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AN EMBROIDERY BOOK CHAPTER

I

INTRODUCTORY " Give her of the

fruit of her

hands

;

and

let

own works

her

praise her in the gates."

Needlework,

as

an

artistic

and

practical

craft, is

highly interesting from a decorative point of view, and well within the scope of

any

intelligent worker.

has distinct advantages over most crafts

—

it

It

neither

requires great initial outlay for apparatus or materials,

nor does domestic

it

demand a special workshop thus, as a commends itself to many of us on account ;

art, it

of its adaptability to the conditions of its

decorative value

—as

life,

as well as for

a means of adding grace and

beauty to our daily surroundings. During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries England was famed for the beauty and magnificence of its ecclesiastical embroideries. These wonderful works found their way into many countries and were eagerly sought after by patrons of the beautiful many pieces ;

still

exist,

private ability

preserved in our museums, churches, or in

collections,

to

show us what

extraordinary

and invention these ancient embroiderers must

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