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Picotage was a method for creating fabric designs that dates back to the 18th century. The artisan would create the patterns by piercing a wood block with various sizes of tacks to create white dots in the printed image.
My picotage-style fabric is made with much more modern techniques (i.e. a sharpie and Photoshop!) but the design was inspired by a cording pattern that I found in a Victorian ladies' magazine dating from 1875.