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Monday, June 30, 2008

A question!!

My sincere thanks to all those who appreciated the post on Kamal Kadai.Your kind words have BOOSTED my morale :)

Ok,now for the question -Does anyone know what stitch this is?

Apologies for the poor photos - I couldn't go out to take the pictures,hence the blurred images.
I came to know this method of Indian Embroidery from a friend of mine.She told me the way to stitch this pattern and the name-but it was rather vague.Iam not even sure if I've done it right.The pic you see above was my first attempt.The one below was the second attempt to fill up a larger circle,

which ended up in this manner.See the top left side-absolute miscalculation.But it gave me the idea for this pattern below.

Its almost a paisley,isn't it? - probably needs a little more curve.Ok. Now back to my question.Does this resemble any method or type of embroidery practised somewhere else? Google didnot give me any info.If anyone of you know something about this,please share.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Kamal kadai-Indian Embroidery

Of late,I've been trying to get myself better acquainted with the Indian embroidery techniques-Kamal Kadai is one of them. This style of embroidery is native to the state of AndhraPradesh in India.
A few months back,a friend of mine was embroidering her sari using this method. I learnt the basics from her,but did not practice on cloth.Yesterday,I finally had the inclination to attempt it.Here's the step by step :

Draw the picture of the flower.Note the way the flower is drawn.This style is the speciality of Kamal kadai.The petals in this case has two levels.You can increase the number of levels if needed.

To form the base of the embroidery,straight stitch the petals as shown above.

Start from the bottom corner of a petal and weave the thread through the foundation lines-over,under,over ,under and so on without picking the fabric.Use a tapestry needle .(I was too lazy to change into one :)) ) And make sure the thread is long enough to cover a single petal.

Here's the partly weaved petal. Each line should be woven close to the previous one.

...and the completed one.After covering the foundation lines completely,take the needle down to the other side.Fasten off and start with the next petal.
Finally,the picture you've been waiting for...
I've used french knots for the center and stem stitch for the leaves (again too lazy) and the stem.

That's about it for now.

Love,Luck and Sunshine,


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Free Cross stitch Patterns

Hello, ladies.This one is for cross stitch lovers.There's a whole lot of cross stitch charts being digitized and uploaded at myauntsattic . As the name suggests, all these charts were recovered from the attic - good for us, right? :))
Come on then,don't waste time. Click on each month category and all you'll see will be charts,charts and charts.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

If you want happiness...

A forwarded message...funny,but the last sentence made me think. "Learn to love what you do" -Iam in the process,what about you?