Work done for City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Embroidery with Distant Stitch.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Certificate Module 4, Chapter 5: Drawn Thread Work–first steps


I started by colouring some evenweave fabric.  Up to now I hadn’t yet chosen a colour scheme and so I decided that I would use the pale yellowish brown of the brown wrapping paper and the blue/black of Quink ink.



4.5.1  My first coloured fabrics…



4.5.2  … and now some more.


First Exercise

The first exercise we were asked to do was to withdraw threads in different quantities to make different patterns.


At first, I tried using evenweave linen but I found it too fine to see properly what I was doing and very hard not to make mistakes.  It was also difficult to remove the threads without the whole fabric distorting.  I therefore tried some loosely woven scrim and this made it much easier.


At this point, I did stall completely and no amount of will-power could enable me to continue with the work and so I decided to have a complete break for a month (or more!) and return to my coursework, hopefully refreshed.  This has happened and, as I’ve been looking at other students’ work, I have been inspired to continue.  My first task, which I have now completed, was to draw together all the bits and pieces of work I’d been doing and post it on my blog.  Now I am ready to continue with the rest of chapter 5.


  1. Lovely to see you back Catherine and starting on ch 5. Lovely papers and drawn thread work which will look great when combined later on.XX

  2. I love your colour scheme Catherine and look forward to seeing your fabric samples.

  3. I had to laugh at your comments Catherine. I know exactly what you are saying because I remember drawn thread work well. If you persevere I assure you it will be very rewarding.