I admit I haven’t gotten very far, but it’s a first attempt at drawing thread. (For the record: I’m using a fairly coarse Ikea linen fabric and a size 12 DMC perle cotton – my research said to use a thread around the same size as the threads in the fabric.) I’ve done only the very basic first steps: I snipped the threads with some teensy scissors and learned how to secure the threads on the sides — which I’m pretty sure I’ve done wrong, actually. (Maybe. It seems to depend on who you ask?)
This is definitely a needlecraft worth consulting the vintage books for. There’s not a lot of information on it in modern books or online. I worked with a few of my books from around the 1930s, but if you’re interested in giving it a try, this post from Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n Thread seems like a good place to start. There’s some good photos and a bunch of links to further information at the end.
I’ve learned how to secure and do a basic wrap, gathering the remaining strands in the fabric. I’m already unsure how I feel about this craft. Although I generally like a little bit of fussiness in my needlework, and I’m not put off by the tedious aspects, this already feels like it might be a little too rigid for me. Once you cut threads in a fabric, you kind of have to follow the rules, you know?
I guess I don’t see an immediate way to modernize this craft – I mean, I’m sure it’s there if you’re creative! But my gut says it all feels a little too fiddly and old-fashioned for me. Though I did think wrapping those stitches was pretty fun. Let’s see how I’ll feel as I continue!