Embroidery involves decorating a surface, typically fabric, with designs created by using a needle and thread (or yarn). Other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, pieces of fabric, and sequins may be incorporated into the designs for more elaborate and unique creations. Embroidery can be created using a wide spectrum of thread (or yarn) colors.
Embroidery started out as a form of hand sewing and eventually advanced into a mainstream, modern type of machine sewing. The methods, styles and intricacies of hand embroidery have evolved, but the fundamental techniques and types of stitching have remained the same – chain stitch, buttonhole or blanket stitch, running stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch, etc. Although machine embroidery resembles hand work in appearance, their construction is quite different as hand embroidery uses a single thread, and machine work relies on the use of multiple threads – a top thread and a bobbin.
Origins and History of Embroidery
The exact origins of embroidery are hard to pinpoint, but there are many early examples that have survived throughout the centuries from ancient Egypt, [Iron Age] Northern Europe, and Zhou Dynasty China. To Muslim societies in the Medieval Islam World – as well as many cultures throughout history including ancient Persia, India, China, Japan, Byzantium, and medieval and Baroque Europe – embroidery was a sign of high social status and wealth and became a hugely popular art form. This created a need for highly skilled craftsman. In some cases gold and silver were even used to embroider with – hence part of the reason for the correlation of embroidery to wealth and high social status.
The creations made by these craftsmen were prized possessions to those who bought them. The only things more prized than the items themselves were the techniques and skills passed down from generation to generation in the workshops, guilds, and communities of embroidery craftspeople.
As demand for embroidery increased, so did the need for mass production of embroidery. It developed in stages such as during the mid-1800s, the French used looms and teams of women embroidering the textiles by hand. Fast forwarding to today, embroidery is now achieved using embroidery machines that are computerized. Designs are digitized using embroidery software which involves programming each stitch so that the embroidery machines know what, where, and how to stitch the design.
What We Use Embroidery For
Embroidery has had many roles during it’s development, but it’s primary purpose remains the same – to decorate. It helped signify an object’s ownership because it was often created for a specific person or family. These objects included handkerchiefs, table linens, uniforms, flags, shoes, robes, tunics, horse trappings, slippers, sheaths, pouches, covers, and even leather belts.
Today, embroidery is fairly mainstream and is often used in a widespread “corporate” manner by adding logos to business shirts, jackets, hats, caps, coats, blankets, team apparel and golf shirts. It is also used to decorate household linens, draperies, fabrics, and fashion apparel. The modernization of embroidery from hand stitching to machine stitching has made it much easier for anyone to have something embroidered to meet their needs in a manner that is timely, and affordable.
In addition to apparel design, pattern making, sample making, and small lot production, we offer;
Embroidery made to personal order or according to individual specifications.
Custom Logo Embroidery
Embroidered polo shirts, golf shirts, hats, caps, patches, hoodies, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, fleece jackets, vests, blankets, jeans, thongs,tote bags, promotional products & logos.
Wholesale Embroidery – Contract Embroidery
Minimum required for wholesale pricing, which is determined by the garment or accessory, complexity of design and volume.
Custom patches, embroidered patches, sew on patches, scout patches, police patches, biker patches, motorcycle patches, military patches & shoulder sleeve insignia.
Wholesale Embroidery – Contract Embroidery
Embroidered polo shirts, patches hats, caps, sweatshirts, fleece blankets, tote bags & promotional products. Minimum required for wholesale pricing, which is determined by the garment or accessory, complexity of design and volume.