Thursday, September 29, 2011

Yardage on Upholstery, Slipcover, Window, Pillow & Beddings

- Add 10% more yardage for printed or striped fabrics
- Yardages are based on 54" width solid color fabric
- Add 50% more yardage for 36" width fabric
- Add 1 1/2 yards for each extra cushion up to 30" wide
- Add 2 1/2 yards for a sofa skirt, tufting or channeling
- Add 2 yards for a loveseat skirt, tufting or channeling
- Add 1 1/2 yards for a chair skirt, tufting or channeling
- Add 1 yard for two arm covers
Please consider your calculations carefully based on fabric width and any pattern repeats. This measurement is taken from and is not responsible for discrepancies.    

Taken from Yardage Chart from

Friday, October 22, 2010

Working With Piping

I've worked with piping on my tissue packet and wouldn't dare to work on any other bigger project or the ones which requires excellent trimming just because that I find it a bit hard working with pipings.

Well today I've found an excellent tutorial video on working with piping, and the presenter showed how to work with piping on a difficult shape that is a round pillow! So I thought it's worth to share it here in this blog.

Sewing a piping

Sewing a round pillow with piping

Saturday, April 10, 2010

DMC Floss Embroidery Color Card

Comprised of 6 easily separable strands, you can vary your stitching results, depending on the number of strands used.

Ideal for hand embroidery and cross-stitch, it is also perfectly adapted to other stitches, particularly long and short stitches and satin stitches.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Alphabets - Ondori Floral Embroidery

This is the design I used for my SULAM project. The finishing here is good as the material is thick. Remember, I used my burgundy japanese voille, thin fabric. So to make up your favourite word follow the needlework template as below. For letters not available just make it up. Making up the alphabet is easy I think, coz I did M on my own. However adding the floral motif is another. Good luck. Kalau dah siap share lah dengan saya. Tks.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pattern Tudung Bawal

To beginner new tudung bawal embroiders following are FAQs. The answers will get you started with the pattern:

1) Where can I get patterns for tudung bawal?

There are a lot of web pages with pictures of tudung bawal pattern. Here are some of mine at Sulam Sayang:

a) Sulam Tangan dan Sulam Manik Tudung Bawal --> Pic #1
b) Tudung Bawal Sulam Tangan oleh Sulam Sayang --> Pic #4
c) Tudung Bawal Hand Sewn and Embroidered (TBHSE) --> Pic #2

2) How can get the patterns onto my fabric?

First, click the picture link. You will get a window with full view of the pattern.

Then, print the picture full onto an A4 paper

Place the printout underneath the fabric

Then, using an erasable marker pen, draw out (trace) the pattern on the fabric

You're all set to start with the stitching.

3) Which part should I start stitching first?

Start at the center area of the tudung back
Work the bullion flowers first
Then the stems
Then the leaves
Work your way along the tudung side until done.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Spring Loop Embroidery Frame

When a Sulam Sayang friend visited me at my home, I was astounded. Edina first came across my blog from a link on another Sulam Sayang follower. A cross stitch enthusiast, she wanted to try bead embroidery. We were happy to share knowledge. She referred me to a local cross-stitch store which I knew existed but somehow lost in my mind during the course of the years in Kuantan. So I decided to pay the shop a visit.

More than I bargained for from that visit, I found this forever wanted mini embroidery loop. Plus, it's one of the new thing in sewing tool, it's a spring loop. Just had to have it. So I bought two sizes, one 3" and the other 4" (in pink!!) Same as the traditional loop, the spring loop has two parts - the outer loop made of strong plastic, and the other the inner loop made of metal. This inner loop is fabricated with the ends twisted to function as holder to reduce its circumferential size to fit into the plastic loop. Neat! Pictures show how I used it to bead embroider a floral motif at a kurung sleeve end.

First, place the material wrong side up. Slip the plastic frame underneath. Place the metal frame from on top and let it place itself into the plastic frame neatly.

Turn it around and you're ready to work. Click here to see the finished project at Sulam Sayang main blog.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Perfecting Those Stitches with Coats & Clark

Sometimes we wonder how fine stitches is obtained. In hand embroidery it's best when you work with two hands. Serious!

While the right hand (if you're right handed that is) holds the needle and doing the sewing - placing and piercing the needle and pulling threads with even tension, the left hands hold the seqing frame. What beginners don't realise is they actually have a left thumb that can help with the sewing! Use the left thumb to hold down threads in correct position to assist perfecting the stitches.

1) Stem Stitch
2) Chain Stitch

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quick Embroidery Stitch Guide from DMC

Quick embroidery stitch guide from DMC Creative World

DMC Embroidery Stitch Guide:

1) Satin Stitch
2) Eyelet Stitch
3) Shadow Stitch
4) Lady Daisy
5) Chain Stitch
6) French Knot
7) Bullion Stitch
8) Seed Stitch
9) Stem Stitch
10) Straight Stitch

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

tudung bawal sulam tangan (dah siap)

Akhirnya siap jugak tudung sulam pertama saya. Happy betul, seronok rasanya bila dapat siapkan tudung idaman ni. Hasil tangan sendiri.. Really proud of it. Tak rugi belajar buat tudung ni, saya dah dapat tempahan untuk raya haji akan datang. Excted betul..!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sulam tangan tudung bawal

Tudung bawal sulam tangan saya yang pertama.. (belum siap lagi)thanks to kak zihan for the pick n pull technique.