Drawn Thread Work – Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques Part 1

I’m starting a new series about 1940s-1950s embroidery and sewing techniques. I have some samplers from my grandmother who made them between 1950 and 1952 during her dressmaker’s apprenticeship.

(My previous series: Victorian and Edwardian beauty routine and recipes and Victorian and Edwardian hair care)

This is part 1 of the series and I’m sharing with you a drawn thread work sampler:

Drawn Thread Work - Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques Part 1

My grandmother made this sampler in 1950 in the first year of her apprenticeship.

She used an off-white medium weight cotton or linen fabric and mercerized cotton embroidery thread.

vintage 1950s hemstitch

The short sides are finished with a hem embellished with hemstiching, while the long sides are bound with self-fabric straight-grain binding by hand so that no stitches are visible on either side.

1940s 1950s vintage drawn thread work close-up

Drawn Thread Work - Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques

This is a very dainty drawn-thread work, measuring just 0,5 cm (0,2 inch).

1940s 1950s Drawn Thread Work - Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques

This drawn thread work is 1,5 cm (0,6 inch) wide.

1940s 1950s vintage drawn thread work close-up

These two are 2cm (0,8 inch) wide.

1940s 1950s Drawn Thread Work - Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques

vintage drawn thread work

1940s 1950s vintage drawn thread work close-up

vintage drawn thread work

1940s 1950s vintage drawn thread work

Here you’ll find part 2 of the 1950s embroidery series and my tutorial about how to make drawn thread work.

If you’d like to see some more pictures or have a question about the sampler, please post a comment below.

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