Broderie Anglaise

Broderie Anglaise, also known as Engish Lace is a 100% cotton-based, or cotton polyester mixed embroidery. Unlike the two other main types of machine embroidery, embroidered tulle and guipure lace, with English lace, the base fabric is an essential part of the finished embroidery design. Very popular in the form of allover fabric, Broderie Anglaise also get produced as trimmings and in a gallon width.

How It Works

Holes in the design are created by the needle which pierces through the base fabric. Meanwhile the yarn is simply stitched onto the fabric for the rest of the design, This gives the embroidery a three-dimensional look and makes it easier to stitch a coloured yarn onto a white base fabric, and vice versa.

Embroidered Tulle

This type of machine embroidery can be developed on different kinds of tulle or net base, such as cotton, polyester, polyamide or nylon. The most exquisite of all being a cotton tulle, which are still only produced on highly specialised cotton tulle machines in England and France. Nowadays, cotton tulle embroidery is very popular among vintage clothing and bridal.

How It Works

In order to protect that base fabric from ripping, a water-soluble fabric is placed on top of the tulle before embroidering it. This layer of fabric is later dissolved, allowing only the embroidered stitching and the net to remain. Any yarn, cotton, polyester, polyamide, lurex and even wool can be embroidered onto the tulle fabric.


Guipure is now the French word for tape, but back in the days when machine embroidery was newly established, the word guipure was used to describe lace that has a gimp or thicker thread to outline the pattern. Guipure embroidery tends to be heavier than most embroidery. Widely applied on modern bridal and luxurious evening gowns, Guipure gives designs a bolder and more unique look.

How It Works

We embroider the yarn on a water-soluble base fabric which disintegrates during the final process, leaving on the embroidery. This technique enables us to create the purest form of embroidery with various yarn materials, even wool or lurex. Now, there are also unique finishing techniques such as Chintz, which gives the embroidery a leather look.


The term Chintz originally comes from glazed calico textiles, a plain 100% war-woven textile made from unbleached and often not fully processed cotton. Printed with designs featuring flowers and other patterns on a light coloured plain background, Chintz fabric was primarily imported from India. Since then, the word Chintz is widely used for different types of gazed fabrics, including a special Schiffli Embroidery finishing. If you are looking for embroidery with a luxurious, but classy look, a Chintz finished Guipure lace is a good option.

How It Works

In the Chintz finishing process, the Guipure embroidery gets pressed and exposed to extreme heat so the natural wax gets removed from the yarn. It looks like the stitches slightly melt, which gives the design a flat and shiny look.