Original embroidery by Emily Jones from about 1920
For centuries embroidery and other needlecraft have been used to create both ornamental and practical items. From cathedrals to parish churches, from palaces to cottages, needlework has played a role in recording historical events and everyday surorundings. The famous Bayeaux Tapestry relates the Norman Conquest of England and churches showed biblical events in tapestry form for the benefit of the largely illiterate congregation. Decorated curtains were placed in front of windows before the use of glass became common to keep out the wind and winter weather.