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Monday, September 27, 2010

Schwalm project : Toddling along

Wasn't I supposed to show you my progress in Schwalm ?

After finishing the transfer and outlining with coral knots ,

....which was quite easy (click on the photographs for a better view,I've left them big enough)

the flower petals were filled in with buttonhole scallops,

 and these too were fine except for some squished petals here and there.I had to squint and peer very closely as the carbon markings on white were very faint.

 But I did manage these teeny flowers reasonably well

and this one too looks fine, right?
I was quite happy with the progress, until I started...

SATIN STITCH!!! ...egad!!!
Who knew that satin stitching on even weave would be so difficult? And the leaves were tiny...that made my job all the more difficult. Most of the leaves have been stitched,frogged and stitched again.The above pic is one of my decent finishes . I am not showing you the messy ones...;)
So now, the piece looks like this...

By the way,I got my eyes tested yesterday ;) 

I've repeated the same pattern on the opposite side of the cloth .So that's two out of 4. I am in no mood to repeat this a 3rd and 4th time to complete the square. What if I change the design on those sides? I am considering that option . Would that look good? What do you think?

Thank you for your kind words on my student's work. I just wish all those who've learned through me would get inspired and at least show me some of their attempts.
Till next post,
Love ,luck and sunshine,

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Proudly presenting online student's Brazilian embroidery

Hi everyone!!
No pics from my side today. Instead,I'll direct you to my online student and friend Uma Srinivasan's blog.She purchased my Beginner's Brazilian Embroidery online course and religiously followed the instructions and tutorials.For every week's lessons she used to mail me her trial pics and ask for comments.Of all the people who have taken up this course, I must admit she's one of  the very few who came back to me again and again with questions.

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Here are some of her works. Teaching the stitches in BE is not a difficult job,but the flower instructions could be a little confusing.No one can give you a step by step on making a particular flower since that'll need load and loads of pics. I've checked out quite a few books and none has any step by step photos.You've to read through the instructions patiently , understand them  and then construct the dimensional flower.Needs loads of  patience!! 
Anyways, Iam feeling quite proud today  :).Here's the link once again ...

Those who're interested in learning the very basics of Brazilian embroidery with a little support from me,please get in touch either via comment or through the mail id given at the top of this page.If you're a good self learner,you can also learn the basics free from Brazilian dimensional embroidery getting started page .The stitch instructions are given here .My course also covers all these,but is a little more pictorial .
Thanks a ton for all your sweet words on the Beaded Kamal Kadai tute. All credit to Linda Chadwick for inspiring me :)
Please do keep visiting and talking to me.Each comment makes my day. Love you all...muah!!!

Till the next post,
Love,luck and sunshine,

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Beaded Kamal Kadai - a mini tutorial

Tutorial time!!!
Couple of months back, I received a mail from Linda Chadwick regarding a variation of Kamal Kadai which her mom had done. While corresponding about the same, I'd told her that I'd try and post a tutorial on how to do this variation.For those who're unaware of Kamal Kadai aka Navar Kuttu aka Teneriffe ,here's the tutorial of the actual method.

Today's variation is slightly different from the original in that it uses beads and a slight change in the weaving method.Let us see how it goes.Click on the photographs for better view.

Step 1:

Here's the basic structure of the flower Iam going to stitch.
Step 2:

Add lines in a staggered manner to each petal. First draw the middle line from the tip of the petal to the base . Then add even number of lines to either side. Remember, the total number of divisions in each petal should be odd.

Step 3:
The base for weaving is being created here.Come up at the bottom of the petal and string the bead. Note that I've marked the hole through which the thread enters the bead as 'A'.

Step 4:

Go down according to the diagram made earlier and come up at a point close by.

Now, pass the needle through 'A' again and go down to tack down the bead. If you don't do this ,your bead will be running up and down the thread. You don't want that,do you?

Step 5 :
Complete the foundation. The beads should've been smaller. It would've looked a little more elegant.I didn't have smaller sized ones , so I 'adjusted' with these :) They are of poor quality,you can see that many are peeling off.I got them about 5 years back to try beading bottles.Still haven't attempted that, so here they are :)

Step 6 :

Start the weaving as in the original tutorial . Note that after a certain level, you've to skip the outer most foundation lines so as to give a step by step effect. Let me show you one more pic.
Have a look at the pic above.After weaving through the entire 7 lines in the petal for 7 or 8 times, I skipped the lines marked with red and continued the weaving through the middle 5 lines. Then I skipped the outer lines in that bunch ,weaved through remaining 3 lines and ended the weaving slightly below the top beads.
Here's the completed flower with the jumbo beads. To be frank, I don't like those beads there at all.If you're attempting this method,get some smaller beads.Small is always beautiful!!

This flower is infact stitched on a recycled cushion cover with the old dupatta. It looks like this now.
Iam wondering what to add on for the completed look. Some more jumbo beads here and there? Some flowers here and there? What do you think?I seem to be running short of ideas.
An undergrad guy has been coming to learn programming during the past few days.He was desperate as there is only one month left for the final exam and he has absolutely no idea what programming is.Iam trying my best to help him out.So my head is kind of stuffed with programming concepts now. This tutorial sprouted somewhere in the middle of all that.Hope you enjoyed it.

Ok then, I'll see you around,
Love,luck and sunshine,