Embroidery is decorative stitching of various designs used to adorn a piece of material or clothing or other item such a monograms on clothing or flowers or other items on blankets, etc.
Embroidery is considered to be a craft and it dates back to very early cultures all around the world. Embroidery is done using a needle to sew thread or yarn onto material to make a pattern such as flowers, or other designs. Women in earlier centuries did embroidery as part of their household duties.
In the past, having embroidery on your clothes meant you were rich or of noble birth. Many ancient women such as Queen Elizabeth and Madam de Pompadour were known to make embroidery embellished clothing. They made very intricate and beautiful patterned clothing for relatives, and friends.
There are various different kinds of embroidery styles, and a lot of the designs and patterns are hundreds of years old. There are three ways to make embroidery patterns. One is to sew it into the material the design is being placed onto where the embroidery pattern sits on top of the material.
Another method is when the thread or yarn is worked through the fabric to form a pattern in the fabric. There is another method called cutwork where the embroidery pattern is stitched over a hole cut in the material to cover the cut out area.
Embroidery is popular for making initials to put on items such as towels or pillow cases and is fairly easy for anyone to learn to do the basic types. Beginners learning to do embroidery should use an embroidery loop. This loop is made of wood and comes in two inter-locking sections that are used to hold the material the embroidery will be sewn onto, which makes it easier to hold the pattern in place.
Embroidery is the art of creating decorative designs on material with needles, thread or yarn. It can also be used with other items such as pearls, beads, sequins or other decorations that added onto the embroidery. This is especially popular on clothing such as wedding dresses.
Some types of hand embroidery patterns are the chain stitch, buttonhole or blanket stitch, a running stitch, cross stitch and many more. Nowadays it is also possible to do embroidery using a machine. These can mimic the patterns of hand embroidery and are much faster, abet, not as delicate as handmade products.