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Drawn thread embroidery on a guest towel

(part 3)

Here are the pictures and explanations needed to help you realise a small guest towel with drawn thread embroidery.

To make this work you need a towel with an Aida strip (generally intended for counted cross stitch) and Perle cotton n ° 8 (at least 30m). I also advise you to work with a tapestry needle with round tip, for example, n ° 24. This will avoid you to hang the tip in the neighboring threads and your work will be thus perfectly clean.

This project presents no difficulty and is well adapted to the learning of drawn thread embroidery.

I chose to make 2 strips of different drawn thread designs on the Aida part of 7 cm of this towel.

In this 3rd part, we will embroider the first drawn thread strip.

Finally, in the 4th part of this work, we will embroider the second drawn thread strip with a different pattern.



Double knot

Passing over the first 2 thread bundles, make a loop with your thread.

Passing this time under the bundles, slide the needle into the loop to make a knot.

I happen to make 2 knots one on the other to have a strong hold and tight threads.

You will notice that to group the bundles (in groups of 4) of this embroidery, I used a double thread. It is necessary to count at least 5 times the width of your work (even a little more) in a single piece because it is impossible to add another thread, it is not solid enough.

In this example, I made 2 knots to firmly hold each group of thread bundle.

All the thread bundles are attached in groups of 4

It is very rare to come across a number of bundles multiple of 4, then often there is no other way than to end with a group of incomplete bundles.


Attach the thread in the knot on the back of the towel and pull it out in the middle of a group of bundles.

Begin weaving “up and down” in the direction of the thread that ties the bundles. It is necessary to push the thread towards the knot in the first rows of weaving.

Then in the reverse direction, returning towards the middle, do the same weaving “up and down” but inverted and starting by taking one of the double yarns that you have stretched between the knots.

Weave the 4 petals of each flower this way without going all the way to the top of the strip of drawn threads.

The first drawn thread strip is complete