Category Archives: Indian embroidery

Chikankari class: Part 3

I am still embroidering away on Anita’s chikan work class, though I am falling a little behind since I’m busy with work. I’m very happy with how it is turning out. The fabric is very transparent. It looks ivory in the … Continue reading

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Chikankari class: Part 2

I made some progress with my chikan work over the weekend (from Anita‘s stitch-a-long class). I added some variegated thread in blue and yellow. Here is the back of the work – this is double back stitch so from the … Continue reading

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Chikankari class

Remember my post about chikankari, which is an Indian form of shadow work? Anita is teaching an online class and I signed up for it! I picked out some ivory chiffon and some very pale variegated thread. It might be too … Continue reading

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Shisha mirror embroidery

This embroidery from India features a number of mirrors embroidered into the design. I don’t have much information on it – perhaps if you know something about it you could leave a comment? It’s another piece from Dr. Shirazi’s personal … Continue reading

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Embroidery of Kashmir III

Here is another embroidered shawl from Kashmir from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. This one is for a man – unlike the shawl I showed before (Embroidery of Kashmir I, Embroidery of Kashmir II), it has no central motif. The border is … Continue reading

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Tambour work

A lot of blogs have linked to the NPR story on the French embroidery studio Maison Lesage, plus Dr. Shirazi sent me the link. It’s about tambour embroidery, which is the type of embroidery used in French fashion embroidery. This … Continue reading

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Embroidery of Kashmir II

As promised, here is the central motif on the embroidered shawl from Kashmir (first mentioned in the post Embroidery of Kashmir I). This is a woman’s shawl – you can tell the difference because men’s shawls have no central motif … Continue reading

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