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.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Goldwork peacock - Part 4

A powerful lightning destroyed most of the electrical appliances in my house and the phone wasn’t working so I couldn’t connect to the internet for weeks.Everything is restored now.
Today, I would like to show you the progress of my goldwork peacock embroidery.

The leg is also worked with stem stitch filling using pearl cotton no:8 thread.

For the wing feathers, I’d alternated smooth purl and check purl.

I’d outlined it with pieces of smooth purl in stem stitch and outline stitch.

 In the end, this is how the wing looks like.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Beaded lazy daisy butterfly

I fell in love with this butterfly when I first saw it here.It’s actually a lazy daisy butterfly pattern.Recently, while searching the internet for embroidery patterns, I came across this pattern and decided to embroider it using beads instead.
I feel that this is a versatile pattern that can be stitched on almost anything, be it pillow cases, T-shirts or on dresses for children and adults alike.Have you stitched this pattern before?I would love to see your work.You can download this pattern here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Twisted ribbon dragonfly

Today, I would like to share with you a ribbon embroidery tutorial – twisted ribbon dragonfly. I’d used 7mm wide ribbons.

Bring up a piece of ribbon at A and go in at B (approx 8cm).Bring another piece of ribbon up at C and in at D (7cm).Please don’t make knots at the beginning or the end of both ribbons (at the back).It’s better to measure the ribbons and mark the positions of points A,B,C,D before working.I didn’t, that’s why my point D is out of place.Meet both ribbons at the center and join them with a small stitch.

Twist a 25cm long ribbon tightly.Meet both ends and let both twisted parts twist each other.

Measure 4.5cm of the twisted part and untwist the remaining. Attach this to the wings with a small stitch.This stitch will also prevent the ribbon from untwisting further

Place the untwisted pieces one on top of the other and insert the ends of the ribbon into the fabric at the position shown (the body is 1.5cm long).Don’t make knots at the back of the fabric.

Apply a thin layer of fabric glue at the back of the tail and glue it to the fabric and let it dry.

Sew beads for the eyes and embroider the legs.Work fly stitches or any other stitches of your choice on the wings and straight stitches on the body of this dragonfly.While working those stitches, place the tail ends at the back of the fabric at the same position as the ribbons on top and sew them together.This will secure the ends at the back and that’s the reason for not making knots in the beginning.