Embroidery link roundup

I came across the links below while surfing the web in odd free moments last week.

First up, two tutorials about Chemanthi or Chemanthy stitching, a technique popular in India. Looks like something that would go kinda quick and look  lovely too. I’d love to try this technique on a linen-cotton blouse. Or two. My theory is that you could make the blouse, wear it, then stitch on it when you get a chance. Like she does!

Then, look at this amazing embroidered men’s leather overcoat from the Metropolitan Museum’s collection:

It’s Hungarian, and you can see in what style of embroidery the Kate & Rose logo originated – a telling detail:

man's mantle detail from Met Museum

Or, this apron:

And this shirt:

Some of the stitching on the latter two (the apron & shirt) relates to the mantle – petals and leaves are shaped the same way, and indeed the stitching style of the Matyo region (where the apron and shirt are from) is rooted in the embroidery originally done on leather mantles.

Also, clearly, I adore wildly winding floral motifs.

Then, some lovely hemming techniques at La Sewista – so… strictly speaking this isn’t embroidery but it may as well be as their purpose is partly decorative: here’s how to do a sheer hem, and a shell-stitched hem. (La Sewista also has a useful tutorial on how to wash silks. Just by the way.)

And finally, at Mary Corbet’s Needle’n Thread, a video tutorial for plaited braid stitches (popular in Elizabethan embroidery), which would make a lovely hem decoration on the sleeves or around a neckline of blouses, for example peasant-style blouses (see, there is – some little tiny – continuity in my thought process; image below also from Needle’n Thread):

plaited braid stitch

 

I love Mary Corbet’s videos. They’re clear, make the stitches she’s demonstrating seem easy (haha…), and on top of that she sounds so kind and soothing.

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