How To Make Broderie Anglaise Lace (By Hand)

broderie anglaise lace tutorial

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.


You’ll need:

  • white cotton fabric
  • white cotton thread
  • awl
  • scissor and needle


Broderie Anglaise Eyelets

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.

eyelets tutorial

Stitch round the hole with closely spaced overcast stitches.


Broderie Anglaise Scallops

broderie anglaise scallops tutorial

For broderie anglaise scallops, draw a scallop outline onto the fabric. Sew along the line with closely spaced buttonhole stitches.

buttonhole scallops

Carefully, cut along the scallop edge.


Larger Broderie Anglaise Eyelet Holes

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.

broderie anglaise eyelet holes tutorial

Turn the cut fabric to the wrong side …

whitework eyelet holes tutorial

… and sew with closely spaced overcast stitches along the outline.


Broderie Anglaise Satin Stitch Flower

broderie anglaise satin stitch flower

Broderie anglaise is often combined with satin stitches.

broderie anglaise whitework flower

I embroidered a flower motif with satin stitches, stem stitch, back stitch and colonial knots.

whitework lace flower

Here you’ll find more of my lace tutorials.

9 thoughts on “How To Make Broderie Anglaise Lace (By Hand)

  1. Hi I have a medium weight cotton fabric plain color, do u think this type of hand embroidery will work with it? Also let me know what embroidery thread must be used for medium weight fabrics.. I intend only to embroider the hemline .. Your work looks lovely thanks for sharing..

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Diya! 🙂 You can use everything from sheer muslin to heavy linen fabric for broderie anglaise. And as embroidery thread you can use ordinary sewing thread, cotton embroidery floss or yarn. Make a small sample to decide which you like best.

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