According to the Embroiderer's Guild, 1st August this year is to be celebrated as National Day of Stitch.
Painters are often identified by their brushstrokes so can embroiderer's be identified by their stitches? If a group of individuals all worked the same design with the same stitches, how easy would it be to recognise who stitched what?
The humble cross stitch can be created in a number of ways, as I discovered when I was looking at marked fabrics dating back to the 18th century in the archives of the London Foundling Hospital. This tiny sample was an experiment to see how despite the stitching looking identical from the front, depending on the technique used, the stitch was very different on the back. Stitched on ordinary linen and not the even weave used here, the size would be another identifier.
In 1784, a Boy (William Horton, aged 11) was tried at the Old Bailey for theft of tablecloths, shirts and other items. There was a long discussion regarding marking and how fallible it might be as proof of ownership.