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Embroidery is an amazing skill. It is the art of decorating fabrics using just a needle and thread, and making patterns out of basically nothing. As time went on, other details also became added, such as beads, pearls, and sequins, and eventually machines could be designed that would take the back breaking work and enable it to become something that everyone could enjoy.
Embroidery goes back thousands of years. It was, in fact, an essential part of life – clothing was precious, and if a hole or tear appeared, it had to be patched up and mended rather than left to become worse (and no one would have dreamed of throwing the clothes away if they became damaged). At first the patches and mends were purely functional, but as dyes and techniques evolved, man realised that more could be done, and clothes became something to decorate, and to personalise. Fashion was born!
To illustrate just how old the art of embroidery really is, we need to travel to Cro-Magnon in Russia, and back in 1964. Here, archaeologists found a fossil of a man who had lived around 30,000 BC, and his clothes and boots were finished with fur. This fur was heavily decorated, and the stitches themselves embellished with beads made of ivory.
Embroidery continued through the ages, flourishing across the world, but particularly in China in around 3500 BC when it became something to be admired and cherished, and where embroidered clothing became a symbol of wealth. It was in the Victorian era, however, during the Industrial Revolution, that machines began to take over. At home, however, embroidery by hand was still just as popular, with fine ladies and the poorer people alike enjoying it as a hobby to while away the long evenings.
Perhaps the most famous piece of embroidery in the world today is the exquisite Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the Battle of Hastings on 1066, when William the Conqueror defeated King Harold and took the crown of England.
But there is plenty of other, more affordable, embroidered material that you can use in your own home as well – and at UK Curtains and Interiors, we’ve got everything you need to brighten up your house and make it that little bit different and special.
Our Lottie Fabric comes in a wide range of colours.
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Try our Lottie fabric, for example. The indigo and charcoal colours set the gorgeous embroidery off perfectly, and it is a cool and elegant look for any home.
Our Talia design is available in a number of different colours.
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Or for a splash of colour we have the fabulous Talia in denim and cranberry. Whether you prefer reds or blues, your choice is a good one with these cleverly embroidered fabrics.
Our Hanna design is available in a wide range of colours.
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The Hanna range comes in warm spice, and that is ideal for when you want to cosy up your home and bring the warmth and delicacy of a floral pattern inside.
Embroidery is an art – and art makes a home.
By Lisamarie Lamb
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