Russian Drawn Filling

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The even weave fabric is first prepared by removing an equal number of alternate horizontal and vertical threads. In this diagram two threads are removed. This leaves a series of open squares in the fabric. The center of the stitch is in this open space.




Come up at A just outside the upper left open square. Leave a tail of thread to be woven later.

Pass the needle diagonally in back of the threads forming the corner. Come out in the center of the open square.



Pass the needle from right to left in back of the two threads on the right side of the square, over the working thread, and out in the center of the open square.

Pass the needle from left to right in back of two threads on the left hand side of the square and come out in the open square.



Pass the needle in back of both threads in the open square, the working thread, and the two threads at the bottom of the square.

Pass the needle in back of the two threads at the top of the square and over all threads in the open square.



Pass the needle in back of the fabric threads in the lower right corner of the square and out in the next open square below and to the right of the square with the completed stitch.

This diagram shows one stitch completed and Step 2 of the second stitch. Steps 2 through 7 are repeated to create each stitch. When the desired number of stitches are complete, the tail of thread left in Step 1 can be woven in.

Diagram source: Pat Albiston, reprinted by permission.

Bibliographic Sources

Snook, Barbara. Needlework Stitches, p. 101.
Thomas, Mary. Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1989), pp. 184-185.