If you’re into stitching/designing clothes then you’ll know there are many different types of needles involved which might baffle you. Knowing the different types of needles is really informative if you are into this business but do you know the history, making process, materials that are used and the specialty of needle work?
If your answer is no, then don’t worry because you have come to the right place to get all your answers on a single needle that can change the entire outlook of a design that is done on a piece of cloth.
Embroidery is an art or craft in which needles and threads are used to decorate fabrics or other materials. It has been practiced for decades.
History of needle work:
Embroidery originated in 30,000 BC. A recent archaeological finds the fossil remains of elaborate and hand-decorated clothes, shoes and hats. Siberia, about 5000 and 6000 BC, discovered elaborately sewn shells with decorative patterns on animal skins. The history of Chinese thread embroidery can be traced back to 3500 BC. Where silk threads, gems, and pearls are used to embroider clothes.
The Chinese silk thread chain embroidery pattern from the Warring States Period (5th century BC) was also discovered. It is believed that embroidery and most other fiber arts and sewing techniques originated in the East and the Middle East. Early humans quickly discovered that the seams used to connect animal skins could also be used for decoration. The vases that record history, sculptures, paintings, and depict the inhabitants of various ancient civilizations all depict people in embroidered robes.
In the 1100s, smaller beads were sewn onto parchment to decorate religious objects, between 1200 and 1300. The beads were embroidered on the clothes., embroidery has become more luxurious in Europe and other parts of the world. From then to the 18th century, thread and pearl embroidery became popular. Beads were found on baskets, court dresses, furniture, etc. Exquisitely embroidered clothing, religious items and household items are symbols of wealth and status. In many cultures, including ancient Persia, India, China, Japan,
Eastern Rome, medieval Europe, and Baroque Europe. Traditional folk techniques have been passed down from generation to generation in different cultures such as North Vietnam, Mexico, and Eastern Europe. Professional studios and guilds appeared in medieval England.
The products of these workshops are called Opus Anglicanum or “British Workers” and are widely known throughout Europe. In the second half of the 19th century, machine embroidery flourished in St. Gallen in eastern Switzerland.
The subsequent processes of making, darning, darning and strengthening fabrics promoted the development of sewing technique. The decorative possibilities of sewing techniques and handicrafts that led to the art of embroidery. Hand embroidery began to decline in the early 19th century, when sewing and wool art took to the stage from Berlin. Berlin wool, canvas thread embroidery, was popular in the 1870s, but from the 1880s it was replaced by counting cross stitch using canvas with square mesh and thread embroidery.
Making process and materials used for needlework:
- Firstly for the beginners, it is advised to mark a straight line on the fabric with a pencil. Cut about a foot length of thread and put it through the needle hole, and tie the other ends.
- Secondly at first, bring the needle up from the back side of the fabric to the front at the line you previously marked. Now, needle down from the front side to back with a half centimeter (or any other measure) from the first point to complete a single stitch
- Thirdly bring the needle up again from back to front with uniform space. Continue stitching in the same manner, spacing the stitches at uniform space, until you reach the end of your line.