EMBROIDERY


Embroidery is one of the most ancient art expression. It is a noble and graceful art coming from east and spreading then through Europe and the rest of the world.

The embroidery technique is made up of a wide number of stitches. Some of them like the well known cross stitch and the chain are used all over the world, while others are part of the different national cultures. Italian embroideries are rich in history and tradition. These embroideries like the precious Burano and Cantù lace, the Sicilian drawn thread work, the Sardinian Filet and the antique stitch are known all over the world.

You will find below some pictures of the most well known embroidery stitches. You will be able to see many of them in the linen we sell on our website. This can help not very skilled people to choose  an item or give them the opportunity to better know the kind of embroidery they are purchasing.

Burano lace deserves to be mentioned in a section apart which you will find at the bottom of this page.

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CANTU' LACE

BATTENBURG LACE

BOBBIN LACE

FILET

CUTWORK

SICILIAN DRAWN THREAD

MADEIRA EMBROIDERY

ANTIQUE STITCH

NEEDLE STITCH

PEAHOLE and HEM STITCH

ENGLISH STITCH

NEEDLEPOINT

ORGANDIS end SHADOW


 CHIACCHIERINO


ASSISI STITCH

HARDANGER

NEEDLE PAINTING

PULLED THREAD

MACRAME'

CORNELY LACE

 

VENICE LACE


The famous Burano lace is called after the homonymous Venetian island. In the sixteenth century Burano lace was already well known in Europe where it was so much appreciated and in such a great demand that it became in the course of centuries an essential product for the economy of the island. In the eighteenth century the "school of lace" was opened to prevent this ancient art from disappearing. Thanks to this institution the lace art has been handed down to us.

Needle lace. This precious lace is made using needle stitches. It requires a drawing made on paper to be placed  on the fabric. Needle lace is made up of various complicated embroidery stitches. The basic stitches are the Venice stitch that ties up and fills in the empty spaces among the shapes and the Burano stitch which is a net made using a very thin yarn. Several embroideresses have often to contribute to just one work because each one of them is skilled in making a certain type of stitch. 

Bobbin lace. Bobbin lace is a continuous winding braid made of ten or more threads fixed by needle embroideries that hold the winding braid together while forming the typical scrolls and the decorative elements inside.

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NEEDLE LACE


BOBBIN LACE


VENICE STITCH

BURANO STITCH
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