Thank goodness that textile embroidery is so much easier today. Modern embroidery machines make quick work of techniques that were tedious and labor intensive when done by hand. That means you can easily embellish most any item, whether wearable or display, with gorgeous embroidery.
Cutwork and Stumpwork
This bodice piece is based on a style of antique qold work embroidery. It is perfect for Elizabethan and Tudor period costumes and as an accent for any vintage projects, wearable or otherwise!
Gorgeous colors really pop on a black background, especially when they take on a folklore theme. Add this embroidery to a simple shrug or sweater and it looks like you have expensive taste on a reasonable budget.
Dating from Victorian times, crazy quilt items were reserved for only the most special occasions. Often, pieces of lace, beads, and charms were added.
Partly because of the expensive fabrics used and partly because they took so long to create, the crazy quilting technique is a good example of mixing textiles to create a functional piece of art.
Lace collars would have taken forever to create by hand. By machine, they are stitched in mere minutes on a layer of tulle or netting.
Sheer fabrics are the base for gorgeous lace work. Stitch on tulle or organza for beautiful, delicate edging you can use on home décor and bridal projects.
Heirloom embroidery really benefits from modern technology. Today’s machines make quick work of labor intensive techniques like lace insertion and shadow work.
Bed linens were often a favorite textile for embroidery and why not? This pretty pillow makes white work and scalloped edging oh, so, fabulous.
Yarn couching done by machine very much resembles the technique stitched by hand but with is so much quicker and easier. Make sure you have the correct couching foot for your machine.
Try out some of these designs and see just how beautiful, and easy, textile embroidery can be!