Whitework embroidery encompasses many different techniques and refers to the use of white thread on a white fabric.
Examples of this are Norwegian Hardanger, Mountmellick embroidery, Broderie Anglaise and needle lace.
Irish Kenmare, Carrickmacross and Limerick lace are all embroidery of white thread on a fine textile background.
Pulled and drawn thread work such as Hardanger utilise the nature of the fabric threads to be either pulled into place or cut and drawn out completely to create the distinctive holes which are then embroidered around.
Broderie Anglaise involves the stitching of designs which have small holes or ovals which are then carefully cut away to reveal a lacy effect.
Maire Curtis offer a embroidery and Irish lace courses in the Cumbrian Lake District