Embroidery is an age old art form and one can assume that any of the techniques in these modern books can be applied to historical garments.However, be warned that embroidering your corset will take a great deal of time.In the Elizabethan era and the 18th century, the busk was a wooden insert that served to both flatten the stomach and provide a stage for decorative stomachers.The corset's been around long enough to develop quite the extensive vocabulary, along with a lot of misconceptions.In earlier corsets, I see examples of decorative embroidery techniques applied to corsets, but not necessarily flossing.
Flossing was most often applied at both the top and bottom of the boning channels.Historically made from whale bone (not an actual bone, but the teeth of a baleen whale) or reed, the stiff inserts of the corset that keep the body in the desired shape are called bones.Today, steel and plastic are more common materials for bones.They often represent the ultimate in feminity but can be notoriously uncomfortable. In one form or another they've been around for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Crete [source: Thomas]. The garment itself can be short and belt-like around the waist or cover you from hips to bust. Early versions of corsets were called stays; the term corset didn't come into general use until the late 18th century.