Thursday, 13 October 2011

Aari embroidery part 1 - needles and threads

I'll be posting about aari embroidery which is also known as tambour embroidery in some countries for few weeks from now.

In this post let me explain about the needles and threads used in this technique.

NEEDLES
1.These aari hooks are made of iron.
2.They are handcrafted.
3.They are not coated.
4.They'll not spoil the silk threads,because they are filed properly.
5.There is no specific size.(Will explain this later)
6.Many people think that these are crochet hooks,but it's not so.


                                                 a. hook used to stitch silk ,zari threads
                                                 b. hook used to stitch sequins,beads.

                                               
                                                              close up view.
                                       Note: hook b has a longer hook portion.

                                               
                                           hooks with wooden handles are also available    


In this image I'd kept a crochet needle first and a latch hook at the end just to show you all the difference between aari needle/hook and crochet,latch hook.For extra grip,cotton thread is glued to the needle.


          Pony crewel needle#12 is used to fix beads ,darning needle used to fix the material to the frame                                                                               


THREADS
        Mostly silk threads ,metallic threads(known as zari here),Silk Zari threads are used.



                                     Thick cotton thread  - used to fix the material to the frame


                                         a.metallic thread  b.silk thread  c.silk zari thread


                                            sequins,sequin mirror,plastic stones,beads


Happy stitching!
Anita.

26 comments:

www.letslearnembroidery.blogspot.com said...

I haven't done aari embroidery.I would love to try.Thanks for explaining-Ina

Lucky said...

Hi Anita,
Happy to see this blog. You do zardosi too i guess. can we use the same needle(b)for zardosi or it has separate one.

Anita said...

Lucky - Thanks for visiting.You can use needle b for stitching zardosi.
For stitching small pieces of zardosi you can use fine crewel needles.

vaheeda said...

very well explained tutorial.thanks..
normaly two strands of silk thread is
using for aari embroidery..or single..?

Anita said...

@vaheeda-I use single as well as two strands in my embroidery.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita! how are you? i was just googling through the websit and i found your website and i take a look it and i thought that this is it and its very helpful to know which needle to use for different embroidery work. I have a request to make about the needle that you have posted how do you use those types of needle to do Aari and Zari work? Thank you!

Anita said...

@ anonymous - Please read aari embroidery part 5 to see how to use an aari needle.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita, thanks a lot for great explanation about aari work.
I would like to try it and was wondering where and how can i get hold of those aari needles? i have searched a lot but no luck.

I really appreciate your help. Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita
Thanks a lot for sharing your knlowedge about aari work. I would like to try it and wanted to ask where and how can i get hold of these aari needles?
I have tried a lot but had no luck.


I appreciate your help. Thanks in advance.

Anita said...

@ anonymous - It's available in India and I could help you if you let me know which part of the world you are from...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reply.

I live in UK in the South West.

Anita said...

You are welcome.I'll try to find out from my friend if it's available there and let you know.

Anonymous said...

Hi anita, tx a lot for such beautiful explaNation jus wanted to know where in India can I find , I stay at Hyderabad India tx a lot

Anita said...

It's available in all the craft shops.

Maida said...

Hi Anita, very nice aari work.
I would like to try it can you help me? where I can buy aari needles? I live in Italy, Toscana I have tried to ask in some inian jewelry shop but I had no luck.

Anita said...

Hi Maida,
I don't know if it's available in Italy.I'll check with some friends and let you know.Could you please send me an e-mail?

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita, thank you for all the info, you are amazing. I really want to try this but I can't find the needles here in Toronto, Canada. Any idea who sells them here?

Thank you

Yasmin

Anita said...

@ Yasmin - Thanks a lot.I'll try to find out and let you know,Could you please send me an e-mail?

Anonymous said...

Hi I live in US, ny where to get these needles thanks

Anonymous said...

I found these needles in my mother's needlework containers but until now I didn't know what they were for. Can't wait to try this.

Mohamad Shafiq said...

Hai i am living in penang malaysia.where can i get this needlle in penang

Anita said...

@ Mohamad Shafiq - Sorry, I don't have any idea about shops in Penang.I'll let you know if I come across any info.

Lorna Stone said...

Hi, I will be happy to follow your blog to learn the finer distinctions. I have watched a few videos about transferring designs and noticed that dry pounce was not used. I actually prefer to work where I can see the design, rather than working from the back of the work.

Anonymous said...

I an happy to follow your blog and yes I do know the difference as I am a spectator of the type of embroidery you speak of, and welcome your thoughts and expertise.

Anonymous said...

Where can I get latch hook needle in India. especially in tamilnadu

Anita said...

@ anonymous - latch hooks are available in craft shops where you get rug making supplies.