Embroidery is a very old craft and a recognized training occupation in Germany according to the craft regulations . The profession deals with the embroidery of mostly textiles with threads in order to create patterns or pictures.
The art of embroidery was already known in ancient times and was passed on in the monasteries of Europe. However, embroidery in Central Europe experienced a significant boom in the Middle Ages, when, at the time of the Crusades, embroidered fabrics of high quality were imported from the Orient. These served as templates and patterns for domestic imitators. Gradually a guild-like craft developed from this , but it was mostly organized as a sub-group of the tailors 'guild, occasionally also the painters' guild and sometimes also as a separate guild. Such guilds have been known in German-speaking countries since around 1500. In the 17th century, handicrafts in Central Europe gradually began to transform into manufacturing. The 18th century brought even more drastic changes for the until then small-scale handicrafts towards mass production in the publishing system . The embroidery machine invented in the first half of the 19th century eventually revolutionized the craft and pushed it to the edge in niches where it is currently still located. Today, as in the Middle Ages, parament embroidery (for liturgical textiles and clerical vestments) or flag embroidery are not insignificant sources of income for the craft.
A 3-year apprenticeship period is required to practice the profession today. After having passed the apprenticeship and after several years of professional practice, the sticker has the opportunity to take the master craftsman examination.