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., homedepot.com
- Screen door
- Size 18 tapestry needle
- Lighter or matches
- Screen door number zero template
- Screen door number one template
- Screen door number two template
- Screen door number three template
- Screen door number four template
- Screen door number five template
- Screen door number six template
- Screen door number seven template
- Screen door number eight template
- Screen door number nine template
Print desired number templates; cut out.
Trace onto screen with chalk.
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.)
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).
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.
Knot cord and melt end.