· By Andrea B

Needle and Threads - The Art of Embroidery

Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn, to either pass through the fabric or to be applied on top of the fabric surface for a textured, raised look.  The effect creates added interest to beach dresses for women and is a much-loved element in boho fashion. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as pearlsbeads made of different materials and sequins. Embroidery also is the umbrella name for any kind of surface decoration added to textile surfaces. In the context of embroidery, an embroidery stitch means one or more stitches that are always executed in the same way, forming a figure. Embroidery stitches are also called stitches for short.

Throughout the last century, embroideries have seen many eras, but taken expressions in different ways. It blossoms with specific trends; may it be big colorful flower embroideries to beaded dresses or placement vintage embroideries. And then there are the timeless, classy embroideries that always exist from season to season, often with attention to different stitches and in colors made to last beyond many seasons and trends.

Embroidery as a full-fledged trend made a big comeback in 2017. Designs were often bold and colorful and totally seasonal, with a limited shelf life. The style has now mellowed out to more subdued, perhaps even a bit more sophisticated, and timeless embroideries. Embroideries are often in line with the ever-growing sustainable fashion demand, which often stays true to basic colors made to last for long. Whether a piece has been machine embroidered or painstakingly created by hand into a one-of-a-kind item, many fashion designers and big brands have been incorporating embroidery in their clothing lines throughout many seasons.

Scarlett Poppies’ collections incorporate attention to detail and love for unique craftsman skills. Apart from our direct product focus, we also care about preserving the unique craftsman skills of talented embroidery artisans.

Scarlett Poppies is all about leveraging different embroidery techniques, to compose totally unique embroidery artworks that often consist of mixed techniques within one embroidery artwork. We use techniques like hand embroidery and a huge variety of stitches like blanket stitches, cross stitches, French knots, loop stitches, running stitches combined with treadle embroideries and taping, fabric rouleaus, manual cutwork, hand smocking and much more. We also play around with different applique techniques to create interesting high and low effects.

The Art Of Embroidery Beach Dresses For Women

The Art Of Embroidery Beach Dresses For Women

Rouleau, also known as rouleaux, is a decorative technique often involving intricate patterns. It’s often made with bias tape, cording or piping. The designs are predetermined, pinned in place and sewn to a backing fabric. They can then be used like appliques on a garment. READY FOR THE BEACH has rouleau details on all the edges in addition to the metallic thread embroidery, tucking the rouleau into an exact position along the edges.

Broderie Anglaise, also called Shiffli lace, is characterized by patterns composed of round or oval holes, called eyelets, which are cut out of the fabric, then bound with overcast or buttonhole stitches. The patterns, often depicting flowers, leaves, vines, or stems, are further delineated by simple embroidery stitches made on the surrounding material. Later broderie anglaise also featured small patterns worked in satin stitch. In contemporary Western fashion, it has been featured on a wide variety of modern garment shapes and various fabric bases. It has been characterized as "lace, but scaled-up" making it more robust and suited to daytime wear, and less associated with the fine, lacy look of lingerie. This technique is either used in border embroideries or as all-over embroidery like we have used in the making of Scarlett Poppies’ SWEET SURRENDER, made of 100% natural cotton.

Fringe originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unraveling when a hemming was not used. Several strands of weft threads would be removed, and the remaining warp threads would be twisted or braided together to prevent unraveling. In modern fabrics, fringe is more commonly made separately and sewn on, to add a 3D textured look. Modern "add-on" fringe may consist of woolsilklinen, or narrow strips of leather. The use of fringe is ancient, and early fringes were generally made of unspun wool (rather than spun or twisted threads). We use this technique in combination with other embroidery techniques, on a few styles in our latest collection such as the stunning kimono swimsuit cover-up JAEDON and and the effortlessly stylish FRAYS.