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  • Embroidery In India

  Tools And Technologies

At first, students started to work on this project with curiosity, however when they started to work deeper on the aspects of Indian embroidery and the project started to become very fascinating and interesting to work upon. It was very exciting to unearth information about Indian Embroidery. This project aired different Indian embroidery photographs and enlightened our minds about the hidden treasure embroidery. The students used different platforms like replit to build the webpage, Canva and Filmora to design photographs and graphics This generation is definitely more digital and tech-savvy. We worked together to design graphics using different resources available offline and online because to this day there are an end number of resources and we should indeed use the best of them.

This project opened a new world of the lost glory of embroidery. The community is going to relish the revival of the lost talents of embroidery. This project strengthened the bond between the different generations to collaborate together and create the best graphical experience on the website. The most valuable tools indeed were the ones that were available online as they could be used together which helped us to work on the graphics and the webpage together. We had also used some offline tools and technologies but not on a large scale.

   North India

Traditional embroidery makes use of the needles that are specially designed for the purpose of fine art knitting and crafting thread on the cloth. Primarily divided into three major categories the crewel needle is a medium-long eye slightly larger than the shaft of the needle available in size ranging from 1 to 12. The tapestry needle has a shorter shaft than a crewel needle and has a much longer eye and a blunt tip. It is largely used in counted cross stitch and lastly is the milliner needle with an almost-round eye. It has a long eye and is perfect for working any wrapped stitches. The tales of embroidery cannot finish without the hoop and frame that is used for keeping the fabric taut.

Traditionally available in wood the hoop and frame are now available in plastic making it cost-effective. As time evolves the traditional embroidery devices are replaced by the efficient machine that roots from the early 1800s with the invention of the Schiffli embroidery machine. In the 1970s the ever first embroidery machine was used with punch tape was invented. As technology progressed personal computer and embroidery software was put into practice in the early 1990s. In the north especially the embroidery was automated using computerized embroidery machines for both commercial and domestic markets. In the present day, external embroidery is as prevalent and preferred in ready-to-wear. In the competitive market today, embroidery creates a fashion statement for mass and personalized apparel. Embroidery had spread its roots creating a wide market by integrating technological advances and subsequently reducing the cost. The per-unit cost dropped, making way to the high demand and embroidery application in the market.

   East India

1. Needles: Needle should be specific for a particular type of embroidery. Using right type of needles is important for any particular type of embroidery. These are the three types of needles starting out with to cover your bases — many come in assortment packages which you can get them in a range of sizes. Crewel Needle: The crewel needle is a sharp-tipped needle with a medium-long eye slightly larger than the shaft of the needle. It’s the basic one used for hand embroidery. Crewel needles come in sizes 1 through 12, with 1 being the largest and 12 being the smallest.

2. Hoops and Frames: An embroidery hoop keeps fabric taut, so your stitching doesn’t pucker the fabric. It’s not essential for every type of stitching, but in general it’s best for beginners who are still getting the hang of things. Plastic or inexpensive wooden hoops work well when you’re in learning phase, but as you become more experienced, you may want to graduate to a higher-quality wooden hoop.

3. Embroidery Scissors: Embroidery scissors are different from regular craft scissors. They have smaller and usually thinner blades that are extremely sharp, and they normally come to a very pointy point. Most are around 3.5 to 4” in length, with blades that range from 1 to 2.5” long. The main reason to use them: they can get really close to the ground fabric to cleanly cut those threads.

4. Light and Magnification: Good lighting is essential for transferring embroidery designs. A magnifier, on the other hand, can help you enjoy needlework without straining your eyes. Available at local needlework stores, it’s especially great for detail work, miniature embroidery and needle painting, so you can nail every single stitch with ease.

   West India

Smart Storage: Keeping your supplies organized is key for when you want to be able to pick up projects at a moment’s notice. Light, transportable containers are a smart option, as are zippered mesh bags for hoops, instructions and threads. Be sure to slide pointy scissors into a sheath to protect their sharpness — and your other supplies — and store needles in a small needlebook with felt pages that you can tuck into a project bag.

PATTERN- None of them would give the beauty of hand embroidery if one doesn’t have a pattern to sew. Creativity and imagination come first when choosing a pattern. You can just choose an embroidery pattern from a variety of design patterns available in design books.

   South India

Tools: Needles, thread, hook, Frames Materials: Cotton and silk threads of various colours, mirrors, beads, metal wire, cotton, silk, leather, fish skin, teeth, bones, feathers, horn, shells, beetle wings, tassels, coins

1. FABRIC first mentioned this art remains on fabrics, therefore, a must-have thing is a fabric. Almost all fabrics can be used but, woven fabrics for ease of use. Cotton silk and many types of available man-made synthetic used. This fabric is not only because of its ease of use but also because of its low cost.

2. NEEDLE The next requisite of hand embroidery is Needle. Needles are available in a wide range of sizes and types. In hand embroidery, we use Embroidery Needle and its size ranges from 0 to 10

3. THREAD Like fabrics; any thread can use to stitch according to our patterns though the easiest to use is standard cotton thread as a start. But silk, rayon floss gives good shine or appeal. Golden and silver are also use for embellishments

4. SCISSORS This is another must-have tool for all embroidery arts. Scissor is used to cut fabrics and threads when needed. Alternatively use a blade instead, if available always use a scissor for cutting purposes.