Embroidery is an art of decorating fabric or other materials by stitching designs using thread or yarn and a needle. Sometimes, other materials such as metal strips, precious and semi-precious stones, and sequins are used to add to this decorative stitching technique.
The use of embroidery to decorate clothes has been around since man began to wear clothes. A method of decorating and embellishing clothing, embroidered designs came about as a result of hard work and care. Embroidery as an art form has origins that can be traced far back to the Iron Age.
Embroidered clothing was also considered to be a symbol of wealth. Many scenes from history are often found embroidered onto fabric. Embroidery as an art form has enhanced our civilization, making it more aware of the beauty that can be created with a needle and a thread. Intricate designs and brilliantly colored patterns have infused a beauty of their own onto fabrics, adding to their value and worth.
Today, machine embroidery has grown by leaps and bounds. Computers have added another twist into this sewing technique making the process easier for mass production of embroidered designs. Nowadays, machines are available in the market which can embroider designs for you. Specially designed machines can even read a computerized design and stitch it for you. Great changes in the technology have helped a lot to make embroidery an art that is much easier to do.