Edge in Petal or Cluny Tatting – VTNS Fan Freebie

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!



Have you ever seen a beautiful piece of Cluny lace?

Cluny lace has long pointed tallies called wheat ears and is a geometric style of bobbin lace.




With today’s freebie you can get the same look without twisting lengths of thread on a bobbin. Instead there’s a technique called Petal or Cluny Tatting that can give you the same effect.


Petal or Cluny Edge Tatting Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More


The work is done with a shuttle and ball. It’s not easy, but by taking a look at the tutorial links below and practice, you can probably come up with a pretty Petal Tatting edge.


Petal or Cluny Edge Tatting Pattern Illustration 1 - Vintage Crafts and MorePetal or Cluny Edge Tatting Pattern Illustration 2 - Vintage Crafts and More

There are many places on the internet with tutorials on Petal or Cluny tatting. Here are a few:

Tatting a Cluny Leaf A YouTube video by tatmantats

Tatting Cluny Leaves by Hand A Needle Tatter’s Version

Hanging Cluny Leaf Flower Pattern and process by Tim TenClay

Also, in my research on Cluny Tatting, I found a super website by Georgia Seitz aka AKTATTER called Hanging the Cluny. She has a great page of information and links for making this pretty lace.

Here’s the pattern included in Aunt Ellen’s How-To Book on Needlework published in 1954.

Petal or Cluny Edge Tatting Pattern Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More

To print the pattern  or any other photo on the post, click on it, it will open in a new window, go to file, print and you’ll have a printed copy of the page.

Also at the bottom of the post there is a green Print Friendly button that will give you several options to print and save.

Find more about Tatting and how to do it in this previous post, Tatting Instructions.

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Mexican Drawn Thread Work Instructions and Patterns

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Mexican Drawn Work

Recently Cinco de Mayo was celebrated and it reminded me of the beautiful Mexican Drawn Work embroidery I’ve seen.

Mexican Drawn Thread Work Patterns and Instructions

I didn’t find a lot of information on Mexican drawn thread work, but I have a book about it that was originally published in 1889 titled Fifty Designs for Mexican Drawn Work.

You can find a reproduced copy for sale on the internet and some original copies too. Below I share some of the instructions from this booklet.



Drawn Thread

The craft of drawn thread has been around a long time. It’s a kind of openwork on linen where you remove some of the threads from the base fabric then rearrange or decorate the remaining threads with stitchery.

This embroidery technique is especially for doilies, table and dresser scarfs, place mats and anywhere you might use a decorative cloth.

To choose the linen for your project look for a plain cloth that will be easy to draw. Make sure the threads are even and without lumps. The grade of linen you choose will depend on it’s use. A finer cloth for a baby’s pillowcase and a more durable cloth for an everyday table.

Use an eight or twenty weight crochet cotton for stitching. It’s best when the cotton is coarser than the woven threads of the fabric. A nice silk thread would give a nice effect as well.

A frame for your work is very important so that the item will be evenly and firmly stretched. A round embroidery ring in sizes three to eighteen inches in diameter would work too.

When the edge of the work is to be finished with a hem, the hem is usually hem-stitched.


For information about hemstitching with this technique I’ve included the instructional PDF below:

Drawn Thread Work Hemstitching

Embroidery Stitches Used in Drawn Thread Work

Many of the stitches used in Mexican Drawn Thread Work are common embroidery stitches. The PDF below is 17 pages from an antique publication. The pages include instructions and illustrations for embroidery stitches used in drawn thread work.

Drawn Thread Work Stitches

Drawn Thread Work Small Table Cloth

A Tablecloth Pattern

As shown above, I’ve separated out and rewritten a small tablecloth pattern from the same publication. You’ll find it here:

Drawn Thread Work Small Table Cloth

Patterns for Edging

In addition to the tablecloth pattern, I found several edging patterns that you can use on tea towels, pillows and handkerchiefs.

Drawn Thread Work Edging Patterns

All in all this really is a fascinating type of embroidery that has many possibilities for use once you’ve mastered the basics.

PDF Download Instructions

You’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer to read the PDFs. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link below and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.


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