Saturday, 6 August 2016

Published in Needle n thread and a kasuti Finish

Hello,

Hope all of u r enjoying u'r weekend. And I am also enjoying it.  The best part today is I baked a chocolate mug cake with my 7 year old son.  He was with me from the beginning till end.  And the cake turned out well and yummy.  

Thank you all for your concern towards my mother and the lovely comments on my crochet bag.  

From July beginning onwards I wanted to share my happy  moment with you all.  But got postponed coz of the family situations.  My Kasuti design got published in Anchor Needle n Thread magazine.  It is a quarterly design magazine from the makers of the wold's finest embroidery threads.  I think this is the only needlework magazine in India.  Is there any other magazine in India related to needlework?  If it is there do let me know.  I am happy that I have taken my first step in designing necklines.  



At this happy moment I am also happy to showcase the kasuti kurti.  Already I have done the same design in black silk cotton fabric.  This time I have choosen blue silk cotton as the base fabric.  Three strands of light pink anchor embroidery threads have been used.  As it looks plain I have embellished it with the pink sequins. 

Neck Part

Front body of the kurti

Front border

Buttas all over the body

Sleeve border

This kurti measures 2 and 1/2 metres.  So if any one is interested in buying this piece do leave a comment with your mail id.  I will contact you.

There are so may WIP's in my work basket.  A bad habit of mine is ,  I will do so many things at a time and at the end of the day if i turn back and see I can say that day was not productive.  It leads to some dissatisfaction of not doing any thing.  So I have decided to concentrate on only one project at a time and if I get bored I should do the Mega cross stitch project which I have left unattended.  So in the last two weeks I have completed the needlepoint purse and completed the embellishment in this kurti as well.  Now time to concentrate on three more kurti's I am making on custom order. 

I will be back with my needlepoint purse and the stash I purchased over the last few months.  Till then, Have a happy and creative time with your needle and thread.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Crochet bag - Finished

Hello all,

Hope all r doing well. I started doing well after two weeks, since my mother had cardiac arrest , pulse went below 30  bcoz of pulmonary edema( accumulation of fluid in lungs.  She is fine now purely because of God's grace. She went close to death bed and at that time the situation around her was all favourable, relatives around her, vehicle to rush to hospital, a good hospital near by and a good doctor on duty at 9'o clock at night.  Above all God's amazing grace has been with us and she came back to conscious after two days and pulse rate improve slowly and steadily. After 12 days of hospitalization she was fine and doing well now.  I am bit relieved now and both my father and mother r managing on their own with the help of some of my relatives.  Me and my brother are far away from them.  Having parents in a far off place and ourselves some where, some times make us to feel down.  Everything will be well if they r fine.  And if they r caught up in such situations we kids will feel depressed  and I was in a depressed state last two weeks.  

But God has not let us down, its like bent but not broken.  He is there on our side and now everything is going well  with all of us.  Praise GOD.

I have finished a crocodile stitch crochet bag.  I have done this with variegated yarn and a 4mm hook. For the handle I have used wooden handle purchased from pradhan embroidery stores.  Have a look at the bag.


I have made a oval shape flat bottom with single crochets in round.

For the zipper I have done blanket stitch around the zipper and then attached it to the bag using whip stitch.  Since the crocodile stitch creates a thick texture I didn't line up the bag with any fabric.

Can u see some stitches with lavender and pink colors.  It is a plastic canvas piece with needle point stitches.  I have sewed it to the oval shape bottom to make the bag to stand sturdy.  And now I have enough room to hold my things.  

Previously I have done a crocodile stitch bag.  You can see it here.  Embroidery in the kasuti kurti is over.  Now I have started to embellish it with sequins since it looks plain.  So this crocheted bag took over in the blog post. My next post is Finished kasuti kurti.

While I was in the hospital with my mom I whipped up some lacy granny squares.  Now joining part if remaining.  This time I am trying a new method to join the squares and it is coming up nicely.  

                                                

Also, a needlepoint purse has been started. 


So many projects are there in my WIP basket.  Also I have stashed some kits, threads and yarns.  I do have a happy moment to share with you all. will come up with that news and kurti in my next post.  Till then, Happy Crocheting.



Thursday, 30 June 2016

In between big projects

Hello all,

I am here to show u some thing which I have done between my big projects.    Currently I am doing some kutch and kasuti projects on kurtis.  So when I get bored on doing that I use to crochet small squares.  one such square is more v-s.  You can get so many square patterns in that blog.  I have done this square using 4ply acrylic yarn and 3mm hook.


One more kasuti motif I have practiced to do on my cotton kurti.

I have started a sampler for embroidery stitches.  So far I have completed two stitches. And worked a sample design for straight stitch.


The flowers are done using straight stitch.  Inside are french knots.  Used variegated threads for flowers.  Sample for fern stitch is going on.
  
One last picture of the kutch work kurti which I am doing on a custom order.  Already I have done The same design with the same color combo and another one with different colors.  This one is the third piece of third design.


One of the kasuti project is nearing it's completion.  Hopefully that will be my next post.  Because of these custom order I am not able to make any progress in my mega cross stitch project.  Next month I am planning to spend atleast 15 mins each day for that.  So, see u in m next post.  Till then have a happy time with needle and thread.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Crochet round table mat

Hello my dear readers,

Just a quick and short post.  Thanks for the comments in my last past of crocheted purse.  I have to crocheted two table mats to be given as gifts.  They are quick and easy to make.  I made it with a local brand acrylic 4 ply yarn  and a 4mm hook.  




The pattern is from here.  You can find so many other interesting and useful patterns there.  Hope all of you like this mats.  Will be back with another finish in my next post.  Till then, Happy crocheting.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Crochet purse, smalls SAL - May


Hello my readers,

Vacation is over in our place and my kids are back to school and I am slowly catching up my crafty activities.

I have completed a small crochet purse with the copenhagen square pattern.   The pattern can be found here.For the lining this time I made a zipper purse and then attached that to the crocheted one. I found it easier without much complication. 




Also I have cross stitched a small design for Smalls SAL - May 2016.  A tulip flower.  But I am late to check in for that.  


That's all from me today.  Temperatures are still high in my place and my mood is not settled to do embroidery.  Hope the climate will be ok within a week or two.  Till then I will be continuing with my crochet projects and I will be back with a crochet doily.  Happy crocheting and cross stitching.

Friday, 6 May 2016

A kasuti Sampler

Hello all,

Hope all r doing good.  Thanks for the comments in my previous post.  When I started doing cross stitch designs in black color background inspires me.  And once I have found a black color 10ct aida cloth in a shop and bought two meters.  But when I got 14ct aida in my hand I kept the 10ct unattended. 

 During the starting of this year I was cleaning my cupboard and found the old black aida.  I thought of using it for some purpose and when I measured it, it fits a small bed in my home.  So I started to do a kasuti sampler because I want to try all the designs of kasuti I am having in a book.  With an enthusiasm I started, but, after that I find it difficult to find the holes in that black color aida cloth.  So to solve that issue I wrapped  white color tape (the one used for dressing purpose in hospitals) around my index finger of the left hand and started stitching.  This time it is even more easier and the holes r visible easily.  I started with a simple border and so far I have completed 3 borders and 4 sets of motifs.  I have started doing it from the centre and the embroidery is growing towards one end. 

So lets have a look at the sampler .  Click on the image to get a closer view.


This border forms a nice and wide border for kurtis or sarees.





The sampler so far


I am using 3 strands of  anchor variegated threads.  It is going to be a long term project.  Currently I am working on two kurti's (kasuti and kutch) made on custom order. I ran out of thread and ordered some anchor threads.  All these are somewhat big projects.  Takes time to complete it.  So in order to get instant satisfaction I am doing crochet coasters now and then.  

Hope all of u like my sampler.   I am eagerly waiting for my parcel from pradhan embroidery stores.   In  my next post I will come up with a finished crochet coaster and some kits I own.  Till then, Happy embroidering. 

Saturday, 30 April 2016

April smalls SAL

Hello my dear readers,

Hope all of u r doing good.  This month being so hot in our place my stitching time has been reduced. Didn't feel like doing anything.  Fans are running in the max. speed and i don't like to stitch with fan at full speed.  The fabric, the threads will also dance along with the fan and it irritates a lot. Also, I didn't feel like writing a post.   I should not murmur about this hottest season coz, God has blessed us with the blessing we need for this season like AC, cooler, etc.  So 

Don't count on your problems,
Instead
Count on your blessings.

Today I made up my mind to write this post and thought I will edit my photos sitting in the bedroom as AC is running there and then continue with the post after wards.  But to my luck wi-fi is being accessible from the bedroom(this happens once in a while) and you know I am happily writing this post.  He...He...

 Last month I was not able to participate in the smalls SAL hosted by stitching lotus.  This month I have decided to do some simple and small stitching and selected a design from kinkavelcrosses.  I didn't book mark the exact page from that site. If u r interested in stitching this design u can find it under the cross stitch category. You will so many cross stitch and black work design there.

I will be finishing this up into a pin cushion which I am in need of during stitching.


I have finished this in an evening with the left over threads.  Used two strands of thread.    Hope I will be finishing it into a pin cushion this week.  Once finished I will show u the pin cushion.

Long back I have tried a piece of interlocking crochet and it is here for u to see.  It is "Bargello design" from the book interlocking crochet by Tannis Gallik. I have downloaded the free edition in kindle.  You can see couple of rows in the beginning is different. I made a mistake in the pattern and it forms a different design and after that I got a hang on it and got the pattern correct.  This is going to be made into a purse to be gifted to my niece when they will be back to school in June.  I like interlocking crochet coz there is no weaving of threads often.


On my stitchy side I have started a kasuti sampler and a kasuti kurti is also in progress.  For the kurti I am afraid I will ran out of threads.  If not I will finish it this week and will come up that in my next post.  Next month will be busy and hot month as kids are at home for summer vacation. So my crafting time will get reduced.  Any way those who r in India be safe and stay indoors as much as possible.  Have a happy weekend. Happy stitching etc.

I am linking this post to Smalls SAL - April 2016.  Hop over there to see what others have done.