolon and from now on will name it "Sammy's Cure".  Fame at last!


  1. I don't envy you the heat! I've only done drawn thread once and quite enjoyed it, it was on much larger fabric though! Yours is beautifully neat.

    Yay for Sammy! I have wondered how he was.

  2. I hate being too hot - not much chance of that here today - although a weak, watery sun has been trying to shine! I love your drawn thread work - feels like "proper" sewing doesn't it! Take care Julie.

  3. Well done - tackling this during the heat we've had - looks great too! Glad Sammy is doing well.
    Thanks for your comment on my book cover.

  4. I would be useless in the heat, we only have to get a good British heatwave and I am good for nothing!
    Glad Sammy is doing ok and hope he continues to do well.
    I love your drawn thread work too, so very neat!!!

  5. Great work Julie, it looks perfect... I found I needed a big magnifier on a stand AND ones I added to my glasses, and even then I could only concentrate for short bursts without getting a raging headache and a stiff neck!
    Do you have to do some experimental stuff too?I had to once, and mine looked like I was drunk in charge of a machine!!
    Glad Sammy's still OK.

  6. Thank you so much for your supportive comments.I love your drawn thread work ,you are obviously a proper embroiderer.

  7. Thanks everyone.
    Virginia - yes I do have some experimental ones to do. I thought I'd get the "proper" ones out the way first then I could relax. Like you I'm finding it hellish on my eyes and neck. I'm hanging out for my new prescription glasses - due in another weeks time.
    I'd forgotten what fine embroidery work was like, its been so long since I did any.