Sunday, July 24, 2011

Underwater scene 1

To begin with, I would like to thank Lakshmi Sadalas for sending lots and lots of visitors to my blog. For the past one week, I had been drawing and erasing, drawing and erasing…… You see, I wanted to embroider an underwater scene and since I’m not good at drawing, it took me many days to prepare a pattern. I had never done underwater embroidery before, so I just hope that this would turn out fine. I got the inspiration for this from Shirley’s blog. She paints and embroiders magnificent underwater scenes. Firstly, I’m going to embroider underwater plants, using buttonhole-knot technique. The tutorial for the leaves is given here.

For this first plant, I’ve used six strands for the small stitches used to hold and shape the threads. As I progressed with my work, I realized that I didn’t have enough thread to complete the leaves. That’s why the buttonhole knots were done with a different-coloured thread. As a result, the thread at the base could be seen here and there. So, please use the same colour for the whole work.

These are the completed leaves.

For the next plant, the small stitches were done with 2 strands of thread, the buttonhole knots with 6 strands. I think this is better.

 In my next post, I’ll show you how to embroider a starfish.

To view completed pattern, please click here.


  1. i can't wait to see the finished work.

    Btw, i have something to ask which may sound dumb...i want to know whether it is up to us to decide on what sort of stitch to use for a certain pattern? Or is there a specific stitch to be used or rules to be followed, for example, your underwater leaves here use button-hole stitch, can i do some other stitch? hope you can clarify. tq.

  2. Dear Jeyanthi,
    This is only an example.I'm trying to use buttonhole-knot technique as much as possible.It's up to you to use whichever stitch you want.

  3. hi ina,

    thanks for the clarification. take care.

  4. I love your site I am a craft teacher I am giving my students your website blog so they too can learn some of your techniques.It is wonderful thanks for sharing.God Bless.