Friday, November 20, 2015

Button kamal kadai

A few of you have been asking for the peacock patterns that I’d used for my peacock embroidery projects.Unfortunately, the link to the website that I downloaded the patterns from is no longer working.Luckily, I’d saved them onto a CD and since those are free to download patterns, I guess it’s OK for me to post them on my blog.So, in my future posts, I ‘ll be sharing them with you.
My initial plan today is to show you some of the variations to the flower stitches that I’d shown in previous posts.But, I’m postponing that to another date because I want to show you how you can work kamal kadai stitch on a button.Most of you must be aware of kamal kadai which is a flower embroidered using weaving technique.To those of you who love to use buttons to decorate your dresses, cushions etc., this is a variation you should try.The petals shouldn’t cover the whole button because we want some parts of the button to show through.

For this, you’ll need a button which has 4 holes (I’m using a 2cm diameter button).This can also be done on a 2-holed button by working the petals on either sides so that it’ll look like a chinese button.Draw the outline of the button on a piece of paper and mark the dots for the straight stitches.Fold the paper into 4 and poke holes on it so that you’ll have equally positioned holes for the 4 petals.Transfer the dots onto a fabric, position the button in the middle and sew it with normal sewing thread.Work straight stitches as shown.The threads shouldn't be loose.As much as possible,make sure the threads at the base don’t overlap each other.For this, the button holes shouldn’t be too small.

Cut off the sewing thread in the middle.Bring the needle and thread up at one of the holes and start weaving from right to left, continuing from left to right and weave all the way from base to the tip of the petal.

Continue for the other petals.

(Attn : most of the tutorials in this blog are my own creations.So, please don’t try to copy and show them in your blog, youtube etc.You can show the finished work but please link it back to my website.)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Flower Stitch 5

As promised many months ago, here’s the tutorial for another flower stitch which is the variation to Flower Stitch 4.I’m sorry I didn’t publish this post earlier.Nowadays I’m drifting far away from the internet because I rather spend more time working outdoor.But, I love blogging and I’ve so much to share with you that I decided to post once in a while when I’m free.
The difference between this stitch and Flower Stitch 4 is that the petals of this flower slant to the right but the stitching is almost the same as the previous one.

Divide a 3cm diameter circle into 16.Bring up the needle at a point about two-thirds the radius of the circle, between OA and OB.O is the midpoint, which I forgot to label here.Enter at O, take a small stitch pointing towards B (about one-third radius), wrap the thread under the needle and pull through.

Go in at B.Come up between OB and OC(two-thirds radius) and pull the previously made stitch to the left.

Go down at O, take a small stitch, pointing towards C, wrap the thread under the needle and pull through.

Go in at C and continue the process.
 Now, you’ll get an idea on  how it’s done.
For the last stitch,take a small stitch, pointing towards A, wrap the thread under the needle, slide the needle under the very first stitch and go down at A.

This is how the flower looks like.

The comparison between the two flowers.My favourite is the one on the right.I’m in the process of preparing mirror/shisha tutorials for these two stitches.In my next post, I’ll show you some examples of flowers that you can create out of these stitches.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Flower Stitch 4

Today, I would like to share with you another flower stitch tutorial.This stitch is actually based from a mirror/shisha work that I learnt many years ago.Those of you in India must be familiar with the mirror work.I’m planning to teach you the mirror work in one of my future posts.

Divide a 3cm diameter circle into 16.Bring out  the thread at a point about 2/3 OA (2/3 the radius of the circle).Bring down the needle at O, take a small stitch pointing towards B.Wrap the thread under the needle and pull through.

Go down at point B and come up close to the right of the thread (again, 2/3 radius).

Go down at O, take a small stitch pointing towards C and wrap the thread under the needle.

Go down at C and repeat the process.

The flower is beginning to take shape.

For the last stitch, take a small stitch pointing towards A, slide the needle under the first stitch and pull through.

Enter the fabric at A.This is how the flower looks like in the end.In my next post, I’ll show you a variation of this stitch.Hope that everyone will try this easy but beautiful stitch and please do share your work with me.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Goldwork Peacock - Part 5


Hi everyone.It  has been quite some time since I last blogged.During summer, I deliberately stayed away from the internet because I had so much of work to do.When I was a bit free, I found out that my PC hardware had crashed, so it had to be repaired.Unlike most bloggers, I don’t post often.That’s why even after 4 years, I haven’t reached the 100th post.But I’m really happy with the support that I get.I value your precious time, that’s why I publish a post only if I feel it’s necessary.For me, quality is more important than quantity.
I’m glad to say that I’d finished my goldwork peacock project.Today, I would like to share with you the progress of this project.

For the ‘eyes’ of the tail feathers, my choice was stem stitch filling worked with 2 strands of silk thread. 

I went on to embroider the flowers and leaves.The flower petals were worked with check purl, the leaves and stems- smooth purl and stones for the center of the flowers.Here, all the stems are straight which was a mistake – I should have curved them a bit which you will see in the next set of flowers and leaves.

 I’d completed the tail feathers, worked with smooth purl.Each purl piece had to be measured,cut, stitched, shaped and glued to the fabric.You can say it’s back-breaking work!

As you can see here, the stems were stitched, curved and glued to the fabric.I feel they’re better than the previous ones.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Mirror work 7

Today, I would like to share with you another mirror/shisha work tutorial – needlewoven picot mirror work.

I’m using A 1.25cm diameter mirror.Mark the points for the tip and base of each petal.Fix the mirror onto the fabric with 4 straight and 4 diagonal stitches.Position the pins as shown for the petals.Bring up the needle to the right of the base of the first petal.

Bring the needle under and over the foundation stitches, work a back stitch, wrap the thread under the needle and pull through.This is actually the blanket/buttonhole stitch.Go back under the foundation stitches and continue in the same manner.

You will need 5 blanket stitches at the base of each petal.At the end of the 5th stitch,wrap the thread under the pin and bring it down at the beginning point.Bring up the needle in the center (through the 3rd blanket stitch).

Wrap this thread under the pin and start weaving over and under from tip to base.

You should end your weaving at the right side of the petal.Insert the needle into the fabric and bring it up through the last blanket stitch.Take the needle under the foundation stitches and continue as before for the second petal.

Remove all the pins.You can leave it like that or hold the petals down onto the fabric with a small stitch at the tip of each petal.