Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Long & Short of Our Techniques

While a machine repeats a set design on one fabric after the other, each hand-embroidery pattern differs from the next - thereby marking out each garment as unique.

This calls for lot of time, patience and needless to say skill. A short tour of the various hand-embroidery techniques routinely used at Tara... 

Satin Stitch
Satin Stitch is a beautiful method to fill a pattern. All stitches need to be parallel to one another - long stitches of thread with no breaks joining one edge to the other. Satin stitch is liberally used in our garments especially for patterns that need to have a raised effect such as the centre of a flower.







Long & Short Stitch
It is the long and short stitch that adds a realistic touch to our flower and petal motifs. Little by little you need to fill up the pattern with these long and short stitches - that's what makes this seemingly simple design a difficult technique to master.

Feather stitch

Open-chain stitches linked to one-another leading to vine-like decorations on the fabric. Our farm collection garments uses a lot of this technique to bring to life motifs of plants, trees, bushes and other wilderness.




Stem Stitch

Aptly named the stem stitch, this technique helps one to depict the curvy lines of plant stems and leaves. Short overlapping stitches are made to give a line effect. These are generally used to form the outline of a design and never as a filling.







Chain Stitch
A neatly-braided hair is how a simple chain stitch looks on the fabric. The technique is all about even/exact loops following one another to form a chain-like pattern. Simple chain stitch generally marks out the silhouette of the pattern or object.










Button-hole Stitch

Basically, the stitch you see around the buttonhole of any shirt is the button-hole stitch. The beauty of button-hole stitches is such that by altering the length of the upright stitches or space between the stitches - you can either get a decorative or practical pattern (button-hole). Though the decorative button-holes do form a part of our regular designs, it is more commonly used to attach the applique to the fabric.









Running Stitch

One straight stitch, a tiny gap and then the next stitch begins - this is how a series of straight stitches are made to form the running stitch. There is no back stitch involved in this simple and basic hand-sewing technique.









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