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Embroidery

Acknowledgment
This project was a collaborative approach to the vast field of EMBROIDERY and all the knowledge it provided. This project would have been incomplete without the proper guidance and support of our mentor Sir Anant Phani. He had been a complete pool of knowledge and information regarding the processing of this project. We would also like to thank Mr. Chaudhary Embroidery works, Alkapuri for their great support in letting us visit their industry and providing a solid background to the methods of how the industry utilizes the advents of a machine to provide detailed and quantitative embroideries.

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1. Introduction
Embroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. It is an art form that uses close or overlapping stitches to form intricate, three dimensional, surface designs to embellish piece goods, trims or garments. Embroidery has evolved from hundreds of years of handwork by dozens of cultures to an established art form. Today the embroidery process uses advanced technology to embellish styles and mass produce trims for the garment industry. Embroidery is a flat trim that adds interest and differentiation to a product. Embroidery has evolved from a customized hand sewing process to computer controlled stitching for mass production. Some of the first embroidery machines made it possible to apply names on individual garments, such as hats and shirts. This required a great deal of operator skill to manipulate the garment and form the lettering. Modern embroidery machine require the operator to only hoop the fabric to the machine under the head and the embroidery designs are applied directly to piece goods, garments, or as emblems. Types of embroidery include every sort of ornamental work done with a sewing needle of any kind. Embroidery may be done on any number of fabrics from satin to
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canvas. Embroiderers, known for their resourcefulness, experiment and learn from others which kind of stitch and thread works best and proceed to produce wonderful works of art, many times mixing types of embroidery. Often embroidery types were named after the predominate stitch that was used, such as cross-stitch. Others were named after the place they were first introduced, such as Berlin Wool Work or Mountmellick’s embroidery. What can make finding a "type" of embroidery confusing is that many times there are more than one name for a particular kind of embroidery. For example, pulled thread, drawn thread and Hardanger are often classified as the same embroidery style. Embroidery techniques can produce a wide range of effects. Some produce a flat surface while others produce a relief effect. Almost any effect wanted can be produced in embroidery - from simple line to fancy stitches with beads, baubles and anything else attached. Embroidery is definitely one of the most versatile crafts ever created. Embroidery machines for home sewing may feature builtin designs, a slot for an embroidery card, or even a built-in disk drive through which embroidery designs can be uploaded. Commercial embroidery machines feature multiple needles, stitch a wider variety of fabrics and designs, and stitch multiple colors without stopping to change the thread colors.

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1.1 History of Embroidery
The History of Embroidery dates back some 3000 years ago. It started with Ancient Egypt, Babylonians, Phoenicians and the Hebrews, who used it for decorating their robes. The Moors also decorated much of their clothing with embroidery. They had a style of their own which spread to other countries like Spain and Sicily. Moorish embroidery greatly influenced many European countries. Embroidery in the middle Ages was very prolific. Rich traders and merchants were willing to pay a large sum of money for the luxury of embroidered clothing. It wasn’t until the Renaissance Period that new applications for embroidery came about such as tapestries, laces, curtains, and bed covers. In America, the first commercial embroidery manufacturing establishment was started in 1848 in New York by Jacob Schiess. He came from Switzerland and within a year had his own embroidery plant in operation. All the stitching was done by hand by fifteen woman stitching exquisite designs by hand. The development of machine embroidery did not take place until the 1800’s. Joshua Heilmann from Mulhouse worked on the design of a hand embroidery machine. Though he did not sell many, it revolutionized the embroidery industry. Heilmann’s invention was quickly followed by
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The looms used multiple needles and were an unbelievable improvement over the age-old process of stitching by hand. thereby making him the real founder of the schiffli embroidery industry in the United States. Dr. was inspired by the work produced on the sewing machine. Alphonse Kursheedt imported twelve of the then new embroidery hand looms from St. The shuttle itself looked similar to the hull of a sailboat. They were. Gallen. Immediately afterwards. means "little boat". Robert Reiner. Gallen. Around the 1870’s there were fourteen companies manufacturing embroidery machines in Switzerland manufacturing hand loom embroidery machines.. Kursheedt also imported a number of schiffli machines. The beginning of shuttle embroidery dates back to the 1860’s when Isaac Groebli. "Schiffli" in the Swiss dialect of the German language . This machine was based on the principals introduced by the newly invented sewing machine. making him the first American to use a mechanized embroidery process. Groebli’s machine utilized the combination of a continuously threaded needle and shuttle containing a bobbin of thread. came to this country in 1903 in his early Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 5 . Switzerland. powered manually. founder of Robert Reiner. Issac Groebli of Switzerland invented the first practical Schiffli Embroidery machine. from St. Inc.the "shuttle embroidery" and the "chain stitch embroidery" methods. of Weehawken. In 1873. In 1876. however. His machine came to be known as a schiffli machine.

Reiner made it possible for hundreds of Austrian. One error could ruin an entire design. The banks arranged long term credit to purchasers. Germany. introduced the first American made schiffli machine. when Robert Reiner Inc. most embroidery was completed by punching designs on paper tape that then ran through an embroidery machine. In 1980. Dr.twenties. Before computers were affordable. when suddenly the two sources for the manufacture of machines in Plauen. Germany. to appoint him it’s American Agent. The industry grew until 1938. German. and Swiss immigrants in New Jersey to become manufacturers of embroidery. ceased operation because of World War 2. Switzerland. No additional machines were produced until 1953. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 6 . These looms spanned several feet across and produced lace patches and large embroidery patterns. an international distribution network formed by Randal Melton and Bill Childs. forcing the creator to start over. Melco. created the first embroidery sample head for use with large Schiffli looms. he persuaded the Vogtlandishe Machine Works of Plauen. and Arbon. Wilcom introduced the first computer graphics embroidery design system to run on a minicomputer. The sample head allowed embroiderers to avoid manually sewing the design sample and saved production time. Then began the mass importation of embroidery machines into northern New Jersey’s Hudson County. Realizing the potential of the embroidery industry.

which allowed more than one person to work on the embroidery process. a digitizing system for embroidery machines. coupled with tax incentives for home businesses. An operator digitized the design using similar techniques to punching. The economic conditions of the Reagan Years. The Digitrac consisted of a small computer. The digitizer marked common points in the design to create elaborate fill and satin stitch combinations. Melco patented the ability to sew circles with a satin stitch. The digitized design was composed at six times the size of the embroidered final product. Brother Industries entered the embroidery industry after several computerized embroidery companies Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 7 .Subsequently. It sold for $30. The original single-needle sample head sold for $10. streamlining production times. Wilcom enhanced this technology in 1982 with the introduction of the first multi-user system. helped propel Melco to the top of the market. Melco unveiled the Digitrac. it became the first computerized embroidery machine marketed to home sewers. At the Show of the Americas in 1980. as well as arched lettering generated from a keyboard. transferring the results to a 1" paper tape or later to a floppy disk. mounted on an X and Y axis on a large white board. which stitched out the pattern.000 and included a 1" paper-tape reader and 2 fonts.000. similar in size to a BlackBerry. This design would then be run on the embroidery machine.

many individuals and independent companies also sell embroidery designs. Melco was acquired by Saurer in 1989. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 8 . Later. In addition. software. and embroidery machines.contracted it to provide sewing heads. The major embroidery machine companies eventually adapted their commercial systems and marketed them to companies such as Janome for home use. the Japanese company Tajima provided sewing heads that were capable of using multiple threads. computerized machine embroidery has grown in popularity as costs have fallen for computers. and there are free designs available on the internet. Since the late 1990s. Many machine manufacturers sell their own lines of embroidery patterns. Singer failed to remain competitive during this time.

garment components .three dimensional .finished garments . Embroidered designs may be applied directly to piece goods . trims or garments. Modern embroidery machines only require the operator to hoop and place the garment or fabric to be embroidered under the needles. Embroidery Embroidery is an art form that uses close or overlapping stitches to form intricate . Some of the first embroidery machine made it possible to apply names on individual garments . Today . Embroidery has evolved from a customized handsewing process to computer controlled stitching for mass production. the embroidery process uses advanced technology to embellish styles and mass-produce trims for the garment industry.or an individual emblem that are an add on type of trim.surface designs to embellish piece goods . This required a great deal of operator skill to manipulate garments and form the lettering.such as hats and shirts. Embroidery has evolved from hundreds of years of handwork by dozens of culture an established art form.2. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 9 . Embroidery is a flat trim that adds interest and differentiation to a product.

in which large amounts of yarn are buried on the back of the work. embroidery thread is manufactured in cotton. Canvas work techniques. couching is generally used for gold work. Modern canvas work tends to follow very symmetrical counted stitching patterns with designs developing from repetition of one or only a few similar stitches in a variety of thread hues.2. Ribbon embroidery uses narrow ribbon in silk or silk/organza blend ribbon. In both canvas work and surface embroidery an embroidery hoop or frame can be used to stretch the material and ensure even stitching tension that prevents pattern distortion. are distinguished by a wide range Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 10 . and silk have been in use for thousands of years for both fabric and yarn. most commonly to create floral motifs. linen. rayon. and silk. Today. Wool. linen. by contrast. Many forms of surface embroidery. and novelty yarns as well as in traditional wool. use more materials but provide a sturdier and more substantial finished textile. Surface embroidery techniques such as chain stitch and couching or laid-work are the most economical of expensive yarns.1 MATERIAL REQUIRED Material used in embroidery The fabrics and yarns used in traditional embroidery vary from place to place.

2.1 Free embroidery Designs are applied without regard to the weave of the underlying fabric. Examples include crewel and traditional Chinese and Japanese embroidery.1.2. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 11 .of different stitching patterns used in a single piece of work. 2. and by the relationship of stitch placement to the fabric. 2.1 Embroidery can be classified according to whether the design is stitched  On top  Through The foundation fabric.2 TYPES AND CLASSIFICATION OF EMBROIDERY 2.

These are particularly suited to pictorial rather than geometric Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 12 . or specially woven cotton and linen fabrics although non-even weave linen is used as well. aid a cloth.Since the 19th century.2. printed and hand painted canvases where the painted or printed image serves as color-guide have eliminated the need for counting threads.2. Traditional canvas work such as bargello is a counted-thread technique.2. Examples include needlepoint and some forms of black work embroidery 2. Counted-thread embroidery is more easily worked on an even-weave foundation fabric such as embroidery canvas.1.2 Counted-thread embroidery Patterns are created by making stitches over a predetermined number of threads in the foundation fabric.1.3 Canvas work In canvas work threads are stitched through a fabric mesh to create a dense pattern that completely covers the foundation fabric.

1. 2. this work is collectively referred to as whitework.2.1. often with thread in the same color as the foundation fabric.5Alphabet Design Embroidery Was originally used to mark household linens and then used to personalize handmade gifts.6 Applique Is the technique of taking a pattern of one material. ornamented with Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 13 . This technique uses padding stitches under an even layer of even stitches to produce a raised embroidery effect.1. The edges of the cut-out design are either sewed over.designs deriving from the Berlin wool work craze of the early 19th century.2.2. When created in white thread on white linen or cotton. 2. laid on another which forms the ground.4 Drawn thread work and cutwork The foundation fabric is deformed or cut away to create holes that are then embellished with embroidery. 2. These techniques are the progenitors of needlelace.

2. gold thread.fancy cord. 2. a new processes of dyeing wools made this type of embroidery possible.1.1. The Back Stitch is the only stitch used with this type of embroidery. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 14 . It is a kind of fine chenille and came in both silk and wool.8 Back Stitch Embroidery Back Stitch Embroidery is one of the simplest kinds of embroidery. In the 1830's.2.7 Arrasene Embroidery Is an embroidery material that was very popular during Victorian times.1.2. or any other appropriate material. bags and furniture covers. Berlin work was used to create cushions. braid. It was introduced for artistic embroidery around 1883 and was thought to likely supersede other kinds of embroidery materials used in bold designs in decorative needlework.9 Bead Embroidery (beading) Berlin embroidery Is a style of canvas work embroidery. 2. 2. The resulting embroidery produced very durable and long lasting pieces.

13 Chenille Chip Embroidery Embroidery on Chip was embroidery on material made either of fine plaited chips or wood shavings. It is kind of White Embroidery. See Needlepoint.2.14 Coral work Crazy Work Crazy work is made by attaching random size and shape pieces of material together to form a larger piece of Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 15 .2. 2. a term borrowed from lacemaking.2.2.1. 2. The designs used for this type of work were very simple.1.12 Canvas Work Is stitched onto coarse or tight-textured canvas and also referred to as needlepoint.1.10 Black work Broderie Anglaise Broderie Anglaise is also known as English Embroidery. 2.1. 2.2. It is entirely conventional in design and also in manner of working.2.11 Bulgarian Embroidery Bulgarian embroidery is used almost exclusively upon heavy linens and canvas.1.

Aida cloth is the choice of most Embroiderers today. Many different projects described on this page. Cretonne Applique This type of applique was very popular with Victorian women.1.16 Cross-Stitch Embroidery Is probably the most common types of embroidery. since it is difficult to create small intricate designs in wool.1. also called Venetian embroidery and Roman embroidery. etc.17 Cut-Work Cut Work. 2.15 Crewel embroidery This type of embroidery gets its name from the fine wool yarn that is used. Small shapes are cut out of the ground material. 2.2. cushions. and the Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 16 . 2. Java canvas was typically used by Victorian ladies.material. Cretonne fabric made it very easy to make wonderful and unique applique linens quickly.2. all of which are but the same style of work under different names. The designs are generally bold. It is composed of floss stitched in an X like manner on canvas or a canvas like material.1. such as table cover. This material then can be used in making a quilt or other projects.2. the cut edges are embroidered.

2. 2. Linens embroidered in this type of embroidery will add a beautiful sophistication to any Victorian table 2. Hardanger and Hedebo can be classified as cut work.1. It is kind of White Embroidery.1.20 Dresden Embroidery Dresden Embroidery is named from the ware of the same name. and the remaining threads are embroidered.2.21 English Embroidery English Embroidery is also known as Broderie Anglaise .1. 2. 2.1.2. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 17 .2. done entirely in one color.19 Drawn thread Certain threads of the warp or weft (or both) are removed from the ground.18 Delft Embroidery This style of work gains its name from the Delft ware.vacant space is often filled in with decorative stitches. Quaint Holland scenes. make this type of embroidery easily recognized.

2. very intricate shading effects were produced.23 Etching Embroidery Etching embroidery.2.22 English Eyelet Embroidery Was a popular means of decorating shirtwaists.1. is used to reproduce line engravings with embroidery and paint.2. By using many different hues of the same color.26 French Laid Embroidery French Laid Embroidery. Traditionally designs are very colorful. 2.1.1. also known as Print Work. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 18 .2. It is a raised embroidery.24 Filet Embroidery Is done on a net-like fabric.2. 2.1.25 Florentine Embroidery Is also known as Bargello Embroidery. collars and other apparel in the late 1800s.2. The stitches are close and firm. is known and appreciated the world over.1. also known as White Work. 2.2.

2. 2.1.2. The most characteristic feature of this style of work consists in the treatment of the background.2.29 Indian Floss Silk Embroidery Indian Floss Silk Embroidery is work executed upon black or white net with white or colored floss silks.1.28 Huckaback Embroidery Huckaback Embroidery is embroidered on Huckaback fabric. It is fast and easy.30 Irridescent Embroidery Irridescent Embroidery is sometimes called opalescent embroidery and either term indicates the distinctive feature of the work.2.1.2. and is an imitation of the Floss Silk Embroidery made by the natives of India.1. 2. It is always worked in Kensington Stitch and in the palest of colors Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 19 .2.27 Gretchen Embroidery Gretchen embroidery is an unusual embroidery technique not often found.

1.2.31 Jewel Jewel Embroidery is the introduction of dots in a design which are worked in imitation of jewels 2. and other items because it looked well on both sides. It can be described as a combination of Drawn Work and Embroidery. tablecloths.1.31 Linen Embroidery Linen Embroidery was used to decorate borders of towels.32 Mediaeval Embroidery Is also known as "Point Venice". and cambrics. 2.2.2. muslins.33 Mexican Embroidery Mexican Embroidery is suitable for ornamenting washable materials such as linens.2.1. "Italian Relief Embroidery". 2.1. It is basically an adaption of the Buttonhole stitch. It uses the buttonhole stitch and other simple stitches.2. as well as other names. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 20 .

2.2.1. and other Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 21 .2. 2. the tent stitch was used most often.2.35 Mexican Wheel Embroidery Is similar to Mexican Square Embroidery but has its own unique appearance.2.1. Traditionally Needlepoint was completed on a linen canvas with wool thread.37 Needlepoint is embroidery done on canvas.38 Net Embroidery Net Embroidery is an effective way of ornamenting White or Black Net for dress trimmings. use a much wider range of stitches than ever used before. caps. depending upon locations.2. Although different stitches were used.2. when needlepointing.36 Mountmellick Embroidery Is also called Mountmellick Work or Fine White Work. it may be the perfect addition to your embroidery fancy work.34 Mexican Square Embroidery Is unusual.1.1.1. 2. Today embroiderers. 2.

2. one strand of which is drawn out. It is also used for home decorative items that do not get a lot of wear.2.41 Persian Embroidery Persian Embroidery has changed over the course of history.1. It receives its name based upon the designs and colors used. 2.40 Oriental Embroidery Oriental Embroidery is actually a class of embroidery.42 Punched Work Punched Work is another type of embroidery that has been used to describe different types of embroidery.39 Netting Silk in Embroidery The most delicate kinds of embroidery are worked with fine netting silk.2. Indian. 2. when thinking of Punch or Punched Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 22 . Bulgarian.1. Most people today. It includes Chinese. 2. They are celebrated for a number of reasons.2.1.2. Persian.small articles of dress.1. Japanese. and Turkish embroideries.

This type of embroidery has been around for centuries.2. then covered with cloth and then embroidered.2.45 Ribbon Embroidery The earlier ribbon embroidery designs were worked out with a narrow China ribbon about one-half inch in width.2.44 Red work Red work is a form of needlework that uses red cotton embroidery floss on a white background. The patterns are usually very simple line drawings.1. The other Punched Work. is more of a drawn work 2. which are afterward fluffed up and cut.1. And yet a third kind is when a stiffening material. One kind is when stitches are taken over a wadding of cotton. The designs were chiefly floral in nature. is used. 2. such as wire mesh. 2. Usually Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 23 .43 Raised Embroidery There a number of different Raised Embroideries.Embroidery automatically think of the type that has the loops of top of the fabric (similar to a hooked rug).1. as described and illustrated here. Another is when the design is formed with loops of Plush Stitch.

1.47 Rice Embroidery Rice Embroidery is a type of White Embroidery.1. e.1. which have been previously formed in the foundation material. i.48 Seed Embroidery Is an German Victorian era embroidery using a variety of seeds and chenilles to produce a very unique type of embroidery.2.2.46 Ribbon Work In Ribbon Work. the petals only. flowers and buds only are made of ribbon.only the wealthy could afford to do this type of embroidery 2. 2. 2. filoselle or embroidery silk.2. chenille. The Rice Stitch is used extensively in this type of embroidery. hence the name. 2. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 24 .1.49 Smocking Is decorative stitches that secure gathers or folds.. the foliage are embroidered in arrasene.2.

2.1. 2. 2. The results are remarkable. owing to a certain similarity in its general Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 25 .2.1.54 Venetian Embroidery Venetian Embroidery takes its name from Venetian lace. Simple to do using just Tulle.51 Swiss Embroidery Swiss Embroidery Swiss embroidery is known by many different names such as Broderie Anglaise.1.2. floss. 2. Irish Work. It is a mix of easy embroidery stitches and drawn work.1.2.53 Tulle Embroidery Tulle Embroidery is a true Victorian style embroidery. and a simple pattern 2. and Madeira Work.2.1.50 Straw Embroidery Straw Embroidery is virtually unheard of now but it was a type of embroidery Victorians were interested in using.2.52 Towelling (Toweling) Embroidery Towelling (Toweling) Embroidery was very popular in the 1880's.

appearance.2.2. 2.1.56 Wallachian Embroidery The present adaptations of this work show it in any material that can be embroidered. and.1. 2.57 White Embroidery Is also known as White Work. of course.55 Venetian Long Stitch Embroidery Venetian Long Stitch Embroidery is the old-fashioned description of Worsted Work worked on open canvas. but is lighter than either in effect. It resembles Roman Work and Strasbourg Embroidery.1. Often the work is padded and raised. the thread employed must correspond with the material on which the embroidery is done.2. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 26 . 2.

2. leather or metallic strands. household linens. bed sheets. plastic and felt as well. It is an ancient art of threadwork which creates designs and pictures by sewing strands of material on to another layer of fabric. accessories. it can also be done by working with non-traditional materials such as wire. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 27 .1 Hand embroidery Embroidery is needlework done for decorative purposes on items such as clothing. towels and so forth. Today with the advances in science and technology embroidery can also be done on traditional as well as non-traditional fabrics such as leather.3 EMROIDERY CLASSIFICATION  Hand embroidery  Machine embroidery 2. While most embroidery is done using thread or wool sewn onto a woven fabric.3.

1.3.3. unstitched. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 28 .e.2 Bargello Embroidery: Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. 2.1. The name is derived from the Italian town of Assisi where the modern form of the craft originated.1 Assisi Embroidery: Assisi embroidery is a form of counted-thread embroidery based on an ancient Italian tradition where the background is filled with embroidery stitches and the main motifs are left void i.Some of the types include: 2.

Florence. but firmly twisted threads give a better look than embroidery floss.3 Black work Embroidery: Black work Embroidery is a form embroidery using black thread. Sometimes it is counted-thread embroidery which is usually stitched on even-weave fabric. Traditionally black work is stitched in silk thread on white or off-white linen or cotton fabric. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 29 . Sometimes metallic threads or colored threads are used for accents.1. which have a "flame stitch" pattern. Any black thread can be used.3. 2.

bunka is fragile and is usually presented as artwork rather than as clothing adornment.1.3. and traditional Japanese scenes. Crewel Embroidery 2. Typical subjects include people. living things (traditionally fish).4 Bunka shishu: In English often shortened to bunka.2. Bunka has gained in popularity since the advent of numbered kits. Unlike some other forms of embroidery. is a form of Japanese embroidery originating around the turn of the 20th century. which provide a step-by-step guide to producing artwork.3.1. Bunka artists use a specialized embroidery needle and rayon threads to create very detailed pictures that some liken to oil paintings.5 Crewel Embroidery: Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 30 .

1. It was used in the Bayeux Tapestry in Jacobean embroidery and in the Quaker tapestry.Crewelwork. This form of cross-stitch is also called counted cross-stitch in order to distinguish it from other Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 31 .3. is a decorative form of surface embroidery using wool and a variety of different embroidery stitches to follow a design outline applied to the fabric. 2.6 Cross-stitch: Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled. Cross-stitch is usually executed on easily countable even weave fabric called aida cloth. rasterlike pattern are used to form a picture. The stitcher counts the threads in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance. The technique is at least a thousand years old.

2. The remaining threads are grouped or bundled together into a variety of patterns.1. 2. It is sometimes called whitework embroidery.7 Drawn thread work Drawn thread work is a form of counted-thread embroidery based on removing threads from the warp and/or the weft of a piece of even-weave fabric. but the drawn thread parts are their most distinctive element. the stitcher simply stitches over the printed pattern.3.3. using counted thread and drawn thread work techniques.8 Hardanger embroidery Hardanger embroidery or "Hardangersøm" is a form of embroidery traditionally worked with white thread on white even-weave cloth. It is also grouped as whitework embroidery because it was traditionally done in white thread on white fabric and is often combined with other whitework techniques. Sometimes cross-stitch is done on designs printed on the fabric (stamped cross-stitch).forms of cross-stitch.1. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 32 . The more elaborate styles of drawn thread work use in fact a variety of other stitches and techniques.

1.2. The size of the stitch and how they are used (singly. or in a mass) and the size of the ribbon will all have an effect.9 Ribbon Embroidery Ribbon embroidery is not as exact as other forms of needlework. There are as many variations to these stitches as there are designers who use them. Always read the designer's notes for best result Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 33 .3. in a row.

The first. Machine embroidery is of two types:2. There are two main types of machine embroidery. The second. To create free-motion machine embroidery. uses an embroidery machine or sewing/embroidery machine. this type of machine lacks the automated features of a specialized machine.3. Hobbyists also machine embroider for personal sewing and craft projects. uses a basic zigzag sewing machine. As it is used primarily for tailoring. The operator lowers or covers the "feed dogs" or machine teeth Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 34 .2. and uniform adornment.2 Machine Embroidery Machine embroidery is a process whereby a sewing machine or embroidery machine is used to create patterns on textiles. It is used commercially in product branding.3. corporate advertising.2. embroidered designs are created by using a basic zigzag sewing machine. the embroiderer runs the machine and skillfully moves tightly hooped fabric under the needle to create a design. computerized machine embroidery. free-motion sewing machine embroidery.1 Free-motion machine embroidery In free-motion machine embroidery.

unlike with computerized embroidery. Free-motion machine embroidery can be timeconsuming. The operator develops the embroidery manually. In this way.and moves the fabric manually. Since a standard sewing machine only has one needle. With the advent of computerized machine embroidery. An embroiderer can produce a filled-in effect by sewing many parallel rows of straight stitching. the operator must stop and re-thread the machine manually for each subsequent color in a multi-color design. Many quilters and fabric artists use a process called thread drawing (or thread painting) to create embellishments on their projects or to create textile art. any pattern created using free-motion machine embroidery is unique and cannot be exactly reproduced. many prefer computerized embroidery's ease and reduced costs. He or she must also manually trim and clean up loose or connecting threads after the design is completed. using the machine's settings for running stitch and fancier built-in stitches. the main use of manual machine embroidery is in fiber art and quilting projects. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 35 . A machine's zigzag stitch can create thicker lines within a design or be used to create a border. As this is a manual process rather than an digital reproduction. Though some manufacturers still use manual embroidery to embellish garments. the stitches form an image onto a piece of fabric.

sequins.2. the machine will require varying degrees of user input to read and sew embroidery designs. A head is usually capable of producing many special fabric effects. each consisting of 15 or more needles. and cutwork.2. including satin stitch embroidery. A multi-needle machine may consist of multiple sewing heads.2 Computerized machine embroidery Most modern embroidery machines are computer controlled and specifically engineered for embroidery. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 36 . chain stitch embroidery. Sewing-embroidery machines generally have only one needle and require the user to change thread colors during the embroidery process. Industrial and commercial embroidery machines and combination sewing-embroidery machines have a hooping or framing system that holds the framed area of fabric taut under the sewing needle and moves it automatically to create a design from a pre-programmed digital embroidery pattern. Multi-needle industrial machines are generally threaded prior to running the design and do not require rethreading. each of which can sew the same design onto a separate garment concurrently. Such a machine might have 20 or more heads. These machines require the user to input the correct color change sequence before beginning to embroider.3. appliqué. Depending on its capabilities. Some can trim and change colors automatically.

3. The features that differentiate embroidery from other kinds of lace are its freedom of design and ability to create luxurious three dimensional effects.000 needles.2. which is 18 meters in length and equipped with 1.3 Schiffli machine embroidery Schiffli Embroidery is manufactured by applying machine embroidering with front yarn and back yarn on base cloth using the Schiffli Embroidery machine. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 37 .2.

2. Common varieties are:      Allovers Guipires Chemical Automatic Color Change Embroidery on Net Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 38 .4 Variation in the embroidery Embroidery is classified into several variations depending on production methods and materials used.

The fabric is dissolved allowing the embroidered stitching and the remains on the final net to remain. product. allowing only the the machine in addition to being embroidered yarn to remain on the stitched by needles. thus laces of many styles can be duplicated on the Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 39 . Guipires Embroidery Bored Embroidery The stitching is performed on waterThe fabric is perforated by a soluble fabric which is dissolved special device called borers on afterward. on which the stitching is performed. final product. The stitching is performed Later the water-soluble fabric on the fabric.Allovers Embroidery Embroidery on Net The water-soluble fabric is lapped over the net.

the system determines the locations of the stitching point by referring to pre-specified parameters such as stitch width. which enables the needles for different colors to work in turn. Embroidery production process Punching and Sampling The sketch created by an embroidery designer is first enlarged by 6 times and traced manually. When the outlines of the shapes on the drawing are digitized by the use of a mouse. and the resulting drawing is posted on the digitizer of a special CAD system called •computer punching system. then translate them into machine interpretative pattern data which is output on to a floppy disk.embroidery machine. The data on the floppy is loaded into a sampling machine whose length Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 40 . Color Change Embroidery Multi-color embroidery produced by a special type of machine called •color Change Machine. This process is called punching which is an important element to determine the quality of embroidery.

The machine is a large one with 18 meter length. the other on the lower. Inspection. Finishing The defects found upon close inspection will be mended by sewing machine.and more than 1000 needles.7 meters length and 1. Thus two pieces of fabric.5 meter height . Since the introduction of computer numerical control. The floating thread is clipped by the Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 41 . the positioning of the machine frame can be performed with higher speed and more accuracy. one piece on the upper stage.1 meter width can be embroidered at once. Shearing. embroidering begins on a 15-yard production machine. each with 13. Two pieces of base fabric are set vertically. The manufactured sample piece is shown to the customers for order.ranges from 1 meter to 4 meters. Mending. Machine Embroidering (Production) Once the order is placed. 4.

shearing machine and sent to a dying factory to be finished. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 42 .

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How Schiffli Machine Works Front thread and bobbin thread form stitches Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 44 .

From there it passes the thread watcher. The thread starts from the spool and is winded around the thread roller 2-3 times (thread should not slip).Combination of needle and shuttle form lock of the switch Frame Movement For each working needle one spool or cone has to be set. one hook and the big thread Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 45 .

The Schiffli machine is a variation on the sewing machine. Between each of these stitches the frame is moved. tension is applied as the big thread guide tightens the stitch thus formed. Each stitch forms in the same manner. The needle is retracted while the shuttle is at its highest point and the shuttle returns to the bottom of the box. while most of the world counts each movement as one full stitch. The front yearn is treated in a needle which passes through the goods to a predetermined point. similar to that of a sewing machine. and the friction of the goods holds the thread. stopped for the stitch and moved again. and the needle is driven again slightly further into the fabric. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 46 . forcing a loop to be formed. The loop is closed with the bobbin thread locked inside. thus forming the embroidery design. As the needle retracts. It is then retracted slightly. A shuttle containing the yarn which is attached to the previous stitch in the back of the goods is driven through this loop. In Austria each revolution or movement is counted as a half stitch.guide until the thread finally goes through the eye of the needle. It embroiders with a front thread and bobbin thread (yarn at the back of the cloth) which from together a lock stitch. to allow enough thread for the shuttle to pass through the loop.

It is placed on an angular spindle. In such cases the yarn is drawn from the top end through the middle of the cone. cones are fixed on the cone holder device and can therefore not be turned. which might be placed on the floor or might be fixed on the cone holder device. Sometimes cones are used for big order of one design. This way yarn can be prevented from being stuck. Unlike spools. the yarn is drawn off its right side.The spool used for a Schiffli machine is mounted on a shaft to hold a large quantity of yarn. when the spool would not hold enough yarn for a long run without constant changing. The winding off the yarn from full and heavy spools can be facilitated by using metal attachments which are placed in the middle of the tubes of the spools in order to allow a constant front yarn tension. Application of Embroidery Party Dress Formal Dress 47 Lingerie and Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh .

They may be manually operated or computer controlled. Single head machines are most often used for custom work and monoprogramming. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 48 . Manually operated machines depend on skilled operator to position and manipulate materials under the needles. They were developed for producing small orders and are used for customizing garments. Computerized embroidery machines are programmed to stitch the selected design and all the operator must do is place the garment.Foundation home furnishing fabric automobile furnishing fabric SINGLE HEAD EMBROIDERY MACHINE Single head embroidery machines are similar to basic lockstitch sewing machine. Single head machines are most often used for customizing garments.

Technology has expanded the use of single-head embroidery machines. larger patterns require wider needle range and fewer heads. Smaller areas are best embroidered with more close-set heads. This allows manufacturer to customize their service and produce very small orders as needed by their customers. Multi head embroidery machine Multi head embroidery machines are similar in operation to single-head machines except they contain two or more heads that stitch the same pattern simultaneously.because close-set heads Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 49 . A computer network can interface and control multiple single-head machines so that same time. Border machines provide the most flexibility . to stitch a small order of three on a large multi head machines wastes capacity that could better be used for large multi head machines wastes capacity that could better be used for large orders. For example.

can be spaced close together and alternate heads can be uncoupled to allow stitching of a wider pattern. Primary data collection method FIELD VISIT: The industry we worked upon was named Chaudhary’s Computer Embroidery Works. there is more idle time during loading process. Machines are purchased with a specific number of heads. located in the growing urbans of Hyderabad at Dilsukh Nagar in the Alkapuri Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 50 . Higher stitch counts are more produced on machine with more heads. more heads require lore loading time. average number of stitches per design. The optimal number of heads is generally dependent on the firm’s average order size. and size of the area to be stitched. should be less than stitching time if the operation is to be productive . garments are individually hooped and inserted under each head. Loading time. With multi head machines. which entails inserting the fabric or garment component under the machine head . and for designs with a lower stitch count . Each head utilizes 1 to 6 needles and up to 6 colors in stitching a design.

The industry was a home scale computer embroidery setup. where the work was done by all the females of the house.Colony. The work process involved collecting all the Location of the industry: About the industry: Time taken to reach the industry Raw material used in the industry Manufacturing process Machines in the industry Types of goods produced Cost analysis Conclusion Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 51 .

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