This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Drawn-Work. A kind of ornamental work done in tidies, towels, etc., by cutting out, pulling out, or drawing to one side some of the threads of the fabric while leaving others, or by drawing all into a new form, producing fancy patterns in the cloth. This work was the original form of lace, the addition to it of needlework producing the first and simplest varieties of lace. The early name for this was cut-work.