Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chikan Embroidery Class

This project started out with a search through my stash.
Anita had suggested we use threads and fabrics we most
likely had at home.  With traditional Chikan Embroidery,
the fabric and threads used to stitch with, would be white.
As with most other needlework, traditional has taken on
a modern twist.  In a google search for Chikan Embroidery
I found beautiful hot pinks, bright blues and many other
colors being stitched with white threads. In my stash I found
a soft lavender linen piece.  I am not sure what the original
purpose was, if I were to guess a small hand towel.
In this type of embroidery your stitches show not only on the
surface, but also cast a shadow through the fabric.  This meant
the fabric must be fairly thin.  The pattern also had to be traced
onto the fabric, another reason to choose a fabric you could see through.
In preparation for tracing the design, I pressed the fabric and taped it
and the pattern to my backdoor window.
Using a pencil, I began transferring the design.  After I began tracing,
I wished I had taped everything a bit lower!  But, after resting my arms
a couple of times the pattern was traced.

Now came the fun part.  You know when the project is finally ready to
stitch.  Your mind is full of good intentions, no irregular stitches have
been sewn, the fabric is crisp and firmly held in your embroidery hoop!
Let the stitching begin!  The first stitch was a Double Back Stitch.
Anita carefully explained the stitch and  diagrams
were shown on her blog.
The stitch looks like a Back Stitch on the front surface,
but when viewed from the back the stitch looks a bit
like a Herringbone Stitch.
The stitch really has a nice rhythm to it, during the stitching.
The Double Back Stitch casts a shadow on the face of the fabric.
I have almost completed my Double Back Stitch and will be ready
to begin the Chain Stitch and Stem Stitch.
Anita has just announced that she will be allowing a few more students
to join our class.  Her mother has graciously decided to help her teach.
The class is free and very enjoyable. More information can be found here.

Love to all,
Deb

17 comments:

deanna7trees said...

great results. i'm so enjoying this stitching. mine is on a cotton napkin with a lace edge.

Createology said...

I was not familiar with Chikan Embroidery but now I can see it is beautiful. How very fortunate to be learning a skill that should not be lost. Your pattern is fabulous. Happy stitching...

Suztats said...

Deb, it's looking soo good! I bet the white looks gorgeous with the lavender.

Anita said...

Deb,I'm so happy to see your embroidery.very neat!I agree with Susan,white on lavender will look gorgeous.Am looking forward to see more from you.

ShirleyC said...

Oh wow! I'd need 3 magnifying glasses to do that!
It looks great and so dainty!

Doreen G said...

Fabulous Deb and I love the pattern as well. Well done.

suziqu's thread works said...

Deb I have only in the last week or two come across this new technique.
I just simply love the design and your stitching on the lavender shade with white looks so beautiful.
Hope you are really enjoying the journey!
Love and hugs,
Suzy

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Deb. How exciting to be learning a new kind of stitching. I look forward to seeing the stitching as you progress along. Hugs Judy

Just the Two of US said...

beautiful~! love it!

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

Enjoying watching the progress of this project Deb...

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Hi Deb. Your stitching looks great. You know lavender is my favorite color (so why did I choose pink?). I'm so glad to be in this class with you.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Deb. I'm unfamiliar with this type of embroidery but it certainly is pretty and your design is beautiful.
best, nadia

nancie said...

its a wonderful work....if we choose nice colours to work with we will enjoy the stitching more....very nice work..

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I don't have time to participate in this, but I will be following your progress with great interest. Someday I will give it a go because it certainly is beautiful.

Anni - Fabric and Mixed Media Art said...

Deb what a beautiful embroidery you have started on, great post about Pinterest.
Hugs Anni

Michelle May said...

That is just gorgeous!

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