Accessories might seem to be a fairly dry subject, but threads, needles, and backings are the heart of the embroidery industry; without them there would be no embroidery. They make up what embroiderers create, package and present to their customers. Without these tangibles, all our customers would be presented with are ideas. It is therefore exciting to find and explore the uses of new and unique products, which can either change the personality of the product or ease the production process.
In fashion today, embroidery is big and it is present in every form. There is hand embroidery, chain stitch embroidery, cross stitch and lock stitch embroidery, all equally sharing the spotlight. Along with this new found notoriety has come a more sophisticated appreciation and awareness on the part of the consumer. Buyers see more embroidery on a regular basis than ever before. They also see a myriad of thread types and weights combined with varied densities and stitch types.
In response to this thread manufacturers are developing new thread options not just to feed the needs of embroidery producers, but also those of the newly educated consumers.
Of course, the new look is not created by thread choice alone; it involves fabric choices, embroidery techniques and digitizing innovations. New fabrics often require the development of new needles, backings, toppings and other accessories. They also may require new hooping and alignment guides to facilitate the coordination with the grain of the fabric or its pattern. Sheer fabrics require their own set of digitizing rules and backing considerations. The list goes on and on- each new product, fabric, thread or digitizing technique can produce a domino effect touching every aspect of the embroidery production process.