HNW - "a deux endroits" embroidery

Linn Skinner skinner02 at
Tue May 9 09:31:37 PDT 2000

There is an entire sort of paper embroidery called col fiche which is also
done reversibly.  I have an idea that early banners were made up of double
sets of applique with simple embellishment applied in a reversible manner.
Just a studied guess.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Connie Carroll" <Connie.Bunny at>
To: <H-Needlework at>
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2000 11:58 PM
Subject: RE: HNW - "a deux endroits" embroidery

> I know there is a way of doing this as I watched a Chinese embroiderer
> several years ago working on a see-thru material and I couldn't tell the
> difference nor see the knots when she finished a length though I watched
> cut the thread. Since then I have almost achieved that level but not
> If anyone manages it I would love to see your work.
> Are there any recommended books that show this?
> Kassandra
> -----Original Message-----
> >         "These banners or oriflammes demanded a fair degree of skill for
> > they had to be embroidered in a manner whereby the device could be seen
> > clearly on two sides of the fabric. This requirement led to the
> > development of a special form of embroidery known as a deux endroits.
> > The term implied that the back of the embroidery was worked as
> > as the front."
> >
> I hadn't heard of it, but perhaps its' not a particular stitch; from
> reading the above the first thing that comes to mind is that the phrase
> might simply mean the front and back were both nice looking?
> Mairi, Atenveldt
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