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Image from http://chattycathy-clipyourstring.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/embroideryold-school-whitework.html
Whitework with seeding and matting.
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I am very keen on Whitework at the moment. Put simply, whitework is embroidery sewn in white thread onto white material. There are various stitching styles within the genre - drawn thread work, Hardanger embroidery (so named because it originated in Hardanger in Norway), Mountmellick embroidery (originally from Ireland), broderie anglaise and reticella.
I love the gentle beauty of it.
So I've ordered a a vintage design ready-printed onto a lace-trimmed piece of linen from Etsy and I am going to give it a go. I'll show you the results.
What are you stitching or creating at the moment?