Cutwork embroidery designs – Runway trend!

We are talking about the latest trend these days- Cutwork embroidery designs. Whether you look at a dress or at leggings or anarkalis- cutwork is all around. This trend is such a fad that it’s even reached our shoes and bags. This is one vintage technique that’s doing the rounds and making see through clothes look fully sophisticated.

What is Cutwork Embroidery?

Cutwork is a needlework technique that features hand made cutwork embroidery designs with spaces cut completely worked on linen fabricThe famous Cut work is a technique with needlework where portions are cut away from a textile. The resulting hole is filled with embroidery to reinforce the work. Cutwork may look like a lace but the technique is done by embroidery. The fabric looks like a lace and the work looks very classy. Cut work is done by cutting away the fabric and binding the edges with buttonhole stitches. The eyelets along with network of holes are highlighted by the embroidery. This technique emerged as early as 14th century in Italy. Spanish cutwork, Venetian cutwork, Roman cutwork, Richelieu, Colbert embroidery, Moorish cutwork- all these techniques have been developed in different countries over a period of time. Each technique has a certain character of its own.

Off late, cutwork embroidery has been dominant on the runways and was seen in Rohit Bal’s LFW 2012 Summer Resort collection. Designer Abhishek Dutta gave a cutwork yoke on the men’s shirt and another look for women by showcasing a leather cutwok pallu.

Sport it: Cut work is a rescuer for the see-through effect. You can show a bit of your skin in a much swayed manner. Highlight your neckline and add flair to your hemlines. Cut it out at the sleeves with this vintage embroidery. A word of caution: never sport this technique head to toe and look like a bumblebee.

Cut work looks totally smashing on suits, dresses and even dupattas. The color combinations and various design patterns accentuate the embroidery work and underline the effect of the outfit. The designers have taken it to the ramp, you can take it to your home. Let’s Expresso cutwork embroidery designs in style!

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  2. I am looking for instructions to do hand embroidery cutwork. I tried many years ago and have forgotten, I think one starts with a running stitch and then a chain stitch inside and then the satin stitch? Is that correct? Any help would be so appreciated! Thank you!

    1. Hi There, you can check some videos on youtube to get an idea for doing cutwork by hand. The videos have all the details. Just search by,”Cutwork by hand”. Hope this helps. Thanks

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