Sunday, May 18, 2008

Embroidery Types do you know them

Author: Debra Fernandez

The use of decorative stitching to produce unique, beautiful and spiritual designs on personal belongings has been practiced by man since he learned the ability to use a needle and thread. In fact, evidence has been found that decorative stitching, also known as embroidery, was practiced as early as 3000 BC by people of many different and unrelated cultures.

Through the years, each culture refined their embroidery techniques and each became more elaborate and more defined by the particular culture in which they were practiced. For example: Western Europe produced an embroidery technique called crewel which is still popular today. This type of embroidery uses two-ply wool stitching on linen twill to produce intricate artwork for bedcovers, wall hangings, chair coverings and draperies. Egyptians, on the other hand, practiced white embroidery using only white thread on a white canvas. These stitches were so detailed and intricate that few can mimic them today even with the added advantage of new technology and the use of embroidery machines. China perfected the amazing art of two-sided embroidery. Using fine silk, this embroidery is extremely intricate and can take years to complete.

Today, the amount of readily available embroidery information that is shared world-wide has made it possible for embroiderers to learn the art of many different embroidery techniques and not just those of their own culture. Even though this may be the case, embroidery is still largely defined by culture and the spirituality of the people who choose to express themselves using artful stitching. But there are some types of embroidery that cross all social barriers. Here are just a couple.

· Cross stitching. Cross stitching is perhaps the most popular form of embroidery to be found all over the world today. This type of embroidery utilizes counted x-shape stitches which are patterned together to form a picture. The invention of cross-stitch software has made this ancient craft even more enjoyable and easier to learn for people who want to learn to cross-stitch embroider.

· Canvas work. Canvas work is embroidery which is done using a canvas. Canvases can be of varying types including single thread, double thread, Aida cloth and Hardanger. Different yarns or threads are also used for this type of embroidery and can range from knitting yarns and tapestry wools to pure silk. In this type of embroidery, the canvas is completely covered with decorative needlework.

Of course, there are many more different types of embroidery and each one of them is beautiful and appealing to different people for different reasons. If you are just looking into the possibilities of embroidery, perhaps cross stitching would be the best type of embroidery on which to hone your skills. But if you are more advanced, perhaps you should study one of the more intricate types of embroidery to be found in every corner of the world.

About the author: By Debra F.

Get more great embroidery tips and articles at Debra's website:

One Embroidery http://www.oneembroidery.com

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