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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Goldwork peacock - Part 3

I didn’t have the passing thread which is normally used in goldwork embroidery to outline this peacock.Instead, I had to use the smooth purl for this purpose.

The purl was cut into small pieces and stitched the way we embroider the stem stitch.I made knots at the back after each purl piece was stitched.As you can see here, I’d also covered the base of the crest.

For the right side, outline stitch method was used.The purl is so fragile that if you pull it tightly while making the knots, it will crack.I’d also outlined the bottom part of the body but couldn’t show it here because I accidentally deleted it from my camera.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Chikan embroidery

One of my pending projects was Anita’s chikankari embroidery SAL.Although at first, I wanted to sew it on  a dress, after finishing the embroidery I felt reluctant to use it (didn’t want to spoil such a beautiful embroidery).Now, I’m keeping it at a safe place to be used as a reference for future chikankari projects.

I must admit that I was in a hurry to finish this project that maybe I didn’t practice enough.My favourite stitches are the overcast stitch and the wave stitch filling.The latter stitch was easier when practiced on a squared pattern but confusing when worked on a heart shaped pattern.I made a mistake and had to rework it.The stab stitches really play an important role to create a wave like pattern at the back.This class was a wonderful learning experience.Thanks again, Anita.I hope your next class will be on beaded chikankari.Ever since I started this class, I have been searching the internet for free chikankari patterns but couldn’t find one.If someone knows, please share it with me.