A history of the art and technique of the actual stitches employed in embroidery is displayed and explained in this exhibition of items from the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The earliest object dates from 1425, and subsequent examples follow the development of needlework to the present time. The greatest number of objects come from monasteries, churches and palaces, and include wall hangings, table covers, samplers, pillow covers, indoor caps (for both men and women), and men’s waistcoats. The museum has set up a number of workshops where the embroidery is demonstrated for the eager learner to observe.
The exhibition was made possible in part by a grant from the Embroidery Council of America.