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This skirt is signed in embroidered stitches by its maker, Maria Papadopoula, and dated 1757. The top pleated edge is intended to be worn not around the waist but higher, under the arms, held in place by shoulder straps. It is constructed from five loom-widths of a mixed cotton and linen. The opening down the middle of the central width would have allowed room for it to be put on, and also facilitated breast-feeding.

"The Whole Booke of Davids Psalmes...with apt notes to sing them withall" cover - English ca 1635. Canvas worked with silk and metal thread, seed pearls; tent, Gobelin, and couching stitches.

Embroidered Textile Made in Greece 18th century Linen plain weave with silk embroidery in cross and loose cross stitches

Save money by making your own silkscreen for printing! Easy to do, takes very little time, and oh so cheap! Full tutorial at Showtime Stitches blog