I have been yearning to learn smocking for a long time. However it keeps seeping out of my mind for no particular reason.Finally in the last week of August, I started browing net to find self help tutorials in smocking. There are quite a few articles and tutorials on the smocking embroidery designs, but for pleating- people use pleating machines. I am not sure whether we get pleating machines in India, so I browse the internet more for manual pleating. Luckily I found couple of guides in Manual pleating.
When I started pleating at home during the weekend, I got confused whether I need to use an elastic thread or any normal thread. This confusion is because after the pleating, there was no elasticity in my fabric, however I have seen smocking gives elasticity in the fabric. Whenever we are lost..what do we do...Google dadu....he he. So, I login again and start my search..I wonder how we use to learn before google dadu's birth..Anyways finally I came across an article which says that we can used any normal thread for pleating, the elasticity of the fabric is due to the embroidery pattern on the pleats..after we make designs on the pleats, we need to cut the threads holding the pleats..damn easy..
I have done my first smocking and will uplaod the design asap..
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Currently working my hand on fabric painting. Actually my first painting on a sari, which I want to gift to my sweet mommy in law. This sari specially is brought by my very dear fren Mandvi Purohit from Kota. Hope the design and idea comes out well...
22-Aug-08, second day of my project:
My hand is moving faster now as I am accustomed to the design now. Sadly while I was deeply engrossed and painting on the sari, pratham had already tried his hand on my design which I had created on the paper. He came to me proudly saying, mama..look..isn't this good. :-) I kind of froze for a moment thinking I have to design all over again. Anyways its always nice to be part of whatever I do.