Embroidery, or the art of thread, has become an essential decoration style. Embroidery is a know-how, ancestral in some countries or acquired during a long apprenticeship, in others. Although embroidery is contemporary art in its own right, it is not necessary to be an experienced artist to practice it. Indeed, like any art, it is above all a means of expression, although it has a functional aspect and all levels are equal, beginner or intermediate.
Embroidery, a Technique, an Art
Embroidery is a technique that consists of sewing a pattern or an image in relief on a fabric. Embroidery is appreciated for its aesthetic quality and its resistance over time.
Industrial Techniques Dedicated to Embroidery
Embroidery is the preferred method in the textile industry and is wildly appreciated in the mass production of logos and other designs. In this case, the production is done industrially, using specialized machines.
Embroidery As Art
Embroidery is done mainly by hand, using the thread and needle’s rudimentary but long-proven material. Indeed, this technique respects the details and requires a surprising precision. The unequaled quality of the result is its main asset.
The Advantages of Hand Embroidery
More than a simple skill, embroidery is an art and, therefore, a form of expression of creativity. However, the products resulting from embroidery are also very appreciated in the decoration. The variations being unlimited, it is possible to obtain an almost unique decoration by opting for this technique.
Moreover, having recourse to the industrial machine is not compulsory to have high quality and personalized decoration. Embroidery requires only a simple material and is accessible to the general public. In principle, it only requires a needle and thread (which you can vary depending on the desired result). Also, embroidery is suitable for all types of fabrics.
Getting Started With Embroidery, the Elements To Consider
Embroidery is an art but also a technique that can be learned. To do so, it is essential to master specific basic methods.
Learn One Movement at a Time
The movement consists of embroidering in a line in one motion, that is to say, stitch and pull out in one time with the needle. In this case, the work concerns only one side of the work. When you master this technique, you can vary by using other colors and thicknesses of threads to give different effects to the embroidery. The principle is to respect the straight line and the intervals.
Embroidery in Two Movements
The specificity of this technique lies in the type of movement to achieve. It is done in two steps. In this case, it is necessary to stitch first to bring out a little farther and the second time to bring out the back of the fabric. Working on this technique will improve accuracy. Once you master this technique, you can practically start embroidering.
Techniques for Creating Stitches
Small stitches are a common technique and give its aesthetic aspect in embroidery. However, it is more or less challenging to master. Thus, to begin, it is recommended to draw large stitches. The regularity and precision of the work are essential elements to master. Then, the finesse and the possibilities in the realization will come with the experience.
Linear stitches are an alternative way of creating stitches. They are mainly used to decorate an outline with various motifs (chain, stem, designs, patterns, etc.). They are also part of embroidery basics, although they are more challenging to achieve
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