from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Ferret or floss-silk; grogram yarn of thread.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A kind of silk thread less glossy than floss, and spun from coarser material. It is much used in embroidery instead of floss.
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- noun A soft
silk embroidery thread
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Floss silk is generally used for other stitches because it covers the thread of the canvas better than purse silk; it is, however, often replaced by filoselle, which is a much cheaper material.
-- Six skeins of bright scarlet Berlin wool; 5 shades of green ditto, 6 skeins each; 12 skeins of black, and 4 of gray; 4 skeins of white, and 4 of gray floss silk, or filoselle.
The broad band is worked in rows of double filoselle, of various shades, sewn down with single filoselle.
A double course of couching forms the outline in Illustration 92, one of filoselle and one of cord, separately sewn; but the tendrils, which are of silver thread, are sewn down both threads at a time with double stitches, very obvious in the illustration.
Couched cord or filoselle is useful in covering the raw edge of the onlay, not so much masking the joints as making them sightly.
All this applied to velvet with a couching of brown filoselle, and the tendrils added.
-- For washing laces, Cordonnet 6 fils D. M.C is the best; for furniture fringes, the lower numbers of Coton à tricoter D. M.C, and for producing the appearance of filoselle, the lower numbers of Coton à repriser D. M.C are to be taken.
Couching outlines are usually thick strands of double crewel, tapestry wool, filoselle, cord, or narrow ribbon laid down and stitched at regular intervals by threads crossing the couching line at right angles.
It is much cheaper than embroidery silk or filoselle.
To be worked in outline and solid embroidery, in silk or filoselle, on satin de chine.