Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Italian Knot

While surfing through the blogs, I just stuck up with a beautiful work at Anita’s blog, really amazing blog, The motif is done with a stitch called Italian Knot, the name of the stitch itself was new for me, I did an intense research on Italian knots, the information I got is not unique, people has different opinion about Italian knot, anyway what I understood is that any stitch combined with a French Knot gives Italian knot.
The knots formed in this stitch gives a beaded look for the motifs.
Fly Stitch with French Knot
Step 1 : Make a Fly stitch.
Step 2 : Instead of making simple straight stitch make a french knot at the tip.
Chain Stitch with French Knot
Try it out …
Another variation of Italian Knot u can see at Anita's blog.

Back Stitch

A very simple outline stitch composed of straight stitches only. Back stitch forms the base of many decorative stitches.


Step 1 : Make a straight stitch, then take the needle out through a point little forward from the first straight stitch.


Step 2 : Insert the needle at the ending point of the first straight stitch, repeat the process.


Wednesday, 11 January 2012

TAST–2012–Buttonhole stitch

I have created a buttonhole network flower on my tshirt,


The flower is stitched with button hole stitch, close up view of flower,


The middle is filled with french knots.

Tast 2012–Fly Stitch

Inspired by various creations exhibited at PintangIe.com. have also created some motifs using flystitch.

you just visit the above link, soooo many beautifulllll works…. we ladies are really talented and creative….Smile



A fly stitch ring, used two strands of multi color cotton thread, am happy, it came out well…


Next trial (hi hi hi ) our own coconut tree…. how is it ???? r u getting a look of coconut tree?

Fly Stitch

Fly Stitch is an easy to stitch, beautiful and decorative stitch.


Step 1 : Take the needle out through the point a.


Step 2 : Insert at the point b ( a point little far and parallel to the point a. points a and b should be at the same level.) and take the needle out through the point c (which lies below and at the center to the points a and b )


Step 3 : Insert the needle at the point d, a point just below the point c. Thus forms a single Fly stitch.


Step 4 : To make more stitches repeat the process.


The back side of the stitch will look somewhat like this,



see my fly stitch experiments here.

Enjoy Flying !

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Bullion Stitch

Bullion knot or bullion stitch is a Brazilian embroidery technique. This stitch lies embossed on the fabric.

Bullion stitch is a very easy stitch but for achieving it, u need a little practice and patience Smile.

Use milliners needle or straw needle for ease of stitching.

lets go into the process,


Step 1 : Take the needle out through the point a.


Step 2 : Insert the needle at point b ( a point little far from point a, take point b to the direction which your bullion stitch should lie. (here it is a->b vertical), and take the needle partially out through point a.


Step 3 : (reverse the embroidery loop for the ease of making wraps) Make wraps around the needle with the working thread. The number of wraps ie the wrap length and the distance between the points a and b should be same). Don’t make the wraps too tight or too loose.


step 4 : Slowly take the needle out by keeping your fingers softly on the wraps. Then Insert the needle at the point b and tight the knot.

Here goes our hero…..




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Try it out , it is really easy…

Enjoy bullion……Smile

Lazy Daisy

Lazy Daisy is nothing but a single loop in the chain stitch is done in circle. Thus it is also called detached chain stitch.

Formation of Lazy Daisy


the back side of this stitch will look somewhat like this,


Some Illustrations

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Chain Stitch

Chain stitch is again a decorative stitch, which involves a series of petal like stitches.


 Step 1 : Take the needle out through the point a.


Step 2 : Again insert the needle at the point a and take it out partially through  point b. 


Step 3 : Twist the working thread around the needle.

Keep in mind : The thread should be parallel to the needle.    




 Step 4 : Tighten the loop by taking out the needle and insert the needle at a point outside the loop, near to point b.

You will get a petal like motif,


These motifs stitches in a series forms the chain stitch.


For chain stitch insert the needle again at point b, ( b turns a in the next motif) and continue the process.



This forms the chain stitch.                                                                         


The back side of the stitch will look some what like this.

I ll share some of my chain stitch works in the next post.

Enjoy stitching !

Friday, 6 January 2012

Grain Stitch

What ever we do with thread there will be a beauty in it, rite na?. See this work,


Only straight stitches are used.  Just did some straight stitches into a shape. No specific pattern, no rules, no complications nothing !. I feel like some grains spilled over, so I call this work grain stitch Smile

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Kamal kadai worked kurtha…



My first kamal kadai worked kurtha. I did it for my lovely sister on her birthday. Hows it ????

happiness always,


Monday, 2 January 2012

kamal Kadai work tutorial

I have given a brief explanation on basics of kamal kadai work in previous post. Now let us move on to the tutorial part…



Step 1 : Trace the pattern to the fabric. The pattern has a step like structure, this is the peculiarity of kamal work. Here in this pattern there are 3 levels for the petal , you can add or less the levels as you wish.




Step 2 : Make 6 straight stitches by joining  points at the bottom of the petal(make these bottom points little close), and the outer edge (the edges which I have numbered) of each step. The straight stitches made to the points (1 , 6), (2 ,5), and (3 ,4 ) should be of same length. This is the basement stitch of kamal kadai work. Don’t make the stitches too tight or too loose.




Step 3 : The technique of kamal kadai work is simple needle weaving technique.After making the straight stitches, take the needle out through a point at the bottom right or left corner of the petal. Then without pricking the fabric, pass the needle above the first thread, then below the second thread, again above the third, below the fourth like that.




Step 4 : Turn around the needle and repeat the Step 3 process.




Step 5 : Repeat Step 3 and 4 till the first level, that is the (1,6) pair gets filled. Now only four straight stitches that is (2,5) and (3,4) are involved in the weaving.




Step 6 : Fill (2,5), then weave (3,4), after finishing (3,4) that is the upper level insert the needle and fasten the thread.




Step 7 : Finish all the petals by repeating the above steps.

Keep in mind :

  • Make sure that the thread is long enough to complete one petal.
  • Don’t make the thread too tight or too loose.
  • Prick the fabric at the starting and finishing points only. Do not prick in between the straight stitches.


Hope you got an idea of kamal kadai work.

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hands on

Kamal Kadai worked kurtha

happy stitching….

bye for now,

happiness always,