Guest blog series: Cutwork

by kath_red on 05/03/2011

in Fibre+Needlework, Guest Series 2011

Welcome Maya from Little Treasures to Whipup.

Hello everybody! I cannot tell you how excited I am to be here! My name is Maya and I blog over at Little Treasures. My blog is about crafts and I am always elbows deep in projects. Drop by and say hi!

Today I would like to write about embroidered lace commonly known as cutwork. Cutwork embroidery is an enchanting and eye-pleasing form of needlework where portions of the background fabric, as the name suggests, are cut out and discarded, while the edges are worked over in variety of stitches (satin and buttonhole stitches being the ones used the most).

Once used to decorate bed linen, this method swiftly turned into a trend of decorating clothing. There are many kinds of cutwork, the simplest being Broderie Anglaise while the most elaborate of all is the Reticella cutwork (see example below).

The basic steps into employing cutwork are the following:

Transfer the pattern onto a cotton piece or linen and use the reinforced running stitch to stitch it all.

Carefully cut the fabric paying attention to those portions having bars. Cut carefully under the bars.

Use the buttonhole / satin stitches to embroider the piece tucking the cut-out piece underneath. * Note: Some people make the stitches first and then when finished do the cutwork, which should be immensely precise or you may cut into the stitched part, thus I am safer with this method.

You are done. When washed and pressed with a hot iron the cutwork will gain a fabulous, rich and neat look.

Since I am addicted to colors I used cutwork for my dress and made a necklace.

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