Thursday, 6 October 2016

Long tail chain stitch

Long tail chain is similar to Lazy daisy stitch. the only difference is that this has a long tie. This is one versatile stitch which can be plain, beaded or whipped.

Long tail chain can be used in flower motifs, leaves and goes as your creativity...

Step 1
Pull the needle out of your fabric

Step 2
 Insert the needle back at the point where it emerged and take out the needle upwards along a straight line as shown in the picture.

Step 3
Wrap the thread under needle making a loop similar to chain stitch
the only difference is that, instead making a tie, you are going to make  a long arm stitch on a straight line.

Step 4
In this illustration , before making a long arm , I have added some beads.

A single stitch is called Long tail chain stitch.. Repeat the steps to make flowers, leaves etc..

Feathered chain stitch

Feathered chain stitch is a beautiful decorative stitch, a hybrid of feather stitch and long tailed daisy.
This can be used to embroider leaf vines and borders.
The stitch is worked from left to right in a zig - zag pattern. To be simple, long tailed daisy is worked as if working a feathered stitch.
Feathered chain stitch is a highly textured stitch, so can be used for bands and borders.

After several trial and error , I found this easy way of stitching.

1. Using a marker draw four basic lines at equal intervals. Make a zig - zag pattern between the middle two lines as illustrated.
step 1
so the basic pattern for the stitch is a zig- zag pattern with outline on both the sides.

2. Do a long tailed daisy from the outer line along the zig- zag pattern.

long tailed daisy - start a chain stitch and finish it with an extended tail.
step 3
step 2

3.The next daisy tail is angled about 45 degrees.
step 4
step 5
step 6

4. Continue stitches along the zig zag pattern.
The final pattern looks like this
             I did an overlay against the baseline

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Magic bobbin edging stitch

Fancy bobbin edging stitch is a variation of buttonhole stitch. Thanks to Sharon Boggan for introducing this stitch on TAST. I tried this using twin needles. As magic chain stitch, this too is fun filled. A wonderful decorative stitch for needlepoint edges,piling two layers and necklines.

you can create beautiful variations by altering height of each stitch.
let's do magic bobbin edging....

Do the stitch from left to right...
Take two needles ,each threaded with a different colour.
Step 1: take out needle 1 piercing the fabric. hold the thread firmly with one finger.
Step 2:take out needle 2 adjacent to needle 1 , hold this thread above by leaving behind the previous.
Step 3: make a buttonhole stitch with needle 1 and hold this thread firmly underneathi
Step 4:without piercing the fabric do loop stitch with needle 2 along vertical leg of first stitch and hold the thread.
Step 5: take out needle 1 adjacent to first stitch and hold the thread.
Step 6: make a buttonhole stitch with needle 2 and hold this thread firmly underneath

Repeat from step 1 again

Sunday, 6 March 2016

cable chain stitch

The cable chain stitch is a popular surface embroidery stitch that is worked along parallel lines or in a zigzag pattern, or along a straight line.

These lines can be marked using fabric marker or pencil

Work the stitch from right to left or left to right: Bring the needle up through the fabric at the end of the line and make a single chain stitch but do not tack it down.

Next, wrap the thread around the needle and insert the needle into the fabric a short distance from the previous exit point.

Insert the needle along the lower marked line to make a loop that is connected to the previous loop by a small stitch.

Repeat to the end of the row.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Buttonhole stitch

Buttonhole stitch and the related blanket stitch are hand-sewing stitches used in tailoring, embroidery, and needle lace-making.

Buttonhole stitches catch a loop of the thread on the surface of the fabric and needle is returned to the back of the fabric at a right angle to the original start of the thread. The finished stitch in some ways resembles a letter "L" depending on the spacing of the stitches. For buttonholes the stitches are tightly packed together and for blanket edges they are more spaced out. The properties of this stitch make it ideal for preventing raveling of woven fabric.

Buttonhole stitches are structurally similar to feather stitches

In addition to reinforcing buttonholes and preventing cut fabric from raveling, buttonhole stitches are used to make stems in crewel embroidery, to make sewn eyelets, to attach applique to ground fabric, and as couching stitches. Buttonhole stitch scallops, usually raised or
padded by rows of straight or chain stitches, were a popular edging in the 19th century.

Buttonhole stitches are also used in cutwork, including Broderie Anglaise, and form the basis for many forms of needlelace.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

No stitch embroidery

No stitch embroidery technique  If you are a beginner or you do not know embroidery techniques, don’t worry.
Here is a technique to enrich your costumes. The result is so good compared to aari work or hand embroidery. It consumes less time and easier too.
Materials required

Choice of material
Embroidery foam
Fabric glue
Marker (air or water)
Stone chains
Crystal stones
Initially draw or transfer your designs to the fabric

To this particular design, stick one of the crystal stones to the centre.

Glue around the crystal

Stick one end of stone chain and gently wind around the center and trim it. If you are a beginner, initially trim the chain to required length and then stick it out.

To glue the zardoshi please note add glue to sides of the stone chain and not to fabric.

Add stones one after the other of your choice for third layer.

By this way you can add multiple layers according to your wish.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Mariposa costume

I made this costume for a fancy dress competition of my daughter. Easy to make and gives an elegant look.

Materials required for wings
Card board
Bronze wire of 5mm
Golden supernet fabric
Silk thread
Acrylic paints
1/2 inch elastic

Draw and cut  a wing pattern on cardboard

Using the cardboard as base make two pieces of wings using bronze wire.
Please note: bronze wires are easy to mould.
Handle it soft and slight bend upon the card board base, this  is more than enough.if possible weld both ends of the wire for more support.

Join wings together using two small pieces of bronze wire. Stitch elastic on both sides by hand.Keep this aside.

Draw and cut the golden fabric which should be half a
n inch bigger than the cardboard pattern.tailor one side of the wings using machine on the reverse side of fabric.pull inside out this wings.                                                                

Insert the wire mould into the stitched wings and stitch the remaining portion by hand. Do this both side of wings.

Finally paint using acrylic colours and allow to dry.