Exploring Different Embroidery Techniques: A Comprehensive Guide

Exploring Different Embroidery Techniques: A Comprehensive Guide


Embroidery is a versatile craft with a wide range of techniques to explore. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into various embroidery techniques that can elevate your projects and add a touch of creativity.

Discover the intricacies and unique characteristics of each technique, and find inspiration for your next embroidery endeavor.

At First Trim, we offer high-quality embroidery thread and supplies through our online store, catering to customers in South Africa and worldwide.

First Trim Applique Embroidery

1. Applique Embroidery Technique

Applique embroidery involves adding pieces of fabric to an embroidery design, enhancing texture and color. These fabric pieces are sewn onto the base fabric, creating unique visual elements.

Applique embroidery is commonly used for both aesthetic purposes and to reduce the number of stitches required, making it an ideal technique for various projects, especially in the realm of baby and children's embroidery.

2. String and Loop Embroidery Technique

In string and loop embroidery, a cord or yarn is used to stitch loops onto the embroidery backing. This technique can be executed by hand or with specialised embroidery machines. String and loop embroidery are particularly suited for creating intricate and refined ornaments, adding depth and visual interest to your designs.

First Trim | Sequinned Embroidery

3. Sequined Embroidery Technique

Sequined embroidery involves attaching sequins to the fabric surface to create dazzling effects. Sequins, which are small decorative plates available in various colours and sizes, are carefully attached to the embroidery backing.

Embroidery machines equipped with sequin technology allow for precise placement and stunning embellishments, making sequined embroidery a popular choice for adding glamour and sparkle to garments, accessories, and decorative items.

First Trim | Cornely Embroidery Technique

4. Cornely Embroidery Technique

The Cornely embroidery technique is characterised by the addition of sewn-on materials, such as tapes or strings, to the base fabric. This technique is achieved using specialized Cornely machines that create a distinctive needle movement to secure the added cord.

Cornely embroidery offers unique textural effects and is often used to create decorative borders, trims, or intricate motifs.

5. Moss Embroidery Technique

Moss embroidery is a variation of chain stitch embroidery that results in a terry towel-like appearance. While the overall look differs from traditional chain stitch embroidery, it is executed using similar machines and techniques.

Moss embroidery is versatile and finds applications in various contexts, including fashion, home decor, and personalised textile items. It presents opportunities for creating custom-designed throw pillow covers, sofa throws, and other decorative elements.

First Trim - 3D embroidery - baseball cap

6. 3D Embroidery Technique

The 3D embroidery technique allows for the creation of three-dimensional effects by incorporating foam material into the embroidery design. The foam is first glued onto the fabric, and then stitches are made over it to secure it in place. Once the stitching is complete, any excess foam is carefully removed, leaving behind raised areas that give the design a textured and dimensional appearance. This technique offers endless possibilities for adding depth and visual impact to your embroidery projects.

Find High-Quality Embroidery Thread and Supplies

To achieve the best results in your embroidery projects, it is essential to use high-quality embroidery thread and supplies.

At First Trim, we offer a wide selection of top-notch embroidery thread,  including Rainbow Polyester Embroidery Thread, and other essential supplies through our online store.

Whether you are based in South Africa or anywhere else globally, we provide convenient access to the materials you need to bring your creative vision to life.


Embroidery opens up a world of artistic possibilities, and by exploring different techniques, you can enhance your craft and create unique and captivating designs.

Whether you are drawn to the beauty of applique, the refinement of string and loop embroidery, the sparkle of sequins, the intricacy of Cornely, the texture of moss embroidery, or the dimensionality of 3D embroidery, First Trim is your go-to source for high-quality embroidery thread and supplies. Unleash your creativity and embark on an exciting embroidery journey with us, serving South Africa and customers around the globe.

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