Today Iam going to tell you about a stitch called Lavangam stitch.The word 'Lavangam' means clove and the name came about as this stitch resembles the spice clove .Now, tell me which is the stitch that resembles a clove?
It is nothing but the Pistil stitch (long tailed french knot)which is one of the common stitches used in dimensional embroidery.It is best worked with milliner's needle or straw needle,but since these needles are not available in India,we make do with the ordinary embroidery needles.Lavangam stitch is used usually along with sequins and beads to make sarees and dress materials more attractive.Once the thread is wrapped around the needle, before piercing the fabric,place the sequin and take the needle through the hole in the sequin and pull the thread as usual to complete the stitch.
A Lavangam stitch flower with shadow worked center.Phew!! it does require patience!! All these while I've just pistil stitching stamens of flowers.Petals with pistil stitch is first time for me.
By the way, can you imagine what will happen if you try to embroider with a 3 year old trying her level best to help you out to choose the colors? This...A tangled mess...waaaaah.... :(
And then what does she do???