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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 figure of Jael was worked separately and attached over an under drawing. The face and arms are made with silk satin, her headscarf and cloak are detached needle-lace stitch worked on a wire which could be shaped to create a billowing effect. The skirt is worked entirely on wire of a heavier gauge. Embroidered mirror frame. 1672. British. Silk, metal, glass beads, mica, seed pearls.

"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.

Cécile Dachary, autour de la tache,

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

Diagonal rows of lozenges with saw-toothed edges embroidered in red, white, buff and yellow silk on a blue ground. This pillow cover is medium: silk embroidery on linen foundation technique: embroidered in counted running stitch on plain weave foundation. Its dimensions are: H x W: 39 x 59 cm (15 3/8 x 23 1/4 in.). This pillow cover is from Greece and dated "18th century".

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

Greek ‘Tsevres’ (a decorative accessory) from Thrace. 19th century. Probably entended to become two sash (uçkur/waist band) for women. Motifs: "tree of life" and flowers, side by side. Silk and gold thread, gold wire on cotton - Satin, straight and Asia Minor stitches stitch. (from: The Greek Institute).