Essays I have written on textile history, embellishment technique and Asian-centric DIY articles including a Tibetan tent and a Mongolian boot! Documents are available via pdf download.
Appliqué can be as simple as applying a leaf to a surface, and running a vein down the center. It can also be as complex as embroidering a patch that is then appliquéd another surface, as was the case with ‘tablion’ in Byzantium.
The invention of the draw loom and the development of brocades allowed patterns to be woven into the cloth, which was often over-embroidered to augment the woven patterns (a technique I now employ on my hats…)
There are somewhere around 100 – 150 identifiable embroidery stitches used worldwide. I have only captured here those that are the oldest and most recognizable…