Pulled thread embroidery and needlework

Needlecraft has a long tradition on Gran Canaria, especially in the southeast of the island. Pulled thread embroidery is mainly used in household linen, featuring in tablecloths, table runners, napkins, bedspreads, sheets, towels, bread bags and curtains. It is also used in items of clothing such as aprons and blouses, and traditional costumes. The technique consists of removing threads from a fabric and bundling them together to create decorative patterns, often based on plants and flowers, or architectural motifs similarly taken from shapes occurring in nature. The materials used for pulled thread embroidery are linen cloth and cotton threads. Pulled thread embroidery appears to have originated in areas near the Portuguese border in the provinces of Andalusia and Extremadura. In the early 20th century the quality was so high that embroidered items were exported to England and the United States, and to a lesser degree to Germany and France.
Needlework adds all kinds of decorative motifs to traditional costumes, clothing, tablecloths and church and household linen. The process involves the phases of drawing, cutting the fabric, marking, choosing the frame, mounting the fabric, preparing the threads, and finally embroidering using the chosen stitch or stitches. Canary Islands needlework enjoyed considerable growth and financial success in the early 20th century, but gradually declined for various reasons such as war and shortages of fabrics. Few embroiderers continue this craft today.


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