Category Archives: Indian embroidery

Chikankari class: Finished!

I finished it! Thank you, Anita, for the design and instructions. I’m delighted with the outcome of the project. Chikan embroidery is really interesting. I’m daydreaming of making a wide decorative belt with it now. I very much enjoyed working with … Continue reading

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Chikankari class: Almost done

I’m almost done with Anita’s chikan embroidery class! What a dramatic design! All that’s left is a little embroidery inside the paisley, under the heart. I’m still debating what color to use. What do you think? It’s also time to start … Continue reading

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Chikankari class: More progress

You can see the progress at the bottom and the top of the piece. I won’t be adding new colors to the piece – I decided that reusing some of the colors will tie the piece together. I like the interplay … Continue reading

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Chikankari class: Wave stitch

OK! Back to work on Anita’s chikankari class! I learned wave stitch (in the center of the heart). I also finished the buttonhole leaves with running stitch filling. I think the trickiest part is hiding the tails. Since the fabric isn’t … Continue reading

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Indian embroidery example

This is an example from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. I am not sure where in India this is from. Perhaps some of my readers might know? Somebody tell me about it! This is just spectacular. Below you can see one of … Continue reading

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Chikankari class: Part 5

I am still slowly working on Anita’s chikankari class. Most of the remaining stitches are surface work, not shadow work. I’m really loving the design! It’s so gorgeous. Here are some photos of the details I’ve added since last update. … Continue reading

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Chikankari class: Part 4

Folks, I’m still alive, just terribly busy with my dissertation. Anyway! I have made some progress on Anita’s chikankari class and wanted to show you. Isn’t it pretty? I’m a little behind but I’m almost done with the outlining. I’m … Continue reading

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