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Fine silk 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 needlework 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.
Info to go here.... Image
dated around 1340 from France. Both sides are stitched with Opus
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