Embroidery

Custom embroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with custom designs stitched in strands of thread using a needle. Many different types of stitches can be used. Embroidery may also use other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Today modern sewing machines are often used to create embroidery.

 Types of embroidery

Embroidery is classified according to the use of the underlying foundation fabric.

Embroidery styles can be described according to the relationship of stitch placement to the fabric.

In free embroidery designs are applied without regard to the weave of the underlying fabric. Examples include crewel and traditional Chinese embroidery.

In counted-thread embroidery, patterns are created by making stitches over a pre-determined number of threads in the foundation fabric. Counted-thread embroidery is more easily worked on an even-weave foundation fabric such as embroidery canvas, aida cloth, or specially woven cotton and linen fabrics although non-even weave linen is used as well. Examples include needlepoint and cross-stitch.

Embroidery is the handicraft of decorating fabric and/or materials with designs stitched with thread using a needle. Embroidery may also use other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Today sewing machines can be used to create custom embroidery.