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Talk on Chikankari Stitches

Let me talk little about chikankari embroidery stitches. In my previous post ,shared little bit information about Applique work in chikankari. In this post i shall discuss few stitches in chikankari.

                     Chikankari embroidery stitches, it is combination of basic stitches and few stitches unique in itself and exclusively used in chikankari embroidery. In chikankari, one has to play with number of strands. Beauty of a stitch depends on, selecting number of strands to work a stitch and if proper number of strands correctly accessed for each stitch, then even a simple stitch looks different.

              In this project, stitches that i worked are Rahet, Tepchi, Phanda, Keel, Balda, Ghass patti ,Bhakya, Rozan, Janjira . I know these names sounds different, Its lucknowi Mughal terms of describing stitch names in chikankari. So let me break it down to simpler version, in the form of  basic simple stitch language.

                   Above picture describes wh…

Smocked Frock

Well, this is my very first smocked frock. To block smocked fabric accurately is bit difficult and tricky for beginner like me.

                      For waistline belt, i smocked crossover wave stitch, half wave stitch, cable stitch and alternating cable stitch.
                    For waistline belt i also used pyramid cable stitch. For whole body part , smocking is done using six step Trellis stitch. Trellis stitch is worked in diamond pattern and also crossover technique is used with two different colors red and green.

Kutch Work Pyramid

One more kutch work tutorial, i call this design as " Pyramid ".  This one is done using Herringbone stitch.

                   Transfer the design on fabric. You can get design here. Adjust design size according to your requirement.

                     Following below instruction chart, start with base stitch at point 1. Here in pyramid design both base stitch and filling stitch is worked in 2 parts. Areas highlighted with green and pink color comes under part 2 of base and filling stitch. Numbering and lines shows path to be followed and orange arrow mark shows intersection of two lines where needle should pass under the thread.

                Commence at point 1 as shown in below picture.

               Follow below two collages, try to complete base stitch.

                       Part 1 base stitch is worked with light brown color thread and part 2 base stitch is worked with dark brown color thread.

                      In above collage, last four pictures shows p…

Kutch work / Interlaced Herringbone 2

Kutch work / Interlaced Herringbone , we learnt base stitch. Lets start with filling part in this post.

                         Start at point 1 ( a little bit right side) as shown in above picture. Follow below three collage and complete with filling part.

                 While ending filling stitch, end exactly at starting point where we started.

                         Since this design is quite big one, it can be worked on bedspreads, cushion sets, saree etc. So in this method i use six strands of threads, both for base stitch and filling part.
Tip:  while using six strands of threads, separate each strand and then re-Aline together and work. This gives fullness or filled look to the design.
While taking printout of this design , it should fit in A4 size paper length wise / vertically Or according your project wise adjust size of design. 
Some work, start this design from left hand side, as we did in this tutorial ( both base stitch and filling ) and some prefer to work from ri…

Kutch work / Interlaced Herringbone

In my earlier post, i talked about kutch work using herringbone stitch as base stitch. Well today lets learn this method of kutch work.

                     First trace design on fabric as shown in below picture. Download PDF of this design.

                   Now start at point 1. Follow instruction chart (PDF design), Numbering and lines suggest the path to be followed and arrow mark (orange colour) shows intersection of two threads where needle should pass under thread. Always know golden rule of kutch work .

                        Follow instruction chart and below collage to complete base stitch

                     Note : Below collage, first picture, observe last three diamonds, the middle diamond, please rectify this mistake while working, here i have passed needle under thread where as its left and right diamond is correctly done.!!!!!!!!!!

                 Click on the image for better view, closely observe "complete base stitch" picture an…