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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The peculiar high-relief embroidery made in England during the Stuart period. It had its origin in the raised work of Italy and Germany of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Lace, brocade, satin, silver and silver-gilt thread, corals, feathers, and many other curious materials were carefully stitched together and raised on ‘stumps’ of wood, or wool pads in fantastic shapes.


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