Sunday, January 29, 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, January 18, 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, January 12, 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, January 5, 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.