Colbert embroidery is not a widely known style of embroidery. It falls in the realm of counted work, and is similar to Assisi work, in that it employs a patterned background with the focal part of the design often voided. The design elements are outlined in heavier stitches, such as stem stitch and chain stitch.
Unlike Assisi work, Colbert embroidery utilizes intricately patterned backgrounds in multiple colors and types of thread. The patterned backgrounds are similar to Wessex embroidery.