For centuries, instruction in needlework was an important part of a young woman's education. Both plain sewing and fancy embroidery required considerable time and effort. As a result, women took great pride in their work. Needlework skills might be used to earn a living, to embellish clothing and household furnishings, or to simply create objects of beauty.
Written by Linda Eaton and Anne Hilker
Written by Jo Ippolito Christensen