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.
We also can produce similar effects using digital embroidery:
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
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