Dresden Embroidery

Dresden Embroidery is named from the ware which bears the same name. Its distinguishing characteristic is not the stitch but the pattern, which consists of fine, delicate flowers and sprays dropped on all over, extending on to the hem. The flowers are usually worked in palest tints of blues, pinks, and yellows. The leaves are worked in an olive green, in imitation of the Dresden china. This work employs the Kensington stitch, both solid and outline, the French Knot for the centers of tiny flowers, and occasionally the Satin stitch. No arbitrary rule governs their selection, but the work is fine and solid, never broad or sketchy.

Below shows an illustration of a linen embroidered in this style.

Illustration of Dresden Embroidery on Doily



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