Glossary

Glossary of Terms used in 1900s-era “fancywork” books.

Brown, Anna Wuerfel

cretonne

  • cre tonne

    [kri-ton, kree-ton] Show IPA

    noun

    a heavy cotton material in colorfully printed designs, used especially for drapery and slipcovers.
    Origin:
    1865–70;  < French,  after Creton,  Norman village where it was produced

Fancy-work

Filet crochet

Filet lacis

Nightingale

Portier:

  1. Note:  The portiere shown in the Priscilla Helps for Household book is not being used in this manner, rather, is a simiilarly open beaded drape used as an embellishment over a sheer panel.

Shirt-waist

Smyrna rug

Testa, Carmela

  • Boston-based Italian designer Carmela Testa appears to have self-published the phenomenal Variety Italian Cut Work and Filet Lace.   http://ia700209.us.archive.org/10/items/varietyitaliancu00bost/varietyitaliancu00bost.pdf

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