Counted-thread embroidery is any embroidery in which the fabric threads are counted by the embroiderer before inserting the needle into the fabric. Evenweave fabric is usually used; it produces a symmetrical image as both warp and weft fabric threads are evenly spaced.
The opposite of counted-thread embroidery is free embroidery.
Among the counted-thread embroidery techniques are:
- Bargello, or Florentine work
- Canvas work
- Drawn thread work