Embroidery, the art of decorating fabric or other materials with a needle and thread or yarn has gone back as far as the 5th to 3rd century BC. February is National Embroidery Month. Stitches remain the fundamental techniques of hand embroidery. Elaborately embroidered clothing, religious objects, and household items often were seen as a mark of wealth and status. Chain stitches, blanket stitches, running stitches, satin stitches and cross stitches remain fundamental techniques used in hand embroidery today.
There are some wonderful books written about the history, embroidery needlework, embroidery techniques and designs that cover practically every question and interest you have about this type of sewing. You can find these books at your local bookstore, or from one of your online book stores like Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.
To make embroidery more dazzling and fashionable, elements such as pearls, beads, sequins or metal strips can be incorporated with the traditional stitches. Nowadays, computerized embroidery machines use designs and patterns digitized with embroidery software. You can find an array of embroidery sewing machines at great prices based on the extent of features you want and compatibility. Do you embroider? Do you hand stitch or do you use an embroidery machine? There are also many embroidery entrepreneurs who have made a lucrative business out of their passion.
If you’re interested in an organization who foster the art of needlework and associated art, check out The Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA).