This tutorial will show you how to make broderie anglaise lace.
Broderie anglaise lace is a kind of cutwork or whitework lace. Sometimes it is also called Madeira lace, Swiss embroidery, or Englisch embroidery.
In this tutorial, I’ve used unmercerized cotton thread for a not shiny surface as seen in early victorian broderie anglaise. Picture of 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 close spaced overcast stitches.
Broderie Anglaise Scallops
For broderie anglaise scallops, draw a scallop outline onto the fabric. Sew along the line with close 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 close running stitches round it. Then cut the fabric crosswise up to the drawn outline.
Turn the cut fabric to the wrong side …
… and sew with close overcast stitches along the outline.
Broderie Anglaise Satin Stitch Flower
I’ve worked some satin stitches round the eyelet hole to make a flower.
For the stem and stamens, I’ve used stem stitch, back stitch and colonial knots.
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- How to attach lace the Edwardian way (3 methods)
- Edwardian lace insertion tutorial (with hand-rolled hem)
- 1920s imitation picot hem
- How to make an Edwardian lace yoke
- How to attach lace to a gathered edge