Corner Fragment with a Variety of Patterns

19th century
Overall: 79.8 x 71.4 cm (31 7/16 x 28 1/8 in.)
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The various techniques used in this fragment suggest that it may have been made as a sampler to practice different lacemaking techniques.


Textiles often incorporate multiple needlework techniques within a single piece. One of the main techniques in this example of lace is called cutwork. In cutwork, portions of the textile ground, such as a linen or cotton cloth, are cut away and threads are removed to create holes. The edges of the hole are then reinforced with embroidery and a pattern of needle lace can be created within the perimeter. Rather than adding to the cloth to create a design, the craftsperson removes threads to fabricate a pattern.
Corner Fragment with a Variety of Patterns

Corner Fragment with a Variety of Patterns

19th century

Italy, 19th century

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