Rudesyning (Denmark)

Example of Rudesyning. Example of Rudesyning.

Rudesyning is a form of cutwork embroidery from Denmark and produced in the Hedebo tradition. This type of work was regularly used until c. 1900 to make monograms and to decorate towels, knædug (a pole for drying socks over a stove) and the posts attached to either side of the door of a small wall cupboard in small farming communities. This technique is not as open as that of drawn thread work.

Small squares are cut out from the ground material, with some threads left between each square. These threads are neatened with overcast stitches to create little bars. Some of the squares are then filled in using a darning stitch and together these squares form patterns of stylised animals, human figures, plants and trees of life. Rudesyning is very often found in combination with counted thread work and drawn thread work, such as Baldyring, Hvidsøm and Tællesyning.

See also the TRC Needles entries on Hedebo embroidery, An introduction and Hedebo embroidery. The different styles


  • ANDRESEN, G. (1981). Bondesyninger på lærred. Dragværk, Rudesyning, Korssting. Historie og teknik, Borgen: Naryana Press, Gylling. ISBN 87-418-4729-6
  • BUUS, H. (2008). Hedebosyning: en verden af variationer: katalog (Vol. 1. udgave), [Greve]: Greve Museum. ISBN 978-87-89367-28-6
  • HVIDBERG, E. H. J. (2000). Tulipanen i Hedebosyningen (Tulips in Hedebo Needle Lace), Jelling Bogtrykkeri A/S: Greve Museum. ISBN 87-89367-06-5
  • GLIENKE, Laila and K. EGHOLK (2008). Kulturarv med nål og tråd: hedebosyning for børn og unge. undervisningsmateriale fra Greve Museum 2008, Greve Museum. ISBN 978-87-8967-32-4
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Digital source of illustration (retrieved 6th July 2016).


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