How to Do Embroidery on Sarees

By Cath Savage

Things Needed

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

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.

Preparing the Saree

Silk in Many Colors

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.

Set Your Hoop Straight

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.

You Are Ready to Stitch!

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.


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.

About the Author

Cath Savage is a returning freelance writer with a B.A. degree in organizational/intercultural communication from Arizona State University. She has written for Tempe Magazine, Arizona State University, the Phoenix Zoo, and McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. Inc. Savage says she will 'write everything about anything' but really enjoys pieces about interesting people, places, cultures and workplace issues.