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Embroidery can refer to:

1. A textile decorated by stitching. Large embroideries intended as hangings are sometimes referred to as tapestries, most famously in the case of the Bayeux Tapestry. Important pieces are often referred to as embroideries, rather than by object or garment names, as for example the Maaseik embroideries.

2. The stitching used decoratively on a ground fabric. The stitches can be functional but made decorative either by technique or by colour. See embroideries ante-1100; opus; opus anglicanum; stitches: embroidered seams and line stitches; stitches: filling …

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Embroidery”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 19 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_288>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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