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Here is the promised Kutchwork design of the cushion cover.
This design can be adapted for a saree pallu, saree border, border for lower half of Kameez and sleeves.
Before you begin:
1. Observe and understand the design.
2. If you compare this design with the design in the cushion cover, you will observe that a cluster of 5 single diamonds separate the overall square blocks in the cushion cover whereas there are only 4 in the design above.
3. You can increase the single diamond clusters to 6 or 7 to form bigger overall blocks and embellish the centers of alternate blocks with mirrors.
4. As a general rule before you begin any large project with over all diaper patterns, always work a small - in this case - 4 blocks of the pattern - make sure you understand how it works - it will save you a lot of time and headache later.
5. Use an inch graph to first plan your design. This ensures perfect designs. Use yellow carbon to transfer designs to fabric.
6. Then again, if you are a computer whiz, you can generate your own perfect designs. You don't need any sofisticated software, you can even use the drawing tools in MS Word.
7.You can buy inch graph sheets - usually you get 1 m sheets - from wholesale stationery shops - I've found that local stationery shops usually don't stock this. More often than not, they don't even know what it is.
8. There are no specifications for the size of the single diamond. You can draw it as you wish. I usually use all six strands of Anchor stranded cotton as it gives a bold effect. So my squares are 3 square units on the inch graph.
9. Ideal threads for Kutchwork are, 4 strands of machine embroidery thread, Anchor stranded cotton - 2-6 strands depending on the size of your diamonds, cone thread, Anchor pearl Cotton -10gms balls.
10. Always check if your thread is colour fast by actually soaking a bit of it in water and folding it in a damp piece of fabric - even if you buy good quality thread.
Have fun working this design.