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)
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
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.
Embroidered polo shirts,
blankets, jeans, thongs,
tote bags, promotional
products & logos. No minimum.
Wholesale Embroidery - Contract Embroidery
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.