Wrought Linen

The word ‘wrought’ is a general English term that can refer to any decorated object, but it used to have a more precise meaning when applied to stitched items.

During the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547), the term 'wrought linen' referred to linen items embellished with linen, silk or metal threads. Wrought work was regarded as the preserve of women working at home, rather than of professional male embroiderers.

Source: LEVEY, Santina M. (1998). An Elizabethan Inheritance: The Hardwick Hall Textiles, London: The National Trust, pp. 43-44.


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