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EMBROIDERY

What is Embroidery?

Embroidery is stitched with a computerized embroidery machine using patterns digitized with embroidery software. In machine embroidery, different types of "fills" add texture and design to the finished work.

 

Machine embroidery is used to add logos and monograms to business shirts or jackets, gifts, and team apparel as well as to decorate household linens, draperies, and decorator fabrics that mimic the elaborate hand embroidery of the past. Machine embroidery is most typically done with rayon thread, although polyester thread can also be used.

 

Cotton thread, on the other hand, is prone to breaking and should be avoided if under 30 wt.

THE benefits

of Embroidery

  • Great for adding logos and simple text to almost any fabric.

  • Polished, Sophisticated, and Professional look.

  • Can be used on Garments, Hats, Bags, and more!

  • Create patches.

*We cannot sew on the patches

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The History of Embroidery

It seems that ever since humankind learned to make needles and thread to stitch together clothes, we’ve seen the potential of stitching to go beyond the utilitarian and into high art. Archaeological evidence shows that the use of stitching as decoration goes as far back as our Cro-Magnon ancestors 30,000 years ago, and has become a booming industry today. What’s the history of this ancient, universal art, the history of embroidery? This article will give you a brief look at some of the developments in embroidery throughout history that lead to the art as we know it today.

While the precise time period people began practicing embroidery is unknown, the earliest surviving piece historians know of is from china’s warring states period. It’s an embroidered silk gauze garment made with luxurious materials and freehand techniques we still see used today. Most embroidered pieces in the ancient world were clothing items, but there is evidence that embroidery as pure art was practiced as far back as the iron age, or 1300BC – 600BC.

In the 1900s, the cheaper materials and streamlined processes of the industrial revolution allowed embroidery to spread beyond just the wealthy. Printed catalogs allowed techniques to spread quickly, and pre-made patterns such as those by Berlin wool work allowed anybody to easily create beautiful works of embroidery. It’s also at this time that we saw William Morris’ Arts & Crafts Movement, a backlash to the automation of the Industrial Revolution and a revival of hand-crafted needlework.

 

The above-mentioned automation also laid the foundation for the type of embroidery most common today: machine embroidery. Sewing machines and later specialized embroidery machines were used by punching designs on paper tape, but it wasn’t until 1980 that the first computer graphics system for making embroidery designs was developed by Wilcom. Graphic systems like this are what most commercial embroidery companies use to stitch clients’ designs onto garments and other branded products today.

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