This Thursday 24th of May in Argol, the Living Museum of the old trades offers you a stopover out of time, thanks to the discovery of embroidery on knotted net.

If, as evidenced by the traces left in many cultures, embroidery is one of the earliest graphic arts, this technique dates itself over 2 000 years. It consists of first making a net in the knotted point, at more or less large meshes depending on the desired effect, using a shuttle, a mould and cotton yarn most often, which will be stretched on a frame, a drum or a craft, then embroidered with a switch The tapestry and thread.
Note that this knotted net can be bought all ready and that it is sometimes replaced by tulle.

Embroidery on net

A volunteer at the Living Museum of the ancient crafts in Argol, Marguerite Le Rude puts a border on knotted net, for a closed bed, in the reformed frame of an interior that could still be found in the area a few decades ago.

According to The Times, it is all the strata of society that have searched for works more or less refined, even colorful or richly endowed with beads or gemstones. The religious linen was adorned like the altar cloth, as well as the traditional headdresses in the rural world, but also the body linens of the men and women of the bourgeoisie, they were even found in carriages and on horse adornments.

Textile materials from the Orient from the eighteenth century onwards and new technologies (such as the mechanization of the Tulle factory from the nineteenth centuries) participated in the decline of knotted net embroidery, but there was a keen revival of interest in this Technique that allows the creation of decorative ornament for the house, especially curtains or kiss-breaks.

We will also be able to attend – and participate – in the making of butter at the churn, then at his tasting, before meeting the fifteen volunteers who will animate the trades and activities of yesteryear, such as tailpiece, Vannier, carpenter, blacksmith, saboteur , as well as spinning, Weaver, among others.

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