Pulled Thread

The embroidery guild I belong to will be starting a pulled thread sampler offered by Kathrin called the 16 square pulled thread sampler. The program will start this Tuesday so I thought I would get a head start. I printed the pattern for the sampler and the border and got started. And promptly ran into trouble.

1st attempt – 1 over 1

This is using Laguna 25ct linen. At first glance, on the pattern for the border, it appeared that everything was over one thread. I love the way the pattern looked, but was not so keen on how this was turning out. After getting to this point, I realized something was wrong. There are not enough threads in the middle of the square to complete the pulled thread portion of the pattern. I started doing some counting on the pattern and for the pulled thread patterns you need 36 threads, I have 23 threads. UGH! At this point I went terribly wrong. I assumed the pattern was incorrect and decided to draw out a new pattern with border changes to accommodate the 36 threads in the center square.

2nd attempt after drawing out a new pattern.

In this attempt, I now have 37 stitches in the middle and the border is not balanced with the pulled thread portion. Then I went to my EGA meeting (on zoom) and asked all my questions. Those women are amazing!! They are so supportive and really helped me to figure out what was going on without making me feel like an idiot.


I now know where I went wrong. The pattern for the satin stitch and the pulled thread are indeed over one thread. Everything else is over two threads. If I had been paying close attention to the pattern I would have seen this. Oh, well. This was a good learning experience. The downside is that I don’t have enough fabric to actually make the sampler now so I have ordered new fabric and am waiting for it to arrive. It won’t be here by Tuesday, but that’s ok. An upside is that I now have this doodle cloth and will practice the pulled thread patterns on it until I get them right! Sometimes I feel as if I learn way more from my mistakes!

Today I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.

8 thoughts on “Pulled Thread

  1. That’s a lot of beautiful stitching. Happy you have it all figured out now.

  2. Life in pieces. You will always remember this doodle piece and when you finish the piece with all the work you put into it, you will enjoy it so much more.

  3. So pretty! That is how we learn by making mistakes!

  4. Using your “mistake” as a practice piece is genius, and may make a lovely pin cushion in the end!

  5. Your pulled linen project is lovely. Such pretty stitches. Fabulous you can zoom with the other ladies and chat and stitch together.

  6. Beautiful stitching, but as you say, it will be a good practice cloth. Happy stitching!

  7. I like the idea of having a piece where you can practice the pulled threads. Making lemonade out of lemons.

  8. this is so lovely and I admire your skill with such fine cloth. Thanks so much for the lovely comments about my work too. I really appreciate them. Lovely to ‘meet’ you!

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