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Pachis Work Pattern

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Pachis work Pattern


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                     Chikankari embroidery stitches, it is combination of basic stitches and few stitches unique in itself and exclusively used in chikankari embroidery. In chikankari, one has to play with number of strands. Beauty of a stitch depends on, selecting number of strands to work a stitch and if proper number of strands correctly accessed for each stitch, then even a simple stitch looks different.

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                            As you can see, start from A, pick 4-5 threads of cloth at point B and come out at C, again pick 4-5 threads of cloth at D and come out at E. Observe while coming out at C and E, needle should be above the thread.

          Now draw a diamond like below picture

               I usually take two strands of thread for base stitch and filling . Here i have taken 3 strands. Needle used is crewel 9 or 10.  Bring the needle out at point 1

              Pick 4-5 threads of cloth, above point 2 as shown in below picture.

            Same way pick 4-5 threads of cloth as shown below at point 3

                 While ending at point 1, take needle below the thread as shown in picture and end abov…