Cordonnet

Piece of mid-18th century Mechlin lace, with its patterns outlined with cordonnet. Piece of mid-18th century Mechlin lace, with its patterns outlined with cordonnet.

Cordonnet is a French term used to describe a thick cotton or silk thread that is used to outline lace designs (both hand and machine forms). The outline may be worked in a variety of stitches, such as buttonhole stitch, chain stitch (needle and tambour forms), running stitch, or in couching.  A cordonnet thread was used, for instance, for the famous Mechlin lace.

Also known as gimp or trolly.

Source: EARNSHAW, Pat (1984). A Dictionary of Lace. Aylesbury: Shire Publications Ltd, p. 35.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 7th July 2016).

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