Tuesday, December 3
Friday, November 29
Ode to Running Stitch is a triptych and a little homage to the first embroidery stitch one learns when a person takes up embroidery.
Which is you favourite embroidery stitch?
Ode to Running Stitch will be available for sale at the Festive Bazaar organised by Madder Moon, Singapore from Dec 2nd to Dec 20th.
Monday, November 18
left to marinate for a further two days. Teh the bundles were opened.
There were some interesting changes to the off white cotton fabric. Three of the six bundles I decided to boil again with the tea in the cast iron pot to see if the colour would intensify.
Friday, November 8
Last week was the festival of Diwali.Come Diwali and its all about feasting, lighting clay lamps, pujas to welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, card parties and crackers.
Buildings are decked with strings of fairy lights. That's a seven storey building, lit up with tiny LED lights.
I love the magical photograph which results when strings of fairy lights, a little breeze, a slow shutter speed and an exploding fire cracker come together . Looks like freestyle embroidery. I should try translating one of these pictures into an embroidered piece using metallic threads and sequins.
Have a great weekend, the celebrations continue with a birthday and a barbecue this weekend.
I have been working and hope to have new things in my Etsy shop next week.
Friday, November 1
The embroidered piece Specialisation is for Insects has undergone changes and been transformed into a patchwork embellished textile piece.
Buttonhole wheels embroidered with space dyed embroidery thread. Eco dyed cotton fabric. Dried pomegranate peel laid on the cotton fabric and rolled up and tied with cotton twine. The bundle was put into water in a cast iron vessel and the water was brought to a boil. The bundle was left to marinate in the iron rich water for about a day. The edges are bound with tussar silk. The string couched onto the fabric at the top of the piece is the twine used to tie up the bundle for dyeing.
Happy Diwali everybody. I hope to have some photographs to show you some of the festivities in the neighbourhood.
Sunday, October 27
At the Tilonia bazaar last week I bought this gorgeous applique bedspread.
Then I saw these cushion covers and I had to have them as well.
I picked a camel and a horse.There were elephants and peacocks but I couldn't find any as beautifully made as these two. Next time I'll go on the first day.
Have a good week.
Friday, October 18
If only this quote could be used as a guide in one's approach to life instead of following what is prescribed because of a person's gender, social status, age, religious belief etc.
The prescribed life is a sad one which perpetuates discrimination, stereotypes, corruption and a warped sense of entitlement all modeled on the caste system. The caste system has been abolished then why do we create a system for ourselves which hems us in. Avenues to explore new ideas and to grow and blossom in an area of ones choosing are shunned for those which are merely sources of money and possessions.
Follow your heart, live a little people. Sigh! I feel privileged because I've done what I want to do by choice and lightning hasn't struck me down. One is told there are dire consequences if you don't toe the line served up with generous helpings of emotional blackmail.
All bunkum. Do your thing follow your heart get involved with living life. You'll be a better person.
Cotton fabric dyed with coffee.This is the reverse of the embroidery.
This is a work in progress.
Have a good weekend.