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Module 11: Cut Work, Pulled Work, Drawn Thread & Needle Weaving -Part 1

Well, I can hardly believe that this is almost the end ... well not quite, but it is beginning to feel like it. This module was particularly good to do, as I love hand stitching and also, because I have done work in some of these techniques before. Here was an opportunity to have my work scrutinised by experts and give feedback. I wanted to know, I suppose, that my work is up to scratch!

Samples 1 & 2: Pulled Thread Work:

Well after saying the above, here are examples of something I haven't tried before. The brief was to produce a sampler of stitches by hand and a second experimental sample.

Here is my hand-worked sample and, below it a couple of close-ups of some of the stitches. The key technique with this work is to have the fabric stretched taught in a frame and to give the thread a good tug as you stitch. The thread is a similar thickness the the threads in the fabric, which is loosely woven even weave linen.

The faggoting and part of the eyelet stitch were completed with threads I withdrew. This was a mistake, as the thread frayed and broke easily. I completed the eyelet and all other stitches with a 40s sewing cotton, which was more successful. I enjoyed stitching some of these stitches, but overall, I am not completely enamoured with traditional pulled work. I found it quite tedious and the end result was not as satisfying as other types of embroidery.

The experimental sample was more interesting to work. I used muslin and coloured it with Derwent Inktense crayons, wetting the cloth beforehand. I used free machine embroidery to pull the threads. I love this and would use it in my textile artwork for sure.

I loved experimenting so much that I made further samples. Here are a couple:

The first is hand pulled on hessian, using string and ribbon.

The second is free machine stitched on organza.

Drawn Thread Work:

It might seem strange that I wasn't too keen on hand stitched pulled work, yet drawn thread work is so much more satisfying to me. I have tried examples of this before and currently attend classes using similar techniques (more about this later).

Again, the brief was to produce 2 samples: one more traditional and another experimental sample, with some needle weaving included in one or both. Here is the first sample, with details of stitches used. I used even weave linen and hemmed the piece traditionally before beginning the design.

This is my experimental sample. It was just lovely to make and I am so pleased with the result. Much of the stitching was free machine embroidery, but I completed needle weaving by hand and added beads to finish of. it reminds me of a lavender garden.

I mentioned a class I attend. The technique we use in this class is Ruskin Lace and I am very fortunate to live just 10 minutes away from a weekly class, with a very patient teacher. It's a slow technique, but the results are just beautiful and it is really special to be able to spend time working in this craft. So, I will finish this section of my blog with a few images of some of the items I have made in Ruskin Lace!

This is a sewing box:

...and this is a needle case:

Next time, I will look at: Hardanger, Needle Weaving and Cut Work.

Please comment on the samples and let me know what you think. see you next time x

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