Embroidery as a hobby is refreshing to pursue. By using a needle and thread you can craft beautiful and creative designs. Beads, quills, sequins, pearls, and metal strips are also used in embroidery. Exquisite collections of hand embroidered wall hangings, pillowcases, table mats, saree borders, and quilts are elegant works of art.
Many people conjure the images of their mother and grandmother sitting for hours at a stretch embroidering clothing and tapestries delicately. It is a skill that is passed down from mother to daughter and is a cherished hobby in many families.
Even though the normal output of embroidery today is mass produced by automated sewing machines, intricately designed pieces of embroidered materials are of major interest worldwide. These are unique with a lot of skill and hard work put into use. It has a large following and is deemed as a good hobby. The most popular is cross-stitch embroidery. In fact, if you enter any craft store, you will surely find the good old technique used in some of their crafts. It shows that there is still a lot of interest in embroidery hobby, although a shortage of skilled people is also a major cause of concern.
The revival of heirloom embroidery is required as to keep the tradition alive. With automated technology, embroidery today can be created in very little time and also replicated with ease. However, more complex cross-stitches need skills and precision, which makes hand embroidery timeless.
Needlework gives you an insight into various cultures. Designs of various communities around the world depict ethnic patterns based on tradition. It helps you explore these beautiful designs from many regions around the world. The various patterns of embroidery unique to region and culture are listed below:
Mexican embroidery – Floral motifs and colors
Colorful floral motifs come alive in the textile tradition of Mexico with intricate embroidery work done in several regions. Garments in cotton and rayon are transformed into excellent artwork materials by the use of satin stitched in embroidered patterns through hoops.
Brazilian embroidery – Dimensional patterns
Textured and dimensional embroidery can be seen in the beautiful stitches from the Brazilian region. Various types of stitches are used to create floral designs including fly stitch, stem stitch, feather stitch, drizzle stitch and any other kind of stitches that can be used to create a dimensional element.
Indian embroidery – Gridded “Kasuti”
Simple or orate grid style embroidery design worked on marked patterns is unique to the Dharwad region of India. It formed out of various geometrical patterns is typical to Silk sarees produced in the region.
Hungarian embroidery – Braided Redwork
Braided chains of embroidery in bold and red colored thread is a standard stitching pattern that is used in pillow cases, table covers, wall hangings, and more. The fun and decorative style of embroidery is also used as a material to create bags.
Uzbek embroidery – “Suzani”chains
The Central Asian Uzbek embroidery works on full-colored chain stitches, which is known as Suzani. It is a type of decorative embroidered textile. Large embroidered panels feature exquisitely designed geometric and floral motifs.
Swedish embroidery – “Huck” weaving
Threads counted on special fabric is a common embroidery practice in Sweden. It is a common cultural heritage that is still an integral part in furnishings and linens of many homes in the region.
Japanese embroidery – Large and small “Sashiko”
It is an old form of hand sewing in Japan. Sashiko patterns help you learn a lot about the Japanese culture through their folk style embroidery.
Traditional embroidery techniques use very specific stitches to create an image design like a piece of artwork. Although traditional embroidery skills are valuable and hard to find, It should be encouraged to create priceless pieces of beautiful artistic designs.