Embroidery is an art or handicraft that consists of decorating types of fabric and other like materials with needles and threads. The art of Embroidery incorporates many other materials including metal strips, beads, pearls, quills, and sequins.
Embroidery is done to decorate fabrics and cloths, usually to make costumes or costume based items, though there are also many other types of embroidery that are used on regular worn clothes.
Embroidery has been used through the ages to decorate both clothing and cloth bags; basically all cloth-based surfaces can be decorated or enhanced with embroidery.
Embroidery consists of stitches such as chain stitch patterns, buttonholes, blanket switches, satin stitches, running stitches, and cross stitches. These are the most basic forms of embroidery done by hand, though there are many others that can be used by hand or by an embroidery machine.
Machine embroidery has been raising type of embroidery since the industrial revolution, and remains today as one of the most common usages of embroidery, commonly used on clothing to be sold at retailers.
How does Embroidery work?
Embroidery consists of 6 core steps that it is sectioned off into to make the process easier.
- The first step is simple; fabrics must be obtained for the sole purpose of embroidery. Other supplies such as needles, yarns and flosses must also be obtained at this step. Loose wave fabrics are often good choices to start with.
- The second step is to cut the material floss and fabric to the desired areas. Usually about 25 inches is a good place to start for this. This is because 25 inches makes it a good length to avoid tangles.
- The needle is threaded next. This step, though simple, can also be very frustrating if this is being done by hand. There are some machines that take care of the threading of the needle, but these are not very common devices.
- The fabric is stretched using an embroidery hoop because if the fabric is not stretched, it may wrinkle and become difficult to work with.
- At the fifth stage, a knot is tied onto the end of the thread or yarn to prevent it from slipping during the actual even to embroidery.
- Finally, the needle is threaded in and out of the stretched fabric and stitched into specific designs based on the specification of the person or machine that is doing the embroidery.
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