Sure I waste a lot of time browsing blogs, but I can hardly help myself when I find so many interesting posts and links.
I enjoyed this one so much I thought I'd link to it here in case you, too, would love to see and read more about the embroidery of Maderia. Such beautiful, beautiful work!
Read the wonderful post at Needled, follow the link to the museum and be sure to view all the lovely images of fine embroidery.
"The Embroidery of Maderia"by Carolyn Walker and Kathy Holman (1987: Union Square Press) is, sadly, out of print. It is a terrific book if you ever run across a copy or if your library has it.