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Broderie Perse

Broderie Perse is French for "Persian Embroidery". It is a technique where elements, such as flowers or birds, are cut from fabric and appliqued onto a solid piece of fabric to make a scene or central design. It was most popular in Europe in the 17th century, and probably travelled from India, as there are some earlier findings there. Historically, Broderie Perse used Chintz fabrics.  In the early 1900's Chintz fabric was very expensive.  To better use the Chintz, the elements were cut from the Chintz and arranged on another piece of fabric as a central design or for borders and appliqued in place.  Quilters now have many options for floral, bird and tree designs app on cotton fabric. 

Benefits of Broderie Perse

  • Broderie Perse is an elegant technique.
  • Beautiful printed flowers or birds can be cut from a piece of fabric and appliqued into a larger piece to create a scene.
  • Broderie Perce can be added to any type of quilt to add an interesting element.

Supplies and Tools Broderie Perse

You will need some fabric with a motif that you will want to Broderie Perse, along with the following:

  • Fabric with large floral motifs, or the motifs of your choice.
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Thread
  • Other Supplies for the applique method you choose
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Broderie Perse

A BRODERIE PERSE flower or bird adds a hint of whimsy to a pieced quilt.  In addition, Broderie Perse can also add an elegant dimension.

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