Monday, October 15, 2012

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern---Flower Bunch

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern---Flower and Leaves

Hi friend,

Today I am sharing another embroidery pattern with you. This can be used as a corner design. I guess you will get a lot of ideas for embroidering this design. It will look great if simply outlined in chain stitch or you can use filling stitches such as long and short for the flower and satin for the leaves.

This design can also be repeated and used as a center design on table cloths, center pieces, and table mats.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern --- Bird on a Tree

Hi friends,

Here is a new embroidery pattern. This little birdie pattern can be used especially for Redwork. However, you can use it for other types of embroidery or fabric painting.

Please let me know if you use this pattern in any of your projects. I will be happy to post the pictures of your project here on my blog. I have given my e-mail address in my profile. Have a nice day!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Progress on Doily and Neck Design

I have made a little progress on the doily and the neck design projects. I am doing both the projects simultaneously, so that I could make some progress on both. The center flower on the doily is almost finished (but I am having trouble embroidering on the satin fabric), and in the neck design, I am focusing on the blue flowers, hoping to finish them today or tomorrow. Here are the pictures.

Have a happy Monday and a great week ahead!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Can You Guess What Type of Embroidery This Is?

During my trip to Shimla last month, I bought two kameez fabrics. One of these has hand embroidered flowers on the front and around the neck. Can you find the type of embroidery done on this Kameez?

I think most of the readers from India will easily identify it. It is called Kashmiri embroidery or Kasmiri Kashida. Generally, in Kashmiri Embroidery, the whole design is done with a single stitch. It is one of the specialties of Kashmiri embroidery. The design shown in the image is done only with chain stitch. Can you believe it?

Flowers and paisley designs are very common in Kashmiri embroidery. Although I already own some shawls and kameezes decorated with Kashmiri embroidery, I am always attracted to this embroidery wherever I see it.

Can you see how intricate are the design and the embroidery? I like the pastel colors used in this design. I guess the whole embroidery is done with variegated threads. My blogger friend Deepa has blogged about Kashmiri embroidery here.

Another Kameez fabric is jute cotton blend with Resham embroidery on it. Resham embroidery is nothing but soft shading or long and short embroidery. Here it is machine embroidered. I love the colors in this embroidery too. Actually, I bought this fabric just for the color combo and of course it has flowers.

Monday, June 25, 2012

One Finished Project And Five UFOs

Hi Friends! Sorry I have been missing in action for the past three months. I was away on a long vacation. I was mostly on travel that I was not able to do anything embroidery or sewing related, and didn't find time to update my blog or check all your blogs.

After returning from vacation, when I planned to start my projects again, I first checked how many unfinished projects I have. There were six in total. I decided that before starting any new project, I must finish all these. I finished one out of these six.

Finished Project: Cushion cover with embroidered flowers


1. Embroidered Doily:

2. Kameez neck design:

3. Pillow cover with embroidered roses:

4. Embroidery on a silk sari:

5. Embroidery on a sari:

All the UFOs except the last one involve long and short embroidery. This is one of the reasons for the delay. Also, I could not spend more time on embroidery for the past one year due to various reasons. Now, as I have got more time to focus on embroidery and sewing, I have determined to complete these projects that I have been keeping on hold for a long time. I will update you on the progress of these projects.

I am starting now to visit all your blogs. Have a lovely Monday!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Neck Design Project Update

Here are some photos of the neck design I am embroidering now. I finished the big pink flower at the bottom of the design and now am moving on further upward. But it doesn't look like more progress, does it?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Embroidered Neck Design---Progress

This is my progress so far on the neck design.

Can you spot the difference between the two flowers?

I did long and short shading on both the flowers. However, in the first flower I did not split back into the previous rows of stitches. Instead, I started the stitches in the new rows from the endpoints of the stitches in the previous row. I guess this method is most commonly used in East Asian embroidery. The second flower was done by splitting up the previous row's stitches. These two methods of working the long and short stitch have created two different effects. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New year!

Hi friends,

Wishing you all a happy and an amazing new year! Here is a new free hand embroidery pattern for you.

You can use this design not only for hand embroidery but also for fabric painting or other crafts.