Chemanthy Work – Indian Embroidery

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Chemanthy work is another Indian embroidery stitch just like Kutch work, Kamal Kadai etc. This is an easy and yet intricate looking stitch ideal for embroidering flowers especially dandelions.

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Draw 2 concentric circles and mark their center.

This stitch involves 2 steps. We simply have to repeat the two steps again and again.

Step 1: Bring needle up on the inner circle. Then pick up a few strands of fabric on the outer circle. Notice how the needle is pointing to the left.

chemanthy work indian embroidery stitches hand embroidery tutorials

When the needle is pulled, your stitch will look like this at this stage.

chemanthy work indian embroidery stitches hand embroidery tutorials

Step 2: Now take the needle down at the center, and come back up on the inner circle. The needle comes up slightly to the right of the previous stitch. When pulling the needle, make sure the working thread is below it (demonstrated below).

chemanthy work indian embroidery stitches hand embroidery tutorials

Simply repeat these two steps and you will get the chemanthy flower shown above.

To recap…. the thread is in the inner circle. Pick up a few strands of fabric on the outer circle. The needle is pointing left.

chemanthy work indian embroidery stitches hand embroidery tutorials

Next, go down at the center and come back up in the inner circle. Pass needle over the working thread like you would in a chain stitch.

chemanthy work indian embroidery stitches hand embroidery tutorials

Repeat the steps.

chemanthy work indian embroidery stitches hand embroidery tutorials

chemanthy work indian embroidery stitches hand embroidery tutorials

Finished look of Chemanthy work flower.

chemanthy work indian embroidery stitches hand embroidery tutorials

Another color

chemanthy work indian embroidery stitches hand embroidery tutorials

If you want a close knit look, use thicker thread. If you want a lacy look, increase the distance between stitches when using thicker threads. To me, chemanthy work looks like radiating chain stitches in the middle with a band of herringbone stitches as outline.

chemanthy work indian embroidery stitches hand embroidery tutorials

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