All About Embroidery

By definition, embroidery is the concept of hand decorating any sort of material, namely fabric, using a needle to apply yarn or thread designs. Embroidery is a hobby for many, a passion for others, and some even make a career out of it. Technology has enabled embroidery to become increasingly more complex and dynamic.

Modern embroidery includes and incorporates not only just thread, but also beads, feathers, sparkles, sequins, pearls, gems and other elements for both visual and texture effects. As mentioned, technology and other advances have helped make embroidery what it is today, but it started with just plain old chain stitches along with buttonhole and blanket stitches. The other fundamental embroidery techniques and stitches include the running, satin and cross stitch. All of these remain the core components and techniques required to create embroidery patterns and items today.

There are three main types/classifications of embroidery;

  • Free/Surface embroidery; this is done freely with no regard for grain or weave of underlying fabric.
  • Counted Thread embroidery; this is a more technical and strategic approach to embroidery whereby the patterns come from a planned number of stitches over the base fabric.
  • Needlepoint or Canvas work embroidery; it is the most dense embroidery. The patterns are densely done and the technique can be compared to and is similar to the counted thread technique.

The surfaces on which embroidered designs are created and come to life vary. There are canvas works which include art, dolls, etc. There are lighter fabrics used as well and some artists even choose obscure objects and surfaces such as curtains and even things like eggs.

Embroidery is an art and many people value the work and level of detail so much so that they purchase embroidered products to display, use and wear. If you are interested in the art of embroidery, check out some online resources to help you get started.

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