Drawn Thread Sampler, R.I.P.

Drawn Thread Sampler, RIP

Guys, I’m calling it. Me and this drawn thread sampler just aren’t going to make it. I hate to give up on something so quickly, but seriously people, my sanity depends on it.

Oh, how I loathe this craft! Which I’m pretty sure I’ve never, ever said before! Most of you know that I do not shy away from tedious or very fine needlework. I’m learning bobbin lace, for crap’s sake! But this drawn thread business, it’s too much for me! The picking of the threads and lining all the edges and, oy vey – it’s not difficult at all, it’s just so very slow and boring.

I was sitting there this weekend, working on this tiny area (only the second bit I’ve done on it), wondering how on earth I’ll muster up the will to get through this one. When I thought, huh. Do I have to?! The goal of my Year of Samplers Project to sample 12 techniques, not end up with 12 pieces of textile art. And you know what? I sampled drawn thread, I’m out. There are just too many awesome projects out there to be spending time on something I hate doing.

Of course it’s always possible that this is just not the right time for drawn thread and me to be friends. I once hid (literally) a project at the bottom of my knitting basket because I hated it so much, only to fall in love with it a few months later. But whatever the case, I’m bailing on this technique for now. Onwards and upwards, friends!

If you had hoped to learn more about drawn thread as I went on, my apologies – there’s some good information via the links in my previous post, so please check them out!

5 Comments on Drawn Thread Sampler, R.I.P.

  1. Becky
    July 22, 2014 at 15:49 (4 years ago)

    This post made me laugh out loud. I feel the same way about knitting/crochet. I can do it, and it seems like I should enjoy doing it because I do so many other craft techniques, but I JUST DON’T. I admire you for admitting you hate something. We don’t have to be good at everything! :)

  2. Jessica
    July 22, 2014 at 16:55 (4 years ago)

    nothing wrong at all about not liking it!

    (and thank goodness for not falling in love with everything.)

  3. Ann-Marie
    July 23, 2014 at 00:55 (4 years ago)

    Julie, I LOVE your post today! I’m afraid that Drawn Thread and I struggle to be friends too, although I generally love all things evenweave. So I could totally relate to your point of view. In my local embroidery group, we generally have a go at two or three new techniques each year. Last year we did Kogin which I loved, loved, loved, and Dorset Feather Work which I couldn’t bear. I was feeling guilty that I never finished my sample of the latter – but after reading your post today, I am happy to let it lie at the bottom of the workbox. It can be my reminder to only work on the things I love!

  4. wendy
    July 23, 2014 at 13:58 (4 years ago)

    it’s great that you gave it a go and if you decided you don’t like it, so what, there are about a million embroidery techniques out there. How about Hardanger? It’s a similar principle to drawn thread, but done on an evenweave fabric and using Perle thread so it’s actually quite quick.

  5. wendy
    July 23, 2014 at 13:59 (4 years ago)

    p.s. I hate knitting!


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