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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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of Weehawken. In 1876. Kursheedt also imported a number of schiffli machines. Groebli’s machine utilized the combination of a continuously threaded needle and shuttle containing a bobbin of thread. means "little boat". founder of Robert Reiner. came to this country in 1903 in his early Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 5 . thereby making him the real founder of the schiffli embroidery industry in the United States. The beginning of shuttle embroidery dates back to the 1860’s when Isaac Groebli. The shuttle itself looked similar to the hull of a sailboat. Gallen. Dr. The looms used multiple needles and were an unbelievable improvement over the age-old process of stitching by hand. from St.. Switzerland. They were. Immediately afterwards.the "shuttle embroidery" and the "chain stitch embroidery" methods. was inspired by the work produced on the sewing machine. powered manually. Inc. Robert Reiner. Alphonse Kursheedt imported twelve of the then new embroidery hand looms from St. This machine was based on the principals introduced by the newly invented sewing machine. His machine came to be known as a schiffli machine. Gallen. Around the 1870’s there were fourteen companies manufacturing embroidery machines in Switzerland manufacturing hand loom embroidery machines. making him the first American to use a mechanized embroidery process. "Schiffli" in the Swiss dialect of the German language . Issac Groebli of Switzerland invented the first practical Schiffli Embroidery machine. In 1873. however.

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

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

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

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

Today. Surface embroidery techniques such as chain stitch and couching or laid-work are the most economical of expensive yarns. Ribbon embroidery uses narrow ribbon in silk or silk/organza blend ribbon. use more materials but provide a sturdier and more substantial finished textile. linen. 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. embroidery thread is manufactured in cotton. in which large amounts of yarn are buried on the back of the work. rayon. Canvas work techniques. Wool. by contrast. linen. are distinguished by a wide range Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 10 .2. Many forms of surface embroidery. and novelty yarns as well as in traditional wool. 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. and silk have been in use for thousands of years for both fabric and yarn. most commonly to create floral motifs. and silk.1 MATERIAL REQUIRED Material used in embroidery The fabrics and yarns used in traditional embroidery vary from place to place. couching is generally used for gold work.

and by the relationship of stitch placement to the fabric.1 Embroidery can be classified according to whether the design is stitched  On top  Through The foundation fabric.1.of different stitching patterns used in a single piece of work. 2.2.2. 2. Examples include crewel and traditional Chinese and Japanese embroidery.2 TYPES AND CLASSIFICATION OF EMBROIDERY 2. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 11 .1 Free embroidery Designs are applied without regard to the weave of the underlying fabric.

2 Counted-thread embroidery Patterns are created by making stitches over a predetermined number of threads in the foundation fabric. or specially woven cotton and linen fabrics although non-even weave linen is used as well.2. Traditional canvas work such as bargello is a counted-thread technique.2.1.1.3 Canvas work In canvas work threads are stitched through a fabric mesh to create a dense pattern that completely covers the foundation fabric. aid a cloth. These are particularly suited to pictorial rather than geometric Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 12 . printed and hand painted canvases where the painted or printed image serves as color-guide have eliminated the need for counting threads. Counted-thread embroidery is more easily worked on an even-weave foundation fabric such as embroidery canvas.Since the 19th century. Examples include needlepoint and some forms of black work embroidery 2.2.

2. this work is collectively referred to as whitework. These techniques are the progenitors of needlelace. laid on another which forms the ground. often with thread in the same color as the foundation fabric. This technique uses padding stitches under an even layer of even stitches to produce a raised embroidery effect.5Alphabet Design Embroidery Was originally used to mark household linens and then used to personalize handmade gifts. 2. 2. When created in white thread on white linen or cotton. 2.1.2. ornamented with Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 13 .2.4 Drawn thread work and cutwork The foundation fabric is deformed or cut away to create holes that are then embellished with embroidery. The edges of the cut-out design are either sewed over.designs deriving from the Berlin wool work craze of the early 19th century.1.1.6 Applique Is the technique of taking a pattern of one material.

fancy cord. In the 1830's.8 Back Stitch Embroidery Back Stitch Embroidery is one of the simplest kinds of embroidery. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 14 . 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. or any other appropriate material. gold thread.1. It is a kind of fine chenille and came in both silk and wool. 2.2. 2. braid. Berlin work was used to create cushions.2.9 Bead Embroidery (beading) Berlin embroidery Is a style of canvas work embroidery.7 Arrasene Embroidery Is an embroidery material that was very popular during Victorian times. a new processes of dyeing wools made this type of embroidery possible.2. bags and furniture covers.1. 2. The resulting embroidery produced very durable and long lasting pieces.1. The Back Stitch is the only stitch used with this type of embroidery.

1.1.1.2. 2.2.2. a term borrowed from lacemaking. 2.2. 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. The designs used for this type of work were very simple. It is entirely conventional in design and also in manner of working.11 Bulgarian Embroidery Bulgarian embroidery is used almost exclusively upon heavy linens and canvas.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.1.1. See Needlepoint.10 Black work Broderie Anglaise Broderie Anglaise is also known as English Embroidery.12 Canvas Work Is stitched onto coarse or tight-textured canvas and also referred to as needlepoint.2.

2. Cretonne Applique This type of applique was very popular with Victorian women. This material then can be used in making a quilt or other projects. Many different projects described on this page.16 Cross-Stitch Embroidery Is probably the most common types of embroidery. and the Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 16 .1. Java canvas was typically used by Victorian ladies.2.15 Crewel embroidery This type of embroidery gets its name from the fine wool yarn that is used.material. the cut edges are embroidered. since it is difficult to create small intricate designs in wool. all of which are but the same style of work under different names.1. also called Venetian embroidery and Roman embroidery. etc. 2. It is composed of floss stitched in an X like manner on canvas or a canvas like material.17 Cut-Work Cut Work. Aida cloth is the choice of most Embroiderers today.2.1. Small shapes are cut out of the ground material. such as table cover. The designs are generally bold. cushions. 2.2. Cretonne fabric made it very easy to make wonderful and unique applique linens quickly.

2. 2.1.19 Drawn thread Certain threads of the warp or weft (or both) are removed from the ground.1.1.21 English Embroidery English Embroidery is also known as Broderie Anglaise . done entirely in one color. 2.1. It is kind of White Embroidery. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 17 . Linens embroidered in this type of embroidery will add a beautiful sophistication to any Victorian table 2.20 Dresden Embroidery Dresden Embroidery is named from the ware of the same name. and the remaining threads are embroidered. Quaint Holland scenes.2.vacant space is often filled in with decorative stitches. make this type of embroidery easily recognized.2.2.2. Hardanger and Hedebo can be classified as cut work.18 Delft Embroidery This style of work gains its name from the Delft ware.

2. 2. also known as Print Work. is used to reproduce line engravings with embroidery and paint.25 Florentine Embroidery Is also known as Bargello Embroidery. collars and other apparel in the late 1800s.2.1. very intricate shading effects were produced. 2.1. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 18 . 2.26 French Laid Embroidery French Laid Embroidery.1. is known and appreciated the world over.22 English Eyelet Embroidery Was a popular means of decorating shirtwaists.1.2.2.24 Filet Embroidery Is done on a net-like fabric. also known as White Work. 2. Traditionally designs are very colorful.2.2. By using many different hues of the same color.1. The stitches are close and firm.23 Etching Embroidery Etching embroidery. It is a raised embroidery.

It is always worked in Kensington Stitch and in the palest of colors Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 19 .2.2.30 Irridescent Embroidery Irridescent Embroidery is sometimes called opalescent embroidery and either term indicates the distinctive feature of the work. and is an imitation of the Floss Silk Embroidery made by the natives of India.1.27 Gretchen Embroidery Gretchen embroidery is an unusual embroidery technique not often found. 2.2.29 Indian Floss Silk Embroidery Indian Floss Silk Embroidery is work executed upon black or white net with white or colored floss silks. The most characteristic feature of this style of work consists in the treatment of the background.2.1. 2. It is fast and easy.1. 2.28 Huckaback Embroidery Huckaback Embroidery is embroidered on Huckaback fabric.2.1.

1. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 20 .2. It is basically an adaption of the Buttonhole stitch. It can be described as a combination of Drawn Work and Embroidery. as well as other names.31 Linen Embroidery Linen Embroidery was used to decorate borders of towels.2. and cambrics. tablecloths.31 Jewel Jewel Embroidery is the introduction of dots in a design which are worked in imitation of jewels 2.1.2. "Italian Relief Embroidery". 2. muslins.2.2. 2.32 Mediaeval Embroidery Is also known as "Point Venice".33 Mexican Embroidery Mexican Embroidery is suitable for ornamenting washable materials such as linens. and other items because it looked well on both sides.1.1. It uses the buttonhole stitch and other simple stitches.

1.2.1. Although different stitches were used. use a much wider range of stitches than ever used before. 2.36 Mountmellick Embroidery Is also called Mountmellick Work or Fine White Work. 2.2. 2. and other Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 21 .38 Net Embroidery Net Embroidery is an effective way of ornamenting White or Black Net for dress trimmings. it may be the perfect addition to your embroidery fancy work. the tent stitch was used most often.1.2.37 Needlepoint is embroidery done on canvas.2. when needlepointing.2. depending upon locations.1. Traditionally Needlepoint was completed on a linen canvas with wool thread.1.34 Mexican Square Embroidery Is unusual. caps. 2. Today embroiderers.35 Mexican Wheel Embroidery Is similar to Mexican Square Embroidery but has its own unique appearance.2.

42 Punched Work Punched Work is another type of embroidery that has been used to describe different types of embroidery.2. Most people today.1.2. 2. 2.2. Bulgarian.1. and Turkish embroideries. Indian.41 Persian Embroidery Persian Embroidery has changed over the course of history. It is also used for home decorative items that do not get a lot of wear. They are celebrated for a number of reasons. 2.small articles of dress. one strand of which is drawn out. 2. It includes Chinese.1.40 Oriental Embroidery Oriental Embroidery is actually a class of embroidery. It receives its name based upon the designs and colors used.1.2. Persian. Japanese. when thinking of Punch or Punched Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 22 .39 Netting Silk in Embroidery The most delicate kinds of embroidery are worked with fine netting silk.

Embroidery automatically think of the type that has the loops of top of the fabric (similar to a hooked rug). Another is when the design is formed with loops of Plush Stitch. as described and illustrated here. The designs were chiefly floral in nature. is used. is more of a drawn work 2. This type of embroidery has been around for centuries. Usually Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 23 .2. The other Punched Work.1. One kind is when stitches are taken over a wadding of cotton.45 Ribbon Embroidery The earlier ribbon embroidery designs were worked out with a narrow China ribbon about one-half inch in width. which are afterward fluffed up and cut.43 Raised Embroidery There a number of different Raised Embroideries. And yet a third kind is when a stiffening material.1.2.1.44 Red work Red work is a form of needlework that uses red cotton embroidery floss on a white background. such as wire mesh. 2.2. then covered with cloth and then embroidered. The patterns are usually very simple line drawings. 2.

1. the foliage are embroidered in arrasene.46 Ribbon Work In Ribbon Work.only the wealthy could afford to do this type of embroidery 2. hence the name. filoselle or embroidery silk. the petals only.2.47 Rice Embroidery Rice Embroidery is a type of White Embroidery. 2.1.2.. e. which have been previously formed in the foundation material.2. chenille.1. flowers and buds only are made of ribbon.1. 2.2.48 Seed Embroidery Is an German Victorian era embroidery using a variety of seeds and chenilles to produce a very unique type of embroidery. The Rice Stitch is used extensively in this type of embroidery. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 24 . i. 2.49 Smocking Is decorative stitches that secure gathers or folds.

2. 2.1.53 Tulle Embroidery Tulle Embroidery is a true Victorian style embroidery. The results are remarkable. floss.2. 2. It is a mix of easy embroidery stitches and drawn work. and Madeira Work.1.51 Swiss Embroidery Swiss Embroidery Swiss embroidery is known by many different names such as Broderie Anglaise.2.1.1. and a simple pattern 2. Simple to do using just Tulle.2. 2. Irish Work.52 Towelling (Toweling) Embroidery Towelling (Toweling) Embroidery was very popular in the 1880's.2. owing to a certain similarity in its general Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 25 .1.2.54 Venetian Embroidery Venetian Embroidery takes its name from Venetian lace.50 Straw Embroidery Straw Embroidery is virtually unheard of now but it was a type of embroidery Victorians were interested in using.

1. Often the work is padded and raised.57 White Embroidery Is also known as White Work. but is lighter than either in effect. It resembles Roman Work and Strasbourg Embroidery.2. 2. of course. and. 2.2.appearance. the thread employed must correspond with the material on which the embroidery is done.1. 2.56 Wallachian Embroidery The present adaptations of this work show it in any material that can be embroidered.1.2. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 26 .55 Venetian Long Stitch Embroidery Venetian Long Stitch Embroidery is the old-fashioned description of Worsted Work worked on open canvas.

Today with the advances in science and technology embroidery can also be done on traditional as well as non-traditional fabrics such as leather.2. household linens. While most embroidery is done using thread or wool sewn onto a woven fabric. plastic and felt as well. leather or metallic strands.3 EMROIDERY CLASSIFICATION  Hand embroidery  Machine embroidery 2. it can also be done by working with non-traditional materials such as wire. bed sheets. It is an ancient art of threadwork which creates designs and pictures by sewing strands of material on to another layer of fabric. towels and so forth.3.1 Hand embroidery Embroidery is needlework done for decorative purposes on items such as clothing. Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 27 . accessories.

e.1. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 28 .3.Some of the types include: 2.2 Bargello Embroidery: Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. unstitched. 2.3.1. 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.

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

Unlike some other forms of embroidery. Bunka has gained in popularity since the advent of numbered kits.3.4 Bunka shishu: In English often shortened to bunka. Typical subjects include people.1. is a form of Japanese embroidery originating around the turn of the 20th century. and traditional Japanese scenes. Crewel Embroidery 2.1.5 Crewel Embroidery: Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 30 . bunka is fragile and is usually presented as artwork rather than as clothing adornment. living things (traditionally fish). which provide a step-by-step guide to producing artwork.2. Bunka artists use a specialized embroidery needle and rayon threads to create very detailed pictures that some liken to oil paintings.3.

The technique is at least a thousand years old. rasterlike pattern are used to form a picture. 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 . Cross-stitch is usually executed on easily countable even weave fabric called aida cloth. 2.1.3.6 Cross-stitch: Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled.Crewelwork. 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. It was used in the Bayeux Tapestry in Jacobean embroidery and in the Quaker tapestry. The stitcher counts the threads in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance.

2. using counted thread and drawn thread work techniques. The remaining threads are grouped or bundled together into a variety of patterns.1. It is sometimes called whitework embroidery.3.3. Sometimes cross-stitch is done on designs printed on the fabric (stamped cross-stitch). 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.1.7 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. 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. the stitcher simply stitches over the printed pattern. but the drawn thread parts are their most distinctive element. 2.8 Hardanger embroidery Hardanger embroidery or "Hardangersøm" is a form of embroidery traditionally worked with white thread on white even-weave cloth.forms of cross-stitch.

in a row. There are as many variations to these stitches as there are designers who use them.3.2.9 Ribbon Embroidery Ribbon embroidery is not as exact as other forms of needlework. 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.1. Always read the designer's notes for best result Documentation by Apoorv Mohan and Chanchal Sadh 33 .

embroidered designs are created by using a basic zigzag sewing machine.3. 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. Hobbyists also machine embroider for personal sewing and craft projects. It is used commercially in product branding. uses an embroidery machine or sewing/embroidery 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 . Machine embroidery is of two types:2.2. The first. this type of machine lacks the automated features of a specialized machine.1 Free-motion machine embroidery In free-motion machine embroidery. There are two main types of machine embroidery.3. computerized machine embroidery. free-motion sewing machine embroidery.2. The second. To create free-motion machine embroidery. corporate advertising. the embroiderer runs the machine and skillfully moves tightly hooped fabric under the needle to create a design. uses a basic zigzag sewing machine.

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

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

3.000 needles. which is 18 meters in length and equipped with 1. The features that differentiate embroidery from other kinds of lace are its freedom of design and ability to create luxurious three dimensional effects.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.

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.

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

and the resulting drawing is posted on the digitizer of a special CAD system called •computer punching system. When the outlines of the shapes on the drawing are digitized by the use of a mouse. 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. 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. then translate them into machine interpretative pattern data which is output on to a floppy disk. This process is called punching which is an important element to determine the quality of embroidery.embroidery machine.

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

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

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

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

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

larger patterns require wider needle range and fewer heads. A computer network can interface and control multiple single-head machines so that same time. 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.Technology has expanded the use of single-head embroidery machines. Smaller areas are best embroidered with more close-set heads. Border machines provide the most flexibility . This allows manufacturer to customize their service and produce very small orders as needed by their customers. For example. 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 .

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

where the work was done by all the females of the house. The industry was a home scale computer embroidery setup.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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