How to Do Embroidery on Sarees

Metallic Thread
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Doing embroidery on a saree can be rewarding and challenging. A saree is usually made from silk or another very light fabric. You can use traditional embroidery stitches but must take a few extra steps to manage this beautiful fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Saree
  • Embroidery floss or silk thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Tissue paper

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Preparing the Saree

Flatten out a sheet or two of white tissue paper on a table top and lay the saree on top. Smooth out the surface with your hand, gently, to remove any pockets of air between the saree and the tissue paper.

Silk in Many Colors
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Take the bottom portion of your embroidery hoop and slide it underneath the saree and the tissue paper. Go slowly and center the hoop beneath the area you want to embroider.

Set Your Hoop Straight
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If desired, take a second piece of tissue paper and cut it into a circle that is a few inches larger than your embroidery hoop. Cut a center hole that is an inch smaller than the hoop. Set the tissue circle over the area you want to embroider and put the top of the embroidery hoop over the saree and layers of tissue paper. Secure the hoop in place and begin stitching.

You Are Ready to Stitch!
You Are Ready to Stitch! (Image: Portrait of a woman in sari image by netzz from

Tips & Warnings

  • Use only white tissue paper to avoid any bleeding of color into your silk.
  • Always remove the embroidery hoop when you are not working. Leaving it in place for long periods can permanently warp the fabric.
  • Always take care in handling silk. Touch it with your fingers as little as possible to avoid warping the fabric.
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