Here is a wonderful link to the Met's show on Embroidery......the link takes you even deeper, swirling into the past! Liturgical embroidery is featured and a nod is given to the economic crutch it gave to the industry...the church being the customer with the deepest pockets.
"Textile Production in Europe: Embroidery, 1600–1800 ". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art