Embroidery - Is is a lost art?

United States
December 22, 2006 6:49pm CST
When I was younger I would embroider beautiful flowers and designs on pillow cases, table cloths, and clothing. I find it to be very tedious work and haven't done it many years. There are times when I think that I would love to take it up again. I still have some great table linens with beautiful embroidered designs on them. I wish I could get up the ambition to start doing this again.
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@14missy (3185)
• Australia
23 Dec 06
I remember being taight how to embroider by my mother when I was very young. I used to mostly do doilies with simple flowers or birds on them. It definately is a dying artform. I have a little suitcase that my mum gave me with a lot of cottons and linens in it that one day I might take out and do. Thankyou for this discussion, I had forgotten all about them. Even doilies are hard to find now.
• United States
23 Dec 06
Yes, dollies are hard to find, and you should start up again. I do a lost art too. The scherenschnitte silhouette papercuting with a scissor. www.mgcreativearts.com There are so few people in the world left to do it. Everything is replaced by machines.
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• United States
23 Dec 06
I met one other person who does this craft too Margieanne. She lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Her work was great. She was selling her work at a craft bazaar.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
Margie Ann, I went over and had a look at your website, it was very impressive. I can't even imagine how you learned the cutout trade. One wrong snip and poof, your masterpiece is a mess. I liked your watercolors, too. I also paint some, but only for myself. I think that people would be a lot better off if they spent more time being creative with sewing, painting, and other arts and crafts than watching TV or playing videogames. As Keats said, "a thing of beauty is a joy forever." When you spend your time creating something beautiful, you send joy out into the world, IMO.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
23 Dec 06
You wold like to start doing it again? Wow! I am just impressed that you know how to do it! I have no clue how to do it and would love to be able to learn and put some things on my clothes or even my kids clothes. But with such little time...I don't know if I would be able to sit down to do it. So, it probably is becoming a lost art in this fast paced society.
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
23 Dec 06
That is pretty tedious work I embroidery alittle. You sound like my girlfriend she has made so many beautiful things. Many people dont do that anymore. What a shame. someof the younger people dont even know what it is.
• United States
11 Feb 07
Embroidery is very beautiful, and it's a shame that more people don't do it. I did it when I was young, but I haven't made anything in years. However, not too long ago I purchased a kit at Michael's (the craft store) to make a small embroidered evening bag; it looks pretty young and hip. I just think that the designs need to keep pace with the fashion world more. Most of the stuff I saw looked, dare I say it, "old ladyish."
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
23 Dec 06
well i think yes it is...me too want to do someday but got no time to do it.
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• India
23 Dec 06
No..its not lost.I know ppl who still do this in their free time.I myself at times do a little bit of embroidery at times.Although have not made anything for a long time..but i still feel its a very beautiful art..and will start doing it again if i get some free space from my busy schedule.
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
Very good. I sew dresses and everything, crochet, and have done some embroideries too. Things with embroideries are beautiful and elegant to look at. But it's really a tedious work and many people do not appreciate embroideries nowadays. They just go with anything, any cloth. I hope you could pursue to start again.
@anup12 (4182)
• India
23 Dec 06
embrodiery - embrodiery
It is actually a very tedious and laborious work to do it requires a lot patience to achiev something good
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@soneparm (634)
• India
23 Dec 06
no,embroidery is not a lost art...because it is scale is large ..all use tat cloth which are full of embroidery...i am belong from india so here is large scale work done on embroidery..sepecially on the marriage the bride cloth are full of embroidery.....
• United States
23 Dec 06
So sad, but it is a lost art. Perhaps, you can get the ambition again, if you have a goal. Perhaps an anniversary or birthday of someone coming up. I am sure they would love it.
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• India
23 Dec 06
what u are saying is correct..embroidery as an art is dying and there are many reaons for it..its due to the fact that there are other options available now like computers made graphics and designs...people are so busy now that they hardly have time for such hobbies..beside very less people are now motivated to take it up as a profession..but there are still people who are dependent on embroidery and have kept the flames fyling..
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• United States
11 Feb 07
I just don't think that the machine embroidery is as beautiful as something done by hand. The imperfection makes the embroidery more beautiful than something a machine can do.
• India
23 Dec 06
ya its a lost art now a days..this world is very busy now a days.no one has time for anything.if done properly i is actually a good art of work.now a days some house wives promote it
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@isha900 (1460)
• India
23 Dec 06
yes i agree now days people so busy in them jod and busnis u cant equisition alot money thourgh this and it take alot time and as well as this is very hard work u can lost ur eye power through this
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
25 Dec 06
I used to do this as well, but haven't done it in many years. I'm afraid the computer age may have taken up our free time for use of our hands in this way. My mother still does beautiful counted cross-stitch.
24 Dec 06
I know what you mean. When I was much younger, back in school (that seem like ages ago)I was taught to do not only embroidery but cross-stitch, etc. I have wanted to do a real complete piece of cross-stitch fit to be framed for a v. long time but never really got to do it. I've been putting it off forever... why? not sure I just always seem to find an excuse for doing it later... no pattern, no cloth, no thread, etc... I think I must really work hard to get it started now, since I am on semi-holiday for one year... study leave. Thank you for the inspiration!
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• India
23 Dec 06
hieeeee....ya now a days embroidery is becoming a lost art...even i used to do it when i was small...i used to enjoy a lot.....i had my work with me til now but now a dys i am not getting time to do that...... i will be happy to start it again ........but i should take time from this busy life,... hope i start it again.....with all new designs
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@isha900 (1460)
• India
23 Dec 06
yes u are right but this is very difficult and it take alot time i agree this is very beautiul u can prepare the good dress from the embroidery
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• Pakistan
23 Dec 06
good move, you should try doing it and yes it is a lost art now.
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@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
23 Dec 06
Yep I am afraid so with everyone leading such a busy lifestyle a lot of the crafts are dying. I still personalize hand made things for bubby with rosettes and little soldiers.
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• India
23 Dec 06
it is still existing and used in india
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• Philippines
23 Dec 06
I disagree that embroidery is already a lost art. I love doing this whenever I have a free time. It relaxes my mind and makes me feel better especially when I have problems. It's my way of comfort. I think there are still many people who are doing embroidery as their hobby. This is a very enjoying activity especially for women.
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@lsen06 (5006)
• India
23 Dec 06
it is very beautiful art.
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