Friday, 18 January 2019

First finish of the year 2019

Hi all

Hope all are doing well and good in this year.  I am also doing ok.  This winter season caused some discomfort in the health and till now the body is feeling lazy to do anything.  But every now and then I am doing something crafty and this new year I have started some new projects although I have so many UFO from last year.

My new projects are a ripple crochet blanket - I am doing one row a day, a cross stitch cushion - doing 2 squares of 4 x 4 stitches each day, then an embroidery sampler 2 stitches for a week and upon completing a particular stitch family I will be creating a design for a cushion or pillow covers out of the stitches tried.  I have started with the straight stitch family.

Apart from these I have a kutch work saree project started last year for my sis in law.  I should complete it before April.  I will be showing that saree in my next post.  Also I am adding some stitches in my harmony cross stitch project now and then.  Planning to complete one more page before the end of Feb.

One of the teacher from my son's school has asked me to crochet a purse. And I have finished it last week and that was the first finish for this year.

I have tried the pattern from here.  Used Local 4 ply acrylic yarn and 4mm hook.  I had a matching zipper and added the zipper with the lining using sewing machine and a mistake I have done here.  After completing the zipper part the wrong side of the fabric is shown after opening .  But it is looking ok.  So I left it as such.  Overall I am satisfied and happy with the outcome.   I got one more order for the purse but it should have 3 compartments.  I should try it.  It will be a challenge for me.  

So that's all for today.  I will be back with the kutchwork motifs I have done in the saree in my next post.  Till then, happy crocheting.  

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Embroidery design 11 - Kutch work pattern

Hi all,

Today I am here to publish my 11th free design for this year.  Sorry for being late. It is a kutch work pattern for the front side of the kurti.  It can be worked as an overall pattern also.  I have stitched this in a cotton cloth.  It came out really well.   Already I have stitched one kurti in the same pattern and you can view it here.  This is the second time working with this design and I was not bored of doing it.  Have a look at the kurti first.

Now the pattern

Threads used (Anchor embroidery threads)
Red - No 20
Blue - No 149

No of strands used - 2

You can draw this design on a 8 lines per inch graph paper and you can trace it in the fabric.    Hope all of you like this pattern and work.  Will be back with some crochet works in my next post.  Till then, Have a happy time with your needle and thread.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

MCP update, Black and white quilt blocks - set 2

Hello all

Hope all r busy with their needle n thread and other crafts.  I am also a busy with my yarn, needle n thread.  

Today I am here to give an update on my mega cross stitch project.  I have completed one more page  and it took nearly 22 hours to finish that page.  With out much blah blah let me show u the cross stitch piece.  I am happy that another puppy has shown its face. 



You can see from the before and after pic how slowly the piece is progressing.  After completing this I am concentrating on a saree which I am doing it for my SIL. I have to give her before x'mas.  

In this post I have mentioned about a black and white quilt blocks which I have started in the beginning of this year.  I have planned to make one block per week.  But my sewing machine cheated me by not stitching properly.  So I have given it for repair and I got it before a months time and then I have managed to sew some more blocks.  The next set of blocks for you to see.

I have followed the pattern for the blocks from here.  It's a beautiful blog to go through for those who like quilting.

That's all I have today to show u.  This month's free pattern is ready and I am in the process of editing that pictures.  Will be back with the free design in my next post.  Till then, Have a happy time.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Embroidery design 10 - Running stitch practice

Hello all

I am happy to share the free design for this month.  I am satisfied that atleast I was able to make it atleast in the last few hours of this month.   This month it's a simple design with only stems and leaves.  I wanted to try kantha embroidery.  As a trial I included the running stitch in this design and the leaves are stitched with my favorite leaf stitch.  I have worked this design in a raw silk kind of material.  Over to the design.

A close up

Now on to the pattern.

Stitches used
Stem - Running stitch ( 3 strands)
Leaves - Leaf stitch ( 2 strands)

Threads used -Anchor embroidery thread
Stem -  150
Leaves - 185

Hope all of you like this pattern.  If any one of u tried this pattern do send me a picture.  I will display it in this page.

The design for the next month is all worked and the pattern is also ready.  Will come up with that soon. Till then, Have a happy time with needle and thread.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Hexagon crochet and Mega cross stitch update

Hello all

Happy to do a blog post today.  Hexagons in crochet always attracts me.  Last year I have done a baby blanket out of solid hexagons.  This time I have tried starburst hexagon pattern and I started making more.  For each round I changed colors and though it has so many odd ends to weave in, I liked the way it turned out.  I have made a small runner out of those hexagons. And I have displayed it in my dining table.  

I followed the pattern from here.  I joined on the go and weaved in the ends. Making a cushion cover is also in the queue with this pattern.

Next comes the update on my mega cross stitch project harmony.  I have completed one more page and a part of a small puppy is seen now.  It is very cute. 



Everyday I am trying to put 100 stitches in this but sometimes other projects take its priority.  I am trying to concentrate on one project at a time but my mind wanders here and there.  What about you? Do you stick to one at a time or more than one.  Do let me know in the comments.

This year I have started a quilting project but in between my sewing went to a sleepy mode since the stitches were irregular. Last month I have repaired it and have done some more blocks.  Will be showing it in my next post. 

Till then Have a happy time with your needle n thread.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Embroidery design 9 - Floral design with quote

I am happy to share the free design for this month.  It is a simple floral design with a simple quote.  

I have completed the embroidered patch into a cushion.  Embroidery is done on plain white poplin cloth.  Just  I have added that dots with a blue marker.  

Back side of cushion.  Added a dark blue fabric in the edge to give a different look.

Now onto the pattern.

Stitches used:
Big flowers - straight stitch(2 strands)
Big leaves - Leaf stitch(2 strands)
Small leaves - Satin stitch(2 strands)
Stem - Stem stitch(2 strands)
Stem with pointed tip - Pistil stitch(4 strands)
Center of flowers - Satin stitch
Letters - Back stitch(3 strands)

Thread used (Anchor embroidery cotton thread)
Flowers - No 154, 169, 185
Leaves - 189, 878
Stem - 878
center of flower - 1217
Pistil stitch - 189
Letters - 169

Some close ups before ending the post.

Hope all of you liked this months pattern.  I am happy that I have posted it before the next month begins.  Will meet you with a crochet finish in my next post.  Till then happy embroidering.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Exploring Long and Short stitch

Hi all

Hope all r doing well. Today I am very very happy to share with you my embroidered flower in long and short stitch.  Whenever I see embroidery projects using long and short stitch, I always wanted to learn it perfectly and want to make a project out of it.  I am very much inspired by the projects done by Flora of Flora's colors.

Then comes the projects of Trish Burr who is a perfectionist in long and short stitch projects.  I bought one of her books "Long and Short Stitch Embroidery, A collection of flowers" under Milner craft series through Amazon.  For more than two years I was going thru that books like a kid and it is a colorful treat to the eyes.  

First have a look at my LS flower(long and short stitch flower).

Last month when I completed all my custom orders for the kurti(usually I don't take any orders.  I do it only for my co sister for her colleagues bcoz she is the one who encourages me a lot in my family to do more of my passion than anybody else), I decided not to do any project with deadline this year.  Doing with some deadlines always creates stress and I don't want that stress in continuing my passion.  So nowadays I am enjoy doing embroidery as well as cross stitch and crochet in my own pace.  And that too sometimes leave me in a situation that I am doing something without any aim.   

So I took the first project in the book and choose the colors which I had in my collection that is nearest to the shades recommended in the book and finally started doing it .  Though it is a small flower it took me one day on and off between my house hold chores and I really like the out come.  I am feeling soo happy after completing and will be doing more on long and short stitch after publishing this months free pattern. 

Now a close up of the LS flower.

I have worked this flower with two strands of anchor embroidery threads.  The book is a very useful one for those who are interested in learning the techniques of long and short stitch.

Hope all of u like it.  I will be back with another finish in cross stitch in my next post.  Till then have a happy time with needle n thread.