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Not just a piece of fabric!

By 8 March 2019January 14th, 2021No Comments
Textile researcher and Author of 'Elizabethan Stitches', Jacqui Carey examining a piece of Elizabethan fabric at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

A marvellous piece of historic material was found in our early 17th century house extension from Reigate, Surrey.

Textile researcher, Jacqui Carey (pictured, author of ‘Elizabethan Stitches: A Guide to Historic English Needlework’ has examined this wonderful piece saying:

“so far I can see it is made up multiple stitches, one being an Elizabethan plaited braid stitch (standard) with a beautiful metallic thread.”

This piece of fabric is believed to to be a ‘stomacher’, an essential part of women’s gowns, dating back to 1570. In its most basic form it was a long ‘V’ or ‘U’ shaped panel that decorated the front of a woman’s bodice, extending from the neckline down to her waist.

Read more: House Extension from Reigate