Friday, April 15, 2011
I have been clearing out some photographs, and found these pulled thread projects I did a few years ago, which were published in our Australian magazine, Embroidery & Cross Stitch. I made a large table centre and two small side table mats using the same design. These were done for my daughter in law. Most of you will recognize the technique as pulled thread, as opposed to 'drawn' thread.
Pulled thread work requires the stitches to be worked firmly in order to pull together the threads in the fabric. It's an extremely sturdy form of counted work I feel, despite it's open appearance.
The large mat design was based on the favourite nine patch setting used by patchwork enthusiasts, as you can see in this shot. This mat was approximately 35cm square, with just about all of it stitched, ie very little background fabric is evident.
The fabric I used was Permin 'Cherub' 28ct linen, with the stitching done using two strands of my favourite DMC pink #225. Unfortunately, I don't have a computer graphing program, and my hand drawn graphs weren't quite as nice 'in print' as I'd hoped. I feel they are quite clear, but one does need very high resolution images to submit to magazines. It's a long time from sending in your work, to having it appear in print, to finally having your work returned. I don't think I'd bother with it again, I'm rather possessive of my projects and don't like them being away with 'strangers' for so long..........