Embroidery Printing Roller

Embroidery printing roller. Embroidery printing roller.

Embroidery printing rollers are small, hand-held devices used to transfer a design. They were popular in some European countries during the nineteenth century and were often used as an aid to the production of domestic embroidery, especially for the decorative edges of undergarments. Removable rollers with suitable handles were produced by various commercial firms (especially in France) and sold for the domestic market.

Hundreds of rollers were made with different embossed designs. Most of the rollers are about 2-3 cm in width, with a diameter of between 1 and 2 cm. The roller was attached to a handle and then a washable ink was placed on an attached ink pad that was used to cover the raised design in ink. The inked roller was moved up and down on a piece of linen or cotton, leaving the design outlined (marking) on the cloth. The resulting pattern could then be embroidered. Often the embroidery was carried out with a white cotton, silk or linen thread, although sometimes other colours such as pale pink or blue can be found.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 22 June 2016).


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