Surface Embroidery

Surface embroidery is any form of embroidery in which the pattern is worked using decorative stitches and laid threads on top of the foundation fabric or canvas rather than through the fabric; it is contrasted with canvas work.

Much free embroidery is also surface embroidery, as are a few forms of counted-thread embroidery such as cross stitch.

Forms of surface embroidery include:

  • Applique
  • Art needlework
  • Crewel embroidery
  • Cross stitch
  • Goldwork
  • Jacobean embroidery
  • Stumpwork

Examples of surface embroideries include:

  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Quaker tapestry

Other articles related to "embroidery":

Embroidery - Materials
... The fabrics and yarns used in traditional embroidery vary from place to place ... Today, embroidery thread is manufactured in cotton, rayon, and novelty yarns as well as in traditional wool, linen, and silk ... Ribbon embroidery uses narrow ribbon in silk or silk/organza blend ribbon, most commonly to create floral motifs ...

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