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THE HISTORY OF EMBROIDERIES

ABOUT OUR FABRIC: THE HISTORY OF EMBROIDERIES

            Embroideries are a group of novelties that continue to be an eveningwear favorite. What exactly are embroideries, and how are they created?

            Embroidered fabric refers to fabric decorated with thread or yarn on the surface. This design is on the face of the fabric, rather than having transparent holes as a lace would. Embroidery may also include other items such as pearls, sequins, feathers, beads, and more. These intricate designs are a top choice for evening gowns, bridal gowns, home décor, and even ready-to-wear.

HOW ARE EMBROIDERIES MADE?

            Embroidery is a technique that has been an important part of history across the globe. Traditionally, embroidery was a skill done by hand (often by women), using the chain stitch, back stitch, various knots, and more. These delicate pieces of art often documented stories for those who couldn’t write or made up beautiful garments.

            Today, embroideries can be created thousands of different ways. When you buy an embroidered dress at a store, the method used is typically a machine.  Modern embroidery machines stitch digitized patterns using computerized embroidery software. Machine embroidery is also used to create monograms and logos onto items like hats, bags, and sports team’s apparel. Synthetic thread is typically used here, such as a rayon or a polyester to avoid breakage. Free-hand embroidery machines are a recent invention that are instrumental in creating more free-motion designs that can be found in beautiful quilts, dresses, home furnishings, and more.

WHY IS EMBROIDERY STILL POPULAR TODAY?

            Hand embroidery has regained popularity recently largely due to the rise of visual media such as Instagram and Pinterest. It’s a wonderfully creative way to relax and create something beautiful and expressive! Countless Etsy shops and Instagram profiles boast intricate, colorful, modern designs, not too far off from those created in ancient times.

            Machine embroidery has remained popular since its inception as a luxe fabric option for more elegant, formal looks. Many embroideries today have an allover floral, scroll, or geometric pattern, and some contain added materials for an even more upscale look.

WHAT CAN I CREATE WITH MY ZELOUF EMBROIDERED FABRIC?

            Our customers have created everything from wedding dresses to maxi skirts to drapery with our embroideries - The possibilities are truly endless! Shop this fabric favorite here, and stay tuned as we release new embroideries with each new seasonal collection!

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