Between the Lines by Deborah Love

24th March 2023

Hands up those of us who prefer to skip the process of transferring a design before you stitch?

If that’s you, there is a good chance you’ll enjoy the project ‘Between the Lines’, which uses a combination of withdrawn thread embroidery and counted stitch techniques, with no design transferring in sight.

In fact, let’s begin our review of this fabulous project by Australian designer Deborah Love by further profiling the type of stitcher who would best enjoy this style of needlework:

1 – When doing a colouring-in book, are you a stickler for keeping within the lines?

2 – Are you the type of person who has a place for everything and likes everything in its place?

3 – Do you like a bit of mental arithmetic and find joy in numbers?

If you answered yes to all three of the above, consider yourself a perfect match for Between the Lines. But even with one yes or a maybe to most, there is still a high chance you’ll enjoy this type of embroidery.

Publication: Inspirations magazine issue #117

Designer: Deborah Love from Australia

Project Name: Between the Lines

Project Type: Sachet

Technique: Withdrawn Thread Embroidery 

Fabric: 28-count linen

Design Transfer Required: No

Threads: Cotton

Dimensions: Sachet measures 15cm x 16.5cm wide (6” x 6 ½”) 

Withdrawn thread embroidery is a lot of fun for anyone who enjoys the ‘follow the bouncing ball’ approach to needlework as there is no creative interpretation or decisions to be made, it’s a case of counting and stitching.

Between the Lines is essentially a sampler consisting of five bands and four panels, the degree of difficulty and complexity of which, increase as you progress through the piece.

Each band features a series of different withdrawn thread stitches while the panels are worked in counted thread techniques.

Twisted Hem Band

The best part is, this is a sampler with a purpose, so after stitching all the bands and panels, the decorative hem stitch around the edge is used to secure a backing piece of fabric to create an envelope.

Once completed Between the Lines can be filled with lavender or rose petals and makes a welcome fragrant addition to a bedroom closet or traveller’s suitcase. As an alternative, you could even slip in a cushion insert instead.

Coral Stitch Pattern Band


From time to time errors are discovered within some of the instructions we publish, despite our best endeavours to triple check every detail!

Before starting a project we strongly recommend checking the Errata page on our website for any updated instructions that may be applicable.

In this instance, a replacement diagram within the instructions for Between the Lines has been released, so please download the latest Inspirations Magazine Errata PDF HERE.

Make Your Own Between the Lines

Step 1 – Purchase Project Instructions

Between the Lines by Deborah Love is a lavender sachet utilising a selection of withdrawn thread techniques.

Printed Magazines

Inspirations Issue 117

Digital Patterns

Between the Lines – i117 Digital

Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch kit for Between the Lines includes everything* you need to re-create this dainty sachet: Fabrics (unprinted), sewing thread, embroidery threads and needles


Between the Lines – i117 Kit

*Please Note: To cater for flexibility of purchase, instructions are not included with our kits. For step-by-step directions on how to create this project, please refer to the magazine/digital pattern.

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