6 piece minimum
Great for adding logos and simple text to almost any fabric.
Polished, Sophisticated, and Professional look.
Can be used on Garments, Hats, Bags, and more!
Create patches. *We cannot sew on the patches
Steps to embroider your design:
Digitize the image into an embroidery file format. *A one-time digitizing may apply depending on complexity of design.
We contact you to return to approve a sample and make any necessary modifications.
Place your order. Price will vary depending on stitch count, quantity, and locations to be embroidered.
Acceptable file formats include vector files (.ai, .eps, .pdf) and image files (.jpg, .png, .bmp).
*Setup fee may apply if artwork files are not ready to use.
what is embroidery?
Embroidery is stitched with a computerized embroidery machine using patterns digitized with embroidery software. In machine embroidery, different types of "fills" add texture and design to the finished work. Machine embroidery is used to add logos and monograms to business shirts or jackets, gifts, and team apparel as well as to decorate household linens, draperies, and decorator fabrics that mimic the elaborate hand embroidery of the past.
Machine embroidery is most typically done with rayon thread, although polyester thread can also be used. Cotton thread, on the other hand, is prone to breaking and should be avoided if under 30 wt.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF EMBROIDERY
It seems that ever since humankind learned to make needles and thread to stitch together clothes, we’ve seen the potential of stitching to go beyond the utilitarian and into high art. Archaeological evidence shows that the use of stitching as decoration goes as far back as our Cro-Magnon ancestors 30,000 years ago, and has become a booming industry today. What’s the history of this ancient, universal art, the history of embroidery? This article will give you a brief look at some of the developments in embroidery throughout history that lead to the art as we know it today.
While the precise time period people began practicing embroidery is unknown, the earliest surviving piece historians know of is from china’s warring states period. It’s an embroidered silk gauze garment made with luxurious materials and freehand techniques we still see used today. Most embroidered pieces in the ancient world were clothing items, but there is evidence that embroidery as pure art was practiced as far back as the iron age, or 1300BC – 600BC.
IN ANCIENT CULTURES
Due to the ephemeral nature of embroidery materials, not too many ancient pieces have survived today. The majority of what historians know about embroidery in ancient cultures comes from paintings, vases, and sculptures depicting people of various ancient cultures wearing embroidered clothing. These date as far back as 3000 years and can be found in Greek, Babylonian, Syrian, Byzantine, and all kinds of other cultures. Each had their own distinct styles, drawing imagery from their unique folklore and incorporating local techniques and materials for adornment.
The oldest surviving piece of embroidery in Europe is a piece of clothing originating from 9th century Sweden, a time commonly known as the “Viking Age”. It wasn’t until a couple centuries later that embroidery would spread throughout the powerful European upper class as a demonstration of wealth. This is the era that produced the world-famous Bayeaux Tapestry, an epic retelling of the Norman invasion of England told in thread and fabric.
THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
In the 1900s, the cheaper materials and streamlined processes of the industrial revolution allowed embroidery to spread beyond just the wealthy. Printed catalogs allowed techniques to spread quickly, and pre-made patterns such as those by Berlin wool work allowed anybody to easily create beautiful works of embroidery. It’s also at this time that we saw William Morris’ Arts & Crafts Movement, a backlash to the automation of the Industrial Revolution and a revival of hand-crafted needlework.
The above-mentioned automation also laid the foundation for the type of embroidery most common today: machine embroidery. Sewing machines and later specialized embroidery machines were used by punching designs on paper tape, but it wasn’t until 1980 that the first computer graphics system for making embroidery designs was developed by Wilcom. Graphic systems like this are what most commercial embroidery companies use to stitch clients’ designs onto garments and other branded products today.