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Stitching Technique & Application

Hand Embroidery

Overview

The needlework tradition of embroidery dates back to 2300 - 1500 BC and has been richly inherited by various regions, each having its special style. This lends the profession immense versatility and scope. Embroidery is a highly versatile craft that covers every type of ornamental work done with a needle. It involves a variety of techniques that produce different effects, from flat to raised, using threads that vary in thickness and colour. For example, silk thread, wool, chenille and straw can be used creatively by adding sequins, stones, shells, beads. This adds to the richness of the fabric and creates a texture that suits the demands of the client as well as the occasion.”

Types of Embroidery

Diverse types of embroidery exist in India. Kashmiri embroidery reflects the exuberance of nature and is characterized by paisley motifs and landscapes, while Chamba (Himachal Pradesh) embroidery is inspired by the miniature paintings of the Mughal rule. Other forms include Kantha, Kasuthi, Kutch, Phulkari, Zardosi and host of others that are typical to the different states of India, with a distinct combination of stitches and traditional designs. Other forms of embroidery that are popular around the globe are Victorian Embroidery, Broderie Anglaise, Florentine and Sashiko.   

Today embroidery can also be classified into machine and digital embroidery. Machine embroidery is done using a machine and has a good scope in domestic and export market.  According to designer Anmol Kakad of Kakad Designs corp., “Machine embroidery is now being commonly used, as it is pocket friendly and also easily available. This embroidery has been enhanced with the coming in of computer and digital embroidery. It is an especially useful option for large scale production houses that have mass productions to deal with.”The objective of the course is to provide trainees the skill and knowledge in advanced embroidery techniques by hand, treadle sewing machine and automatic zigzag lock stitch machine so that they are able to seek self employment or employment in industry as skilled   worker.

What You Learn

 The course covers- Machine Embroidery, Hand Embroidery, Art in Embroidery & creative Embroidery.

How You Learn

The course is divided into four segments-

The course is suitable for beginners who are intrigued by the intricacies of embroidery and would like to explore their creative potential and for those who want to enhance their skills through a structured but relaxed course of learning. In the first segment, students are taught:-

  • Exploring Line
  • Mark making, folding, cutting, mono printing and interpreting line into stitch
  • Back, stem, chain, fern, whipped stem, Pekinese and raised chain band stitches
  • Exploring colour
  • Primary, secondary and mixing colours, tints and shades
  • Straight, fly, detached chain and cross stitch
  • Exploring Texture
  • Rubbings, weaving, high and low relief textures
  • French knot, bullion knot, fabric layering and needle weaving

 The main purpose of the second segment is to enable the student from beginner to experienced to take an exciting journey of discovery through sampling, testing, exploring materials and developing new techniques and a personal style.

  • Exploring Line
  • Mark making, folding, cutting, mono printing and interpreting line into stitch
  • Setting up the machine, starting to stitch straight and curved lines, straight and zigzag stitch
  • Twin needle work
  • Cords and couching
  • Exploring Colour
  • Primary, secondary and mixing colours, tints and shades
  • Applique methods
  • Strip piecing
  • Exploring Texture
  • Rubbings, weaving, high and low relief textures
  • Types of quilting
  • Faux chenille fabric, pleating and weaving

In the third module, you will be introduced to two more elements of design, - shape and form. The course also covers translucency, opacity, space, pattern and rhythm. Each session takes you another step towards becoming an independent designer and encourages you to reflect on your learning at every stage.

  • Exploring Line
  • String blocks
  • Shapes for pattern
  • Repeating patterns
  • Zen tangles
  • Stenciling
  • Twisted chain, cable chain, herringbone and double knot stitch
  • Holbein stitch and black work
  • Exploring Colour
  • Immersion and space dyeing
  • Canvas work
  • Opacity, translucency, colour mixing and density
  • Shadow work
  • Buttonhole stitch and bars, fishbone stitch
  • Exploring Shape and Form
  • Hollow and solid forms
  • English, channel and trap unto quilting
  • Bend, curl, fold and pleat shapes
  • Twisted cords, braids, couching
  • Eyelet holes

In the fourth segment, students will be introduced to two more elements of design - Shape and Form. The course also covers translucency, opacity, space, pattern and rhythm. Each session takes you another step towards becoming an independent designer and encourages you to reflect on your learning at every stage.

  • Exploring Line
  • String and foam printing blocks
  • Shapes for patterns
  • Repeating patterns
  • Cabling in all forms
  • Free motion feathering
  • Exploring Colour
  • Immersion and space dyeing
  • Seminole piecing
  • Eyelets and echo stitching
  • Hollow and solid forms
  • English, channel and trap unto quilting
  • Bend, curl, fold and pleat shapes
  • Create kinetic forms
  • Twisted cords, braids, couching

Skills You Learn

Professional embroiderers are comfortable manipulating various types of sewing machines and are knowledgeable of both traditional hand sewing techniques as well as computer design programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Acrobat, and Photoshop. These individuals are dedicated to details and possess a strong sense of creativity and applied design.

 On completion of the course, the trainees are expected to be able to:-

  • Make use of advanced stitches & work styles;
  • Handle different automatic embroidery machines.
  • Make use of different types of threads including metallic threads & accessories;
  • Develop their own designs, colour schemes and creations including designs from different states and traditions.
  • The workshop is equipped with machines like treadle type sewing machine, Zig-Zag lock stitch automatic Embroidery machine, etc.

 

Duration of the Course: 6 months

Application Process

Eligibility

Interested candidates must have appeared/passed the CBSE/ISCE/ISC/Regional Board (or any other equivalent board) 10+2 examination in any discipline. Candidates who have recently appeared for the examination and are awaiting their results may also apply.

Method

We, at EXIN follow the following evaluation procedures for admission to its various courses. Candidates have to undergo:

The admission procedure to various courses at EXIN follows the method of:

 

1. An admission test.

2. An all-inclusive interview.

 

 

 

 

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