History of embroidery

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What is an embroidery?
The www.macmillandictionary.com says: a design of coloured stitches on cloth.


  1. Read the text, find vocabulary of craft, translate it and explain the words' meaning in English with the help of the dictionary www.macmillandictionary.com;
  2. Loe allolev tekst, tõlgi see ning leia selgitused erialaga seotud sõnadele kasutades sõnaraamatu www.macmillandictionary.com linki; nii omandad sõna tähenduse laiemas kontekstis.
  3. Translate the added text.
  4. Find out how old is our Estonian hand embroidery.
  5. Leia Interneti abil materjale Eesti tikkimiskunstist ning saa teada, kui vana on tikkimiskunst Eestis.


How old is hand embroidery?

Hand embroidery is thousands of years old. It was used in Ancient Egypt to decorate the hems of royal robes, in tapestries in the Middle Ages, and in ladies' samplers during the Colonial and Victorian eras.

It continues as an art form today. Many people are familiar with counted cross stitch - a cousin to hand embroidery - and it seems that counted cross stitch has nearly eclipsed it. However, there are many people who still love to work hand embroidery, and it decorates wall hangings, pillowcases, quilts and table runners.

Hand embroidery differs from counted cross stitch in that it uses many different types of stitches to achieve texture and interest, whereas counted cross stitch uses a single stitch and relies on colour and shading for texture.

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