While embroidery/needlework has been used by many different cultures, over various time periods and various geographical locations, that useage has not been uniform. In some periods, while ecclesiastical clothing may be been highly decorated, everyday secular clothing may not have been. Or while accessories such as hats or pouches or domestic decoration may have been embroidered, clothing may not. So this section will look at specific examples of how embroidery was used that may have been representative of that period, place or culture or for which a culture is well known.


Love's not time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle's compass come; oh, no, it is an ever fixed mark. That looks on tempests and is never shaken; which alters when it alteration finds, whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Or bends with the remover to remove.