In Surface embroidery, patterns
are worked on top of the foundation fabric using decorative stitches and laid threads.
Surface embroidery encompasses most free embroidery as well as some forms of counted-thread embroidery
(such as cross-stitch).
In Canvas work, threads are stitched through a fabric mesh to create a dense pattern that completely covers the
foundation fabric. All canvas work is not counted-thread embroidery. There are printed and hand painted canvases
where the painted or printed image is meant to serve as a color guide. Stitches are of the stitcher's choosing.
Free embroidery patterns
All kinds of free embroidery patterns. You can use small parts of an embroidery or cross stitch pattern for your
knitting project, or on your knitted garment. Let your fantasies run free and create the greatest fashion clothes.
I love to embroider with ribbon and beads. It has something to do with my time in kindergarten, I think.
Instructions all embroidery stitches on 1 page
Ribbon embroidery is embroidery performed with ribbon rather than yarn.
Silk ribbon or a silk/organza blend ribbon are commonly used for this type of embroidery.
Ribbons are enjoyed by many people as a common decoration. In some cultures birthday gifts are adorned with
these colorful strings.
While satin and other sorts of ribbon have always been used in lingerie, the usage of ribbon in the garment industry,
while subject to fashion trends, saw an upsurge in the mid to late 90's.
Such as bows, rosettes, and other garment accessories made from ribbon.
Cloth ribbons, which most commonly includes silk, are often used in connection with dress, but also applied for
innumerable useful, ornamental and symbolical purposes; cultures around the world use this device in their hair,
around the body, or even as ornamentation on animals, buildings, and other areas.
Embroidery with ribbon
Embroidery ideas for baby cardigan and baby dress
Embroidery flower and floral patterns
Today, blackwork is popular. It has a modern feel due to its austere, formal quality.
Much of the success of a blackwork design depends on how tone values are translated into stitches.
Amongst the motifs used, maps are particularly popular. So are chessboards and other designs which could be
the subject of a pen and ink drawing.
Blackwork is used in Assisi embroidery to outline the main motif and some of the decoration.
Both modern and folk-art cross-stitch are sometimes combined with blackwork or similar backstitch embroidery.
Blackwork is a form of counted-thread embroidery and is usually stitched on even-weave fabric.
Any black thread can be used, but firmly twisted threads give a better look than embroidery floss.
Traditionally blackwork is stitched in silk thread on linen or cotton fabric.
Sometimes metallic threads or colored threads are used for accents.
Scarletwork is like blackwork, except it is sewn with red thread.
The stitches used are double running stitch (which is also called Holbein stitch) backstitch, and sometimes stem stitch.
Historically, there are three common styles of blackwork:
In the earliest blackwork, counted stitches are worked to make a geometric or small floral pattern.
Most modern blackwork is in this style, especially the commercially-produced patterns that are marketed for hobby stitchers.
Later blackwork features large designs of flowers, fruit, and other patterns connected by curvilinear stems.
These are outlined with stem stitch, and the outlined patterns are filled with geometric counted designs.
In the third style of blackwork, the outlined patterns are "shaded" with random stitches called seed stitches.
This style of blackwork imitates etchings or woodcuts.
Embroidery in fashion industry, beautiful fashion clothes with embroidery
Most types of embroidery thread come in a single size or weight; an exception is pearl or perle cotton,
which comes in three weights, No. 3 (heaviest), No. 5, and No. 8 (finest).
Beautiful Embroidery Designs
embroidered by Mia
Cross stitch lessons; click on the image for an animation of the stitch
second way horizontal cross stitches
Alphabet cross stitch patterns cross stitch alphabet
Embroidery stitches may be functional (as are the stitches in non decorative sewing) or purely decorative.
In appliqué work, contrasting pieces of cloth may be fastened to the foundation material with decorative stitches.
In smocking, decorative stitches secure gathers or folds, which have been previously formed in the foundation material.
Decorative stitches are known by such names as chain stitch, blanket stitch, featherstitch, French knot, satin stitch,
cross-stitch or gross point, and tent stitch or petit point.
The thread is typically silk, wool, cotton, or linen.
Fine metallic wire and, in some 20th-century work, synthetic filaments are also used.
Heavy or precious threads are sometimes couched, that is, laid across the ground fabric and tied to it by stitching
with a separate thread. Some embroidery techniques produce a basically flat surface; others produce designs in relief.
In cutwork, small shapes are cut out of the ground material, the cut edges are embroidered, and the vacant space
is often filled in with decorative stitches.
In drawnwork, certain threads of the warp, weft, or both, are removed from the ground, and the remaining threads
are embroidered. Some types of embroidery are referred to by the kind of thread used (such as crewel work, stitched
in brightly colored worsted wool yarns on a natural beige or bleached white linen or, alternatively, wool ground).
Other kinds of embroidery are referred to by the type of ground material used, such as gauze embroidery.
These include filet embroidery (done on a netlike fabric) and canvas work (stitched onto coarse- or tight-textured
canvas and also referred to as needlepoint, a term borrowed from lace making).
Go to my cross stitch pages for more free patterns.