Tuesday, August 19, 2014

learning embroidery

In order to understand how to do embroidery one needs to understand the basics of stitches. Basically there are two ways or methods of stitching - hand stitching or machine stitching. In fact, between the two, hand embroidery is more complex because of the variety of stitches. Apart from that when learning embroidery one will understand how much more detailing and intricacy goes into hand embroidered patterns.

Any expert in embroidery patterns would vouch for the fact that hand embroidery requires far more effort and determination to complete the creative job. But then, for the learner it is important to learn about the techniques of embroidery, as well as the types of threads and fabrics based on which one can work a design or pattern. One needs to understand about the types of needles, which is determined by the type of fabric used.

Amongst the various kinds of stitches is cross-stitch, which is the most popular of all the stitches, wherein one has to create the letter 'x'. The entire pattern or design is created out of the 'x'-shaped stitches. Then there is ribbon embroidery, which can be done using pearl cotton and embroidery floss.

There is also hand embroidery on canvas. For this one needs to use thick threads. these threads maybe silk, metallic or matte. One can either sketch or have a pattern printed on this base. Depending on how thick the canvas is one can create a wall hanging.

Apart from these methods, there are varied other forms of embroidery that one can learn from the classes. There are also various publications and books that are self-explanatory, providing a step-by-step methodology of doing embroidery. These books are available for embroiderers at various levels of practice. Similarly there are books and magazines that publish patterns and designs that ca be traced onto the fabric.  

Embroidery threads

 One of the most beautiful handicrafts, and much in demand anywhere in the world is that of embroidery. While in India, with will find a vast variety in the types of embroidery, because of the folk themes and methods, the rest of the world has also collectively contributed to the varied forms and patterns.

There are a number of companies that manufacture threads across the length and breadth of the country. In fact, there are small local brands, that are popular in limited length and breadth area. There are other national players that have been around of years together, and are growing strength to strength with each passing year. This is more so because of their commitment to developing better threads. This includes more variety in colors, as well as types.

Today, embroiderers are in fact experimenting with methods from regions outside their own, and attempting to create interesting and attractive fusion patterns, using their needlework talents. In fact, because of the varied sources of patterns, today, women in general are more aware of what they can seek for their clothes.

Customers are ready to spend extra time with the local embroiderer in order to have them create an exclusive pattern on the fabric given to them.

They are ready to be educated on various techniques, along with the type of embroidery threads used, which include the following :

  1. Embroidery floss
  2. Stranded cloth
  3. Pearl cotton
  4. Matte embroidery cotton
  5. Medici embroidery threads
  6. Crewel yarn
  7. Persian yarn
  8. Tapestry yarn
  9. Polyester machine embroidery threads
  10. Rayon machine embroidery threads

Indian kurtis and embroidery

Indian kurtis are known for its designs and patterns that have been trending since centuries, Indian kurtis reflects the tradition and culture of India. This traditional attire is attractive and a perfect pick for weddings, traditional and cultural occasions. Kurtis have become the main outfit for ladies for traditional occasions; now a day the western influence has bestowed Indian traditional kurti in indo-western kurti which is the modern aspect of the typical Indian kurti.

 Indian kurtis comprises of short and long kurti those lengths up to knee and thigh. If you are sure about your shape and figure than these kurtis are available in stitched style, the unstitched kurti can be tailored as per your style segment, designer kurtis are also available that can give you a outstanding look.  

Indian kurtis are available in a variety of Indian traditional prints that varies from region to region. The prints comprise of bandhej work, gota work, warli art, lucknowi chikan kari, embroidery, patch work, zardosi, block print work, kashmiri handicraft and much more that can be found in or catalogue.  The traditional outfit requires skilled craftsmanship to embellish the stone and diamonds in the outfit. The neck line of the kurtis is well decorated with patterns and designs.

Designer kurtis manufacturers tailor  in a variety of fabrics such as cotton, chiffon, and georgette, silk, net and many other materials. You can find ladies Indian kurtis for various occasion and season.  These kurtis can be paired with leggings, jeggings, denims, and churidar.

The following are the various prominent embroidery classes spread across India :
  • Yashoda Embroidery Classes: Viman Nagar, Pune.

  • Aari and Embroidery Class: Fashion Arts, M-71, Anna Nagar, Chennai.

  • Government Polytechnic for Women: Sector 10-D, Chandigarh.

  • Krishna Embroidery Class: Rajhans Shopping, Varachha Road, Surat.

  • Society of Fashion Technology: Room No. 7, Geetanjali Building, Manchu Road, Near Malad Subway, Near Suchak Hospital, Malad (E), Mumbai.

  • Womens training Institute: Lokus Playschool, 17th Road, Off Khar Danda, Near Denim World, Khar, Mumbai.

  • Shalini Tailoring Institute: KBCC Complex, Tumkur Road, Jallahalli Cross, Near KBC Kalyana Mantap, T Dasarahalli, Bangalore.

  • Deepa Classes: No. 291, 6th Main, 3rd Cross, Sadanand Nagar, Near NGEF East, Indira Nagar, Bangalore.

  • Chitrabhanu School of Art & Handicraft: 161/2, Rash Behari Avenue, Near Gariahat Crossing, Ballygunge, Kolkatta.

Weather And Bridal Dress

Fanciful ideas also mark the event of many weddings nowadays. If one is inclined on making this a real memorable event, there are ideas for thematic weddings. Destination weddings are also well planned. Event managers and professional organizers are available to make you wedding day a treat for yourself. Amongst much planning, arranging for finance, beauty treatments it is more important to adhere to certain basic principles.

 Weather is the primary condition that one needs to gauge at the time of wedding. Plan your wedding for a suitable climate but if the time constraint is an issue one could always plan well and organize the wardrobe well. Food and decorations also have to thought well in advance. Humid climate also wilt the flowers and food is spoilt easily. Much items in the menu needs to planned as per the climate.

 Arrangements have to made with regard to shade, seating and air conditioning of the room. Interiors have to accommodate the crowd and comfort in terms of climate has to be well modulated as per requirement. It is important to have handy alternatives to power and air conditioning just in case of an emergency.

Weather in a beach is mostly humid in summers. The sweltering heat can be unbearable for the elderly and hence one could make arrangements to enlist a suitable dress code. Informal items come in Hawaiian slippers, flip flops, gladiator slippers or again the simple wedges. Brides dress needs to be roomy and also wrinkle free. Avoid flowing gowns that get wind blown and spray your hair well to hold it in place. Keep a second gown or a party dress packed with accessories inorder to change after the nuptials. Go for drip dry clothes though ivory and satin looks best in sun and sand. Linen fabrics dry easily.

 Natural fabrics are preferred for humid and hot summers. Make plenty of arrangements for refreshments and free flow of air. Keep the hall roomy and check on the comfortability of the guests. A perspiring bride shows her discomfort easily and this is captured in the camera. Use leak proof mascara and avoid blotchy foundation.

 Touch up your eye shadow and ensure the pinks in your cheeks. The dress can be an off shoulder or a sleeveless gown that is regal and flowing in A line pattern. Cottons layerings and chiffon dresses are preferred.

 Monsoon showers are unpredictable in garden weddings. If you catch the shower hold on till the nuptials and use linen or cotton layerings as they dry easily. For the reception or party afterwards use a short dress in bright colours. Carry spare footwear and do not compromise on comfort for the sake of fashion.