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Hand Puppets

Puppets puppets Hand puppets , i love puppets. I feel age doesn't matter to have some puppets.
Hand puppets can be made following some theme, like animal, cartoon characters, cartoon super heroes, birds etc. Puppets are best to gift , especially for kids. Also puppets are used to narrate stories and of course we see lot of puppets show.

                      Variety of felt cloth is available . I like this below picture felt cloth for two reasons, as front and back of this felt cloth has same texture and also because its edges doesn't fray out. This felt cloth is multipurpose, can serve many purpose like padding for stump-work,  gold-work ,craft on.

                     So i tried some hand puppets for my son's birthday return gift. When i was thinking of some return gift thought of hand puppets , goggled a bit to get some ideas , how to work on.

                  For toddlers, i feel they are able to recognize animal characters . So why not some…

Kantha Work

Kantha Embroidery from West Bengal is very famous for its quilts, embroidery on sarees and  household articles. Main stitch used in kantha work is running  and kantha filling stitch looks like satin stitch.
Simple running stitch , stitched so beautifully and with lovely colour combination.

                Kantha embroidery is best shown by " Surayia Rahman".   And a documentary film in the making.

                 To know more about her check this link Surayia Rahman.  Her work narrates household activity through embroidery and its beyond imagination.

                   I would say Surayia Rahman inspires and motivates me, surely no one can match her work. Above work is just trial to learn more, more........

Kutch work Lesson 1

Let me start with very basic step in kutch work, my very first kutch tutorial, using open cretan as base stitch (interlaced open cretan). Firstly, basic 'single diamond'  using  'open cretan' stitch. So first lets learn 'open cretan' stitch.

                            As you can see, start from A, pick 4-5 threads of cloth at point B and come out at C, again pick 4-5 threads of cloth at D and come out at E. Observe while coming out at C and E, needle should be above the thread.

          Now draw a diamond like below picture

               I usually take two strands of thread for base stitch and filling . Here i have taken 3 strands. Needle used is crewel 9 or 10.  Bring the needle out at point 1

              Pick 4-5 threads of cloth, above point 2 as shown in below picture.

            Same way pick 4-5 threads of cloth as shown below at point 3

                 While ending at point 1, take needle below the thread as shown in picture and end abov…


Chikankari embroidery also know as lucknowi embroidery / shadow work / Indian white work. There is so much ... much to talk about " Chikankari ". According to history chikankari was in boom in 18th , 19th century. Authentic chikankari done on muslin cloth is so delicate and its richness of work is unbeatable.

  Chikankari means, not just herringbone stitch done from back side, its much more than that. Initially , long back when i started to learn chikankari i too thought its just herringbone stitch.

                Spreading some light on this , chikankari is combination of,  lots of basic stitches. Apart from this authentic chikankari has minute applique work, mukaish/ badla work , jali work and little bit of  kamdani .  When all these combined together , i would say its perfect "Lucknowi" embroidery.

                         As my search for authentic chikankari began, i was kind of  sad, i couldn't find most of the information through net. This…

Kutch work using Herringbone stitch

In my first post we talked about  kutch work using open cretan . As promised, in this post , will share my work, kutch work using "herringbone stitch" as base stitch.

                When we use herringbone stitch as base stitch in kutch  work outcome is blunt finish. This method i personally like for bigger projects like cusion set, wall hanging, even for sarees.

                      In this method i usually use six strands of thread, and even the design (diamonds) is big which suits for bigger project, which finishes the project soon enough.

                        For a beginner, who just started to learn kutch work, i suggest to learn kutch work using open cretan as it is less confusing. Both method have its own richness.