I found some cross stitch alphabets through pins on Pinterest. After working floral embroidery on the bags, which can be used by anyone, I wanted to personalize these three bags. My grand nephew [ important family member], DH and myself were treated this way.
The alphabets were worked on aida fabric,

cross stitch monogrammes

cross stitch monogrammes

Three small embroidery patterns to go with these letters.

embroidered[m] bags-patterns

embroidered[m] bags-patterns


Stem stitches, woven crosses for flowers and straight stitches and pearl beads-1

membbag8-emb1

membbag8-emb1

Stem stitch, detached chain and beads-2

membbag9-emb2

membbag9-emb2

Stem stitch, woven cross, leaf stitch and beads-3

membbag10-emb3

membbag10-emb3

This is mine-

embroidery on bag 8

embroidery on bag 8

For my DH, his name is Gangadharan-

embroidery on bag 9

embroidery on bag 9

For my g nephew, his name is Advaith-

embroidery on bag10

embroidery on bag10

When I chose and worked the crosses on Aida cloth, it matched the linen fabric, it was another story when they were sewn on to it. I was too busy to think of putting something around it.

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The stitchin fingers have announced ‘post a photo of…’ challenge . the theme is ‘pin cushion and ‘needlecase’’. I haven’t done any so far. But I do have a biscornu[2007], which can be passed of as a pincushion.The cross stitch pattern for this biscornu, was complimentary from a blog, my problem is I don’t remember which one. In 2007, I had no idea of blogging about my embroidery, so it was just a thing to do for my personal use. I use this opportunity to thank that person for this gift.
I changed the colours
Front-

biscornu/pincushion-front

I added my intials into this pattern, that is the only output from me.

Back-

Biscornu/pincushion-back

Pattern on the side-

biscornu/pincushion-side

I would appreciate,if someone is knows the owner of this pattern.

These are the few pouches made in satin cloth,

satin-1 Akka

satin-1 Akka

I felt satin cloth would be a ideal fabric for lingerie pouch, This peach satin, was fot my sister[Akka], the pattern is from an old embroidery pattern book,  which I modified to suit the pouch template. the monogram “V'”for Veena,was from antique pattern library .But I made a mistake [the letter is reversed], which I found out only after the piece was completed.I used the same colour lace for all the pouches, I also used some beads of same colour.

Satin-2 Manni

Satin-2 Manni

This pouch was for my sister in law[Manni], brother’s wife. “R” is for Revathi, She always likes thick embroidery, I used mostly satin stitch  for this piece Floral pattern modified from old embroidery book,and the monogram fron APL.

satin-3 chitra

satin-3 chitra

This was the pouch I  made for myself .I just changed the laces to differentiate  the pouches, My tailor of course made a very good job of these pieces, It was not easy to embroider on satin with a embroidery hoop, the tension of the hoop distorts the satin, it is more so in light colours.Handloom cotton was used for lining.After browsing through the net for personalised embroidery gifts I hit on these ideas of lingerie pouches and towel edgings. The towel edgings will be on my next post,I better grind some batter for  ‘vada’   for tomorrow ‘s festival – Vinayaga chadhurthi’.

As custom in our marriages, when the bride enters the new family, she is given personalgifts  saree,cosmetics,accessories, dolls etc

It is similar to bridal shower-except in this all family members are present, It is on the wedding day.traditional games are played between the bride and groom, and everyone present totally enjoy.

Generally our marriages are arranged, so this adds more merry to the occasion. this is called “vilayadal”- meaning playing games.

 I took this oppurtunity to embroider some personal gifts-

These are personalised towels for the couple –

pink towel- gayathri

pink towel- gayathri

I chose the monogram from e-book on the antique pattern library, for the motifs at the end I used metallic thread.

blue towel deepak

blue towel deepak

Being as usual lazy, I let the tailor sew the monograms to the towels.And for some reason he sew the lace above the band instead on the edge, I didn’t want to spoil it by unpicking the stitch, I left it as it is.