Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | April 18, 2012

Chikan embroidery re-done

I really was not happy about my stitches and Anita kindly helped me correct my errors.

The first was entirely due to my bad stitching and not the number of strands I used.  I hadn’t used 6 ply here but 2 ply and I was just clumsy with the needle and thread.

For the leaves on the vines I used the full 6 strands of DMC but Did Not separate and replace as one.  What a huge difference that made.

Even so, I took forever to carefully stitch the patterns.  Whoever coined the phrase ‘ Necessity is the Mother of Invention’ is surely right.  I cut a small card and used

that to place on the fabric as I drew the thread up and down through the fabric.  How much neater it is and so much faster… if you can call 25 minutes for 7 leaves fast.

Unpicked and redone and I am much happier.  The top petal isn’t twisted, it’s just a photographic error. ( that’s my story)

the ‘card trick’ is on the right hand side.  Thanks for your timely help Anita.

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Responses

  1. It’s so very beautiful Maureen – love it :)
    x

    • Thank you Barbara, I’m happy you like it.

  2. It’s come out so well Maureen.Laying tool /card always helps us to get the stitch flat,isn’t it? I use it when I stitch with flat threads.

    • Anita I agree the card made it much easier. If the threads were slightly crossed I rolled the card, which was similar to combing the thread.

  3. I am glad to know about seperating the 6 strands. I need to work on those stitches next. Good that you showed the laying tool as that is something I need to add as well.
    Deb

    • Hi Deb, I normally separate all threads but goofed with the 6 this time as they looked so neat straight from the hank. A lesson learned.

  4. It’s looking really nice. I still have to do my leaves and I’m glad to know how you did yours.


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