Though there are wonderful tutorials for basic square,I am starting my tutorial with this , because kutch embroidery starts with this square.
In this tutorial I am dealing with the curved square.
Things to remember-
1. the thickness of the thread depends on the size of the basic square.
2. After the pattern is filled with the stitch, the cloth on which it is done should not be seen. The thread weaving should cover the whole pattern.
3. Important- the thread path- the thread always goes up and down alternatively, this keeps the embroidery intact.looks attractive also. If there are mistakes, it is visible to the eye, and the finished look is not good.
4. take time to draw the design as perfect and neat as possible, otherwise it is difficult to – move around- and simultaneously rectify the original design.
5. practice a lot. understanding is better that way.
The finished basic square looks like this-
I have drawn the pattern big, and used pearl cotton for showing the details only.
The foundation stitch ‘F’-
Start with taking the needle out at ‘1’ and move across and insert it at ‘2’. This thread is parellel to the line of the pattern.
Take the needle out at an angle at ‘3’. This angle is based on the second line[‘3’ –‘4’] being perpendicular to first line[‘1’-‘2’].
From’3’ go over to the next corner and insert the needle at ‘4’.
The second line goes over the first line at the intersection.
Repeat step 3 for the third line[‘5’-‘6’]
4th and last line- take the needle out at ‘7’ and go over the third line[‘5’-‘6’] at right angle.
Important – now go under the first line[‘1’- ‘2’] and insert the needle at ‘8’.
At this point the lines are all going over and under alternatively.
the completed foundation’F’ stitch.
The interlacing stitch- [I]-
I have a taken a different colour thread to show the working.
Take the needle out a t a point- between ‘1’&’8’. Just as the foundation stitchm, this journey is also from left to right.
Study the first line –
The thread comes out at ‘1’ and at the intersection[1st&2nd line] it is going above
So now the journey should be- the interlacing thread[I] goes below
At the same intersection the fourth line[‘7’-‘8’] is going below the first line[‘1’-‘2’].
Now the [I] thread goes above fourth line.
Cross over to the next intersection and study it.
The theory is – wherever the [F] thread is above[on top] the [I] thread goes over it.and wherever the [F] thread runs below[goes beneath] the [I] thread goes below it. On this basis the [I] thread is interlaced, lastly it crosses above the initial line also.
Step -2 is repeated on the next intersection of the [F] thread.
After interlacing around this corner, the [I] thread goes above the previous line and lastly crosses below the first line.
Thus an interlaced inner square is completed.
The [F] thread does not move, because it pierces the fabric.
The [I] thread is directed to interlace over and under the [F] thread. This keeps it intact and in place..
The square should be made as small as possible, otherwise the interlacing thread will have place to move inside the foundation stitch, this will distort the square.
Practicing of this square is very important because, this is the basis for kutch embroidery. practice it over and over, till such a time ,when we are able to do this stitch without even trying!
if there are any doubts to be cleared, if there are any tough spots on this tutorial anywhere, please do convey them.
I ‘ll happy to wotk on them. Mirror tutorial was breeze compared to this.I may have overlooked certain important factors. I can try to improvise.
Hope this tutorial is helpful.I ‘ll continue the tutorials with the other basic patterns , once I receive the feedback.