Hello readers, and welcome to today’s blogpost.
Embroidery is a form of handcraft that deals with the decoration of fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. It may also incorporate other materials such as pearls, beads, quills, and sequins.
Embroidery can be categorised under fashion or decorative crafts as it is mostly used on caps, hats, coats, blankets, dresses, shirts, denim, pillows, shoes, etc. In embroidery, there is usually various combinations of stitches to create beautiful fashion and decorative patterns.
Embroidery designs are formed on the basis of texture of the fabric and stitch. The different types of stitches, such as – chain stitch, buttonhole or blanket stitch, running stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch, etc- remain the fundamental techniques of hand embroidery.
Embroidery is a thread craft that is best done on natural fabrics with a tight weave like silk, cotton or leather.
There are different types of embroidery but I will be writing about five common ones used by crafters.
Surface Embroidery: This refers to any types of embroidery stitch, where the pattern is worked by the use of decorative stitches and laid threads on top of the foundation fabric.
Crewel Embroidery: This is one types of decorative surface embroidery, which features plants, animals and sometimes people, arranged in a fanciful, flowing design. Crewel embroidery is worked in a variety of surface embroidery stitches.
Cross stitch Embroidery: It uses a series of cross stitches and sometimes back stitches and is worked on a grid or graph format. This type of embroidery uses composite stich consisting of two diagonally-worked stitches that form an ‘X’ on fabrics. Cross stitch pieces are more uniform looking because of the even-weave fabric, and the stitches completely even.
Cutwork Embroidery: It involves cutting holes or shapes into fabric and using stitches (such as a hem stitch pictured here) to decorate the border of the hole and prevent fraying.
Candlewick Embroidery: This is done with white threads on a white cloth. It is not like other embroidery types. It is done by forming a number of knots in the form of colonies to give a beautiful pattern.
I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Keep crafting and staying inspired.