The origins of *embroidery* have vanished in the mists of time. In fact, it may be one of the oldest ways of decorating fabric known to man. Examples of ancient embroidery still exist, giving evidence that embroidery designs were used in Egypt, northern Europe since the iron age, and China.Machine embroidery, as most large scale *embroidery* is today, is obviously a modern development of this ancient technique. Originally, hand embroidery was the only way of decorating fabrics, and it’s interesting to note that the basic stitch types of modern embroidery are still often identical to the stitches used in ancient times for embroidery design.The embroidery machine, first developed during the industrial revolution to sew patterns or designs onto cloth in much the same way that it had always been done. Later development and improvement of embroidery machines however, has resulted in embroidery stitches which, although they look like hand stitched embroidery patterns, are actually constructed very differently.
Although embroidery companies exist that specialise in decorative embroidery on furniture, cloth and clothing, modern embroidery in general tends to be associated more with professional or commercial uses.Logo embroidery has become one of the most common forms, and many a company provides its staff with corporate clothing, on which their logo has been embroidered. A shirt or cap are among the most commonly embroidered items, and logo’s may be embroidered directly onto the clothing, or alternatively, embroidered on a personalised patch which is then sewed onto the corporate clothing.
With the growing popularity of the promotional product and the business gift in the office, and the ever important need for effective, memorable and high impact branding, embroidery as a corporate service is at least as popular today as decorative embroidery one was.From staff uniforms to corporate clothing, and branded caps to jackets, corporate *embroidery* remains a popular and effective way of branding a wide variety of promotional or corporate items.