Sunday, March 20, 2016

Free peacock pattern 1

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Today, I would like to share with you a free to download vintage hand embroidery peacock pattern.Unfortunately, the website which I downloaded this pattern no longer exists so I couldn’t link you to that website.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Free vintage pattern - 'children in the nursery'

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This is a free to download hand embroidery pattern that I found on antiquepatternlibrary website.Please visit their website to read or download free needlework books or patterns.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Long and short stitch strawberry tutorial

As you all know, I’ve been experimenting with the long and short stitch direction, which I’d discussed here.The method can be used for flower petals and leaves which are flat but to use this for rounded (3-D) objects a little bit of adjustment is needed.Today, I’m going to share with you a long and short embroidery tutorial for strawberry from my understanding of the long and short direction rules.

O is the point of attachment of the strawberry and it’s stem.Stitch direction rules state that you’ll have to embroider from the tip towards point O.But my view is that you’ll have to consider the distance between the tip and point O on a real strawberry.Imagine in your mind that you’re measuring the distance of a real fruit using a thread and when you place the thread flat, you’ll get a point below O.Here, I’ve marked the point as O’, which is 5mm below O (the height of the strawberry is 3.5cm). Work a small stitch to mark this point.You can remove the stitch after the embroidery is completed.

Split stitch or outline stitch the pattern with 2 strands of thread.Embroider from the tip towards point O’, from the middle, all the way down to the left or right.Just hold the thread towards the small stitch and stitch into that direction, alternating long and short stitches.

Continue on the other side.

The second row is worked in the same manner.Always hold the thread towards point O’ and stitch into that direction.

 The final row is completed. 

Start embroidering the calyx.

Complete the calyx and work french knots on the strawberry using 2 strands of thread.
  (Attn : This tutorial is my creation from my understanding of the long and short direction rules.Please don’t try to copy the tutorial in any form, on your website, printed materials, youtube etc.You can show the finished work but please link it back to my blog).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Flower stitches 4 & 5 variations

Today, you’re going to see a few variations of flower stitches 4 & 5 which tutorials I had shown in my previous posts.

If you work french knot at the tip of each petal, then the result is this pistil stitch flower.

This stitch can also produce a beautiful beaded flower.Make sure to hold each bead at the tip with a straight stitch to prevent it from sliding down or you can work lazy daisy stitch like what I’d done here though it’s a bit tedious.

Slanting petals beaded flower.

This is my favourite.Work lazy daisy stitches at the tips and pull the thread a bit for that pointed look.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Button kamal kadai

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.)