Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Kutchwork Tutorial - The 5 Point Diamond Motif (Maltese Cross) - Part II

Bring the needle up at the outward corner of the beginning and end of the maltese cross.  Keep in mind the following points. The thread always moves in a 'U' pattern.  Interlacing is done in an OVER-UNDER-OVER-UNDER manner. Unless at the beginning and end, never pierce the  fabric. Do not tighten the interlacing thread too much. 

As in the single diamond motif's interlacing begin interlacing the diamond 1. 

At this point we have to change the direction of the interlacing.  Remember that the thread should pass in a 'U' manner. See the below picture. Needle passes UNDER and enters the diamond 3.

Kutchwork Tutorial - The 5 Point Diamond Motif (Maltese Cross) - Part I

I hope that you are thorough with the Outlining and Interlacing of the  Basic Diamond Motif.  Now we move on to the Five Point Diamond Motif or the Maltese Cross.  The following diagram shows the the structure of the five point motif. It can be considered as a square or a diamond depending on how we place the diagram.

Outlining the Maltese Cross
We have already done outlining of the single diamond motif. Keep the following points in mind. The beginning and end points are the outward extensions of the same corner. Always keep the thread under the needle while inserting needle at the corners. We rotate the frame during each step which helps to get a rapid idea of where to move  the needle and thread next. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kutchwork Tutorial - The Basic Diamond

We are going to do the basic diamond in kutch work.
Fix the fabric in the embroidery frame. Thread the needle.  

Points to remember 
1. Always keep the thread under the needle while outlining the basic diamond.
2. Rotate the frame during each step to make outline stitching more comfortable.
Bring up the needle at 1. Insert at 2 and bring it up at 3. 
While outlining the basic diamond, always keep the thread under the needle, 
as shown in the picture. (First side is formed)

Notice that I rotated the frame before doing the next step.
Hold the frame and needle in such a manner that the needle eye is pointing towards you.
Insert at 4 and bring it up at 5, again keeping the thread under the needle.
 (Second side of the motif)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kutch Work Tutorials

I am planning to upload some Kutchwork tutorials in my blog. There are many tutorials available in the internet. I tried some of them. I succeeded in doing the the basic diamond, 3 diamond and 5 diamond motifs. But when it reached The Double Maltese Cross , I was in trouble. After a gap of  few days, I will start again 'Learning Kutchwork'. Most of the time, I have to go through all the saved notes in my computer and try again and again to complete the three & five diamond motifs. I was fed up with this type of learning. May be, I was a bad student. I thought I could never learn the technique and remember it forever.

I have a friend - Maya who knows the Kutchwork well. She learned it from her neighbour Madhavi who is an expert in hand embroidery. With the help of her, I managed to learn the technique of kutchwork. And I am going to share all those simple simple techniques of Kutchwork with you. After you  master  basic diamond and  3 diamond &  5 diamond motifs, I think you won't need any further help to do more complex designs. Anyway, hope you will enjoy those lessons.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Herringbone and Double Herringbone Stitches

Herringbone Stitch

To begin, bring the needle up in the lower line. Keep the thread below the needle. Insert the needle down on the upper line a little to the right. Take a small stitch to the left and bring the needle up. 

Now insert the needle on the lower line a little to the right  and take a small stitch to the left as done before. 
Repeat the steps to make enough herringbone stitches
Make sure that the stitches are of equal size and evenly spaced

Double Herringbone stitch

Now, we have made one row of herringbone stitch. Do another 
row of herringbone stitch in between the first row. You may use a contrast color thread for this. When you make the stitches, weave the thread under and over the first row.  The process of weaving in this manner is known as interlacing

Begin at the top line

Insert needle into the lower line, take a small stitch to left and 
bring up the needle.  Pass the needle under (the first herringbone's) thread.

Insert the needle in the upper line and make a stitch to the left. 
Bring up the needle.
Again, weave under the thread
Repeat the process to make a second  row of Herringbone stitch

The upper set is made with more spacing of stitches