Next stage of my exploration on pattern darning-

pattern darning-7

pattern darning-7

Iam still working on small motifs and borders.the two flower samplers  were not as I thought they would be.Iam working mainly with  pearl cotton.

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I have been slowly learning this embroidery. I am also thinking where I can make use of this darning stitch.

sampler -5

sampler -5

Iam just doing the darning patterns  based on the woven designs, some are too big too adapt fo r the experiments.

Since I have been going on and on about the  Ikat weave  for this month’s stitch explorer,This is just a sample from the book-IKAT TEXTILES OF INDIA by Chelna Desai-

Ikat weave pattern

 

These patterns are bold and quite common in the northeastern part of India. Iam always fascinated by them, and waiting to use them for my embroidery ideas.This month pattern darning gave me a perfect excuse .I  try and use them for small scale- cross stitch patterns, kutch  work designs .Being a weave it is geometrical.The yarn is first dyed with the pattern and hand woven.

My sampler on pattern darning-

 pattern darning-3

pattern darning-3

Now movingon to  mono colour, I also learning from kasauti and phulkari embroideries.

To understand this stitch better I have using Ikat weave as an inspiration.This is helping a lot .I have also started on considering the possibilities of  phulkari and kasouti.In Phukari, the pattern darning is  used extensively,  but they don’ t use even weave fabric, but any other fabric like, cotton, chiffon, silk.  Typical motifs which can be filled with this stitch are drawn.The wrong side of the fabric doesn’t carry much thread[ to avoid damage].

In kasouti,the basis is holbein stitch,these pattern darning motifs are incorporated in between . Both holbein stitch designs and pattern darning designs can be drawn on graph paper, [easier that way].

Now for my sampler-

8 patterns

8 patterns

As you can see, I have been experimenting  with colours.till now it has been tie and dye ikat weave patterns.

I did a few more experiments on Pattern Darning.The  Ikat weave gives many possibilities,but the motifs are too big to be used for sample stitching.

9 patterns

9 patterns

I started using stranded cotton also to get the effect.I browsed the stitch explorer flickr group for  some inspiration, wonderful  work done by the participants.Thinking I’ll trya few more on I kat weave to under stand the working of this stitch.Some phulkari and kasauti embroideries also adapt this stitch in their designs. I have to study them too.This is the first time I am posting entries ,while working  on the sampler.Wondering  how many variations  are possible?I often visit Elizabeth [great inspiration]. Thought Why not try doing it this way?