In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make broderie anglaise lace by hand.
Broderie anglaise lace is a kind of cutwork or whitework lace. Broderie anglaise is also called eyelet lace, Madeira lace, Swiss embroidery or English embroidery.
In this tutorial, I used non-shiny unmercerized cotton thread which was used in Victorian broderie anglaise: 1855 broderie anglaise lace.
- white cotton fabric
- white cotton thread
- scissor and needle
Broderie Anglaise Eyelets
To make broderie anglaise eyelets, use an awl and pierce a hole through the fabric. If you don’t have an awl, use a big sewing needle, knitting needle or an opening spike for cans.
Stitch round the hole with closely spaced overcast stitches.
Broderie Anglaise Scallops
For broderie anglaise scallops, draw a scallop outline onto the fabric. Sew along the line with closely spaced buttonhole stitches.
Carefully, cut along the scallop edge.
Larger Broderie Anglaise Eyelet Holes
To make larger broderie anglaise eyelet holes, draw the desired outline onto the fabric. Sew with closely spaced running stitches around it. Then cut the fabric crosswise up to the drawn outline.
Turn the cut fabric to the wrong side …
… and sew with closely spaced overcast stitches along the outline.
Broderie Anglaise Satin Stitch Flower
Broderie anglaise is often combined with satin stitches.
I embroidered a flower motif with satin stitches, stem stitch, back stitch and colonial knots.
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