A Breif History of Embroidery
Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric or other material with needle and thread. It originated in the Cro-Magnon days around 30,000 B.C. It is believed to have originated in the Orient and Middle East. Greek Mythology credits the goddess Athena with passing down the art of embroidery.
Machines and mass production began in the Industrial Revolution. Early machine embroidery done by France can be traced to the mid-1800s. Frenchman Josue Heilmann invented the hand embroidery machine. In Switzerland the Schiffli machine, which utilized the combination of a continuously threaded needle and a shuttle containing a bobbin of thread, was created by Isaac Groebli. His son made the automatic Schiffli machine.