Monday, March 28, 2011

Vintage Sari Metal Thread Embroidery

Exquisite vintage embellished sari fabric in vivid blue, with metallic threads and sequins. I took these pictures months ago -- and now I can't remember what I did with the whole piece!

I love the way the scalloped motif is stitched. Don't quite understand it though. Looks like a composite stitch, where the straight line started with a chain stitch, over which that long stitch / basketweave thing is looped. The the scallops are edged with a running stitch

If you ever wondered whether gold sequins hold their color --
here's your answer. :-)

 Except for the sequin work, most of the above photo is worked just in chain stitch. (Note: Kim comments that this is tambour work -- thank you Kim!!!) I love that -- straight lines, squiggly lines, and geometric shapes constructed of single and multiple rows.

Check out the way the sequins in the center of the starflower are anchored. Very classy!
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3 comments:

  1. beautiful but it must be heavy.

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  2. Kim O'Brien, LondonMarch 30, 2011 at 4:53 AM

    Thanks for posting the sari pics. I am totally intrigued by the scallops too. I reckon that all that chain stitch is tambourwork, including the way the sequins are attached.

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