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The History Of Logo Embroidery And How To Start

It seems that the modern world has digitalized everything. Even creative hobbies have been overtaken by machines, and no human can have the precision of a machine. But, we still marvel at the beautiful art from older times, which took months or even decades to be created. A creative and crafty hobby like that is embroidery.

It’s a beautiful art that has been around ever since humans started wearing clothes. People used to decorate their clothes with custom symbols and marks to help them in hunting, or to get the affinity of a mythological god. Ever since then, the art has evolved, and there are different uses for it.

The word itself comes from the French word “broderie,” which means to embellish. It was widespread around Europe during the renaissance up to the 1950s, and now we’re seeing a comeback again. During the middle ages, the main point of embroidery was to show status. Only nobles could have richly decorated garments and ornaments of the sort.

This art was also present in the Muslim world, where it was mainly used on handkerchiefs, pouches, robes, and horse trappings. There are beautiful patterns that you can see online, and it really seems like it is something magical. Then, in the 18th century, acquiring this skill meant that a girl has become a woman.

However, not long after that, the Industrial Revolution began. A combination of machine loops and hand use was the first prototype. This significantly improved the speed of completing a piece. After that, mass-produced media made it widespread around the world. This was done through different catalogs. Now, many people think that this is a hobby primarily directed towards women.

However, many men have taken on this skill and got really good at it. The two most famous examples are the King of Sweden, Gustav V, and the actor Henry Forda. This hobby was no longer directed towards the upper class. Now, cheap materials can be found anywhere, and everyone can do it.

Now, with computers directing all the mass production, this art has changed. All of the stitches are made to be extremely efficient, and the style is significantly different from the older times. Still, the meaning behind the art has not completely disappeared. Most people still love embroidery, and anything it touches gives off a creative, handmade vibe.

It’s quite a popular way to decorate clothes, as well as homes. Mostly it’s used in the production of uniforms. Usually, clothes are stamped with a paint substance that can wear off after a while of wearing. However, embroidered logos on uniforms still retain their vivid colors for years. It’s an effective way for the army, firefighters, martial artists, to keep their uniforms for years.

How to Start?

As with any new hobby, you need some preparation and some equipment. The first thing you will need is, of course, fabric. The best choice here is to get a quarter of a yard of quilting cotton or linen. These two are great for beginners. The next thing is embroidery floss, which should be made of cotton. As well as that, you should also get some needles. Since you won’t know all the projects you’re going to make, it’s best to buy a pack.

You will also need a hoop. There are many different ones, but a great place to start is a simple plastic or wooden one. A good size is about six inches. That will be more than enough for your starting projects, and it’s also quite easy to work with. Next, get yourself a nice pair of scissors. By nice, we mean ones that don’t fray the end of the floss. The cuts need to be clean. If you have a nice pair at home, you can use those too.

Finally, you will need a water-soluble pen or a pencil. There are many different ways to put the pattern you want on the fabric. However, a water-soluble pen is best. Pencils are also good, but they can leave a lot of stray markings. Now that you have all of the tools, you’re ready to start.

Your first project

Finally, watch a few videos online and see how other people do it. Start off simple, and then learn different intricate patterns. With a few hours of practice, you will definitely get the hang of it. As soon as you master the basic stitches, you can start learning something such as French knots or even detailed chain stitches.

Just like any other hobby, you shouldn’t be bummed out if the first project turns out worse than you expected. It’s only going to get better from there. Your second, or third, will be much better. It only takes a bit of work.

 

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