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and gold embroidery was another socially acceptable pastime for
women of all classes.
Just as many women today enjoy sewing
for pleasure and not because they need to, the medieval woman
also enjoyed fine embroidery and it was considered among a woman's
finest achievements if she was accomplished at embroidery.
Embroidery was an acceptable pastime
of the noble lady and indeed it was considered one of her finer
accomplishments. Many of the embroidery techniques used in the
middle ages are still in use today- couching, split stitch and
appliqué. Although this
could also be a more practical employment for wages, most women
were able to demonstrate their fine needlework on veils, bags,
belts, garters and girdles. Much of this kind of embroidery was
done for enjoyment.
The finest of these was called Opus
Anglicanum and it came from England.
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