How the Art of Monogramming Has Involved Over The Years

Monogramming is the oldest known means of personalization that has been around for decades. It’s the nature of humans to mark their possession with their names or signature in order to add a personal touch.

The oldest signs of monogramming are found in the Egyptian culture where the wealthy used to mark their tombs with specialized patterns. Monogramming is also used widely in the world of fabrics, Nike and other major shoe makers add a specific symbol on their products to give them a unique association with their products.

But in the modern world the monogramming is used as a means to add a personal touch to different things and express affection that one holds towards another. Handkerchiefs and other items of clothing are adorned with names in different patterns and messages in order to provide a sense of belonging and to express the sense of affection towards someone.

Many households around American tend to use knitted and monogrammed items on mother’s day, Valentine’s Day and other occasions such as Christmas. It is a relatively easy art to learn but requires years of practice and close attention in order to create instill a neatness.

Some of the wealthy household in England and United States use monogrammed napkins and they are also widely used in hotels around the world, where hotels add a monogrammed label to the items that are used by the guests at their establishments. Although times have changed and the use of monogramming has also changed but it continues to survive in one form or another.


Embroidery: The Art of Sewing !

Embroidery is an art that is usually inborn in the practitioner but can also be learnt with hard work and dedication. There are thousands of different types of stitches and techniques involved in embroidery, each has been developed according to the needs and local customs. Below I share some of the tips and tricks to learn the art of embroidery.

In embroidery the combination of different stitches and threads are used to create amazing patterns on different items of clothing. In order to create more complicated designs the items are embroidered using woven fabric that is easier to manipulate and stitch into different shapes and forms.

emb2There are several different types of threads available in the market, but the best is soft thread for the beginners that does not require a great of skill to handle and can result in amazing patterns and beautiful artifacts.

Those interested in the embroidery should also pay particular attention to the needles that they would be using with the thread. The needles are available in different sizes from small to large, but for the beginners it is more advisable to choose medium sized sharp needles that are easier to handle and provide a more firm hold.

Practice is one of the most important elements in order to master the craft, being with very simple patterns and then move to more complicated types of stitches and patterns. For the beginners it is more advisable to stay with Cross stitch, this type of stitch is very simple and easier to keep track of.


5 Most Used Quilting Techniques

Quilting is one of the most commonly used stitching techniques where three different layers of a fabric are stitched together using threads. But through progression of time the word quilting has become a synonym to creating quilts or heavy blankets that can be worn in the cold season. There are different types of quilting techniques some of them are discussed below

1) Ditch technique

In this technique the stitch is placed near the lower side of the quit in order to hide the stitch and provide it more strength, this type of technique is considered very well for carpets and other large fabrics that have to suffer through hard use.

2) Motif

through this technique different items of clothing are adorned with different patterns. Motif is an art in itself that contains thousands of different techniques in order to create discernible patterns.

3) Selective

This type of quilting is mostly used as a design element for carpets and blankets, where the eye is drawn to a certain area of the piece by using a variation of colors and different techniques.

4) Accent

This type is also called echo or meandering quilting where the pattern is embedded to corners of the blanket or carpet and do not extend to other parts of the piece.

5) Allover

In this technique the entire quilt is stitched rather than concentrating on the seams. This type of technique is used for adding a measure of strength to the entire piece.