Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Smalls SAL _ March fairy

Hello all
Just a quick post from my mobile bcoz my laptop had gone crazy. I have given it for repair. Photos are also from my mobile. I hope it looks good.
All the three fairies together. I thought of adding some words to each block since it looks somewhat empty.

Now i am working on a kutch work kurti.will come back with anothet finish in my next post.  Oh it's so hot in my place. Somebody please send some snow to our place. 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Granny stripe Blanket - Ta ta da........

Today I am happy to share with you all my granny stripe blanket.  I have completed it in February.  I have started this blanket to use my local yarn from my stash.  Out of curiosity one afternoon in september 2016 I have started to do it.  It started to grow nicely row by row.  I have decided to do one row a day.  But that limit goes than 5 rows a day.  When I used all colors in my stash the first set contains 33 stripes (a stripe contains 2 rows).  I have done 93 stripes repeating the first 33 stripes again in the same order.  Now the blanket in all its glory.

I have used local brand acrylic yarn with 4 mm hook.  It took 15 mins to crochet 1 row.  The blanket fits a double bed.  This is the second blanket I have crocheted.  I am happy with the final outcome of the blanket. Also, I have added a a simple dc edging around the blanket.  It is simple and neat.  I am writing this post in a hurry.  So that's all for now.  I have joined the crochet quilt blocks.  Now I have to add some edging to it.  After that I will come up with that.

Now on my embroidery hoop is the smalls SAL for March.  Some backstitches have to be done.  Will be finishing it this weekend. I will come up with the march fairy and the epp pincushion in my next post.  Till then happy crocheting.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Embroidered Yoke - 2

I am here with another simple embroidered yoke along with its pattern.  Last month I was stitching some straight stitch samples and then the idea for the yoke came. I used a simple straight stitch called Diamond Eyelet stitch and back stitch and the yoke is done.  Now on to the embroidered yoke.

Before doing the back stitch.

The pattern

Stitches used: 

My WIP involves cutting and sewing Half square triangles.

Also I am making a good progress in my Mega cross stitch project.  Will come back with the granny stripe blanket Ta da post next time.  Till then, Have a happy time with needle and thread.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Kasuti Embroidered yoke, EPP

Hi all 
Thanks for all your encouraging comments on my kutch work bag.  I have some completed projects to blog about.  But feeling lazy to edit the photos and write a post.  But today I have decided not to be lazy that too at the beginning of the week and determined to write this post.  

I have completed this kasuti embroidered yoke for my co sisters colleagues mother.  Already I have done a kurti with this yoke.  Seeing that she wanted another one with the same design in peacock blue background.  I am able to get only this blue and have done it.  It has been sent to her. I am glad that she likes it.

I have used three strands of anchor embroidery thread no. 63 throughout.  Now I am embroidering one more kurti for me and it is in progress.  Hoping to finish before Easter.

This year I have tried my hands on EPP - English Paper Piecing.  Inspiration came from here.  Pamela used to come up hexagons on every Monday.   Also the tutorials from youtube urged me to start trying and see this is what I came up with.

I am going to finish this into a pincushion. After trying these hexagons I wanted to do more.  so now and then I am making hexagons.  Will go for a cushion project when I have enough hexagons in my basket.  I am trying to make a table cover from my computer table using HST(Half square triangle), to make us of my fabric stash.  It is also coming up nicely.  I am enjoying doing it.  Have to find the backing cloth with a thin batting between.  

So Whats up in your side.  My works baskets are full with crochet, cross stitch, sewing quilt blocks, etc.  Are u a person having so many projects in your basket.  How will work on it? Do let me know.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Kutch bag - Ta da

I am so happy today to show you a bag which I have made from the scratch.  I have started this project out of the curiosity of embroidering this kutch work motif.   Also the inspiration for this bag came from one of the embroidery bags which I have purchased in kodaikanal.  I have followed a youtube tutorial of smarmyclothes for the making of this bag.  Very clear video.  The best part is attaching the zipper and I found it very easy and got a confident to add zipper to any project.  Now over to the bag.

Front part of the bag

Back part of the bag with zipper.

I have quilted both the front and back pieces and added golden color glass beads. Added this foam while quilting. Happy with the outcome.

The bag has room for carrying a purse cellphone and a water bottle for weekend shopping or it can hold bible and hymn book while going to church.  Planning to do one more with silk cloth for sale in church during september.  

Hope all of u like it.  Waiting for your suggestions and comments. 

Also I am ready for the Ta da moment for the granny stripe blanket and a kasuti embroidered kurti.   Will come back soon another finish. Bye.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Smalls SAL - February Fairy

Hi all, 

Thanks for all your lovely comments in my last post.  I have completed the february fairy for Smalls SAL.  I took nearly 3 1/2 hours to stitch this fairy.  

The free chart for the fairies can be found here.

Both January and February fairies together.  I have to add the second line to the border for the January fairy.

I am working on the second block on the Rainbow SAL.  Also I am ready for three Ta..da.. moments.  Will come up with the finished kutch work bag in my next post.

I am linking this post to Smalls SAL link party hosted by Heather.  Hop over there to see other smalls.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Pillow covers, kutch motif

Hope all r doing good.   Today I have been here to show you two sets of pillow covers with kasuti embroidery border and a stencilled border.  The stencilled patch was also done loooooooooong back.  Only now the time has come to attach those patches and borders to fabric to be sewn into a pillow case.  Happy with the outcome.

For the red one I followed the tutorial here in youtube.  For the stencilled one I have sewed it in the normal way.  But for the side seams I used french seams.

Also I have done with a kutch work motif.
  Going to quilt the piece and 
i am going to make a bag out of it.

I had some fabrics in my stash and tried paper piecing hexagon.  It came out well.  I will show  that in my next post .  Till then happy embroidering.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Smalls SAL - January fairy

Last year I participated in the smalls SAL hosted by Heather of Stitching Lotus.  But I was not regular in posting each month.  So this year I have decided to stitch the Lucie heaton fairies and at last I will be framing it.    So here is the January fairy.

A closeup

I have stitched this on 14ct aida with two strands of anchor embroidery threads.  Back stitches are done with 1 strand.  It took nearly 4 hrs to finish this fairy.  The border looks plain. so I thought of adding some more stitches to make it fancier.  Will show it in my next months SAL.

Also I am stitching the rainbow sal .  It is an interesting one for those who love mono color cross stitch.  Borders are worked in two colors and each blocks in different colors.  you can finish  a block in one or two sittings.   Here is my block1.

I am linking this post to smalls SAL -January check in here.  You can find so many interesting smalls stitched by other cross stitchers.

I have done with a set of pillow cases and my granny stripe blanket is growing nicely.  I will come up with pillow cases in my next post.  Till then happy cross stitching.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Embroidered yoke - 1, Gifts

Thanks for all your comments in my last post.  Today I have come up with an embroidered yoke along with its pattern.  It is embroidered with the simple stitches.

Fly stitch(3 strands)

Anchor thread no's: 530(blue) and 225(green)

For the center I have glued a round stone of green and blue colors.  I will be attaching this piece to a kurti later.  

During christmas I have received a gift from my blogger friend Mini.  She has sent me so many goodies-( a cross stitch magazine, cross stitch kit, a post card, cross stitch card, mini hangers, a crochet bookmark, a pincushion, embroidery thread, cross stitch cloth of finer count) some of them are in my wishlist to buy. Especially the cross stitch magazine and the mini hangers.,  I love it.  Thanks Mini.

I have made a little progress in my needlepoint project and a good progress in granny stripe blanket,  Also, done two set of motifs in the kasuti sampler.  In my next post I will come up with the stitching part for January for the SAL's I am participating.  Till then Happy stitching.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Kasuti embroidered borders, Needlepoint start, WIP updates

Hi all

Hope all r  doing great with new plans, new dreams and new resolutions.  In my side, though I had a little problem with cough and cold last week, my crafty journey is going on smoothly.  Last year I decided to do some pillow covers before christmas since I had a red dotted fabric in my stash.  I thought of adding a little bit of hand embroidery in it and decided to do embroidery patches and attach to it.  I have done with kasuti embroidery borders in 10ct matty cloth with three strands of anchor embroidery threads.  But I keep on postponing the sewing part and by the time christmas and new year were over.   Till now I didn't feel like taking my sewing machine out of its cover.  So here I am showing only the embroidered borders or patches.  

This weekend I will be sewing this and another pillow cover with a touch of stenciling in it.  I will show it once I finish both.

As I have planned in the beginning of this year, I have started the needlepoint wall hanging kit which was with me for more than 3 years.  Seeing the chart I thought it will be a complicated one, since the chart contains only one fourth of the design.  But after starting it I got the hang of changing the direction of the working piece and continue with the chart which is new to me.  So far the stitching is going on well and I liked it a lot.  Here are the two pictures after the end of day1 and day2 of stitching.

I have some progress in my mega cross stitch project and granny stripe blanket which I have done during Nov and Dec.  

One more page to finish the top blocks.  Will try to finish the next page within next month.  This project will again travel with me this year.



I have completed one third of the blanket.  only 21 color stripes remaining. Means I have to do 42 rows.  I am strictly doing 2 rows a day and hopefully I will be finishing this project within Feb 10th along with a simple border. When I show this blanket next time mostly it will be a Ta.. da.. post.  

In my next post I will come up with a simple yoke pattern which I have designed with the basic embroidery stitches and the first block of the rainbow SAL 2017.    Till then, Have a happy time with needles , yarns and threads.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Embroidery start up and plans for 2017

Hi all,

We r in the 5th day of Jan and it looks like the days are running.  I have started up my crafty journey with these two embroidered flowers.  Last year I didn't stitch up any surface embroidery.  I was more into kasuti work and kutch work.  So, to refresh me t have stitched these two designs.  hope all of you like it.

Small flowers are worked in fly stitch.  For all the stitches I used two strands of thread. I will come up with more embridered flowers this year.  I will be finishing these pieces of embroidery as a wall hanging quilt. 

This new year I didn't take any resolutions.  But I have decided to be happy with what I have.  I will try to be patient whatever situations may be and should accept the ups and downs if any with a calm mood.  

On the crafty front, I am continuing with the granny stripe blanket, Mega cross stitch project and the kasuti sampler.  

This year I am participating in the smalls SAL cross stitch.  Last year I was not regular in this SAL.  So this year I have selected the Lucie heaton fairies chart to stitch and framing in the end of the year.  Also, Started to do the rainbow SAL. The borders and the first part are published.  Any of you want to do cross stitching with no color changes often this SAL is for you.  Each block is stitched up in one color.

Apart from these, I have the following plans for 2017.

  1. Finish Praying hands cross stitch(for sale in church)
  2. Needlepoint wall hanging kit
  3. Long stitch kit (These two kits are with me for a long time)
  4. Kasuti embroidery kurti
  5. Embroidered saree(Planning to do with kantha embroidery motifs)
  6. 5 crochet bags and 5 purses(interlocking crochet)(for sale in church)
  7. Practice long and short stitch(L&S) and finish atleast one small project using L&S
All these project will take time and if I get bored I will be stitching small motifs or flowers or practice designs in any new forms of embroidery(like hardanger, needlepoint).

I have some more small designs and a big finishes to show you from last years crafty journey.  Will come back with the embroidered patches.  Till then happy crafting.