The previous articles describing various elegant embroideries have so far covered a number of eight embroidery styles. Likewise, a new set of four elegant embroidery styles will be discussed in this article:
1. Applique Victorian style:
Applique Victorian style is an embroidery method wherein decorative embroidery is done on a sturdy piece of cloth, and then that embroidered design is cut out from the cloth and “applied” to the main fabric that the design is supposed to be placed on. The main fabric will already be stretched and ready for this application.
Once all the designs have been cut out, they are arranged on the main fabric and secured by either corase or thin outline stitches depending on the nature of the design and thread. Silk, wool, and a number of other threads and stitches are used in this type of embroidery work.
2. Iridescent Embroidery:
Iridescent embroidery refers to embroidery designs done with iridescent thread, thereby lending a luminous, opalescent quality to the embroidered designs. Due to the distinctive nature of such embroidery, designs that offer shading opportunities are what works best with this type of embroidery style. Subsequently, the solid kensington stitch works best when one is shading (filling in) a design in iridescent embroidery threads.
Long stitch and short stitch is most commonly used for outline embroidery designs with this thread. And here too, iridescent embroidery threads are quite commonly stitched in shades along the outline. (However, solid and outline designs with a single kind of iridescent thread are used as well nowadays.)
This embroidery style is purely used for decorative purposes. In fact, it is most used in fashion today than anywhere else. Decorative cushions, tablecloths, handbags, etc., come in second for where this kind of embroidery style is most commonly used.
3. Jewel Embroidery:
Jewel embroidery is a style of embroidery that is most distinctive due to its nature of forming raised dots in the embroidery design. These “dots” are raised up and then worked over in satin threads in the same hues. The rest of the design (apart from these jewel-like designs) are worked in whatever stitch seems most appropriate to the design.
This style of embroidery is most commonly worked on linen.
4. Linen embroidery:
There are a number of definitions for this kind of embroidery. And, the simplest way to put it would be that linen embroidery refers to every method of embroidery that is stitched onto linen. There are a wide variety of stitches and threads that can be used for this kind of embroidery style and professional embroidery digitizers know how to do it.
Traditionally, linen embroidery was applied on the edges of linen tablecloths, towels, and other decorative pieces. Two-sided embroidery stitches were usually used for these designs and it was useful given that the designs looked striking on both sides of the fabric equally. The thread used in linen embroidery is usually firm and fine.