Needlecraft cross-stitch ranks high in fashion this winter
OVER THE centuries, man has continually used various media of expressive art, such as painting, sculpture and pottery. Fabric as a medium of expression has not remained untouched.
The art of creating surface design on fabric employing needle-craft continues to fascinate fashion and the fashion-conscious.
Needle-craft in the form of cross-stitch has captured human attention since times immemorial.
From tacking two plies of fabric together, cross-stitch has grown into a chic medium of expressing personal style.
The technique of setting motifs with the aid of a detailed mesh brings in scope of accuracy in hand work.
Once the motif is set, the process of doing cross-stitch generates interest as colours can be blocked, graded or panelled.
Cross-stitch, which treats every visual in a graphic way, is so right in a season that talks of ideas flagged under a vision of geometry. From garments to fashion accessories, from bed liner to made-ups, cross-stitch is topping the style charts.
Floral concepts are seen as motifs incorporated in the needle-craft of cross-stitch. Bunch of roses and tulipsare the most popular motif ideas for this season.
Also, as asymmetry rules supreme this season, placement of the motifs is seen as a stem shooting towards one part of the garment.
Orthonormal ideas (motifs grading in size from small to big or vice-versa) are sailing strong.
This needle-craft is seen on winter fabrics. Rustic treatment of cross-stitch on worsteds, cotswool, devour, velour and denim is a part of this narration. The yarns employed for the same range from single coloured cottons to multicoloured cottons; from silk to polyester and from jute to jute blends depending upon the `look' of the garment. Sequin and beadwork is being employed to highlight the motif and to create an element of interest.
Cross-stitch has passed through vicissitudes of varied forces accommodating different ideas, motifs and designs. Age-old art of this needlecraft has reached out towards newer horizons, finding a high rank this season.
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