- soft silk thread, used esp for embroidery
C17: from French: silk, silkworm, from Italian filosello, perhaps from Latin folliculus little bag
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Examples from the Web for filoselle
Filoselle is well adapted to couching, and may be laid double (24 threads).Art in Needlework
Lewis F. Day
Take two or three threads from a strand of filoselle in your needle at once, and do not take too long a needleful.
These stitches carefully follow every line of the design, and are worked in black China sewing-silk or filoselle.
Material: Coloured ingrain marking cotton, or black sewing silk, or filoselle.
Purse silk is often used for the latter; it is more brilliant than floss silk or filoselle.