History of Embroidery Stitches
The use of embroidery to decorate clothes has been around since man began to wear clothes. A method of decorating and embellishing clothing, embroidered designs were developed as a result of hard work and care. Embroidery as an art form has its origins, which can be traced back to the Iron Age.
This journey began when primitive man discovered that he could use thread to join pieces of fur to make clothes. As a natural progression, he also discovered that the same thread could be used to make decorative patterns on the clothes. He also used colorful beads, stones, and bones to add to these designs.
Industrial Revolution and Embroidery
The discovery of the shuttle embroidery revolutionized the clothes industry. In the 1800s, Joshua Heilmann worked on improving the design of a hand embroidery machine. This began a chain of events leading to the development of sewing machines in the 1860s, to the invention of hand powered embroidery looms in the 1870s.