Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts Historical Aspects of Embroidery



People have used embroidery throughout history not only to decorate living spaces and clothing, but also to depict what was happening around them. Our ancestors have left us a wealth of information about their life and times.

The Bayeux Tapestry, at 900+ years old, the oldest known crewel embroidery, depicts the Norman conquest of England (1066).

More recently the Afghanis wove graphic symbols of war into their rugs during the Russian occupation (1979-1989).

Oriental embroiderers favoured silk as early as 2700 BCE along with spun silver and gold, where European embroiderers favoured fine linen or canvas made from hemp.

In the 21st century, embroidery is again regaining its stature as an art form and is very popular as a hobby. Painting pictures with a needle and thread can be very rewarding as the members of the Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts will testify.


Member of the "Embroiderers’ Association of Canada"

Last modified by dhh:Aug 16, 2016