A couple weeks ago a friend referenced me to Project Gutenberg, which is a catalog of free e-books, many of them originally published in the Victorian. The specific book my friend sent me to is Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont, a very comprehensive text on all things needlework, including hand stitching, embroidery, crochet, Irish lace, and many, many more things. The descriptions are concise and clear, and illustrated. All in all, it’s an incredible text for anyone interested in learning handwork. For any of you interested in learning to floss, a text like this is the perfect place to start.
For those of you interested in learning corset flossing, learning embroidery is essential. All flossing is applied embroidery. The techniques are almost exactly the same, and just about any embroidery pattern can be applied to flossing. You just make sure some of the stitches pass through the fabric snugged right next to the tips of the boning on either side, holding them firmly in place.