There are many kinds of cutwork, the simplest being Broderie Anglaise while the most elaborate of all is the Reticella cutwork. Reticella cutwork is the ultimate and most elaborate of all cutwork. It is just one step away from needle made lace.
The basic steps into employing cutwork are the following:
Transfer the pattern onto a cotton or linen which is the best fabric for cutwork.
Use the reinforced stitch to stitch all around.
Work the bars exclusively on the surface of the fabric. Make two or three strands. The more strands the thicker the bar. You decide the size you want.
Start filling the bars. When you come to the other end, secure it by intertwining the embroidery floss into the neighbouring stitches.
Next, you are ready to cut into it.
Cut carefully, and mind not to cut the bars.
Use the buttonhole or satin stitch to embroider the piece tucking the cut-out piece underneath. Some people do all the needle work first and when finished do the cutwork, which should be immensely precise or you may cut into the stitched part and ruin the work. However, I find the tucking method much safer and the look neater.
Tomorrow I am having a tutorial for making multiple bars. Do come over if you like cutwork.
Also I would like to thank you all for the lovely comments left on whip up and the e-mails that encouraged me to dwell more into this lovely segment of needle work. See you tomorrow.