I got back to the 1 year of Stitches last week after a month long break.
I decided to add a strawberry to the 12 inch circle.
this tutorial on YouTube and the results are terrific I think.
The second stitch I learnt was Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch. I used it to embroider the stem of the strawberry.
It's season time here in the Nilgiris. Lovely cool weather with the occasional thunderstorms and the rest of the country is reeling under a heatwave. Our B n B has seen a steady stream of guests since April. People trying to escape the heat for a couple of days. I've been busy with laundry and cooking.
Ben the St.Bernard we adopted, two months back has settled in and made friends with Blackie our indie. He still has to make friends with Pepper the cat.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Friday, May 19
Sunday, April 30
The person who conceptualised and directed the creation of this masterpiece must have been a master at his craft.One assumes it was a man but I wonder if were a woman.
In any case the person's knowledge of material, architecture, Hindu iconography and sculpture must have been unparalled.
Wednesday, April 19
20th March.2017. I was looking to add a motif which would mark my visit to Odisha. I picked Jaganath. He's special to Odisha. He's the only Indian god who is worshipped along with his older brother and sister. Most Gods and Godesses have a consort but not Jaganath
The day was spent in airports. Flying from Bhubaneshwar to Chennai with a four hour wait in Hyderabad to catch a connecting flight. Time well spent working on the Jaganath motif.
The Jagannath motif is complete.I embroidered the pupils of his eyes and the motif was complete.
It was so hot in Chennai my brain seized functioning and I could only think of adding some cast on Stitch leaves.
Monday, April 10
A teaching assignment in Odisha took me away from the Blue Mountains for a good three weeks.
I carried the 1 Year of Stitches with me.
I seem to have come to a creative standstill. Only adding little Algerian eye flowers and Lazy Daisy leaves.
Didn't get a chance to update my blog all that time I was away.
How did March treat you? The teaching assignment went well and I spent a week with family, celebrating my mother's 80th birthday with a thanksgiving prayer and lunch.
Thursday, March 16
Books are such wonderful gifts and I was the recipient of not one but two books from friends.
You can open the book at any page and start reading, the stories are more detailed observations and advise which springs from experience.
Let me share what I found on page 30.
'The smallest insect in the world is a sort of firefly and its body is only a fifth of a millimetre long.One can only just see it with the naked eye.Almost like a speck of dust, yet it has perfect little wings and little combs on its legs for preening itself.
That is perfection.'
I have yet to get started on The Calcutta Cook Book but it's my type of cook book it has stories about the food along with the recipes.
I must add some simple dishes from this book to my repertoire and I'll have a Bengali to critique the results so I can hone my skills of preparing Bengali cuisine.
I hope you have something interesting to read. Have a great weekend.
Sunday, March 5
After the 17th of February I didn't find time to do any stitching, not until the 25th.
There are a number of butterflies to be seen in the Lamb's Rock area where I live so I decided a couple of butterflies should be featured.
Monday, February 27
Spent just a day at the Kochi Muziris Biennale.