Embroidery is the creation of art with nothing more than some fabric, thread, and needles. In fact, embroidery from old expanses of fabrics has often told explorers and archeologists historical tales about places and people in ancient times. Contrary to tapestries, the pattern is not woven directly into the fabric: embroidery is basically ornamental sewing whereby you can decorate the fabric using a needle and a thread.
There are various types of stitches associated with embroidery, namely surface work and counted thread work. The type of stitch that you will use basically depends on the type of fabric that you’re going to use.
Nowadays, sewers also have two choices when it comes to their embroidery method: hand or machine sewing.
According to experienced sewers, embroidering by hand can be far more relaxing than working with a machine. On the flip side, however, hand embroidery can be extremely tedious and time-consuming. Indeed, you may find that your project requires weeks- if not months- to complete. This can understandably be quite discouraging to new sewers who may not have the drive, patience or motivation to see their projects until the end.
Hand embroidery also requires a plethora of additional tools: indeed, a lack of proper equipment or the use of low-quality materials can easily result in frustration and unappealing designs. Most sewers find that they require sewing scissors, embroidery frames, floor stands and lap frames to engage in hand embroidery. Hand embroidery can also be an issue if you’re working with larger-than-average fabrics for curtains, bedsheets and the likes. [Read more…] about What is Embroidery?