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.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Embroidered hoop - pattern1

Hello all

Thanks for all your comments in my previous post.  Last year I have made some embroidery designs.  The first one is the embroidered verse.  I have finished the piece into a hoop wall hanging.  I was happy the way it has turned out.  


Closeup of the above picture

Pattern in Tamil

English version of the pattern

STITCHES USED
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Flowers and leaves - Lazy daisy stitch with a straight stitch inside (3 strands)
Stem - stem stitch (2 strands)
small rounds - Satin stitch (2 strands)
Letters - Back stitch (1 strand)

Thread Numbers (Anchor embroidery threads)
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Big flowers - 298
Small flowers - 528
Center of the flowers - 332
Leaves and stem - 245
small rounds - 225
Letters - 332

I have taken a baby step to design my own patterns.  In future I am looking forward to make these patterns into embroidery kits. Every month I will be publishing one pattern.  This month I am late.  Next month the pattern will be published on 5th Feb. So do watch my space.  If any one of you try this pattern do send me a picture of it.  I will be happy to post it here. 

I am nearing a kasuti work finish. Lot more to show you.  Will come with my black and white quilt blocks in my next post.  Till then, have a happy time with needle and thread.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

First finish of 2018

I am happy to show the first finish of this year, Bargello purse.  I have already blogged about it here. I have completed the embroidery yesterday and sewed it into a purse.  



I found a matching zipper in my stash and the purse has enough room to store  pen, mobile and some money.   I added a lining too. 




I found this pattern on pinterest.  Happy that I have finished completed one purse and it is going to the church sale bag. 

Also, I have started one more needlepoint purse with log cabin pattern and it is in progress.  This year I have planned to make a quilt with half square triangles in black, white and red color. Will blog about it in my next post.  My mega cross stitch project is also progressing well. 


I have started blogging in 2011.  And started doing embroidery that same year. I have learned a lot from the net and books.  Last year I have drawn some small embroidery designs and neck designs.  I will be publishing it in my blog in the coming days.  I am having a target of posting atleast one design per month.  I should stitck to my plans this year.  Because last year I have not been on the track as I have planned.  

So what's in your hoop and what are you doing with your needle n thread.  I will be back with the details of my quilt project and progress of  WIP's in my next project.  Till then, Happy embroidering.  

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Welcoming the new year 2018

Hello all

A very happy new year to you. Me too had a happy holidays during christmas and new year too.

Though I was not able to complete all the plans i had for last year, I am carrying up the WIPs to this years working basket. Though i have many wip's i wanted to start a new project this year and i have started doing the sweet caroline cushion cover from crystals and crochet.


I have completed the first five rounds of the cushion.  I will upload the progress for every 5 rounds. 

One more finish from last year. A cross stitch piece converted to a biscornu pincushion.



I have used 14 ct aida which was somewhat loosely woven and 3 strands of anchor threads. Used a pink color button in the middle. 

Thats all for today. I wish you all a happy, prosperous, healthy and crafty new year.