Friday, 23 September 2016

Two Tone doily, New start

Thanks all for your lovely comments on my kutch work kurti.  I like that simple design of diamonds and now my hands are itching to make a kutch work bag with these diamonds.  It's in the planning stage. Should I make the design for the whole bag or should I make it in patches. Not able to decide. If it is done for a whole bag it will be a big project again.  Let me see how it works out.

Here I am presenting to you the two tone doily which is a very famous one in the world of crocheters, Easy to do and with two colors it's wonderful.  I have made it in a day and after blocking I like it very very much.  

The pattern is from here.

I have first seen this doily in Ninu's blog.  I like her Lavender and yellow combo and I will make one more doily with that color combo coz this doily has been sold out in the church sale.  Hop over to her blog. You can see wonderful crochet creations with nice colors.

I live in a hot place and I don't need yarn blankets but whenever I see crochet blankets in the blogland I go crazy and I wanted to make one.  Last year I made Sophie's universal blanket and that too has been sold in the sale.  So I started to make a granny stripe blanket to show case in my bed during day. Also it is a stash buster project because I have sooo many local brand acrylic yarns in my stash which I have collected over 2-3  years. I have finished first set of red and orange colors and started off with green now.  I have decided to make one row in a day but sometimes I go mad and go on crocheting 4,5 row at a time.  It's  nicely coming up.

A small cross stitch project is in the finishing stage. Stitching part is over and I am going to finish it into an ornament.  I will show it once completed.

On the crafty side, I am busy and next week we will be going to my mothers place for a short vacation.  Will catch u all after that.  Till then, Take care, Have a happy time with needle n thread, yarns.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Kutch work kurti finish, WIP update

Hello my dear readers

Thanks for your comments for my previous post.  I have finished a kurti done using kutch work.  It took more time than I expected but I like the final outcome.  I have seen a similar design in one of the online kurti shop.  Then drew the picture in a graph paper, traced on the fabric and then embroidered it.  simple design but forms beautiful diamond pattern upon working repetitively.  

Thread used: Anchor 255 & 167
No of strands : 2

I am trying to put this design in pdf format so that viewers who need it can download it and trace it without altering the scaling of the image.  If I succeed I will put up a link and let you know

Some close ups.

This piece has been embroidered on custom order for my co-sisters colleague.

After a long time I have completed the next page in Harmony Mega cross stitch project. I have completed page6.  Hereafter I have decided to do 100 stitches everyday.  I am sticking on to that decision and that's why I was able to finish page 6.

After - U can see some more leaves, stem and a small flower has been added on the right side. 2 more pages for the first row to be finished.  

Now I am concentrating on the kasuti sampler which I have left unattended for months. I have promised u to show the doilies in this post.  Since my previous posts are related to crochet I wanted to show something embroidered and that's why kutch work kurti came into the show.  One more kasuti kurti is waiting for its turn to get embroidered.  Preparations are all done and next week I will start doing it.

The crocheted sofa cover which have been completed a week before is awaiting for the end threads to be weaved in.  After weaving it will take its turn to show up in the blogland.  Till then, Have a happy week end.  Have a nice time with needle and thread.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Crochet Stitches in purses

Hello all,

Hope all r doing good.  Thanks for the comments on my previous post.  On first Sunday of every September we use to have a IMS(Indian Missionary Society) sale in our church for raising funds for the missionaries.Last year we put up a stall and to my surprise all my crocheted items have been sold out.  This year I didn't have much items to exhibit in the stall so I made some purses in the past week. I didn't search for patterns, instead I have practiced some stitches and then turned those pieces into purse and here are they.

This pattern is taken from  The name of the pattern is Two Tone tote. You can view it here.  For the flap I have followed a youtube tutorial.  If I come across that link I will update this post with the link.

On seeing me crocheting purses my kids asked me to do a purse for their teachers to gift them for teacher's day.  And I have crocheted two purse using moss stitch.  For all the purse I attach magnetic closure.  Only for basket weave stitch purse I attached the zipper.

My embroidery kurti projects are in the finishing stage.  Last week since I am into crocheting these purses I was not able to complete it.  This week I am targeting to finish a crocheted cover for sofa which I have started two three months back.  I need one more day to finish it.  After that I will be concentrating on kurtis and decided to finish it within 15th sep.  So wish me good luck.  My next post will be on two crocheted doilies. So do watch my space.  Till then, Happy crocheting.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Needlepoint purse and some kits I own

Hello all,

Hope all r doing good.  Everything is going on fine from my side and I am busy with embroidering kurtis.  In between that I have done a needlepoint piece and I have turned that into a purse.  The piece of canvas which I have done the needlepoint embroidery is this.

I have done blanket stitch all around.  Then folded the piece into half and sewed along both the sides with hand.  Then added zipper and lined the purse.   It's all done.

Stitch used: Double brick stitch
Done on single taar canvas with 6 strands of threads.
Used three shades of green and yellow color of rangoli thread.

Since the canvas has evenly spaced holes I used back stitch to attach the zip and I find it very easy.  planning to do more on needlepoint cushions.

When my DH went to Thailand for a business conference he got me some cross stitch kits and some stitching accessories.  All these items are from Pinn and B2S shop in the central world plaza, Thailand.  He just picked up randomly and got all these except the dmc threads. 

Below one is a bag making kit.  The instructions are written in  chinese language and should try it with the pictures in the instructions.  It will take ages for me.  

some stitching and sewing accessories. A yo yo maker, quilting thimble, bias tape maker and two needles.

Also some DMC threads for a cross stitch project.

And this kit is in my stash for so many years and this is from pony craft store.

Hope I have not bored you with so many images.  In my next post I will come up with my crochet doily which I have completed months back.  Till then, have a happy time with needle and thread.  Happy weekend.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Published in Needle n thread and a kasuti Finish


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.