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.