Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Trial piece

I have been  thinking of using these stitches for a long time and today I thought I will try it out.I am planning of doing at least one of this in my next project.I am going to stitch a white  Kameez and having chosen white cloth  I have lot of scope to use various colours .Now that I am able to do this stitch,I have to look out or draw some design to suit this.
Thank you so much Laksmi and Deepa  for your wonderful tutorial.

The flower in orange is Fishbone stitch done with two strands of Anchor cotton thread and I love that one also.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Finished Short Tops

I have completed the feather stitch tops.I did "Muvalla kuutu" stitch from Lakshmi's blog and I think it has come out well.What do you think about it Lakshmi?I like that stitch very much as it is very easy and very effective for the border.In between the stitch I did single lazy daisies.Your comments PLEASE!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Feather stitch

Today morning when I opened Lakshmi's blog I saw another Feather stitch embroidery and immediately I wanted to do one for a top which I am planning to stitch.So...........Here it is.Thank you Lakshmi for being an  Inspiration to me.This is very simple and easy to do.Once I finish stitching the tops I will post it.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Smocking for a round yoke frock

After doing a straight smocking, I tried smocking for a round yoke.I took the basic round yoke and doubled the length of the  cloth and started the work.This was the result I got after finishing.This is enough for the front side and I was very much disappointed as I could not achieve what I wanted.
So again my search for the pattern continued.This was bothering me all day and finally I bumped into a site called http://maggiebssmocks.typepad.com where the instruction for this type of smocking as well as to how to cut your material is given in detail.It was a totally different cutting  method which would have never occurred to me if I wouldn't have searched the internet.

Now I am planning to do a straight smocking for the the yolk of the frock and  will think about the round one later.May be I can do two of this and join it in the shoulder:).May be  my idea  of doing a round neck smocking.I  will in the mean time think of some other way to do a round neck smocking without joining two pieces.Any idea out there.Please write to me and I will open to all your suggestion.

This is only a sample piece I did to know the amount of material needed  for this work and I am planning to do this either in white or some pastel shades. This is for my grand daughters first birthday which falls in October.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


After a long time I want to give a try at my smocking skills.It has been nearly 20years since I did the last one.I stitched a grand skirt and top for my daughter when she was very young.Now I want to do for my grand daughter.So did a sample for a trial.I took a cloth of 16" long to do this and wanted to know the finished measurement, so that i will know exactly how much cloth I need to make a dress.I marked dots 1cm apart and did this.I think honey comb is much easier than smocking.So I searched the net for Honeycomb stitch and bumped into a wonderful tutorial.Here is the address.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Net Work

I always take two or three projects at a time to avoid monotony.So this one is the sleeves design for the 'Net work'top.Planning to do it for the neck also.The design is also ready for the neck,same leaves.But after finishing the sleeves I will think about it.I have done this with long and short blanket stitch.:)