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Fluttering Butterflies on my dress (Aari work)

These fluttering butterflies are done with AAri work.Doing it with AAri was not really difficult but searching for the right sized bead that fit into the needle was definitely a tough job! I am not sure if I was  using the wrong needle for this. Quite possibly I was using the smallest needle available here.

  The material on which I have done these butterflies already had butterfly designs on them. These are in random directions. In places where there are no butterflies there are butterfly prints. These are not visible in the photograph.

  When I gave this piece of work to stitch the tailor stitched it upside down and also goofed up with the design and some part of the work.It looks incomplete now:(. BTW for the borders I have used laced back stitch and colonial knot.

Sunset Splendour !! (Pistil Stitch on Kurta)

 Finally the neckline of my Pistil Stitch Kurta is completed !
I will see how it turns out once it is stitched and then give any further touch ups if required .
Clos-ups taken while WIP can be found here.

WIP : Richelieu

Cross stitch works

Here are a couple of cross stitch works done by my mom.



Bargello stitch

The bargello pattern is also known as Florentine work, Hungarian point, or flame work. It supposedly originated in Hungary during the medieval era then became popular throughout Europe after it was used in 17th century decorations for chairs in the Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy. 

These are simple satin stitches or straight stitches worked in a wavy pattern or zig-zag manner.It is fun to work with different patterns of waves and color shading in each of the rows. Row upon row it looks like gracefully flowing curves.I have worked these on aida or cross-stitch cloth with different threads of different colors.

When worked up and down in a wavy manner it  looks like a flame worked with threads as shown here.
 These kind of stitches are mainly used for quilting. These may also be worked on plastic canvas.
 For the patterns that are done with motifs, begin at the centre first and then move outward. Also, if you plan to do a background, do the motif first and then the background.

Itsy - Bitsy Crochet flower

Here's what I did on the very first day of  2010..

With my Pistil Kurta still pending I cannot do more of these .. But, I just loved it :)