art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn

Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric or other materials with designs stitched in strands of thread or yarn using a needle. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Sewing machines can be used to create machine embroidery.

Gold Embroidery Sicut lilium inter spinas, Saint Laurentius church in Lokeren, Belgium
Embroidery, c. 1660, Flanders
Japnese Embroidery



City and Guilds qualification[1] in Embroidery allows embroiderers to become recognized for their skill. This qualification also gives them the credibility to teach. For example, the notable textiles artist, Kathleen Laurel Sage,[2] began her teaching career by getting the City and Guilds Embroidery 1 and 2 qualifications. She has now gone on to write a book on the subject.[3]


  1. "Creative - City & Guilds". www.cityandguilds.com.
  2. "A Little About Me".
  3. "Embroidered Soldered and Heat Zapped Surfaces by Kathleen Laurel Sage Embroidered Soldered and Heat Zapped Surfaces". Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-04-27.

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