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Hi,I am Deepa from Bangalore,India.I juggle between content writing at Agile Labs and teaching computer science at Christ University. Embroidery is my passion and I can spend hours stitching. I  have blogging about my embroidery projects at This and that...my random thoughts for the past 7+ years. Do visit my little space in the blogosphere. Thanks!!!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Golden showers-a mini Brazilian embroidery tutorial

Why is this post called a mini tutorial ? and why not a proper complete tutorial ?
Because, I've not posted pictures of how the stitches are done. Our laptop has passed away after long illness and I'm sitting in front of the desktop who's counting his days :(
Since many of my fellow bloggers where eager to know how the golden shower was stitched, I'll give you a teeny weeny how to .Here goes..

The Design : - Golden showers
Designer :- Me,only me ;)
Inspiration :- The pics below and of course, the state flower challenge at the BDEIG online group



The threads : Lola for the petals and stem and Iris for the center
The stitched pattern : You can view the bunch of flowers here and the individual flower here

The instructions for the flower :
Have a look at the sketch below. The center of the flower is a small circle and each petal starts from a small straight stitch at the center. I've shown the straight stitches with the broken lines around the center circle. This straight stitch is the foundation for the detached buttonhole stitches.

Make 2 stitches from left to right on the foundation, then 3 over it from right to left and increase to and fro according to the sequence in the pic above.At the tip,you can either opt to go down the fabric (that'll tack down the petals) or you can weave the thread through the back of the petal to come back to the center and then go down.You don't have to draw the petals,that's just for reference here.


I'll try and explain how the bud and the calyx is stitched. The calyx( small arrow) is made up of three lazy daisy stitches and the bud is made up of two petals woven together with yellow and then green. If you look carefully,you can see the light green on top of the bud.

I'm aware that the explanation is more verbal than pictorial,but there are plenty of detached buttonhole and drizzle stitch tutorials around the web and I find it unnecessary to simply keep on repeating the tutorials again and again. For first timers, here's a list of video tutorials from needle'nthread .


That's it for now,
Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa

7 comments:

Thendral said...

Hi deepa, the tutorial is very nice. I want to try this. will it work with cone thread?

Thendral said...

Hi Deepa,Thanks for your reply!

Debbie said...

I hope you have everything backed up, Deepa! Thanks for showing us how the flower is made and thanks for counting me in for the gift certificate.

debamitra said...

Deepa, you r amazing thanks so much for the tutorial!

Pratima Kapoor said...

Deepa great work. This is beautiful.

neki desu said...

ouch1 i'm fearing mine will die any day, said she as she frantically strted a massive backup.
thanks for pointing the drizzle stitch to me. mary corbets's vid is a hoot .

Shobha said...

Beautiful!