Saturday, 14 July 2018

Embroidery design 6 - Kutch work Yoke

Hello all

Posting here after a month.  It's a long break for me.  I have failed to post the free design for the month of June.  So I will be posting two designs this month.  

This month it's a kutch work yoke design.  On to the worked piece.


Close up
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The pattern is below
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I have drawn this pattern on a 8 lines per inch graph paper which is downloaded from the net.  I used to download the paper from here

The fabric I have used to stitch is ordinary poplin cotton. 
 Thread used is No.257 Anchor embroidery thread.  
For the straight lines I have used Running stitch.
No of strands used : 2

Hope all of u like this design.  Will come up with the sleeve border and the front border for this yoke design in my next free design post.  Till then, Have a happy time with needle n thread.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Rose Doily

Hello all

Hope all are doing well.  Life is moving on in a busy mode.  Squeezing a little time now and then amidst of all the household chores and other things.  Last year for our church sale I have crocheted this doily.  It doesn't pop up in the blog post till now.  I don't know how that one has been missed.  So today I am happily presenting my rose doily.  



The pattern is a free one which I have got from here.  Crocheted using 1.75 mm hook and thread is Anchor knitting Cotton thread(I think so).

I framed it with golden color.  This piece got sold in the sale for a good price. 


After that I didn't crocheted doilies.  So I should crochet one to reduce my stash.  Will meet u soon with another doily.  Till then, Happy crocheting.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Crochet Table mate cover, Mega cross stitch update

Hello all

Happy to be here to show u my table mate cover.  Long back I have made it and today I have found it in my drafts folder.  So determined to write this post.  I have made it using the pattern Lacy granny square.   I have used only two shades of lavender yarn from the  local  yarn. Joined it using braided join method.


Also I have completed one more page from the mega cross stitch project.  

After

Before

I have a big needlepoint chart for "The Last Supper".  It is a printed kit.  I am trying to work 50 stitches per day.  A kasuti saree is also on my hoop.  Trying to allot 15 mins a day and these two are growing steadily.  From Monday onwards I should put some stitches in the mega cross stitch project so that I should not forget it.

I am ending this post coz I am sleepy.  Bye.  Have a happy time with needlenthread,  

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Embroidery design 5 - Buttonhole stitch Neck design

Hello all,

I am very late in posting this months free design.  When I was ready with my design to post, a lot of unpleasant things happened in our city last week. For three days the shops were closed, buses were stopped and nothing was normal. Protest to ban Sterlite(A factory which manufactures copper) was going on and it ended up in a heart broken way.  If u want to know more about it just google or search in you tube. Internet was not there for more than 3 days.  But now everything is coming back to normal slowly.  But the victims and their families of the protest are suffering a lot.  That factory has to be banned bcoz sulphuric acid is getting mixed up with the air for more than 22 yrs. Arsenic has been mixed up with the land and ground water. Since it is poisonous all the people of tuticorin are struggling to ban it for the welfare of our future generations.  Now government has issued orders to close the factory, but we don't know how long  it will be closed. Money is playing a major role in this matter and only God has to save us.  Ok,  leave it.

Let me give the free design for this month. It is a buttonhole stitch design.  Easy to do and you can complete it fast. You can stick stones or make a french knots in the centre of the flowers.




Now the pattern
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Stitches used:
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Flowers - Buttonhole stitch(2 strands)
Stem - Back stitch(3 strands)
Leaves - Lazy Daisy stitch(3 strands)
Neckline - Chain stitch variation(6 strands)(you can also go for herringbone or chevron stitch)

Threads used:
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Flowers - 20(maroon)
stem and leaves - 188(green shade)

I will update this post with the method I have done the chain stitch variation.  Last month I have promised to do kantha border for this months free design.  I was not able to complete it.  So I have uploaded this design as this has been in my drafts.  Next month I will come up with the kantha embroidery border design.  Before that some more finished pieces are waiting to be showcased here.  So do watch my space.  Till then, Bye.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Embroidery pattern 4 - French knots neck design

Hi friends

Today I am here to share the free pattern for this month.  It is an expansion the last months free pattern.  I have expanded it to a neck design for a kurti.  A simple one but  looks elegant.  So on to the design now.




One more thing.  If you are working the french knots for the neckline, make sure that u leave enough space for stitching.  I have stitched it too close to the neck where the fabric is being cut for stitching.  At the time of stitching it becomes big trouble and the french knots were all collapsed.  Then I removed all the french knots and embroidered the neck line with the herringbone stitch.  I will  update this post with the stitched kurti once it is done.

Now the pattern
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Stitches used
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Round flowers - French knots (6 strands ) - I wind the thread one time over the needle
Leaves - Leaf stitch - 3 strands
Stem - Stem stitch - 3 strands
For the neck line french knots of pink and blue stitch alternatively.

Threads Used  - Anchor
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For flowers - 63 (Pink)
Stem and Leaves - 150 (blue)

For the next months free pattern I am working on a kantha embroidery border pattern.  So do watch my space.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Smalls SAL fairy, Sashiko trial

Hello all

This month I have managed to do the smalls SAL for march month on time.   I took two evenings to stitch the fairy.  And added the quote "Be thankful" to it.  So on to the fairy.


Last two months fairy along with the borders.


All the eight fairies I have stitched so far.  I have to add the quotes to two of them.  Only four more to go to complete the piece.


There are many types of embroideries and one such embroidery is sashiko which uses only the simple running stitch.  I have tried it in a blue cotton fabric with white embroidery thread.  

Initially I didn't get the center of the flowers correct.  But on the go I got the hang of it and I completed this.  I traced the pattern on the wrong side of the fabric and done the running stitches on the wrong side.  But i made a mistake on the top row by starting the from the right side,  I should correct it.  

One close up

What should I do with this piece? No idea.  I will be doing one more pattern on sashiko.   That's all for now.  In my next post I will be coming up with the free pattern for this month.  

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

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Interlocking Crochet purse

Hello all

Hope all r doing well.  I am a little busy since my kids r at home and they will be back to school on April 2nd. Most of the time I am in the kitchen doing cooking, cleaning.  It's hot here now and the interest for stitching is low.  Whenever I get time I am picking up my crochet hook and yarn.  And this purse is born. 

Long back I bought the Interlocking crochet book.  Already I have tried some patterns from that book.  It is an excellent source for those who want to try interlocking crochet.  This time I have crocheted the interlocking zig zag pattern and it came out perfect. 

I have attached a zipper and  managed to attach a lining also.  This time the zipper part came out perfect.  I have used a local acrylic yarn with 4mm hook.  Now over to the purse.





It has enough room for holding a cell phone, keys, pens and money.  I am very happy that it have turned well.  It took me two evenings to complete this.  I will be doing more purses for our church sale.

I have completed a crochet bag.  The body part is completed.  I have to attach a zipper, lining and a strap.  This part is taking time and I am lazy to do that.  And the next cross stitch fairy is also in the hoop.  

In my next post I will be coming up with the cross stitch fairy.  So do watch my space.  Have a happy time with hooks and yarns.

EASTER BLESSINGS TO ALL THOSE WHO CELEBRATE EASTER.

"BECAUSE HE LIVES
WE CAN FACE TOMORROW"

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Embroidery pattern 3 - French Knots Flower

Hello all,

Today I am here to post my free pattern for this month.  It's a simple flower design.  I always wanted to try french knots.  I am very happy that I have stitched this month's pattern with french knots.  So here is the stitched design for you.


Close up of the design


Pattern 
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STITCHES USED
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Center  flower – French knots ( 6 strands)
Stem – Stem stitch – 2 strands
Leaves – Leaf stitch and satin stitch(outlined with back stitch) – 2 strands

Thread used
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Anchor variegated thread No: 1320

For the next month's free design I will be uploading a kurti neck design which uses this pattern.  So do watch my space.  


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Oh I'm late

Hello all,

I am late to show you my little fairy which I have stitched for the smalls SAL.  Somehow I was feeling lazy to do a blog post.  I overcame my laziness today and I am ready to show you my little fairy for last month.



I have completed 7 fairies so far.  Only 5 more to go.  Also, I have started to crochet a blanket in the Jan 15th of this year.  I have started it in a plan of doing one square per day. As per the plan it is going on.  Some days I used to do more than one square.  And so far I have completed 60 squares.  



In my next post I will be posting the new design for this month.  Till then, Happy crocheting. 

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Crochet Samples to pouches

Hello all

Hope all r having a wonderful weekend. I am also happy because I have two crochet finishes in my hand.

In the school of crochet there are so many stitches I wanted to learn.  One is V-stitch and one Saturday evening I tried it with two colors and I like the way it turned out.  So crocheted another piece of it and at that time my little one came to me asked ma what r u going to do with it? And I asked shall I make a pencil pouch out of it.  He happily agreed to it and that sample became a pouch.




Then my elder one asked a pouch for him and tried this wavy pattern using tapestry crochet.  It took two evenings to do this pouch.  I didn't line it since the tapestry crochet is made of single crochet and it makes a thick fabric with no space.  But the zipper part I find it somewhat difficult and it was not perfect.  But my son was happy with it.  



Both the pouches together.

You can see my previous attempt in tapestry crochet here.

What I learned with tapestry pouch  is, it will be better for a sling bag which needs no zipper.  Next time I will try a sling bag.  Now I am happy with this attempt.  

I have completed neckline embroidery for a kurti.  I am eagerly waiting to post it.  I will be posting it along with my free embroidery design for next month.  So do watch my space.  

Now on my embroidery hoop is the fairy for the smalls SAL.  I will be posting it on Tuesday hopefully.  That's all for now.  Bye.  

Have a happy crafty time.




Friday, 16 February 2018

Granny Square Cushion and Mega cross stitch update

Hello all

Today I am here to show you my granny square cushion and an update in the Mega cross project.  I crocheted these granny squares when I aimlessly sit after doing the house hold chores.  Last year I have done these and when I was cleaning my craft shelves last month I got these squares and I have decided to make it into a cushion and luckily it fits one of my cushion in my home.  And now the granny square cushion in born.  


I have done granny squares with 5 rounds and bordered with 2 rounds of sc's.  Then joined from the back using slip stitch.   For the back of the cushion I done rows of dc's.  



For the opening I have sewed pink color buttons.

Also, I have completed three more cushion covers last year. But for the back I am in a confusion  whether to crochet or to sew onto the the fabric cover.  Will show it once it is completed.

Now onto my mega cross stitch project.  I have completed one more page and I am happy to see a kitten face. 

After. Here I am not showing the right side of the project.  I have rolled and pinned it to keep the project from getting dirty.

Before

When I complete the next page the face of the dog will be come to the screen.  Eagerly waiting for that. 

I have started an embroidery kurti project and a granny a day project for a crochet blanket.  Apart from these two crochet purses are waiting for a zipper attachment.  By this weekend I will complete the purses.

That's all for now.  waiting for your feedback and comments.  Have a happy weekend. 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Embroidery pattern 2 - Tiny cushion

Hello viewers

I am happy to publish my second embroidery pattern.  I thought of publishing it on 5th of every month.  Again I am late.  Next month I will try to be on time.  

This month I have come up with a pattern that contains quotes and a small flower design.  I have finished into a tiny cushion that can sit on a stand or it can be used a pincushion.  


Some closeups



Pattern 
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I have done a mistake while drawing the pattern.  The number of spokes for woven spider wheel should in odd number.  Then only you will be able to wove above and under correctly.

STITCHES USED
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Letters - Back Stitch ( 2 strands)
Center flower - Back stitch with straight stitches in the center) (2 strands for back stitch and 3 strands for straight stitch)
Stem - Stem stitch ( 2 strands)
Spoke flower - Woven spider wheel stitch( 3 strands)
Leaf - Fish bone stitch (2 strands)

Thread Numbers(Anchor embroidery threads)
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I have used only 2 colors 

Blue shade  - 530
Pink shade - 65

Hope all of you like my pattern.  If any of have given a try do send me a picture.  I will be happy to post it here and leave a link in the comment section so that I can link back to your page.  

That's all for now.  I will come up with another finish in my next post.  Till then, Happy embroidering.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Smalls SAL - January, Black and white Quilt blocks

Hello all

 January is going to end and this month my crafting time was going as per my schedule and I have managed to finish a couple of things.  Last year I have participated in two cross stitch SALs , Smalls SAL hosted by stitching lotus and rainbow sal   from Connigeedesigns.  I managed to be on time till may for the smalls SAL and I have stitched only two months charts in the rainbow sal.   So I thought I will continue with those WIPs this year.

For the last years Smalls SAL I was stitching LucieHeaton fairies and luckily I have saved all the charts when they r free to download.  Now it is not free.  For this month I continued to stitch the June fairy and added the backstitched words "Be strong".


So far I have stitched  6 fairies and 6 more to go to complete the piece.  

I am linking this post to Smalls SAL 2018 - January.  Ha ha I managed to join the link party in the last moment.

In the beginning of this year I have bought fabrics to make a black and white half square triangle blocks quilt.  I am doing 1 block per week on Thursday.  So far I have completed the four blocks for January.  Though they are not perfect I like it.  Framing the blocks will be done in red color.






I am following this site  to do the blocks.  I have cut  many squares at a time make half square triangles out those squares whenever I feel to sew.  Then on every week Thursday I will be following the block pattern and sew the block.  

I am happy to say that I am going to finish another page in my mega cross stitch project.  Hope to show that page in my next post.  Some cross stitch cushions and a purse is in the queue to get showcased here.  So do watch my space.  

Happy cross stitching and happy quilting.