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

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 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.

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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.

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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

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  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.

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

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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.

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Now the framed picture-

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