Embroidery, then and now
Five-clawed lung dragon from 18th Century emperor's robe
from the 1977 The Complete International Book of Embroidery
1850 creation from the 1963 Woman's Day Book of American Needlework
Images 1966 BHG Stitchery and Crafts
Embroidery now - this Facebook page of Interlaced-Textile-Arts highlights contemporary embroidery, one such example of that by designer and artist Marijke van Welzen.
And another fabric artist ~
Who "paints with thread."