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"Women led a stereotyped and sedentary kind of life. Instead of singing, playing, and getting up concerts, they spent a great portion of the day at the embroidery frame, plying their needle in embroidery or tapestry, while one of the company read aloud. ... It was the most natural thing in the world for them to renew the upholstery of mansion or castle, and there was no desire to be short of reading during these lengthy tasks. Those eternal conversations in the works of Mademoiselle de Scudery which suspend the progress of the story and appear to us so unwarrantably irrevelant, were by no means unwelcome."

--De l'influence des femmes sur la littérature française (1811) by Madame de Genlis

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Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. In modern days, embroidery is usually seen on caps, hats, coats, overlays, blankets, dress shirts, denim, dresses, stockings, scarfs, and golf shirts. Embroidery is available in a wide variety of thread or yarn colour. It is often used to personalize gifts or clothing items.

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