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.