Omvendt udklipshedebo (Denmark)

Example of omvendt udklipshedebo. Example of omvendt udklipshedebo.

Omvendt Udklipshedebo (reversed Udklipshedebo) is a form of whitework embroidery using cutwork and embroidered lace techniques. It was developed in Denmark as part of the Hedebo tradition. It was worked on a white, linen ground (tabby weave) with white linen thread. 

Omvendt Udklipshedebo (see Johanne Ryder's painting) can be seen on the collars of women and children's traditional shifts, from the middle of the 1800's onwards. Pieces of cloth are cut into floral and geometric motifs. The edges of these pieces are then neatened around their edges with buttonhole stitches and the pieces are connected with embroidered lace. The pieces of cloth are also decorated with small free-style embroidered motifs, using satin stitch and outline stitch, surrounding a larger motif in the middle. The floral and geometric motifs may be further decorated using a padded satin stitch, giving a three-dimensional effect. Large decorative holes, comparable to those found in broderie anglaise, are also found.

See also the TRC Needles entries on Hedebo embroidery, An introduction and Hedebo embroidery. The different styles.


  • BUUS, H. (2008). Hedebosyning: en verden af variationer: katalog (Vol. 1. udgave), [Greve]: Greve Museum. ISBN 978-87-89367-28-6
  • HARBOESGAARD, J (2010). Udklipshedebo (Hedebo Cutwork), Jelling Bogtrykkeri A/S. ISBN 978-87-988931-3-4
  • HVIDBERG, E. H. J. (2000). Tulipanen i Hedebosyningen (tulips in Hedebo Needle Lace), Jelling Bogtrykkeri A/S: Greve Museum. ISBN 87-89367-06-5
  • (retrieved 13th May 2016).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 6th July 2016).


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