Chemanthy Work-An Indian embroidery method tutorial



Hmm..no responses to my question .
Why?
Maybe nobody knows about this stitch.
Or maybe no one reads my blog (waaahhh) except Anne and Carol
Elizabeth's
taken a break so she may not have seen this.. yikes!!!..almost 1 and a half years and still no readers..
Ok,for those who care,here's the tut
Step 1
Draw two circles or ovals one inside the other.You may increase or decrease the size of both as you wish to vary your pattern.Note the dots which I've marked for your reference.

Step 2


Bring up the needle at the postion marked with the yellow dot(refer first pic) in the inner circle .Go down at the red dot and come up at the green dot.Pull your thread through.

Step 3

Go down at the position marked with Black dot (the center of both the circles) This is the focal point of the pattern.Come up at the blue dot (inner circle) but donot pull your thread through.
Step 4
Now take the thread on the left and move it to the right and under the needle.

Step 5

Pull the thread through to complete the stitch.With this step,you have completed one stitch and also started with the next one.
Step 6


Your thread is now at the Blue dot (refer first pic) and now go down at the red and come up at green right next to it. Repeat the steps above and fill up the circle.
Here's the pic with 3 stitches done...

I gradually reduced the outer circle and completed the pattern this way

You can maintain the shape of the circle and fill it up this way too
Finally,here's the eye candy .


The petals and the center have been worked with chemanthy.
You can embellish the focal points and the edges with beads or stones.
Try this out and share your creations with me.
Enjoy!!!
Love,Luck and Sunshine,
Deepa

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your chemanthy work stitch Deepa. I'm going to use it in my peacock crazy quilt.

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  2. I read your blog and the question, but I am a begginer (an old begginner) embroderer so i can't help :)
    Thanks for this tutorial and the Kamal kadai-Indian embroidery tutorial!

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  3. Deepa, thanks for your tuto; it's very interesting and does not seem too difficult; It will must that I try (waouh, I don't know saying what I mean in english....so : stop!)I think the Net is interesting because it weaves together so many countries and technics from everywhere; I learn, I don't stop to learn, and it's a source of happiness: thanks
    Anne
    http://quilt.007.free.fr

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  4. Hi Deepa, I'm a reader and enjoy seeing the different stitches that you have taught us. Sorry I didn't reply to your question, I don't know the name of this stitch. Seeing your tutorial rings a bell, I think I have seen it done in a magazine. I try to look it out over the weekend and let you know what I find.

    Keep blogging, please
    CA

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  5. aw come on, we read your blog:)
    although elisabeth is out of commission until sept.
    i think i've seen the stitch in Sharon's or Rissa's dictionary, but can't remember the name.hope this helps

    neki desu

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  6. I have never seen this stitch before but I am not a great embroiderer, so it is most probably peculiar to Chemanthy work. Your work is beautiful Deepa, I have checked out your blog after finding you on stitchin fingers

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  7. Very clear tutorial. The effect achieved is beautiful

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  8. Oh, we're lurking around reading your blog, girlfriend! In fact, I featured your last tutorial on CraftGossip, and I'm totally planning to grab this one, too! :)

    Maybe you need a program like Google Analytics so you can tell how big your fan base is.

    Denise
    http://needlework.craftgossip.com

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  9. I'm a lurker, I read your blog... and like it too. :)

    I've never seen this stitch before and I'm thinking of ways to try it out.

    Keep posting and thank you!

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  10. Please look on my blog again Deepa, there is something there for you!

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  11. How beautiful your stitching is.....I am not a stitcher myself but love to look at other's creations. Shall be visiting again!

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  12. Hi Deepa,
    Just found your blog thru Maureen's Your Tuturial is great, have not done embroidery really since school,
    Cheers Jean

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  13. These tutes are fabulous, and it's so nice to see something different, and explained clearly! Thank you!

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  14. I too have just discovered your blog via Maureen....
    WOW WOW WOW fantastic stuff Deepa - I do art and craft tutorials and find your blog very interesting and useful. You're going on my favs list and I'll definately be popping by....often....
    ...very often!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Ange xxx

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  15. Hi, Deepa! This is a beautiful technique! I have not seen it anywhere before, but that doesn't mean anything, as my stitching is more or less relegated to the "average" stuff.

    It's really a pretty and interesting stitch! And an excellent tutorial! Thank you!

    MC

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  16. hi i am viji
    it is a real nice work. i have not come across this stitch at all. i wil try it out thanks

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  17. Hello Deepa, I love your tutorial on the Chemanthy Work. It is gorgeous. I will have to try and do this stitch it is lovely. Is there a book to buy with these techniques??? Hugs Judy From Western Michigan

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  18. Hello, Deepa! I've just found your blog site through Needle'n Thread.

    Wow! That stitch is just beautiful! Thank you so much for the great tutorial! It's always great to learn something new.

    I'm going to bookmark your site and happily return so I catch up on what you've already shared here and to see what new things you're up to.
    - Jeannine

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  19. Thanks for sharing your chemanthy work. It is beautiful!

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  20. Hello Deepa! I love Indian embroidery and found your blog through Mary Corbet's blog. Do you know the term Chikan Embroidery "The Floral Whitework of India"? I absolutely love that look and although I've seen some stitch diagrams, I don't think I could replicate them. Please continue to educate us!

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  21. No one reads your blog? Hah! I love how this stitch looks. Thank you for the instructions, Deepa!

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  22. Hi Deepa,
    This is my first visit to your blog and I love the Chemanthy embroidery work! The stitch is very interesting and reminds me of a stitch my grandmother taught me when I was quite young (about 7). She was Macedonian and I'm not certain it's the same stitch, but very similar. Anyway, I loved it. I'm going to look in my cedar chest and see if I have any examples of her embroidery with the stitch I'm talking about. I was a granddaughter from her son,(her daughter and her children got most of the really beautiful stuff) but I will look and if I find something I'll send you a photograph.

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  23. Hi! Just popped over from Needle'nThread. This looks like something I want to try. I'm going to bookmark this site and return with more time!

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  24. Hi Deepa

    I've come here through NeedleNThread too. Thanks for the stitch - I'll add the link to my notes.

    About people reading vs commenting on your blog.
    I've got Blog Tracker set up on my blog so i know I've got around 100 hits/visits per day.
    But how many comments do I get?
    None, 1 or 2. It drives me batty, because I *know* the people are there. I even say 'please say hello' at the top of my blog!
    So don't stress about it.
    Your blog is being read!

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  25. Wow This is soooooo cool! I absolutely love this technique and will be trying it out right away! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Wendy

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  26. I just found your blog via someone's sidebar links. :) Your work is lovely. I only get about 1% of visitors commenting, if I'm lucky, so don't feel too bad, it's just the way it is out there!

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  27. Hello there someone pointed me to your blog and I have put you on my crafters list (i.e. the list of, mostly, textile artists whose work I like to read about). Thanks for this tutorial - hope you don't mind, but I have printed it off as I don't noramlly stitch my the PC.

    By the way is it Chemanthy or Chementhy? You have use both spellings.

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  28. Hi melusine( I wonder if that's your name)
    Hope you are reading this. Both spellings can be used - doesn't make any difference- after all this is not an english word. It is a tamil /malayalam word meaning Chrysanthamum.
    Regards,
    Deepa

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  29. thanks so much
    i myself m a needle freak
    tis is a new kind of embroidery for me.

    please keep posting such things as knowledge increases by sharing
    TC BYE

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  30. thanks for the tutorial

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  31. thanks for your tutorials... this is one of my favorite blog... Keep sharing..

    sweety.....

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  32. This is the first time i am reading ur blog....Fantastic keep posting....

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  33. hi deepa... I recently visited ur blog ..its really so gud...i have a request for u... if possible could u show as how kutch work is done...i viewed on you tube but wasnt dat clear..from ur blog i learnt a few stiches so thanks alot!!! looking fwd to learning more....

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  34. hi deepa,
    am reading (the word 'treasure hunt' will be apt rather than using'reading')your blog since february2009.very nice and exact tutorial.please keep posting.

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  35. Hi deepa
    i am a new visitor to ur blog. i found it very much interesting. your tutorials are very easy to understand for anybody to follow. i really enjoyed it

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  36. Hi Deepa,

    I was searching to learn embroidery tutorials and found your blog. The way you have explained this chemanthi work is quite interesting. And i have learnt this perfectly. Thanks a lot to you.

    Bhuvana

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  37. What a wonderful stitch. Your tutorial is very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Hi Deepa,
    excellent work and the tutorial is really neat.I like it.This is the first time I came across this stich and it is beautiful.Keep posting
    Maha

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  39. it's wonderful deepa keep up the good work . thankyou

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  40. Hi. I'm Shaheen. I've checked out your blog and I think its great. I absolutely love embroidery of all kinds ad forms but I have never come across this type of embroidery. Thanx for sharing this with us. I'm defo gona try it ad create something wonderful with it!!! Keep it up!!!

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  41. very nice and clear instruction
    thank u

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  42. Thanks Deepa, this is my first visit to your blog and I think its a gem. I will be faving it.

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  43. thanks for this tutotial it is so easy and understndable

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  44. This appears to be a variation of the feather stitch.

    Have you ever tried variegated thread on chementhy work?

    Thanks for the tutorial. I found this from a link from Mary Corbet's needleandthread.com

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  45. Deepa, I read your blog every day, but have just found this one. That looks so interesting. I would like to print out the tutorial if you dont mind, so I can study it while I am working it.

    You must be kept so busy, with working and teaching, and all your embroidery. I love it all, and particularly the way your heritage comes into it.

    I have joined this years TAST and looking forward to it.

    thanks for making my day.

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  46. thanks for the tutorial. I tried it and got it right ^_^

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  47. Hi
    I just discovered your site. I saw this tutorial or pictures-can't remember- Mary Corbets site. Anyway, it is a great site, great tuts. I enjoyed browsing and finding new things to do. I really liked the Brazilian embroidery because this is what I am trying to learn right now. I will return more often now. Thanks again.
    Nora

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  48. hi

    thanks for the post.I have heard of reverse chemanthy stitch.can you please explain that too.

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  49. Hi Deepa
    Another beautiful tutorial from you. How i missed seeing it before.Infact i tried this chemanthy stitch yesterday, learnt it from Laxmi's blog ie. HAND EMBROIDERY FROM SADALS. This is with a little twist and i liked it, must try it out today itself.
    Many thanks again.

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  50. Hi Deepa - thank you for your excellent tutorial -lovely effect. I plan to teach it to the small stitch group I've started (just for the love of embroidery). Leela

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  51. I really love this stitch, found it from chris. thanks for the tutorial.

    xt

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  52. Just found you ... love indian embroidery and stitches so definately going to give this a try today.

    Great tutorial, thanks!

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  53. Thanks Deepa for your generosity to share your talent in Indian style embroidery. I learned to make it and post it online on my blog.

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  54. Dear Deepa,
    I only got to know about your blogspot today from my embroidery teacher. She is a fabulous quilter and she teaches a few of us embroidery. I simply love the fact thatyou are so interested in different types of embroidery. We will keep learning from you!!!

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  55. thank u so much for the instructions-i was searching for this all over the net...

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  56. Brinthini said...

    I am a new visitor to ur blog. Your tutorials are very easy to understand.
    I really enjoyed it.....

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  57. Hi your blog is very very very useful for meas your tutorials are very easy to learn. can u have strawberry stich

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  58. Poongothai,

    I think I know the stitch.Please have a look in the tutorials for fur stitch. There,I have given a picture in red,is that the one you mean?

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  59. hi deepa can u teach me fixing very small mirror, which usually stitched by single strand of thread. i just can`t make , how they woven it


    by saradhakannapiran

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  60. very clear instructions! Just found your blog via Judy Martin. I will be back often!

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  61. Thanks for the super tutorial. I too came via Judy Martin, but will be back to explore the rest of your blog.

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  62. Nice work dear... really liked it

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  63. I just added your website on my blogroll. Really enjoyed reading through. Excellent information!

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  64. Thanks for this tutorial; Indian embroidery is so beautiful!

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  65. Thank u Deepa for sharing it with us ..
    I just tried this wonderful stitch
    Plz have a look at it, wen u get free time
    http://threadwithme.blogspot.in/2012/02/chemanthy-variation-1.html

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  66. its amazinnnnn deepa.. m doin f.D. n your blog os very very helpful to me... thnx 4 tutorial....realy like it keep posting...

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  67. nice work. so interesting.
    even i didnt know anything abt this work. bt definately i wil try it soon.

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  68. I am familiar with the Cretan Stitch but have never seen it worked this way. Absolutely brilliant and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your well-written and demonstrated tutorial. I am excited to use it in my work.

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  69. Wonderful. Am visiting this for the first time. is a great help for beginners like me. Thanks.

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  70. Thank you so much for this useful tutorial, I am going to use this in my work.

    Thanks

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  71. Hi, I was fascinated by seeing work. Great work. I came to your blog while searching for Sindhi Taropa. I have already tried it successfully. Thanks again.

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  72. Hi Deepa thanks for your chemanthy work tutorial.I want to do chemanthy work on saree. Do you know where will I get designs of the work on internet?

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  73. Thanks for the tute. Never heard of this stich and of do not recollect seeing it before either. However, I love it. Thanks so much.

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  74. I'm a reader and enjoy seeing the different stitches that you have taught us.Embroidery

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  75. This lovely stitch reminds me a lot of Cretan Stitch (http://embroidery.about.com/od/Embroidery-Stitches/ss/Cretan-Stitch.htm)
    but all dressed up for a party and allowed to dance! It is beautiful: thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and skills.

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  76. this is a wonderful stitch .. thx for posting the tutorial .. and a big god bless .. hope u share many such more :)

    with warm regards and best wishes
    madhu

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  77. this is my first visit to your blog and definitely not my last! Great tutorial. Beautiful work. I think I may give embroidery a try in the future.

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  78. I saved a photo of this work when I first joined facebook
    in 2009. No idea how I found it on Google. Thank goodness I saved the photo with your blog name on it! It's a beautiful pattern, and finally I plan to use it! Thank you. Lovely blog.

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  79. Excellent work . I really like to do it on my saree

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  80. wonderful it is absolutly beautiful

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  81. Hi Deepa, I just found your blog through a link from an article mentioned/referenced in a post by Mary Corbet. Wow!!! Beautiful work and excellent tutorials. I live in the U.S. but I love learning about embroidery styles and techniques in other cultures because they are so creative and different while still sharing so much in common.

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  82. Hi Deepa, I came across your blog recently. You are a treasure trove. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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  83. This is great...thank you for taking the time to publish this and your other tutorials!!

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  84. Thank you for this delightful stitch

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