Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles

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Needles are found in archaeological contexts from a very early period in human history. The earliest seem to have been of bone (or ivory where that was available). Modern needles are of different lengths, sharpness of point and eye size, related to the intended end use and type of materials involved, but examples in our period have rarely been investigated from this point of view, although it is clear that some needles would not have been suitable for fine work such as silk embroidery. In the ea…

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Needle”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_472>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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