The Art of Custom Patches

Creating custom patches is very easy nowadays due to technology that enables machineries to function intelligently and swiftly. However, fabric decorations like embroidery has been done throughout the years, even from thousands of years ago. It is an art in which the only media used are threads, fabric and needle.

Making decorations with the use of fabric, needle and thread is considered as an old art. It is considered as traditional handicraft that has rooted from ancient Babylonians, Phoenicians, Chinese, Mediterraneans, Indians, South Americans and Egyptians.One of the famous striking works of art through embroidery is Bayeaux Tapestry. It is approximately 70 meters long and 50 centimeters tall. Bayeaux Tapestry portrays the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It depicts the Norman’s conquest of England, between William, the Duke of Normandy, and Harold, the Earl of Wessex who had also become a King of England. Latin tituli is also prominent.

The embroidery consists of fifty scenes. It is said that it was commissioned by Bishop Odo, who is also William’s brother. The textile was made in England during the 1970’s. It was during the 1729 when the textile was discovered. Now, the Bayeaux Tapestry is displayed at the Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeaux, Normandy, France.Embroidered textiles and fabrics were considered as symbols of prosperity several centuries ago, only because the wealthy could afford embroidered products that were hand-made.Because of the ongoing change in technology, machineries were more capable of creating more precise pattern in a faster and more effective way.Custom PatchesIsaak Groebli was the first to create the first commercial embroidery machines. These were invented in 1800s in Switzerland. The machines were named as Schiffli looms, which means small boat, because machines’ shuttles look like small boats.A paper tape system automates embroidery machines during the 1950s. The paper tape system is the one that defines the pattern on how the machine would sew.In 1970s computer has been incorporated to sewing machines making them more efficient. Because of the computer revolution, the embroidery machines had become more precise in creating uniform patterns.

Today, Switzerland is the leading country when it comes to the production of embroidery equipment. Some companies in the United States, Germany and China also produce embroidery equipment.To convert a design into a custom patch, digitizing is one of the process. During the process, an artwork is scanned into a computer. The computer converts this artwork to a language in which it can understand. One may also create his or her design directly on the computer and let all the embroidery work done by the computer just by pressing a button.

The cutters were placed securely to cut the material in any shape. The shape determines if the patches to be sewn traditional or heat-sealed.The merrowed border, which is also known as traditional border provides a wrapped border look. The heat-sealed hot-cut borders are done on patches with more detailed angles and shapes.The best feature of embroidered custom patches is that, it is more durable and won’t fade over time.

Today, custom patches are used in different sectors of the society. The government uses custom patches on uniforms. Sports players and even employers use patches that serve as identification of one’s job, company, ranks and position. Different kinds of organization or clubs also use patches to denote membership.

Patches are important in the military, because it is used to symbolize their classification within the troops. Religious organizations sometimes use patches to denote their beliefs.The art of custom patches has been practiced throughout the century. As the technology improves, patch making also becomes more precise, more attractive and more durable.