Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blouse Back neck embroidery

I have some big projects in hand.  In between that thought of doing one which can be completed in a short period of time and I came up with this embroidery in the back of the blouse.  Here I have used a simple design with a flower and two leaves repeatedly.  Used buttonhole stitch for the flower and satin stitch for the leaves and stem stitch for stem  Also done neckline using simple chain stitch and attached sequins in between.    Waiting for your comments and suggestions.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

TAST 2012, Week 48 - Buttonhole Eyelet flower

This is the small sample I have made for this weeks challenge.  I didn't succeed in making the exact buttonhole eyelet flower.  But I have tried it.  May be some day I will make a perfect buttonhole eyelet flower.  The other flowers are stitched using pistil stitch, the one on the top left.  For the remaining flowers I have used buttonhole stitch for the petals.  I have learned it from here.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

chikankari design

Again I have come up with my chikan design which I am embroidering all over the front part of my kurti.  Border portion is also completed.  Do have a look.  Give your comments as they boost me up a lot.
This is the completed border.
The neck part of the kurti is here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Mirror work with Anklet stitch

I have learned anklet stitch.  It is very easy to do and when worked in round it gives a flowery look.  Here I have worked anklet stitch in round and then fixed the mirror using blanket stitch.  Have a look. Sorry for the blurred image.
I have learned this stitch here.  In this blog there are many wonderful stitch and rangolis.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

TAST 2012 - Week 47, Portuguese Border Stitch

The stitch for this week's challenge is Portuguese Border Stitch.  Though it looks complicated , it is very simple to work with. I have never tried this before.  Learned through Sharon's tutorial and worked it as a neckline for the back of my blouse and the border for the sleeves.  It suits well for borders and neckline.  It works well for curves too.  I have worked the stitch with pearl cotton 8 and it gives a grand appearence to the blouse now.  Happy with the outcome.  How do you feel?

Now the border in the sleeves.

Tutorial for the stitch is available here.

Feel free to drop in your comments.

Happy Embroidering.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Kasuti Embroidery - Tutorial, Border pattern

This is my very first tutorial on Kasuti.  I have tried my level best to explain the concept of kasuti here.  I am starting with the basic trimmings and patterns to create a border.  The border pattern we are going to create is this:

First of all draw the given pattern in a centimeter graph paper.  A small dash given in the pattern represents one stitch.
If you are working on a matty cloth for 1 stitch we need 3 holes i.e) start from one hole and end in the third hole.  The second stitch will start from the third hole and end in the fifth hole and so on.
In the graph 1 stitch = o.5cm or 1cm.  You can draw according to your convenience.
The first line in the given pattern is single line stitch.  It is also called Double running stitch.  Mark the pattern in the graph as follows:

Start from the point 1(come out of the fabricx at point 1) and insert your needle thru 2.  I will be referring it as
(out thru 1, In thru 2). Then
out thru 3, In thru 4)
out thru 5, In thru 6) and so on.
You will be ending up with (out thru 3, In thru 14)
This will be your forward route.   I have worked on  matty cloth and the result is:

Now the reverse route:
Out thru 13, In thru 12
out thru 11, In thru 10
Out thru 9, In thru 8
Out thru 7, In thru 6
Out thru 5, In thru 4
Out thru 3, In thru 2.
Now the result is

First pattern is over now.  Now the second pattern. Draw the following in a centimeter graph and study the route.    This pattern is known as stepped running stitch.

Start from point 1.
out thru 1, In thru 2(point 3 will be above 2)
out thru 3, In thru 4
out thru 5, In thru 6
(7,8) (9,10) (11,12) (13,14)
This will be your forward route starting from *.

The forward route worked on matty:

Now the reverse route
out thru 13, In thru 12
(11, 10) (9,8) (7,6) (5,4) (3,2)

The reverse route worked on matty and the complete pattern.

Now the second pattern is over. 

Moving on to the third pattern.  Draw the following in the centimeter graph.  I have taken the first two portions for practice. This pattern is diamond with spokes.

Here I have given only two diamond along with the spokes.  Start from the point 1.
out thru 1, In  thru 2
out thru a, In thru 3
out thru b, In thru 2
out thru b, In thru 3
Now half of the upper portion and lower part of the diamond is completed.

out thru 4, In thru a
(5,b) (4,b)(5,6)
 Now the upper half portion and lower part is completed in the second diamond.

Likewise continue with the other diamonds also.

The forward route is over.  Now coming to the reverse route.
out thru 5, In thru a
out thru 4, In thru 3
out thru a, In thru 2

The whole pattern is completed.  The result in the matty is here:

 Following the instructions above work the complete graph pattern.  You can draw the pattern in an inch graph and transfer it to the plain fabric and can use it as a border for your dresses.  The completed border is below:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tast 2012 - Week 46, Magic Chain Stitch

This is my small sample for this week's challenge - Magic chain stitch.  I have embroidered this design on my hand kerchief.  Though it is the same like chain stitch, Magic chain stitch looks better than the chain stitch. You can see the tutorial here.
Feel free to drop in your comments.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Chikankari Neck design

In one of my previous post I have shown u a chikan motif which I have embroidered for the border for a kurti.  And today I have completed the neck part.  I have used the same motif which I have used for the border with some changes. Sorry for not ironing the fabric. Here it is.  Have a look and given u'r comments.  The border motif which I have done earlier is here.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

TAST 2012, Week 45 - Needle woven picots open base

This is my sample for this weeks challenge.  I have tried open base needle woven picots for the flower.  The center part of the flower is buttonhole wheel cup.  And for the leaves I have tried herringbone stitch, cretan stitch, Encroching satin stitch(lower left part) and raised fish bone stitch(lower right part).  Do have a look and give me your comments.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

kasuti Embroidery

Kasuti is a traditional form of embroidery.  It is practiced in the state of Karnataka, India.  The word kasuti is derived the two words kai(hand) and suti(cotton) i.e) kasuti is done with cotton and hands.  Kasuti work involves very intricate patterns.  Kasuti patterns depict flowers, birds, trees, chariots, Gopur(temple towers).
Kasuti consists of four important stitches:
Gavanti or Gante - It is the double running stitch.
Murgi or Zig zag stitch.
Neygi - running stitch(darning stitch).
Menthe or cross stitch

Kasuti can be worked on Matty/ Aida fabric, plain fabric.  To work on a plain fabric a flexi-net has to be attached.  It is all counting the stitches and the direction.   The beauty of Kasuti is both the right and the wrong side looks alike when worked in the proper way.
These are some of the basic trimmings used in Kasuti embroidery.  It can be used for border,  along with other motifs to create beautiful patterns, for the neckline. Kasuti is very easy to work with on understanding the stitch directions.  In my coming posts I will try to give simple design with the stitch directions so that any one interested can work on a project with that.  Here I have worked the trimming in matty cloth.

using these basic trimmings I have created a border design which can be used for sarees, kurtis, sleeves, necklines etc.  I will be posting it in my next post.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TAST Week 44 - Needle Woven Picots

Hi here is my small sample for this weeks challenge.  I made four petals and a leaf out of it.  This is the first time I am trying this stitch.  If worked in two layers we can make a sunflower out of this.  I will try that some time later. Now have a looka and say How is it?

The tutorial for this stitch can be found here.  Thanks to Sharon for introducing me this stitch.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Chikankari Embroidery motif

I have started to do a project on my kurti using chikankari design.  I have completed one motif at the bottom.  I have used double back stitch, Eyelet stitch, Detached chain variation and satin stitch.  There are specific name for these stitches in chikankari but I have given the english names.  In the coming posts I will be giving details about this work.


This is the chikan motif which I have embroidered during stitch along with Anita of artisticfingers. Take at look at the motif here.

Here is another motif which I have done for a kurti  

 Happy embroidering.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A small project on kasuti

This is a small kasuti motif which I have done on the back of my blouse.  Very easy to do.  I am happy with the outcome. Though Kasuti consists of running stitches it can create beautiful designs both big and small.  After practicing some motifs we feel more comfortable on doing it.  Have a look. planning to do more on kasuti embroidery.  Please keep an eye on my blog.  My next post is a chikankari motif which is in progress. Please come back.

Happy Embroidering.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pattern Darning - second pattern

This is the second pattern I have worked on pattern darning.  If u look at the pattern chart u might be confusing but once u start doing it u will get hang on it.  It is very easy with simple running stitch.  For the long stitches I have divided it in two and done back stitch.  I have got the pattern from the net. Just google for the patterns.   Have a look. do you like this? Then type down your comments and suggestions.

This is for the pillow cover and I have to cross stitch the name of my son inside.  One for my elder  son is already over and it is here.
Happy embroidering.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TAST 2012 - Week 41, Italian Knotted Border Stitch

This is my small sample for this week's challenge. I have tried this flower to practice honey comb filling.  Outerportion of the big flower and the small flower are done using Italian knotted border stitch.  Center portion of the big flower is honey comb filling stitch.  Pink part is button hole stitch.

Italian knotted border stitch is best suitable for making tiny flowers and star shaped flowers. Initially I had some trouble in making the knot.  But after making 4 to 5 stitches It was very easy and quick to make. One more stitch to my stitch list. Thanks to sharon.  For the Italian knotted border stitch tutorial is here.

 Happy Embroidering.

Shami Immanuel.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Little one's dress with the touch of my embroidery

I have purchased a dress for my niece who is going to be 1 tomorrow.  First up all I thought I will crochet  a skirt for her.,  But because of lack of time I was not able to do so and bought a dress.  In the bottom part of that dress It was plain on the right side.  So thought to do some simple embroidery and come up with this.  Just added the word "Happy Birthday Candy" and back stitched it.  Then added some daisy flowers.  I am happy with the outcome and how about you?.


Waiting for your comments and suggestions.

Happy embroidering,
Shami Immanuel.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Crocheted placemat, coasters

Here comes my circle placemat and simple matching coasters.  Both the patterns are taken from the web.  Thanks to those who posted the patterns.

Any color combined with white gives a beautiful look particularly in crocheted items. 


Happy crocheting.

Shami Immanuel.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Chikankari Embroidery - Kurti

This is the embroidered chikan motif which I have embroidered recently.  It is for a kurti top and it has three motif one above the other with regular intervals. 

Here, is the closeup of the motif.

Flowers are done using Bhakya stitch(double herringbone stitch), Stems using Rahet(stem stitch) and the tiny circles using Rozan(Eyelet stitch).

You can see my other work in chikan embroidery here.

I am learning chikan embroidery and planning to post one sample for each stitch. So keep an eye on my blog. 

Happy Embroidering,
Shami Immanuel.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Honey comb blanket stitch project _ Continued

I have completed the kurti project using honey comb blanket stitch.  Finished embroidered part is here;  For the bottom part I have made three bunch of  flowers.  Then for the body I have glued sequins using outliner. 

The design I have made for the sleeves is here:

Close up of the design.

Looking forward for your comments and suggestions.

Happy embroidering.

Shami Immanuel.



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pistil stitch Sampler, TAST 2012 - Week 37

This is my sample for pistil stitch.   The design pattern is form and I have taken a small portion of it. 

This is another sampler Which I have used pistil stitch for the top three leaves.  I have written a post on this here.

Happy embroidering.

Shami Immanuel.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Crocheted Skirt

This is a skirt which I have crocheted.  Have a look.

Happy crocheting.

Shami Immanuel.

TAST 2012 - A catch up

Since I have some projects in hand I am unable to experiment with the stitches for the past 3 weeks.  As Sharon announced this week as catch up week I have decided to do atleast a sample row of each stitch and I have ended up with this.
Inside flower(red color) is Cast on stitch.  I found it easy after following the video tutorial from needlenthread.   You can find a lot of video tutorials and many more.
Then I have done Pekinese stitch and then tried Sheaf stitch.  Not able to experiment more.  Surely come up with more samples in the days to come.
Happy embroidering.
Shami Immanuel.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Chain stitch - Blouse Neck Design

This is my own design.  Fully done using chain stitch and added beads at the end. Single strand of silver zari thread has been used. Embroidery for hand has to be done.  Will post it as soon as possible.

One of my old work using chain stitch for blouse neck is here.  Comparing these two works I am very happy to see my growth in embroidery.

Any one need the design pattern feel free to ask thru comments.

Happy embroidering.

Shami Immanuel.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Kasuti Embroidery - Fridge handle

I have started learning Kasuti embroidery thru Mridulas school of embroidery, Chennai.  They have provided clear cut learning materials.  With the help of that I have embroidered this kasuti border motif and I have turned that in to a handle for my fridge.  Have a look and give u'r comments.
Close up of the motif

Motif turned into the fridge handle.  Sorry The image is little blurred.
Happy embroidering,
Shami Immanuel.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Plastic canvas Pen holder

This is pen holder done using Plastic canvas mat.  I have done Algerian Eye stitch.  U can beautify this by adding beads in the center of each stitch.