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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Chementhy Stitch-Indian Embroidery,a variation

Here's something for Chementhy stitch enthusiasts. This is a slight variation of the original chementhy stitch stitched in such a way as to look like a flower. "Chementhy" means chrysanthemum and the work generally looks best when stitched with yellow and white on a dark background.In case you've missed the tutorial of the chementhy work,click here . What you see below is stitched in the same way,except for variation of the length of the stitches.

I know the stitching is bad and the color too dull-The idea came to me all of a sudden and I had to try it out immediately.The pic is that of my first trial.The flower will look good with a brighter color .

Do I need to explain how this was stitched? The pic should give you a rough idea.Just vary the length of the stitches to form petals.Leave me a comment in case you've not got it .I'll try to help.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pachis Work-Indian Embroidery Tutorial

Hello ladies,

Did you like Pachis work? Iam sure most of the experienced stitchers out there would've guessed how to stitch it. But we need to think about the first timers too,right? So here's a photo tutorial for Pachis work.

Step 1 :
Draw the pattern.For a large fabric,repeat this or any variation of this pattern throughout.You can make lines,triangles,squares,square inside a ladder like box etc - all depends on your imagination.

Step 2:
Start from one end.You've to stitch one half of the cross here.

Step 3:
This is how it looks now.

Step 4:
Completing the cross on the return journey.

Step 5:
Another cross stitch done horizontally.

Step 6:
Come up at the center.Stitch a small cross stitch to tack the previous stitches down .

Repeat this for the entire pattern .

This completes Pachis work.Wish I had a fabric to show you the completed work.There's nothing new in the type of stitches used.Infact, most of the Indian embroidery uses common stitches known to the world-it is how they are incorporated into the fabric that makes the Indian Embroidery styles unique.

Hope this was useful,


Love,Luck and sunshine,


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Pachis Work-Indian Embroidery

Hi all,
Thank you for all your comments on Chemanthy tutorial. Will very soon come up with some variations of kadai kamal and chemanthy.
Today,I'll show you another style of Indian embroidery.This is a very simple method used for borders and seams.Most of you will be able to do this on seeing the stitched pattern.
Ok,here goes..

This method is known as Pachis work.Pachis means twenty five in Hindi.The method is probably called so because the shape of the pattern resembled the Indian Board game called Pachis ,but Iam not too sure about it. Repeat this pattern for a beautiful effect.Here, there are 5 squares vertically and horizontally; you can reduce it to 3 each as shown below.

Multiple colors can be used when embroidered on dress materials.There are some variations too of this method.About those,may be some other day.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

An Award

Maureen of Maureen's Mixture just made my day!!! She has chosen me for this lovely award.Aw, Iam flattered!! Thank you Maureen!!
The rules for receiving this award are
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you've nominated.
7 people!!! Ain't that a bit difficult? I think I'll follow Maureen's footsteps and select just one.The first person who comes to my mind for this award is none other than my friend Anne.Her work is exquisite.But she doesn't have a blog. So the next choice is Alicia of Hawaii. She claims to be a beginner - but what a beginner she is!!! And her tutorials are great and fun!! She talks a lot,which can be felt from her posts,but she's fun.Blogging should be informative and fun too,right? So,Alicia, now it is your turn.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Chemanthy Work-An Indian embroidery method tutorial responses to my question .
Maybe nobody knows about this stitch.
Or maybe no one reads my blog (waaahhh) except Anne and Carol
taken a break so she may not have seen this.. yikes!!!..almost 1 and a half years and still no readers..
Ok,for those who care,here's the tut
Step 1
Draw two circles or ovals one inside the other.You may increase or decrease the size of both as you wish to vary your pattern.Note the dots which I've marked for your reference.

Step 2

Bring up the needle at the postion marked with the yellow dot(refer first pic) in the inner circle .Go down at the red dot and come up at the green dot.Pull your thread through.

Step 3

Go down at the position marked with Black dot (the center of both the circles) This is the focal point of the pattern.Come up at the blue dot (inner circle) but donot pull your thread through.
Step 4
Now take the thread on the left and move it to the right and under the needle.

Step 5

Pull the thread through to complete the stitch.With this step,you have completed one stitch and also started with the next one.
Step 6

Your thread is now at the Blue dot (refer first pic) and now go down at the red and come up at green right next to it. Repeat the steps above and fill up the circle.
Here's the pic with 3 stitches done...

I gradually reduced the outer circle and completed the pattern this way

You can maintain the shape of the circle and fill it up this way too
Finally,here's the eye candy .

The petals and the center have been worked with chemanthy.
You can embellish the focal points and the edges with beads or stones.
Try this out and share your creations with me.
Love,Luck and Sunshine,

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Chemanthy Work-Indian embroidery

Finally managed to take better snaps today.Here in India this method is known as Chemanthy work. Usually beads or stones are attached at the centre to make it look more attractive.Iam still trying to find out more about the same. Iam repeating my question- Does this resemble any stitch or any form of embroidery practised elsewhere?