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  Handmade Embroidery

Hand Embroidery is the art of decorative stitching on fabric with needle and thread. There are many types of floss, yarn and fibers to stitch with, as well as a plethora of stitches to use. Hand Embroidery adds a decorative element to quilts, garments and accessories. Hand embroidery has been used by quilters on all types of quilts from crazy quilts, applique quilts and pieced quilts, traditional as well as modern or contemporary quilts. Embroidery may include ribbons, beads and buttons. There are many resources for hand embroidery stitches. Hand embroidery can be decorative as well as practical.

  Benefits of Hand Embroidery

• Hand Embroidery adds design elements on quilts and garments.

• Embroidery stitches can enhance applique with details.

• Embroidery can be used to cover seams in Crazy Quilts.

  Tools and Supplies Hand Embroidery

• Hand Embroidery Hoop

• Hand Embroidery needles and Thimbles

• Hand Embroidery floss, Pearl Cotton, Linen and other fibers

• Scissors

• Fabric

   North India

Embroidery is a small sector providing plethora of job opportunities to even the poorest and the most uneducated of people. Northern India is mainly known for its farms, which work only for a maximum of 6 months a year. The rest of the months of farmers of Northern India are passed in other general works including embroidery, and the ladies prohibited to work out of their homes embroider, making money inside the home, in a safe way, without being educated, and being independent in money matters.

Many people established their businesses on embroidery, making the regional embroideries popular and providing jobs to many uneducated people, helping them in money matters providing them better life and job opportunities and experience in this industry. Coloring and stitching of embroidery need machines and people, providing better opportunities to all. This has made North Indian embroidery popular on a world-wide scale, leading to many job opportunities to those who lacked facilities. Phulkari, shisha, kashida, banjara and many such embroideries gained importance due to the hands in practice.

   East India

East Indian Handmade Embroidery is practiced by the Lambada gypsy tribes East Indian embroidery is a mix of applique with mirrors and beadwork. Bright red, yellow, black and white coloured cloth is laid in bands and joined with a white criss-cross stitch.The people in East India have their own style of embroidery where designs are created according to the weave of the cloth, and the textured effect is achieved by varying colours and stitches of the geometric patterns and designs. Motifs are generally highlighted by cross-stitch.

The local people in east india still make their living by weaving colorful embroidery work by using mirrors and beads embroidered artistically on clothes.The tribal wear dresses of bright color, combinations of red, green, yellow and black with mirrors knitted on cloth in intricate patterns. The stitching of cloth with cut mirrors has become a source of income for many local east Indian families.

   West India

Western India was once very famous for its Handmade crafts. Especially embroideries as they never failed to capture the beauty of the region they were from. Ranging from Gota of Rajasthan to the Sindhi Stitch of Gujarat, Western India and its embroiders are very famous around the country. The stunning array of artistic traditions, including a plethora of embroidery techniques as diverse as our land and the many cultures that call it home Every region has its own distinct style, where embroidery is seen as more than just decoration, but also as a means of communication. Fabrics are woven threads that are spun with the community's stories and beliefs and reflect the essence of the surroundings.

Hand-beaded embroidery on fabrics by skilled Indian workers captures the attention and imagination of people all over the world! Not long ago, traditional Indian patterns hand-beaded with skill were desired at every wedding. Brides and their parents alike are always on the lookout for heavy embroidered patterns for their big day in a land of royal weddings. However, as glorious as it once was, this industry has declined in recent years. This trade was influenced by a number of factors.

   South India

Hand embroidery is one of the oldest and richest of handicraft in South India which consists of decorating a piece of fabric with needle and various types of yarns, by creating intrinsic and amazingly beautiful stitches over the fabric. South Indian Embroidery is a way of expressing oneself, rendered with patience and hard work, it is also a many times referred to art of painting with needle, it does adds up a lot of grace and core value to an everyday usable cloth. Making it special and giving it a rich and warm feel. Indian handmade embroidery takes its inspirations from the local flora and fauna, religion motifs found in old architecture, jaali works etc., the color, base, pattern and technique.

Handmade Embroideries are today almost all the time of the year through the world and in India, there are different types of embroidery all over the country which defines the individual unique region and its culture how a simple thought on embroidery has taken huge cultural and craft vibrant variations according to the region people live in. South Indian Handmade Embroidery on leather, velvet, net, cotton and silk is done all over the southern part of India, the pattern is decided upon the basis of the fabric and its stitches, texture style and effect produced. Themes and subjects have remained same for centuries, inspiring generations after another.