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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

That's me in the drawing(according to my 5 year old daughter).Since most of you haven't seen me, thought I'll make a special appearance today ;) While I've not yet mastered drawing with the mouse ,she seems to be quite comfortable doing the same.

Merry Christmas everyone!!Enjoy the delicacies and the special gifts from your loved ones.

Love,luck and sunshine,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Brazilian embroidery- Comparing Rayon and Perle Cotton

I was playing around with one of the free patterns from BDEIG site . The first time around I stitched the two leaves,pistils and both the double cast on petals on either side.But when it came to completing the remaining instructions, I changed my path and modified the flower to this.

Just wanted to see how the flower looks with the changes. Not bad,right? May be this flower too has a name in the BE dictionary.

I started again the second time, fully intending to complete the flower according to instructions.Once again had a brainwave midway through - why not show the difference between embroidering with Rayon and Perle cotton in the same design? Wouldn't it convey the message more clearly than mere words? Here's the result :

Can you distinguish between Rayon and cotton?

For the comparison to be effective ,I used the same shade of Lola and Anchor Perle cotton . Many a times this question is asked by first timers - why Rayon ?,why not Perle cotton floss?The main reason behind this is the twist of the threads - Rayon is Z twist while Perle cotton is S twist . And the next reason- have a careful look at the pics below.Do you think the sheen and texture of Rayon could be compared to those with cotton in any way? Isn't the difference obvious?

Extreme closeup!!

I tried the same technique with another color and type of rayon thread and an almost similar shade of anchor perle cotton. No prizes for guessing which is rayon and which is cotton.

It is this difference in looks which prompts all Brazilian embroidery experts to insist on rayon threads and not cotton threads. For Indians, a suitable subsitute would be cone threads and silk.

Wishing all my friends and readers in the blogland a very Merry Christmas and loads of
Love,luck and sunshine in the coming year,

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Pulled thread stitches-Schwalm embroidery

At last!!! I've started the most interesting part of my Schwalm embroidery project- the pulled thread stitches. As described in Luzine's book, I attempted the Wave stitch first. Wave stitch is a very easy pulled thread stitch provided one understands the mathematics behind it. Besides, you need to have better concentration- meaning,no watching TV while stitching :)

Simple as it is, as a first timer I had to read the instructions several times to get the flow and the logic. I did feel the lack of a piece of linen for practice since this is the only piece of white linen I've. All learning will have to be done directly on this pattern.

Did you notice that the outline is double now? That's one of the preliminaries of Schwalm. The first outline of coral knot stitches have to be reinforced with a second outline of chain stitch so that when the threads are withdrawn inside the pattern the outer region remains intact.Wait a minute!! Did I say withdrawing?? Is pulled thread work and drawn thread work different?

Yes they are. In Pulled thread ,we use the stitches to pull the thread of the fabric tightly to show small gaps. Hence it is also known as Drawn Fabric work. In Drawn thread, threads are cut off or withdrawn and then stitching is done. So what is Schwalm embroidery then?

Schwalm is a hybrid of both pulled and drawn thread,because in the above wave stitch pattern I've withdrawn thread and pulled it too :)

I learn the above tidbits while trying to get some more information about wave stitch.All this while I used to think pulled thread and drawn thread are the same.

The tulip has been filled with another stitch called Honeycomb darning stitch. Super concentration needed :)

Here's the full view of the pattern. White on white is a little difficult to be seen clearly. So click on the photographs for a better view.

Iam looking for some Indian fabric options for practicing these stitches. If I find something suitable I'll surely let the world know :)
Thanks for the get better soon comments and mails. The corners of the nails have dried but the index finger does not like extra pressure at the tip. Otherwise everything else is fine.

See ya,
Love,luck and sunshine,