Friday, April 30, 2021

3d outliner cone painting

 Hi all

Hope all are doing well and good.  Sometime back I have bought a 3d outliner cone painting kit of fevicryl through amazon.  I bought it for my kids.  But they find it difficult to squeeze the paint from cone onto the design as the design is very intricate.  So I have to finish it and somehow I managed to finish it.  The paint doesn't come smoothly from the cone. As it is in black background it is nice to look at it.  I have to frame it.   When we look at it from a long distance it is good looking.  But in closer view the imperfections are seen.   But no worries.  It's special as it is a handmade one. Come let us look at it.

Have a closer look.

I am working on another flower vase design with glitter paint.  It is halfway and the sad part is I ran out of two colours.  Searching for those colours.  Will finish it soon and show it here.

Tomorrow I will be here with a finish or with two WIP's.  Till then, Have a nice time with your needle and thread. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

How to trace a neck design for a kurti to do embroidery?

 Hi all 

Hope all are doing well and hope all are staying safe.  

Today I am happy to share with you the method I used to trace the neck designs before doing embroidery for my kurtis.  This method is useful when the design is symmetrical on both sides. The advantage is that it reduces the tracing time into half.   The same method can be used for the sleeves also. 

First of all trace the design for the right hand side in a tracing paper.  For my kurti I usually take 2 and a half metres of fabric.  Front and back pieces measures 42"  x 26 ".  

Before start tracing iron the fabric without any creases.   You need two carbon papers along with the tracing paper.  For dark colour fabrics take white or yellow colour carbon paper.  For light colour fabric take blue or red carbon paper.  I am using cream colour fabric.  So I have taken red colour carbon paper.  

Let us see the steps to trace the design.

1)  Fold the front fabric into half.  The folded side should face you.  

2)  Now keep this fabric aside.  Place a carbon paper upside down i.e) right side facing down.

3) Now place the folded fabric on top of the carbon paper.with the folded side facing you.

4) Next place the other carbon paper with right side facing up.  I used to leave half an inch from the top.  In the picture the top part is in the left side.  

5)  Now place the tracing paper on top of the carbon paper.  The carbon papers and the tracing paper should be aligned properly to the folded edge of the fabric.  

6)  Now pin all the four layers together so that the tracing paper doesn't
 move while tracing. 

7)  Now trace the design.  After completing remove the pins and the tracing paper.  In the picture below I have rotated the fabric to show from the top.

8)  Now remove the tracing paper below the fabric and unfold the fabric and you can see the design got traced on the other side also.

This surface of the fabric is not smooth as it is semi raw silk.  If we do it in cotton or silk cotton we will get a clear trace.  But this is enough for me to do embroidery as  the trace is in red colour. 

On the folded line adjust the design by drawing with pencil.  

Hope all of you find this tutorial useful.  I will show the progress in doing the embroidery for this kurti in my coming posts.  

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Kasuti Embroidery Trimmings and Motifs - Part 2

 Hi all

Hope all are doing well and all are staying safe.  In the beginning of this month I have posted a small introduction about kasuti embroidery and the basic trimmings or elements used.  I have posted a small motif also.  I started that sampler project in an idea posting the progress once in a week but that doesn't worked out.  I was able to complete the another five trimmings and four more small motif only yesterday so that I can make an update in that sampler.

You can view all my previous kasuti works here.

The second part of the trimmings have been worked in different colour.  These trimmings are worked in 10ct aida with 3 strands of anchor thread.

The first trimming in this part make a nice border.  I have used this trimming as a part of the border in an old kurti.  You can view it here.

The next one is a simple spoke with a diamond.  The third and fourth trimmings are the variations of second one with added spokes in the tip of the diamond. 

The last one is spokes with triangles.  This can also be worked in different variations.  Here I have worked in different heights.  You can work in same height and can leave space between two elements etc depending upon the design.

Now let use move on to the motifs I have worked.  I have used a second colour along with the maroon.  These motifs are worked in 14ct aida cloth with 2 strands of anchor thread.

All the five motifs so far.

Hope all of you had a nice time seeing these trimmings and motifs.  Tomorrow I will come up with a post on preparing a fabric to do embroidery. 

Stay healthy and stay safe.  

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Herringbone Stitch - Tutorial/ How to do Herringbone stitch

 Hi all

Hope all are staying safe and doing well.  Yesterday I have shared an embroidery design that uses herringbone stitch.  One more design on herringbone stitch is here.  Today I am happy to share with you the tutorial for doing herringbone stitch.

Hope all of you found this tutorial useful.  Do try this design.  Let me know your feedback in the comments section. 

Tomorrow I will come up the second part of kasuti trimmings and some small motifs I have worked in aida fabric.  

Monday, April 26, 2021

Embroidery Design - Herringbone stitch

 Hi all 

Hope all are doing well and good.  In my embroidery stitch design series today I am happy to share with you a simple design that can be used to practice herringbone stitch.  Already I have posted a design for the same.  You can view it here.

This design can be used for dresses and it is suitable for a centre design or a round design.  Now let's move on to the design.

Pattern for the design

For both the flowers and leaves I have used herringbone stitch and centre of flower is satin stitch. 3 strands of anchor threads are used . 

Thread numbers
Flower - 65 
Set of 5 leaves - 239
Set of 3 leaves - 237
Centre of flower - 298

Tomorrow I will post the tutorial for doing the herringbone stitch.  Till then, have a nice time with needle and thread. 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Kantha Embroidery Design 2 - Herringbone stitch, Dhaneer Sheesh

 Hi all

Hope all are doing great.  Yesterday I have posted a kantha embroidery design and hope all of you like it.  Today I am happy to share with you another kantha embroidery design that uses herringbone stitch and Dhaneer stitch in triangles.  

Pattern for the design

The whole design is worked with three strands of thread.  The triangles and the circles are worked in Dhaneer Sheesh Stitch.  The petals between the circles are worked in Herringbone stitch.  I will post the herringbone stitch tutorial tomorrow.  

Hope all of you like this design.  On Monday I will come up with another embroidery design.  Till then, have a nice time with needle and thread

Friday, April 23, 2021

Kantha Embroidery Design 1 - Jod Stitch, Dhaneer Sheesh Stitch

 Hi all

Hope all are doing well and good.  Yesterday I have shared one of the embroidered saree which I have bought recently.  It is embroidered using kantha embroidery.  Kantha embroidery uses running stitch, herringbone stitch.  Though the stitches are simple the design and the colors makes it rich.

In 2015 I have learned kantha embroidery as a part of SAL from Anita.  Thanks to her.  You can view that design here.

  I have save some pictures in my pinterest board and inspired by those pictures I have come up with this paisley design which is very easy to stitch.  This design can be used as a border or the paisley motif alone can be used as buttas all over the dress. 

Pattern for the design
In this design running stitch is used.  According to the design and working it has got different names.  I have showed the drawings for working these stitches as it is easily understandable from the picture. 
I have used it as a border in the above design.  Three lines of running stitches are made in the design.  We can make any number of lines.  It is used particularly for borders.  All the stitches should be equal in size and the distance between each stitch should be the same.  The stitches in each lines be parallel to each other. 

Start from 1 and insert it at 2.  First stitch is made.  Then between 3 and 4 the second stitch should be made.  Follow the numbers and the running stitches should be made.  The gap between the first and second row of stitches should be as small as possible. 


Again this is same as above stitch, instead the running stitches are made to fill in a particular space say, line of rectangular blocks or line of triangle.  The same stitch can also be used to fill in a line of circles also. 

The following pictures shows how I have worked the above design.

Hope all of you like this design.  Tomorrow I will come up with another design in kantha embroidery that uses dhaneer sheesh stitch as filling triangles and another simple stitch used in kantha embroidery.  

Have a nice time with your needle and thread. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Kantha Embroidery Saree

 Hi all 

Hope all of you are doing well.  I love to do embroider my own sarees.  But it will take quite a lot of time.  During the beginning of my embroidery journey I embroidered some sarees.

You can view them in the following links

Now I am embroidering a kasuti work saree and 3/4th of the embroidery completed.  Soon I will show it.  Seeing the time it takes recently I started to buy embroidered sarees If I find it during any shopping.  I've got two kantha embroidery sarees and a chikankari saree.  One by one I will show it here. 

Today's saree is raw silk dark blue colour saree.  It's very light weight and I like the thread colours used.  Three big motifs and small butta size motifs are all around.  3/4th of the border is embroidered. 

Three such big motifs are there in the pallu portion.  Running stitch and herringbone stitches are used.

This is the border design and the small buttas. 

Whole pallu portion.

Kantha embroidery basically uses running stitch.  But it creates beautiful stitch patterns.  I will try to post some kantha embroidery stitch designs. 

Hope all of you like this saree.  I will come up with another post tomorrow.  Till then have a nice time with your needle and thread. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Crochet Pieces from the past

 Hi all

Hope all of you found yesterday's cast on stitch tutorial helpful.   Today I am happy to share with you two of my crochet creations which I have completed in 2018.  But haven't blogged the finished piece.  I started these two pieces in the idea of making it into cushion covers but till now I haven't complete it into cushion covers and I end up using them as a table cloth for my tablemate.  They just fits the size of the tablemate perfectly.   Let us see the pieces.

First on is made out of two colour granny square and solid granny square.  I have used the carpenter wheel quilt block as a guide and joined the granny squares.  I like it very much.  I wanted to do blanket using these two color granny squares but it will take ages to complete.  So I have done a single carpenter wheel block.   You can google for two colour granny squares and you can find tons of ideas of arranging the squares.   You can make beautiful quilt blocks out those squares.

My old projects on solid granny squares can be seen here.

Next is Sweet Caroline.  I have followed the pattern from here.  You can find beautiful pattern in that site.

For both the project I have used 4ply acrylic yarn and a 4mm hook.  You can view my other crochet creations here

Hope all of you like these crochet pieces.  Tomorrow I will come up with my Kantha embroidery Saree which I have bought recently.  So do come back again tomorrow.  Happy crocheting and have a nice day. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Cast on Stitch - Tutorial/ How to do Cast on stitch?

 Hi all 

Hope all are doing well and good.  Yesterday I have posted a embroidered rose flower using cast on stitch.  Today I am happy to share with you the tutorial for doing that stitch.  Also I have included the steps to do a simple cast on stitch flower.

Now we will move on to the tutorial.  This stitch is same as the bullion stitch but only the method of wrapping the thread around the needle differs.  I have used tapestry needle for this tutorial.  If you have chenille needle you can use it.  It will be easy to work the cast on stitch if you fix the frame in a stand.  We need both the hands to do it which is much easier.

  Bring the needle up through the fabric.

Insert the needle a little below the point where the thread comes out and then bring it out at the first point.  The distance between the point where needle goes in and comes out depends on the length of the stitch.

Now wrap the working thread around the index finger.  Use your right hand to do this step.

Wrapping around the index finger of the left hand and bring the thread to the front so that it intersect the thread in the front thus forming a loop.  

Holding the working the thread with the right hand with the loop in the left index finger slightly pull up the needle with your index finger.  

Now slide the loop slowly inside the needle.  One wrap of cast on stitch is formed.  

I have shown the wrapping and sliding of the loop in the following video for better understanding. 

Repeat the above steps and cast on the required number of stitches.  I have done it 9 times here.

Now hold the wraps with your thumb and index fingers of left hand slowly pull out the working thread through the wraps as we do for bullion knots. 

Bring the wraps towards the point where you insert the needle below .

Insert the needle again in the same point before or at the end of the cast on stitch and pull the needle down through the fabric.

A Cast on stitch is formed.

Now let me show the steps I have followed to do the flower in the beginning.
Mark dots at equal distances around a circle.

Do a cast on stitch between any two dots.

Now make the second cast on stitch between the middle of the first stitch and a point between 2nd and 3rd dots.

Second cast on stitch is formed and now do the third stitch between the 2nd and 3rd dots and continue the cirlce.

The last stitch should overlap the first stitch. Add french knots in the centre.

A simple cast on stitch flower is formed. 

To work a cast on stitch rose click here.

Hope this tutorial is useful.  If you have any doubts feel free to ask in the comments section or contact through email or contact form.