April 2009

This is the third stitch of this challenge.

The fabric is the same light green cloth, the picture  taken shows a different shade.

At present I am designing a green tunic, where I make use of some seam treatments.The most tedious part is the designing, I feel.Requires total concentration, the basic idea of how the finished project will look-should be imagined i this stage itself. I also finished a towel edge for my nephew with his name, picture of which I ‘ll post after  it is given to him.I chose the fonts from the antique Ebooks from the net.I love designing names for a reason- I have a very lousy handwriting! I can compensate for that in this way.Embroidered name looks better than than the written one.3

 This is the second stitch on this challenge.Shawkl had given two versions of each stitch -with and without beads. I have stitched  without beads.These decorative seam treatments serve different purposes- they look good,can be used for decorative purposes[crazy quilting]  ,helps in coordinating colours,explore different stitch combinations and useful as a sampler too.


When I initially started learning embroidery, I found a way for remembering the stitches- I ‘ll pick one stitch , and choose a pattern appropriate for that and work the whole project in that stitch. this helped me to master each and every stitch I chose.I don’t do that any more, I usually mix and match various stitches together. I am able to use only a few stitches at a  time.Some times I also work on particular type of Embroidery- Kanthawork, kutchwork, mirror work, assissi, cross stitch,beadwork.

 Working on these decorative stitches is a new learning experiance. I also wanted to do 100 details in 100 days. first I ‘ll start with the TDSITM and may move on to this one. Sharon is currently posting information on her band samplers- Iam interested in that also.It seems work ing between my projects, and challenges ,learning new methods  of embroidery moves back on my line of priorities.Either I have to organise myself more or Iam doing too many things at once. Time will tell.

This month’s stitch explorer is casalguidi embroidery. I have never tried this before.I am happy to try any  new form of embroidery, but the difficult part is getting  the idea for using the embroidery on a project.Without the idea it is hard for me to learn, but without mastering , I can’t have any idea.so I  still haven’t started on this casalguidi.Iam yet to start on the trellis stitch too.

 I found this new stitch challenge in the blog- www.shawkl.com– Twelve dozen stitches in twelve months. It is very interesting.I’ll see if I can join the challenge. I have  started on the stitches, but I need to try harder to keep up with the challenge.This is the sample I made of the first stitch, I am not using  any beads.


The fabric I am working on is a handloom cotton from south India. Iam just using the  threads from other projects.So choosing the colour combination, will also be interesting.I can mixmatch as I feel like.

 Iam also working on other projects,Iam designing, embroidering on tunics .selecting monogrammes to customise hand towels,browsing the net for ideas for small ornaments and their finishing techniques- I realise I have to go a lllloooooonnnnnng way. I should be more regular on my posts.

I am sorry I have been very lazy in writing the tutorials of- kutchwork, phulkari.With so many UFOs – give me some more time, I ‘ll get on them.

I enjoyed doing this month’s stitch explorer-Assissi embroidery.

But ,Iam not fully satisfied because, I don’t feel I have explored this embroidery.I did not try new and bigger ways. Iam still new to these challenges,and just feeling my way now around .

I did not explore trellis stitch at all -Iam yet to learn.Somehow I keep postponing it.

My assissi picture frames all together-assissi007

I eagerly waiting  for the next challenge,and hoping I can explore and finish it on time.

This is the last picture of my four assissi frame  designsassissi0041


  Deer was the main theme.I chose  an easy blackwork fillng pattern.

I like the border of this picture the best of the four .

I forgot to take photo of this picture ,while I was working.

The framed picture-assissi006

This is the third picture of the assissi frames ,I designed last year.


The peacock is the main design in this picture.Iam always fond of traditional  Indian motifs.Within the size of the frame,I was unable to do a symmetrical design.Deciding on the   overall pattern  was not as easy as I thought it would be. assissi001

The border is very simple chesswork pattern.


Now the framed picture-