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Cutworks - Embroided Lace - Hand Made - $1 (Las Cruces)

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condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Hand Made
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Cutworks or embroidered lace

Cutwork or “cut work”, also known as punto tagliato in Italian or “eyelet embroidery”, is a needlework technique in which portions of a textile, typically cotton or linen, are cut away and the resulting "hole" is reinforced and filled with embroidery or needle lace.

History … The cutwork technique originated in Italy at the time of the Renaissance, approximately the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. In Renaissance embroidery and Richelieu work, the design is formed by cutting away the background fabric. In the Elizabethan era, cutwork was incorporated into the design and decoration of some ruffs. In a fashion sense, this type of needlework has migrated to countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, India, and the United States. Dresden samplers contained white cutwork, along with needle lace.  Cutwork is still prevalent in fashion today, and although they are different, cutwork is commonly mistaken for lace and all machine made using laser cutting and machine stitching … obvious on close inspection. The eyelet pattern is one of the more identifiable types of cutwork in modern fashion. In eyelet embroidery, the design comes from the holes, rather than the fabric.

Italy … Embroidery pattern books after 1560 focused heavily on cutwork, as it became very popular in Italy. Initially, scrolling patterns worked in punto in aria were most evident, changing at the end of the century to reticella. The punto in aria technique involved laying threads over a linen ground, and then cutting the ground away.

Poland … The eyelet form of cutwork was popular in the Polish countryside from the 1700s, if not earlier. It was used to decorate costumes and textiles for the home. The execution of this hand embroidery reached its height in the late 1800s, a prosperous time with more money for clothing. Eyelet embroidery was found on men's clothing as well as women's. For those who couldn't afford larger garments, eyelet collars that could be used to adorn different blouses were popular. Cutwork was usually done on white fabric. Eyelet patterns were geometrical until the late 1800s. Beginning with the 20th century, intricate designs were introduced, often using “templates” to draw the pattern before embroidering then cutting.

Hand-made “eyelet embroidery” is not made today, too labor intensive … true vintage pieces are typically from the 1920s and 1930s … pre-war. We offer our collection from the early 1930s at these prices … made by my mother, first in Poland then in Chicago, USA. All cutworks are hand washable and may be ironed.

A – 40” x 15” … $70
B – 48” x 15” … $80
C – 63” x 14” … $100
D – 41” x 15” … $70
E – 23” x 15” … $45
F – 23” x 15” … $45
G – 41” x 15” … $70
H – 20” diameter … $30
I – 13” diameter … $45 for both pieces
J – 8” diameter … $60 for 4 pieces
K – 13” x 13” … $40
L – 8” diameter … $20
M – 12” & 10” diameter … $45 for both pieces
N – 41” x 16” … $70
O – 40” x 15” … $70

Some examples of embroidery details are last shown in gallery above.

For comparison, Etsy website offers mainly machine made cut works, but the few examples of vintage 1920-1930 cutworms are priced extremely high.
Example1 … Hand-Made Vintage Cutwork and Embroidery Mat - 11-1/4” by 5-3/4” … $30
Example 2 … Lovely Vintage Table Centerpiece or Tray Cover- Light Ecru Linen with Embroidery – 12” x 18 1/2" … $24

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