Free Hand Embroidery A History And Definition

Published: 23rd July 2009
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The term embroidery means many things to many people, and it's frequently the source of puzzlement. To most non-stitchers, it signifies any sort of needlework practiced with needle and thread upon a ground fabric. Because this surrounds needlepoint and counted thread ( cross stitch ) as well as free embroidery, it's simple to see how misunderstandings arise. Additionally in today's landscape there's also machine embroidery to add to the confusion.

Free embroidery is also called surface embroidery or hand embroidery, a style of needlework in which stitches are worked independent of the fabric weave. The stitcher may create any shape desired, on any scale desired, using an astonishing variety of fibers on a practically limitless choice of ground fabric. As such it is used in various patterns from flowers, to celtic designs, to monograms. These characteristics make hand embroidery a natural choice for garment embellishment.

Crewel work using woolen threads hearkens back to Stuart England. Cutwork, in which the ground fabric is cut away for a lacy look, was perfected in 17th-century France. Silk ribbon embroidery was invented to embellish the gowns of noblemen in Louis XV's court. In the 19th century, American farm other halves practiced candlewicking, a much more modest but charming way to add beauty to simple household products.

Embroidery stitches can be grouped as flat, looped, chain, knotted, and composite. Mix them to make your favorite pictorial pictures as well as abstract designs. If you're a beginner, try cheap cotton floss until you master a few stitches. After you gain confidence, why not try silk thread? This fiber deserves your attention as much as you deserve its beauty and luxury.

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