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Chemanthy Work – an Indian Embroidery Technique: Tutorial Link


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Deepa, who checks in and comments now and then on Needle’nThread, has a blog called This and That, and on it, she is presently featuring a very interesting embroidery technique from India called Chemanthy work. I’ve never seen this stitch before, so I thought I’d point the post and the tutorial out to you, so you could take a look at it and add it to your stitching repertoire, too.

The stitch itself is worked in several steps, and it makes a really neat looking filler for shapes. I can see this being added to my embroidered flowers samplers! It would look great in an embroidered garden!

For a look at the stitches, check out Deepa’s post with pictures of Chemanthy work, and then step over to her photo tutorial on Chemanthy work, which features more pictures of the completed technique, as well as a very clear step-by-step on how to do it.

Thanks, Deepa, for the clear tutorial and the introduction to this technique!


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  1. Wow, how beautiful! As is the Kamal Kadai technique that’s also shown there! Thanks for the linkage, Mary! -Jeannine

  2. Hi Deepa,

    The Chemanthy Stitch is very pretty. It is just like the one I use for fixing mirrors, except that in this the stitches radiate from a central point, whereas in the mirror, it radiates from and proceeds around the frame work of thread which is worked on the mirror.
    Instead of going into the fabric at the centre, the thread goes above and comes down under the thread of the framework, so it is above the mirror, and then goes into the fabric beyond the edge of the mirror, comes out and then again above and under the framework, and so on around the mirror.
    I would say that this stitch is a combination of cretan at the centre and herringbone outside. Very pretty.
    One can use other combinations for the outer stitches, like half chain or cretan again.
    Iam not sure if I have made myself clear. Let me see if I can post a picture.

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