In the previous tutorial, we learnt how to stitch the single square in Kutch embroidery.
This is the second tutorial in the Kutch embroidery tutorial series. A request for this tutorial was made many months ago. I finally got around to adding it. Hopefully I am not too late.
In this kutch embroidery line motif, we will learn how to weave through a row of squares / diamonds. Knowing how to stitch the single square kutch embroidery motif and interlaced / double herringbone stitch will be very helpful. So if you are new to embroidery, you might want to check those two out before continuing this tutorial
(Video tutorial can be found at the end of this page)
Let us get started with the base grid first. It is very similar to herringbone stitch.
Draw the motif on the fabric. In this, the grid is made in two journeys (onward journey is shown with red arrows and reverse journey is shown with green arrows)
To stitch the grid, we pick up a few strands of the fabric at the corners of the squares. We will be repeating two steps till the end of the row.
Step 1 (for onward journey)
Step 2 (for onward journey)
Important: As shown below, during onward journey when the sharp tip of the needle is pointing up, it has to pass under the thread.
After this, we repeat step 1 again.
Continue till the end of the line.
Now we have reached the end of the line and we have to turn around and make the return journey.
Step 1 (for return journey)
The needle is passed under the thread when the needle is exiting the square.
Step 2 (for return journey)
Important- As shown below, during the return journey, when the sharp tip of the needle is pointing down, it will always pass under the thread. (opposite of onward journey).
Complete the last square like shown below.
This is how the woven grid should look. This stitch can be very unforgiving so please double check the grid carefully before starting the next step which is interlacing / weaving.
Interlacing is usually done with the same colored thread. Again this is also done in two journeys.
Bring needle up near the left corner of the first square. The next few pictures will show how to loop around the top corner of the squares.
See how the purple thread has been looped around the top corner of the square? Now we have to repeat this for all squares.
Continue like shown below.
Weave and fill the last square. Step by step pictures included below.
Note how the needle weaves over and under the purple thread also.
First square is done now. Continue to the next square.
And repeat the steps.
The interlacing thread will end where it began.