Embroidery is the handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips , pearls , beads , quills and sequins. Embroidery is most often used on caps , hats , coats , blankets , dress shirts , denim , stockings and golf shirts. Embroidery is available with a wide variety of thread or yarn color. The basic techniques or stitches on surviving examples of the earliest embroidery chain stitch, buttonhole or blanket stitch, running stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch remain the fundamental techniques of hand embroidery today.