The Linkspages at Larsdatter.com

The Embroiderer's Story: Needlework from the Renaissance to the Present Day

These embroiderers (formerly part of the tailors, seamstresses, & sewing tools linkspage) show both embroidery both as a profession and as a pastime. Note the evolution in tools used to stretch the fabric to be worked. See also Stitches in Time: Medieval Embroidery in its Social Setting.

There's another page on 18th century embroiderers elsewhere on this site.

Thanks to Jerusha for the suggestions for additional links!