Louisa Frances Pesel (1870-1947) was born in Bradford and became a distinguished scholar, practitioner and teacher of the art of embroidery. She studied under the Arts and Crafts practitioner Lewis Foreman Day, who recommended her for the post of Designer at the Royal Hellenic School of Needlework and Laces in Athens, where she became the Director. When she returned to England, Pesel worked for the Khaki Club, Bradford for shell-shocked soldiers and was later involved in assembling kits for POWs during the Second World War. She travelled extensively, including Egypt and India collecting and recording textiles. She published many books and articles on embroidery history, design and stitching. The Pesel Collection, was bequeathed to the University of Leeds upon the death of Louisa Frances Pesel.