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"Jacobean Bead Embroidery Bag", The front panel is worked in bead embroidery on preprinted nonwoven stitching base; the backing and gusset are leather. Materials: Crystal rivoli, mother-of-pearl teardrop, freshwater pearls, crystal bicones, faceted firepolish, Japanese and Czech seed beads, Japanese magatamas, leather, sueded lining, by Ann Benson.

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Intricate pattern for hand embroidery. One can use many bright colors or go with a sober gradation. And go bonkers over the choice of stitches to be used ;-)

Red velvet with gold thread embroidery and gold thread tassels from the 16th century.Collection Tassenmuseum Amsterdam.