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GBCW........ Grapes

                    Hi, we are almost getting there..... previous posts we worked on worked ' Butterfly 1 and 2, flower Tulip '. Now to move on, lets start working Grapes.

                     Grapes, each grape is worked with ' Ribbed spider web stitch and satin stitch '. Have a look at below picture, First mark guidelines to work ribbed spider web stitch. In each Grape, keep satin stitch area more than ribbed spider web stitch.

               ' Ribbed Spider Web stitch '  is worked with 3 strands of thread, shade no 873. 

Ribbed Spider web stitch

                      While working ribbed spider stitch, (whipping vertical lines ) always start from left side and end at right side for each line. After ending at right side don't start working next line from right to left because whipping will defer.
Ribbed Spider web stitch

               To start working satin stitch, first outline outer area with stem stitch with 3 strands of thread, shade no 871 ( as shown in below picture ).

Satin stitch

               Now work satin stitch over stem stitch which gives raised effect. Both stem stitch and satin stitch is worked with 3 strands of thread, shade no 871. Once grapes done, outline each grape with stem stitch with 3 strands of thread, shade no 873.

                       Have a look at finished Grapes

Grapes & Butterfly Crewel Work

                                Moving on to Grapes leaf, we shall work ' Triangle Filling '.  Observe below picture, its just two diagonal lines and one horizontal line at each center of diamond, one straight stitch to hold all lines together at two diagonal lines intersecting point and also one horizontal line.

Triangle Filling

              Add guidelines, diagonal lines to work Triangle filling. Space between one diagonal line to another is 0.5 mm, half a centimeter.  First diagonal line worked with 3 strands of thread, shade no 889.

Triangle Filling

                 Second diagonal line is worked with 3 strands of thread, shade no 267.

Leaf filling

         Now the final one horizontal line is worked with 3 strands, shade no 307.  While working horizontal line pass needle under threads ( diagonal lines ) as shown in below picture.

Leaf filling

                       Now work straight stitch with 2 strands of thread, shade no 269, at each intersecting point.

Triangle filling

                Outline leaf with ' chain stitch ' and small overlap area is worked with ' herringbone stitch ' (right leaf) with 2 strands of thread, shade no 269.


             Next post we shall work creeper. Happy stitching !!!!


  1. Ur clarity with the tutorial n PATIENCE .....Amazing!

  2. Preethi really no words to explain... Its awesome... Or explanations are really good... Thanks a lot... Though I haven't started working them... Will start soon...

  3. Thank you Bhuvana Prabhu.. hope u enjoy working, keep watching more to come !!!!

  4. Hi Preethi,
    Your crewel work pattern and the stitching is very neat. I saw it very late and planning to start the stitch along. Great work and very neat.


  5. Thanks Sangheetha, all the best.

  6. Hi preethi,
    Im what a nice work. This is the first time im visiting ur blog. Im watching all now. Clearly explained. Is ribbed web stitch similar to kamal kadai. Im in Bangalore. R u conducting classes. V much eager to learn. Im new to Bangalore. Where to get all these mateials. After seeing ur blog I am v much eager to try this.

    1. Hello Preetha, thank very much for all your appreciation. Ribbed web and kamal kadai is different, in kamal kadai its like weaving , whereas in ribbed web needle pass under (circles) each grid then moves to the next grid. You can get materials in any craft shops.

  7. Since my mail id is in probs sending through my husband's.


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