November 2012

The embroidered fabric and the tunic were of the same colour, I felt it needed some more orange or red to give them some distinction.

brw&orange- emb&pipin fabric

I asked the tailor to attach a small piping made of this bright orange fabric to the neck and sleeves, which he did beautifully.


The tunic set with dupatta.

brw&orange-tunic set

This tunic may not look as appealing as the cream tunic I saw at the shop, but I am happy!

After working the fly stitches in three strands of green cotton floss, the mid line was worked in back stitch with red thread.


The embroidery is completed on this tunic. the embroidered border-


The border and the dupatta together-


The alike kutch motifs on the neckline borders were worked in two shades of orange alternatively, after working with medium orange thread , the motifs were worked with light orange thread, I did not choose to weave these motifs, though weaving was possible.


The designs in between the motifs were worked in fly stitches with green thread,


The embroidery was worked with cotton floss and silk threads
After tracing the pattern on to a striped brown/yellow/green fabric, the outlines were worked in chain stitches first. Pictures were not taken at this stage, so a smaller version. The threads


The geometrical pattern was worked in back stitch with red thread. Another small picture. the outline was done in chain stitch with variegated silk thread.


After this , the embroidery process was recorded. The kutch motifs were worked in two shades of orange, chosen from the dupatta. Kutch motif with medium orange-


The other motif was worked in light[peach] orange.

In India we get this kind of dupattas [long stoles] block printed on soft cotton fabric. I bought one such dupatta –

brw&orange- dupatta

The dupatta was on display on the shop, along with plain cream salwar set[tunic]. It was quite attractive. I took the dupatta alone and thought of embroidering a small border around the neck on a cream tunic. later thought that this combination was too common and discarded it and bought a plain brown[?] mangalagiri cotton.

brw&orange-tunic fabric

The idea of small border around the neckline remained. The neck pattern with kutch motif evolved-


The embroidery on my next post…

This week’s open base needle woven picot of the stitch challenge by SharonB is very similar to last week’s stitch.  I thought, the variations would be very similar,So this stitch sampler was done  tomaintain the rhythm of the challenge.
Details- the samples on the left are combinations of open base needle woven picot with bullion, Cretan and buttonhole stitches.
The sample on the right are combinations with closed base needle woven picot, stem stitch and cross stitch . base needle woven picot

I was away on holiday, when this stitch was announced on the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB. I had worked this stitch sampler during the previous TAST challenge, the details are here.
This time buttonhole wheel cup stitch was worked with other TAST stitches. Before working the buttonhole wheel cup, the other stitches were worked in cotton floss.

43.buttonwheel cup2-samp1

The completed sampler-

43.buttonhole wheel cup st- sampler

The details-
1. The other stitches are detached chain , fly , herringbone, pistil, feather and cast on stitches.


2 . Basque , Algerian eye, crossed and normal buttonhole variation, in the first row. The second row has- zigzag chain, two buttonhole wheel cups with wheat ear and Italian border stitch variation with French knots. And in the third row, Italian border stitch, running stitch and knotted loop stitch.


3.In the first row, bullions are worked in the centre, buttonhole open wheel cup is the  sample in the middle  and in the third sample green beads are added around this stitch. Running stitch is worked around three buttonhole wheel cup stitches and buttonhole wheel variations are worked with stem stitch in the last sample.


This sampler was more about working of this stitch with other stitches to form different decorative arrangements. The idea was drawn on paper –


Then later incorporated with appropriate embroidery.

Still not comfortable with this difficult stitch, I worked few more samples and completed this sampler.  but Iam  still in the learning process of this stitch.

38.drizzle stitch sampler2

The details-
4. The first motif is worked with buttonhole wheel surrounded by drizzle stitches. In the next sample, whipped wheel and drizzle stitches are worked together.


5. The borders are worked in drizzle stitches, basque stitch and bonnet stitch combinations. The four individual drizzle stitches are outlined with buttonhole, stem, chain and running stitches. The next two are worked with beads.


6 the first one is drizzle stitch  with Palestrina knot, in the second sample, the drizzle stitches are worked inside fly stitches, the third sample is Pekinese stitch and drizzle stitch combination.


Though a great dimensional stitch, it is not an easy stitch to work, even after putting in lots of effort towards, casting on and repeated threading , the stitch placements were  not under my control, that really frustrated me. But I had a good practice of this stitch.

The 38th week stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB is drizzle stitch. I had conveniently missed this stitch during the previous TAST challenge. It is a difficult stitch, both the casting on stitches and threading the needle took all my attention, that I did not care how the stitch turned out. This sampler is about drizzle stitch practice and not exploration. This stitch is worked with other stitches.

38.drizzle stitch sampler1

The details-
1. The first one is worked with upright cross stitch, the second one with Algerian eye stitch, the third one with cross stitch, the fourth one with three bullion and the last one is worked with detached chain stitches.


2. The stitch combinations in this row are- fly stitch, herringbone, Palestrina knot, feather stitch and oyster stitch.


3. In this part of the sampler, the drizzle stitches are worked with  other stitches as filling.
Cross stitches, fly stitches and French knots.


We were holidaying in Europe last week. It was wonderful. I want to share this petit point embroidery experience . Before leaving Oman, I had these details from the net.
There is a substantial difference between „Needlepoint“ and „Petit Point“.
Needlepoint is stitched with thick woollen threads on large canvas, whereas Petit Point is stitched with only one thread on a fine silk gauze.

Patterns for needlepoint are printed on the canvas, while Petit Point requires hand painted patterns, which are being used by the artisan to count the stitches and carry them over to the silk gauze. Common Needlepoint work has around 80 stitches per square inch, while most of Petit Point articles have about 1,460 stitches.

Petit point requires the half-cross stitch technique, which is also known as continental stitch worked out by hand on a high quality silk gauze. As nothing is printed on the silk gauze, each embroidery requires a unique hand painted pattern.

Painted patterns had been painted at least half a century ago and therefore they are very rare. The patterns explain for each stitch on the embroidery, how the thread should be coloured. The artisan has to count the squares on the pattern, use the right coloured thread and transfer it on to the silk gauze. As finer the silk gauze is, the smaller the complete embroidery gets, and the more stitches one can find per square inch. Petit Point embroideries, which are finer than 13 by 13 stitches per square centimetre (32 by 32 per square inch) are usually produced with the help of a magnifying glass. Each Petit Point embroidery requires an extraordinary high degree of handcraft skills, patience and a lot of time, which qualifies it as a piece of art.
These details I copied from the shop website, because I may not eloquently convey the beauty of this embroidery with my words.
I visited this shop, and found how exquisite each and every piece was.
I am fond of old pictures, scenes and was so happy to be there to see this articles made by artists. I want to do some petit point some day, if not in silk gauze, at least on Aida cloth, it may not be petite but might give me the satisfaction of attempting it to preserve the memory of this fantastic place.
The lady allowed me to take pictures of the articles showcased there. These are the pictures that were taken-


Three pictures of purses


Another set




Mirrors and pill boxes

mirrors and boxes

The articles which I bought-

6.frame petit point


earrings petit point


pendant petit point

Book mark



box petit point

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