About

Mary Corbet

writer and founder

 

I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

Contact Mary

Connect with Mary

     

Archives

2017 (163) 2016 (147) 2015 (246) 2014 (294) 2013 (294) 2012 (305) 2011 (306) 2010 (316) 2009 (367) 2008 (353) 2007 (225) 2006 (139)

Even Embroidery has Its Own Jargon… A Textile Dictionary Link

 

Amazon

When you’re looking for embroidery supplies or trying to find explanations on techniques, do you get a bit hornswaggled over the terminology? Sometimes, in the textile world, we run across terms that are not too clear to the everyday embroiderer.

Do you know what a bobbin is? What’s duck cloth? What’s a filament, when someone’s talking about “filament silk”? What’s it mean when someone says a certain fabric “has a good hand” or “handle”? You’ve probably heard of mercerized cotton – but what is it – what is mercerization? Cut on the selvedge – what’s the selvedge?

If you’re wondering about terminology, here’s a useful dictionary of textile terms. Not all the terms are of interest to the casual embroiderer, but when you get stuck wondering what a word means when you’re looking at textiles, it’s nice to have this resource handy!

 
 

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*