Sunday, May 15, 2016

Smooth purl (zardosi thread) flowers

When I first found smooth purl (zardosi thread) in my small town a few years back, I was so excited that I decided to experiment with it. The results were these flowers which I created from various stitches.I had only a small amount of the thread then, so I was somewhat stingy and kept recycling it for the various flowers that you can see below.In the end, fix it onto the fabric using a thin layer of fabric glue.

This is a twisted lazy daisy stitch petals.

Another twisted lazy daisy stitch variation.

Lazy daisy petals.

Wheatear stitch petals.

I will share with you some more smooth purl flowers in my next post.

 Those of you interested in learning how to make puffy chapatis/rotis, please watch this video :

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Free peacock pattern 1

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Today, I would like to share with you a free to download vintage hand embroidery peacock pattern.Unfortunately, the website which I downloaded this pattern no longer exists so I couldn’t link you to that website.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Free vintage pattern - 'children in the nursery'

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This is a free to download hand embroidery pattern that I found on antiquepatternlibrary website.Please visit their website to read or download free needlework books or patterns.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Long and short stitch strawberry tutorial

As you all know, I’ve been experimenting with the long and short stitch direction, which I’d discussed here.The method can be used for flower petals and leaves which are flat but to use this for rounded (3-D) objects a little bit of adjustment is needed.Today, I’m going to share with you a long and short embroidery tutorial for strawberry from my understanding of the long and short direction rules.

O is the point of attachment of the strawberry and it’s stem.Stitch direction rules state that you’ll have to embroider from the tip towards point O.But my view is that you’ll have to consider the distance between the tip and point O on a real strawberry.Imagine in your mind that you’re measuring the distance of a real fruit using a thread and when you place the thread flat, you’ll get a point below O.Here, I’ve marked the point as O’, which is 5mm below O (the height of the strawberry is 3.5cm). Work a small stitch to mark this point.You can remove the stitch after the embroidery is completed.

Split stitch or outline stitch the pattern with 2 strands of thread.Embroider from the tip towards point O’, from the middle, all the way down to the left or right.Just hold the thread towards the small stitch and stitch into that direction, alternating long and short stitches.

Continue on the other side.

The second row is worked in the same manner.Always hold the thread towards point O’ and stitch into that direction.

 The final row is completed. 

Start embroidering the calyx.

Complete the calyx and work french knots on the strawberry using 2 strands of thread.
  (Attn : This tutorial is my creation from my understanding of the long and short direction rules.Please don’t try to copy the tutorial in any form, on your website, printed materials, youtube etc.You can show the finished work but please link it back to my blog).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Flower stitches 4 & 5 variations

Today, you’re going to see a few variations of flower stitches 4 & 5 which tutorials I had shown in my previous posts.

If you work french knot at the tip of each petal, then the result is this pistil stitch flower.

This stitch can also produce a beautiful beaded flower.Make sure to hold each bead at the tip with a straight stitch to prevent it from sliding down or you can work lazy daisy stitch like what I’d done here though it’s a bit tedious.

Slanting petals beaded flower.

This is my favourite.Work lazy daisy stitches at the tips and pull the thread a bit for that pointed look.