Broderie Anglais means ‘English Embroidery’ in French. It is a fine white work embroidery technique and is made from a combination of stitchwork and eyelets which are little holes punched out of the fabric. These holes are then overcast to create a neat edge. The pattern is usually made up of floral shapes. Broderie Anglais is most commonly cotton or linen fabric. Broderie Anglais is thought to have originated in the 16th Century, but it did not become very popular until the 19th Century in England. This is the reason it adopted its name. Broderie Anglais is often called ‘Madeira Embroidery’ and is often confused with ‘Ayreshire Embroidery, a technique which look very similar.
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