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Category: broderie anglaise

Refers to openwork embroidery that uses eyelets, which are small holes bound by satin stitches, as a main design element. It is typically worked in cotton; it usually forms edgings for apparel or household linens. The holes, or eyelets, are grouped in patterns that are further delineated by simple embroidery stitches on the surrounding material. The work is generally done with white thread on white fabric. The technique originated in 16th-century Europe; it was not confined to England as its name would imply. In the 19th century it was commonly used on nightwear and underclothing. Modern broderie anglaise is generally done by machine.

Used for English embroidery, eyelet lace

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