Kutch Design - Work in Progress

Here's something that I am working on right now.

In the center I have an elaborate Kutch embroidery and on all four sides just basic Kutch worked on diamond prints. I have used back stitch to connect them.
I also added more diamonds in the center to fill up some of the green space. I am not sure how they will be filled at this point. I will post my completed work ASAP!


Mirror Work

Mirror work is an 'evergreen' facet of Indian Embroidery. It has always been popular. It was first introduced by the people of Gujarat.

Many types of stitches are used to hold the mirrors in place. Common ones are sheesha, buttonhole and chain. Sometimes a small white plastic ring is placed around the mirror and stitched.

Last weekend I experimented with a few different techniques. The rhinetones and beads that I used for this photograph got the attention of my five year old. He had a big smile when I told him that he could hold the mirrors in place for me. That was an afternoon well spent!!

I have posted the Buttonhole method in the tutorial section. Be sure to check it out!