Rhodes Embroidery

Modern example of Rhodes embroidery. Modern example of Rhodes embroidery.

Rhodes embroidery is the name for a form of pulled thread work that was popular in northwestern Europe in the early twentieth century. Rhodes embroidery, which is often classed as a form of embroidered lace, was apparently based on traditional drawn thread work from the Greek island of Rhodes. 

The 'new' version consists of a main motif surrounded by a grid of holes. These motifs are created by using a coarse needle and then using either satin stitches or a four-sided stitch to hold the shape of the holes. This type of embroidery with a grid is sometimes called punch work or punched work.


  • KLICKMAN, Flora (1915). The Cult of the Needle, London: Girl’s Own Paper and Woman’s Magazine, pp. 15, 87.
  • THOMAS, Mary (1936). Mary Thomas’s Book of Embroidery, London: Hodder and Stoughton, p. 106.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 6 July 2016).


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