Posts Tagged 'floral pattern'

flat stitch

Posted by on 24 May 2010 | Category:

This stitch has technical similarities to the fishbone stitch and the opened fishbone stitch. The difference is that this stitch cannot give sharp ends, and therefore, is not  ideal for leaves with tapering ends. Instead, this is one of  the best stitches to fill in flower petals.

I will be working on a petal shaped pattern to demonstrate. The pattern has been divided into four by two lines inside. The lines are called A,B,C and D.

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Fig 1: Bring the needle out from the line A and put it in through line C. Give it a slight slant, but not too much.   Fig 2: Bring the needle out through line D and put it in through the line B. Again, bring out the needle through A and continue the procedure. Remember to keep the stitches close to each other.
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Fig 3: The trick for a neat pattern is to keep the points on A and D parallel with each other. Similarly, keep the points on B and C parallel to each other. Half way through, our pattern will look like this.   Fig 4: The completed pattern will look like this.

zalakdozi tutorial

Posted by on 11 Jan 2010 | Category:

 Zalakdozi uses concentric rings to fill a pattern. There are a lot many styles in which a pattern can be filled, like using various shades of the same color for the various rings. I have used darker shades to do the outline and lighted and paler shades to fill the inside. The only time a concentric ring is not used is when there is no space to go round about and allows you a journey of chain stitch only one way.

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Fig 1:  First, I traced out a floral design onto a linen cloth, using carbon paper.
zalakdozi_2    Fig 2:  Start by doing the outline using chain stitch. I have used deeper colors for the outlining.
zalakdozi_3     Fig 3: Once the outine is done, I start to fill in the inside using a paler or lighter colors/shades. The filling is done in concentric rings following the shape of the motif. Do not leave any visible space between each ring. At the same time, do not make it too tightly packed. The chain stich must lay relaxed to give it a ‘zalakdozi’ effect.
zalakdozi_4    Fig 4: While some parts of the pattern get filled with just one ring of the paler color, some others might require more rings to get filled. Some patterns might require just a single lazy daisy stitch to get filled.
zalakdozi_5    Fig 5: The zig zag chain stitch can be used to take sharp turns while filling a motif.
zalakdozi_6    Fig 6: Some parts of the pattern might be left with spaces in the centre. You can either leave the spaces or fill it in. Here,  I chose to leave in the space.
zalakdozi_7    Fig 7: It is not always necessary to use concentric ring(s) to fill a pattern. If you see the illustration, you will see that some patterns can be filled with chain stitch done just one way, as there is no room for a return stitch.
 zalakdozi_8   Fig 8: While stitching, you might encounter places where you get ‘bottle necked’, as in the illustration. I stitched one way and while turning around to stitch my way back, I encountered a ‘bottle neck’, marked between A and B. This is an area where I cannot accomodate another stitch. In such a case, I end the journey at A, and come up again at B to resume the journey.
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Fig 9/ 10 : The close up and whole finished design using zalakdozi.

long tailed daisy

Posted by on 25 Apr 2009 | Category:

This stitch is similar to lazy daisy.  I would say it is a different version of lazy daisy. The only difference being that this has a longer ‘tail’ which contributes to its different look.

To assist our lessons, I will be making a floral motiff. For that, I have made a focal point by marking a small ring as my stitch line. My stitches will end at the edge of this ring. So you may have to imagine an outer ring from where the stitches will begin for each long tailed daisy. 🙂

long_tailed_daisy_1   Fig 1: First, bring the needle out through A. Now, take the needle in through near A and bring it out through B. Loop the thread around the needle from left to right as we would for a lazy daisy.

  Fig 2: Pull out the needle and tighten the loop.
Now, take the needle in through C to anchor the loop. This will finish a single Long tailed daisy stitch with the stitch B-C as its ‘tail’.
C lies on the stitch line, vertically above and at a little distance from B. 

  Fig 3: Since I am using this stitch to create a floral motiff, I will continue this procedure to create multiple long tailed daisies finishing around the stitch line.