Custom Embroidery Vancouver, WA
We have the knowledge and tools to place your custom embroidered logo or design on almost every type of garment, including bags, towels, hats, blankets, jackets, polos and more!
Quality Name Brand’s
Choose from our large catalog of quality national name brand products or bring in your own items that you would like to have embroidered, and we’ll have you ready to go and looking your best in no time! Our expert design service will help you prepare and digitize your design to be perfectly suited for this unique process. Other companies will offer “Free Digitizing” but then increase their prices for every order that you place, even if it’s a repeat job, in order to cover the costs of the digitizing process. We offer a one time digitizing fee per design. This allows us to keep our production costs low, and YOU save money any time we use that same design in future orders, we’ll even provide you with a copy of the digitized file upon request!
What is Embroidery
Embroidery is a craft that consists of decorating fabrics and similar materials whilst using a needle and thread, or in some cases, yarn. Other items or materials may also be incorporated such as different beads or pearls, metallic objects, quills and other such materials. Clothing is most often embroidered with hats, shirts, coats or jackets, denim and other items. However, embroidery is not only limited to clothing, as blankets and rugs can also be used for embroidering. There are also many different kinds of embroidering stitches that can be implemented such as chain, running, blanket or buttonhole, cross and satin stitching are fundamentals of embroidery.
The history of embroidery goes back to the 5th century BC in China. Embroidery was often considered any type of repair, patch, reinforcement or tailoring of clothing which cultivated better sewing techniques and/or creativity. These foundations in embroidery have not been changed for centuries, which is a testament to how well the Chinese honed their craft. Although the material and techniques remain the same, the high-level craftsmanship is generally less in more recent times. This decrease in craftsmanship may be in part due to the industrial revolution and the automation of embroidery practices. Machine looms and teams of women were used to mass produce embroidered items. These mass produced items lacked the intricacies of hand made embroideries of times passed.
Today, many contemporary embroidered fabrics are stitched using a computerized embroidery machine. These machines use digital patterns sourced from software utilizing embroidering techniques. With machine embroidery, different ways are used to add different textures and images to the fabrics. Logos and monograms are popular with this type of embroidery work. These monograms and logos are most often seen on t-shirts, jackets and different sports apparel. However, these patterns often appear on popular linens and decorative fabrics that mimic earlier works.
As stated earlier, embroidery works use thread and yarn to create the patterns. However, the threads and yarns will vary depending on the geographic region the embroidery is being made. This is especially true in more traditional embroidering methods. Silk, wool and linen are traditionally the preference for fabrics and yarn, however, today either cotton or rayon are used for threads. For floral motifs, ribbon is used consisting of silk or a silk blend.
Chain stitch, couching and laid-work are the most useful when it comes to pricey yarns. With couching being used for goldwork. A canvas technique provides a more sturdy embroidery, being that an excessive amount of material is used on the back of the embroidery giving it more reinforcement. Pattern distortion can be prevented by using an embroidery frame or hoop in either canvas or surface embroidery. With surface embroidery, a single stitch pattern, or multiple stitch patterns, will often create the intended design. Many stitch patterns may be used to create the desired result.
Embroidery, as with many things, has a classification. These classifications are in relation to whether or not the embroidery has designed stitched above the fabric or through the fabrics foundation. Also, embroidery can be classified by the relation of the placement of stitches on the fabric. For example, traditional Chinese and Japanese embroidery consist of a free embroidery with designs that have no relation to fabric underneath.
With modern clothing, embroidery is an essential element. Without the use of embroidered clothing apparel, clothing would be limited to solid colors lacking any elements of design. Clothing is often considered a statement of one’s self, and utilizing embroidered clothing will translate that statement better than non-embroidered items. As far as fashion is concerned, a hand-embroidered item specifically crafted to you is the most original, distinguishable clothing item you could wear. A one-of-a-kind item catered to you. This is why perhaps learning to embroider is a useful craft, whether it be for yourself or to start a business with.