Too beautiful not to share. I’ve been looking at a lot of soutache work lately which brought me to “Miscellaneous fancy work” from the Project Gutenberg eBook of Encyclopedia of Needlework.
The most scientific depiction of pom pom making I have ever seen.Tambour work. Which is what? “—Since the introduction of the sewing machine, by means of which this charming kind of embroidery can be so quickly and easily executed, it has somewhat gone out of favour. As however, the fine patterns with a good deal of shading in them, can be far more accurately worked by hand than by machine, tambouring, which is in point of fact merely a form of crochet, has lately been revived.” I love the see thru effect.And my super favourite, and the reason I went on this search in the 1st place. Alphabet in soutache. “—This alphabet, which is one of the best of its kind, was taken from a work published in Venice in 1662, by Giovan’ Antonio Tagliente, secretary and calligraphist to the Republic.” “The sewing on of the braid is done with very small running stitches and the interlacing with a tapestry needle, into which the braid is threaded…”