The art of embroidery – preserving the traditional in a modern way

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Embroidery is an art form that has existed for hundreds of years. In fact, the first recorded use of embroidery was in 3150 BC. That was over 7000 years ago. Many cultures across the globe have also used embroidery as a way to preserve their heritage through creative expression. Here at Kenton Sorenson, we strongly believe in preserving traditional arts and creating new styles with them.

A mindful approach to preserving traditional arts

When you think of embroidery, what do you see? The image may be of a woman sitting at her sewing table with her needle and thread, making something beautiful. You might think about the fine details she puts into each stitch and how much time it takes to create something so intricate. You might also consider how that process has changed over time. And why it matters that we preserve traditional arts such as this one.

The first thing to remember when thinking about preserving traditional arts is that they’re important parts of our history as humans. They tell us who we are and where we come from, which helps us better understand ourselves within society and culture. They also give people a sense of connection between past generations through stories passed down through oral tradition or written text (like this blog post!). But beyond just being fun facts about history lessons at school: these kinds of knowledge help us develop a deeper understanding of ourselves through different perspectives than those typically available through mainstream media sources like television shows or movies; this makes them invaluable tools for personal growth because they broaden horizons beyond our own experiences alone during childhood development stages throughout adulthood too!

Embroidered detail on a field jacket by Kenton Sorenson

Kenton Sorenson is a textile artist, designer, and educator. He has worked with embroidery and weaving since the early 1980s. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; among others.

In addition to his work with textiles, Kenton designs clothing under his label KENTON SORENSON DESIGNER TEXTILES, based on traditional techniques such as hand embroidery and weaving that he uses in a modern way.

How to Embroider a Textile Design

There are many elements to consider when embroidering a textile design. The first step is to learn about the history and techniques of embroidery, including different types of stitches and fabrics. Once you understand these elements, it will be much easier for you to create your designs or follow existing patterns.

  • Needle size: The size of the needle will depend on what kind of fabric you’re working with, as well as how thick or thin your thread is. You’ll want something about half an inch longer than the thickness of your thread so that it can pierce through without getting stuck inside (this also prevents breakage).
  • Thread size: Thread comes in different sizes depending on its use; some types are meant specifically for stitching, while others may be used more like yarns when making clothing items such as scarves or sweaters!

How to Make a Gift Box by Hand


  • A piece of fabric, approximately 10 inches by 10 inches, with at least 3/4 inches all around for the seams. I recommend using a lightweight fabric such as cotton or silk, so it’s easy to work with and doesn’t fray too much when cutting it.
  • Two small pieces of cardboard (or thick paper) that are slightly larger than your embroidery piece. This will be used to create the bottom and top of your box; if you don’t have any on hand, you can use an envelope instead!


1) On one side of each piece of cardboard/paper, write “front” in pencil so that they will be labeled correctly on both sides when folded over correctly. 

2) On another sheet, write “back” in pencil so that they will be labeled correctly on both sides again when folded over correctly! 

3) Place one side against another and secure with tape along all four edges making sure there aren’t any gaps between where they meet together at corners because this could cause problems later down the line when trying to fold everything up into shape again once finished stitching around edges first time round (it’s okay though because those gaps aren’t going anywhere anytime soon anyway).

The art of embroidery – preserving the traditional in a modern way

We at Magic Knitting just love embroidery. Embroidery is one of the oldest forms of decorative art. It’s been around since ancient times and is still popular today. Embroidery can be used to decorate clothing and household items such as linens, tablecloths, and napkins. In addition to its decorative value, embroidery also has other practical uses. Embroidery can be used to repair or reinforce garments. It helps keep fabrics clean by preventing dirt from being absorbed into them. It also reinforces weak spots on pants or shirts so that they don’t rip easily when you sit down or bend over (for example).


I hope this article has given you some insight into the art of embroidery and how it can be used in a modern way. Embroidered textiles are beautiful, but they also have a practical purpose. By keeping this tradition alive, we can make sure that there will always be something handmade to give as gifts or add special touches to our clothing.