Embroidery is an ancient handcraft by using needle and thread or yarn. It is a form of embellishment or creative needlework or machine work crafted on the fabric with, threads, yarns, pearls, beads, metal strips and sequins. In this artwork strands of threads or yarns create designs and pictures. In textile terms, fabrics with such embroidery embellishment are embroidered fabric or dress.
It has been using since time immemorial to decorate table clothes, tray covers, bed linen and clothing material. In fact, it is possible to do embroidery work on any fabrics by holding the fabric firmly by the hands or on special stands or holding equipment.
Embroidery – in the good old days
The term, embroidery dated back to centuries across the globe. In Europe, it was a sign of wealth and prosperity. It was a wealthy women’s art. Women spent their spare time for embroidering shirts, tapestries, and coats, linen. It has been on records that even Queen Elizabeth I enjoyed the craft and presented his half-brother King Edward VI with a shirt on his coronation.
History of decorative stitching dated back to ancient Egypt and the Iron Age. In addition, we can find contributions of ancient emperors in promoting embroidery handcrafts, exhibited in museums as historical evidence of the glorious past.
The embroidery artwork is very time-consuming and laborious. Modern embroidery works are machine embroidered, to match the cost effectiveness.
Machine embroidery has two categories. In the first group, a sewing machine uses to create the design on the piece of fabric. The second is a specially designed embroidery machine or a sewing machine that automatically creates a design as per pre-programmed pattern. Today computer aided digitalized embroidery machines are using to generate beautiful embroidery designs, to meet the expectations of embroidery lovers.