Counted-thread embroidery is any embroidery in which the number of warp and weft yarns in a fabric are methodically counted out for each stitch, resulting in uniform-length stitches and a precise, uniform embroidery pattern. Even-weave fabric is usually used, producing a symmetrical image, as both warp and weft yarns are evenly spaced.
The opposite of counted-thread embroidery is free embroidery.
Types of counted-thread embroidery
Among the counted-thread embroidery techniques are:
- Bargello, or Florentine work
- Canvas work
- Drawn thread work