Example of a straw spreuer. Example of a straw spreuer.

A spreuer is a term sometimes used in straw embroidery for leaf shapes made by winding damp, milled straw splints between the teeth of a coarse comb of some kind.

Originally, spreuers were worked between a series of headless nails fixed in a piece of wood. By the end of the twentieth century, metal dog combs or onion combs were often used instead. Once dried, spreuers are often sewn or couched down onto a cloth or net ground as part of a larger, floral design.

See also: Swiss straw work.

Source: FITCH, Barbara (1998). Decorative Straw Craft: Swiss Straw Work, Embroidery and Marquetry, Tunbridge Wells: Search Press, pp. 26-27.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 9th July 2016).


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