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The History of Embroidery

The Wonderful History of Embroidery Through the Ages

Read the following article to gain knowledge about the wonderful art form of embroidery, from its ancient roots till the present day.
Madhavi Ghare
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2018
stitching machine
Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric or other materials, by stitching designs, using thread, yarn, and a needle. Often, other materials such as metal strips, precious and semi-precious stones, and sequins are used to enhance this decorative stitching technique.
Hand embroidery
Hand embroidery involves stitching designs by hand onto the fabric. This process is time-consuming and painstaking, but produces amazing results.
History of Embroidery Stitches
Embroidery Knitted Design
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.
Set For Embroidery Hoop And Thread
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.
Chinese Embroidery Pattern
Several excellent examples of beautiful embroidery work are still surviving till date. Samples can be found from Ancient Egypt, China, Persia, India, and England. Each country has its own distinctive embroidery style, which incorporates the culture and imagery from their history and tradition.
Bayeux Tapestry
Embroidered clothing was also considered to be a symbol of wealth. Many scenes from history are often found designed onto fabric; for example, the Bayeux Tapestry. It is 231 feet long, and portrays the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Industrial Revolution and Embroidery
traditional loom machine
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.
Embroidery in Today's World
Digital Seamstress
Presently, machine embroidery has grown by leaps and bounds. Computers have added another twist into this sewing technique, by making the process easier for mass production of various designs.
embroidery machine
Nowadays, machines are available in the market, which can embroider designs for you. Specially designed machines can even read a computerized design and stitch it for you.
Embroidered Mexican Floral Traditional Textile Pattern
Embroidery as an art form has enhanced our civilization, making it more aware of the beauty that can be created with a needle and a thread.
Cotton Fabric With Embroidery
Intricate designs and brilliantly colored patterns have infused a beauty of their own onto fabrics, adding to their value and worth.
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Silk Chrysanthemum Embroidery
Handmade Embroidery Design
Embroidery Design
Woman Doing Embroidery Design
Elephants Embroidery Design
Handmade Embroidery Rose
Embroidery Background
Linen Canvas With Embroidery
Brown And White Lace Texture Material
Chinese Dragon Fabric Embroidery
Red Lace Texture Material
Leather Flowers On Embroidery Pattern
Brown And Beige Lace Texture Material
Handmade Embroidery Flower On Red Velvet
Ukrainian Embroidery Geometric Pattern
Embroidered Mexican Floral Design
Pink And Magenta Lace Texture Material
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Linen Fabric Background With Embroidery
Texture Embroidery Pattern
Cross Stitch Embroidery
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Embroidery Design On Towel
Chinese Embroidery
Chinese Silk Embroidery
Red Knitted Embroidery Design
Indian Carpet Embroidery
Bead Embroidery Of Red Currants
Handmade Embroidery
Multi Color Floral Hand Embroidery Pattern
Vintage Chinese Embroidery
Embroidery Design Pattern
Embroidery Hoop And Thread
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Embroidery On Green Linen
Flower Embroidery
Embroidery With Flowers
Traditional Lace Embroidery
Embroidery Fabric Textile Detail
Indian Pattern Fabric
Hungarian Embroidery
Decorative Embroidery Of A Bouquet Of Flowers
Floral Pattern Embroidery Design
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Denim With An Embroidery
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