Frogging is an interesting word for an embroidery technique isn’t it. It is believed that it referes to the shape of the knot used in ‘frog fasteners’ with the center being the body and the sides being the wide back legs of the frog. The term over the years has come to refer to the embroidery done with this same type of appliqued chord onto garments though not resctricted to the original 3 part knot or for fastening purposes.
At Hawthorne & Heaney, we can produce traditional, hand embroidered frogging, where braid is manipulated and sewn down to create these elaborate patterns that you may recognise from historical garments and costume.
Peacoat with hand embroidered frogging detail by Gieves and Hawkes for Permanent style
Elaborate hand embroidered frogging sleeves before garment construction
We also can produce similar effects using digital embroidery:
Close up machine embroidery frogging on sleeves
Velvet smoking jacket with machine embroidery frogging sleeves for Arjan Blok
Playing cards inspired machine embroidery onto velvet sleeves before construction for Anderson and Sheppard
Playing cards inspired machine embroidery onto velvet fronts before construction for Anderson and Sheppard
Playing cards inspired machine embroidery onto velvet for Anderson and Sheppard
Anderson and Sheppard smoking jacket for the Beaumont Collection (LCW) . As photographed by Guy Hills
It is particulally fun when people want to push the traditional boundries with their order like these frogging inspired sleeves before construction:
Dogtooth sleeves with machine embroidered details for Kathryn Sargent