Drawn Thread Work Projects
The sampler shown here is made using the Pulled & Drawn Thread technique, which
is part embroidery and part lace making. This style originated in ancient China and was very popular with young women
who lived in the red light districts, where they were used as "Peek-a-boo" curtains. These curtains were actually
room dividers, but the young ladies would stand behind them and peek through the lace and if she did not like her gentlemen
callers, she would send the maid out to send him away.
This sampler was created by lace instructor, Stephen Bowman, and the details of it are depicted below.
A sampler like this one is the main project in the Pulled & Drawn Thread class, however, there are many more designs to
|Wall Hanging Sampler
|Long Framed Sampler
The Wall Hanging Sampler (shown to the left) was designed by Stephen
Bowman to be completed and to hang in his office. Well, its hanging in the office, but it still has yet to be
completed. So much for doing projects for yourself. This sampler has 15 different designs on it, including 4 corner
designs, each done in a different bright color. As can be seen in the picture, many of the threads have yet to be pulled
out of the main linen.
The sampler shown on the right, known as the "Long Frame
Sampler" is a current work in progress. It will have 11 different designs in it, all the same color, ranging from
the easiest at the top and progressing to more difficult as it goes down. Of the 11 designs, 7 are complete and the
8th is almost finished (though not depicted). The remainder will soon be done and a new picture of the sampler in its
frame will be added to the website.
All projects in Pulled and Drawn Thread class are samplers so that
students will have samples of the different patterns when the class is complete and can do these projects at home.
|Lace Crochet Angel
The lace angel pictured to the right was crocheted by my grandmother,
Virginia, in the autumn of 1988 for my Christmas tree. After the angel was completed she starched it quite heavily and
this starch has held up ever since. This is an example of three dimentional lace work used.
This crochet lace edging was handed down through my family to
me by my grandmother, Virginia, who got it from her own mother, Bertha. This pattern has been used to make pillow slip edgings
and insertion to be used as wedding gifts by various members of our family for many years. This pattern represents the wedding
bells, that all young married couples are to have to announce their nuptuals.
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