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Embroidery techniques from around the world

There’s a lot of beautiful embroidery techniques out there. They’re varying in style and material but what they all have in common is their tradition and heritage. From all corners of the world beautiful patterns have been stitched and sewn for ages and we’d like to go through some of the most popular embroidery techniques out there. 

Kasuti Embroidery (India)

The word Kasuti has its origin on the sanskrit word for Kai, meaning hand, and Suti, meaning cotton. The Kasuti technique is embroidered on any material at hand and are often made with a running stitch, a zig-zag stitch and cross stitch. No knots are made in Kasuti, because the pattern is supposed to look alike on both side of the fabric. First the pattern is drawn by hand with e.g. charcoal pencils. 

Photo by: hoolipriyanka


Japanese Sashiko (Japan)

For many the Sashiko technique is synonymous with patching work. It’s an ancient technique dated back more than a thousand years, mostly used by farmers and soldiers in Japan. It’s characterized by its white thread in a repetitive geometrical manner, often on blue or dark fabric. It’s getting more and more popular in upcycling and patching work around the world. 

Photo by: craftgossip


The Celtic Cross Stitch Embroidery

We are all familiar with Celtic art and can soon recognize a Celtic pattern when we see one. And nothing’s different when it comes to Celtic cross-stitch. With deep and dark colors the geometrical patterns and spirals forms a classic Celtic embroidery; heart knots and snakes or such like. These were often decorating everyday items such as clothes and cushions and has its origins in Ireland, Scotland and Isle of Man. 

Serbian traditional embroidery (Serbia)

Often seen on the traditional national costumes of Serbia and in other regions of the Balkans. Embroidered both on the fine cotton tunic as well as the traditional vest, the yelek. Often times the ornaments, or the embroidery is of a floral, geometric or vegetable pattern. 

Photo by: celebdog


Brazilian dimensional embroidery (Brazil)

Brazilian embroidery is characterized by the floral patterns with high sheen on the floss. Brazilian embroideresses always use the very specific z-twisted rayon floss. To create the dimension effect Brazilian embroidery often use the French knot technique, the drizzle stitch or the bullion knots. 

Photo from Pinterest

The Hungarian Redwork Embroidery (Hungary)

The Hungarian redwork embroidery is typically characterized by the thick and bold patterns in bright red. Often times it’s embroidered in a combination of chain stitch and buttonhole stitch and by free hand. The most popular color to use for the Hungarian redwork is DMC 321, a truly uplifting bright red color.

Photo from Pinterest


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