Difference between Crocheting and Embroidery


When it comes to handicrafts one cannot unsee its presence in apparel or accessories. The very well-crated loop and vibrant colours of the threads are a fun and beautiful way to express oneself. Crocheting is a process of making fabric by connecting loops of yarn, thread or strands of various materials by using a hook.

What is the fascinating history of crocheting?

If we go into the history and origin of crocheting, then we come to know that the word crochet was first seen in the Dutch magazine Penélopé in 1823. Moreover, Ireland was the first country to introduce crochet to the rest of the world as a method of famine relief in the 19th century, during the Great Irish Famine (1845- 1849). Crocheting helped poor Irish workers make money from crocheted lace making. Even in schools, crochet was introduced as an essential element off a mine relief. Later on, the craft reached America by Irish migrants and soon became popular in Europe, America, and other parts of the world. Crocheted products were made in huge amounts till World War I.

What are some advantages of crocheting?

Crocheting is quite easy to learn as compared to kitting and embroidery. It is less expensive as far as spending money on materials is concerned. It is a  reasonable method of making different items and accessories. It helps with stress relief. It is an efficient muscular exercise. Research proposes it is beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients.

What’s the process of this artform?

The term crochet derives from the French meaning ‘small hook’.
Crochet hooks can be made from materials like metal, wood or plastic. It can be made commercially or can be created in artisan workshops. The special kind of thread that is used in crocheting is made from mercerized cotton, which has a smaller diameter than regular yarn.

What is embroidery?

Embroidery is known to be one of the most popular forms of handicraft. It includes decorating fabric or other materials by using a needle with the help of thread. The word embroidery is derived from the French word broderie, which means embellishment.

What is the history of embroidery?

Early embroidery can be traced back to Cro-Magnon days in 30,000 B.C. Other examples of early embroidery can be found in China during the Warring States period in the 3rd and 5th centuries B.C. Whereas, in Sweden, the first discoveries of embroidery are from the Viking age around the 9th and 10th centuries. In Europe around the year 1000, embroidering started to increase with the emergence of the Christian church and the royals becoming powerful. Luxuriously adorned attires and decorations in the form of tablecloths, wall hangings, and other different products were ordered todemonstrate power and wealth.Embroidery was also very important in the Medieval Islamic world as a symbol of high social status in Muslim societies. In cities like Damascus, Istanbul, and  Cairo, embroidered items such as flags, handkerchiefs, uniforms, robes, horse trappings, pouches, and covers for various items could be found.