Both woven patches and embroidered patches look and feel fantastic. However there are a few subtle differences that may help you choose between the two.
Lets first look at how each one is made, then we will explore the main differences.
Embroidered patches are made by starting with a background fabric that is a single colour. Threads are then stitched into the backing to product the design.
This process means the pattern can look raised or 3D which is a very desirable look.
It is harder to create very fine detail with embroidered patches but it is great for bold and striking designs
Because embroidered patches use a backing and then additional thread to make the design, this makes them more rigid as the final patch is thicker.
Woven patches are created by weaving thinner threads together to create the design. The woven design can achieve higher detail and results in a flat patch with no raised threads.
Using thinner threads in a continuous design means a woven patch can achieve higher detail than an embroidered patch. This is ideal for smaller text or finer designs.
Colour gradients are easier to achieve using the woven method since the design is continuous.