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.

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.

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

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

                                           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 an 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                                                                               

        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 thread zari thread

                                            sequins,sequin mirror,plastic stones,beads

Happy stitching!

30 comments: 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.

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.

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


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

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.

David Whitmore said...

I would love to learn how to do this. I don't like Tambour Beading because I get confused working from the back of my piece.

Where can I get these hooks? I'm in the US.
There were only two (2) sites I found that sells them.
One site I tried wanted to know whether I wanted to pay through PayPal in British Pounds or something called 'RS'. Then it wouldn't accept PayPal; it wanted my credit card.
There was another site, out of India, that was selling a 3-piece set for the equivalent of $0.66 and under $2.00 shipping.
I didn't buy from either of them.

Thanks for any help.

Anita said...

@ David Whitmore - You could do the beading from the front with tambour hooks. I do use tambour hooks too and stitch the beads from the front without any issues.Hope this helps.
P.S. Rs is Indian rupees

Bren said...

AT LAST! I have searched all over for a tutorial on this subject. Thank you so very much for providing such a good, clear one. THANK YOU!!

Ramya Annamalai said...

Where do we get aari work stand in bangalore?

Anita said...

@ Ramya - may be in Chikpet...

Adriana Orozco said...

Greetings from Costa Rica Anita!!! I just wonder if you can help me. I do aari and zardosi embroidery, and had lots of silver and gold threads that I bought in India, but now I am running out of stock and I do not seem to get them yo know a site in internet where I can buy such thread??? I will be most gratefull. Thank you so much!!!

Anita said...

@ Adriana Orozco - Could you please send me an e-mail to with a picture of the silver and gold threads? Please let me know the thickness of the threads. I might be able to help you if I know these details. P.S. My Spanish teacher is also from Costa Rica..

Sabrina Fernando said...

How to stitch around mirrors using aari needle? Pls help me

Unknown said...

Hi..can u pl teach me how to stitch a mirror through aari would be really helpful if u could teach me...thank you

Rekha Gajjar said...

Nice information,thank you