Drawn Thread Work

Example of drawn thread work. Example of drawn thread work. TRC collection.

Drawn thread work is a form of embroidery, by which selected warp and/or weft threads are drawn out of the ground material and then cut off. The raw edges are normally stitched over. The remaining threads are decorated with buttonhole stitch or other stitches, in a variety of designs. In Italy it is known as punto tirato.

Extensive use of this technique is often called cutwork, as it is the creation of large holes or shapes by the removal of whole blocks of warp and weft.

Also known as: drawn work (UK); withdrawn element work (USA)


  • EARNSHAW, Pat (1984). A Dictionary of Lace, Aylesbury: Shire Publications, pp. 48-49.
  • THOMAS, Mary (1936). Mary Thomas’s Book of Embroidery, London: Hodder and Stoughton, pp. 110-127.


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