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How To Stitch A Nylon-Twine House Number

Give your screen door a simple summertime makeover.


Inspired by a similar idea in Abbey Hendrickson’s book You Are Awesome (Cicada, 2012), we stitched a house number in colorful nylon twine directly into the mesh, using its existing grid as our foolproof guide.

Mason twine, by Everbilt, in Neon, $5.25 for 250 ft.,



  1. Step 1

    Print desired number templates; cut out.

  2. Step 2

    Trace onto screen with chalk.

  3. Step 3

    Thread a few feet of twine into a size 18 tapestry needle, testing to ensure it fits through the screen (it will fit through most); knot. (To keep ends of twine from fraying, carefully melt ends with a lit match.)

  4. Step 4

    Starting at a corner of the number, insert needle from back of screen and pull through. Push needle back into screen at next corner (it’s okay if it’s a very long stitch).

  5. Step 5


    Continue with stitches on alternating sides of screen until you reach starting point. Then stitch entire number again, so thread appears as a continuous line.

  6. Step 6

    Knot cord and melt end.

Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2014