My Pulled Thread Study

pulled thread pieces 


This spring I decided to teach myself a new technique or at least one I only had a passing knowledge about, Pulled Thread. Armed with about a dozen books I started my quest. I read all the books and soon realized I was going to have to stitch some of the samples. What started out as a study of a new technique soon turned into a project of its own with its own loosely planned planning process. I must admit there was not a lot of thought process in this planning stage; I knew I did not want a “trophy project” but I didn’t want just a “doodle cloth” either.


 SideBar into thought process of Project: Last year I also became aware of ATC (Artist Trading Cards) and “Inchies”. All of these are big in other fiber and applied art form communities. I made an ATC ( from a design from Grace at Baryard Chatter ( ). The two main rules for ATCs is they are should be 2 ½ inches by 3 inches in size and MUST be traded or given away not sold. I also did several “Inchies”, one inch of stitching. Again the requirements were simple one inch of stitching…not an easy task even on Congress cloth. Inchies were fun and great for the TV watching, but I did not know what I was going to do with them once they were completed. One “inchie” project I turned into an ATC and I framed it… I use part of it as my header for this blog ( ). I since have incubated the “Inchie” idea and have come up with a few ideas I’ll share as they materialize.

 I had also become aware of stitched postcards about this time also. Some The Liberty Memorial in Kansas City ( has a lovely collection of these postcards. They are refered to as WWI Silks; they are beautiful and someday I hope to own one. Here are some reference sites if you wish to explore further:

Gabrina Postcards:

NeeldlePrint Blog:

Silk Postcards:

Better Homes and Gardens had a blog on how to:


At first I thought I would do each stitch sample on a soft ground as well as needlepoint canvas and I would make ATC size. That idea was soon dismissed as unpractical and would take longer than I intended. I decided a postcard sized format stitched on 18 count canvas was the most practical method for my purposes and it would still be manageable as “Take-a-long” project.

And so I started with Satin Stitches and progress through Cross Stitches, Faggot Stitches, Four-sided Stitches, Double Back Stitch, Wave Stitches, Eyelets, Buttonhole and misc stitches. I soon realized that Pulled thread is a technique that takes patience and planning. There are stand alone projects for those who enjoy this technique and well done work is very lacy and beautiful. Those who love doing it spend a lifetime perfecting their art.  But I will probably not do more than incorporate some of the stitches into my needlepoint occasionally.

 But my pulled thread study now has a life of its own, 11 postcards and 2 ATCs; and I have decided it deserves to be joined together in some fashion. Sounds like a great winter project. Later this week I’ll share my ideas for putting the postcards together.

 If you want to read more about Pulled Thread, start with these blogs:

Stitching Fingers:  that has a Pulled and Drawn thread group

Needlework Tips and techniques