The Crusaders probably brought home embroidered textiles from the Middle Eastern countries after the Crusades.The well-travelled trade and spice caravan routes carried not only merchants and their stock of articles which were for sale but also itinerant craftsmen, who practised their skills wherever they settled.
With rifles dating back to the mid-sixties and other artifacts showing the involvement of the Mc Millan family in the firearms industry for over 50 years.
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The spread of cross stitch designs from their place of origin to so many different locations makes it difficult to identify accurately any one design as having originated in a particular region.
Designs and stitches have been exchanged between so many different cultures and geographical areas, through travel, trade and the availability of printed design books, that many design elements are now common to several cultures.
The term was first applied to decoratively stitched borders on medieval church vestments.
But over time it came to cover all stitched decoration on any textile fabric.
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