Hand-embroidery is everything at Tara!
We love the variation in texture and aesthetics which can be achieved by using different stitches and techniques. We strive to produce pieces which showcase a wide range of embroidery styles. If you’re not an expert on embroidery terminology, this guide should help you become a little more familiar with what we do...
Applique is a fun way of producing graphics by stitching shaped pieces of fabrics onto the garment. It’s also where our Eco-consciousness comes to light. All applique designs are created using left-overs from garments, small pieces which would otherwise go to waste.
French-knots is the term used for creating small knots which lie on the surface of the piece, creating a lovely, tactile texture. Although time-consuming, French-knots are especially effective in flower designs, or when a spotted detail is
The bullion stitch is a tricky technique to master. By coiling the thread around the needle, then looping the end back through, a long knot, almost like a worm, is created. These ‘worms’ can be arranged to look like realistic roses, or as highly tactile details in larger designs.
We have a confession to make... our cut work is done by machine. Pedal-powered machine, but machine none-the-less. The reason being is that the finish & quality of machine cut work is far superior to hand-made. Even by machine, this intricate method of cutting small holes, then edging with a buttonhole stitching, to create a beautiful, lace-style effect, is massively time-consuming.
Spotting shadow work is easy. Look for a simple outline on the surface, with a fill of color at the rear, which is visible through the fabric. Lightweight fabrics, such as voile, are the best for shadow work, as the field of color created by criss-crossing threads at the rear, would not be seen through thicker fabrics.
A simple, yet effective way of creating flower motifs, the lazy-daisy stitch is identified by petal-resembling, loops of thread which appear to be held down by a small tack-stitch at the tip. A great way of creating long, running borders of flowers, and compared to the other techniques mentioned here, this one is relatively easy!