Not just a piece of fabric!


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

Textile researcher, Jacqui Carey, 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.


Textile researcher and Author of 'Elizabethan Stitches', Jacqui Carey examining a piece of Elizabethan fabric at the Weald & Downland Living Museum.
Textile researcher and Author of ‘Elizabethan Stitches’, Jacqui Carey examining a piece of Elizabethan fabric at the Weald & Downland Living Museum.