Friday, September 23

May and June - Joyful World stitch along

 May and June patterns in the Joyful World stitch along are now complete.
Almost all the animals featured are part of the environment I live in. I love this bear. My attempts at bee keeping have ended with the bees buzzing off and leaving me with an empty hive. My neighbour has about five hives and has been visited by a bear!



Sunday, September 11

Rust and Roses

Rust and Roses is a cotton silk scarf. Rust dyed and pale lilac scarf further embellished with embroidery. 
Part of a small collection of rust dyed and embroidered cotton silk scarves.

Wednesday, August 24

April - Joyful World Stitch along

 It's almost the end of August and I've just completed the pattern for April.
Here's the crazy quilt block and the stitch along pattern for April.

Two weeks and no signs of Socks.
My next project is to start drawing the flowers, birds and insects which I see on a daily basis here in the Nilgiris. I'm hoping to create a colouring book.

Monday, August 15

Socks

This is Socks our handsome and lovable moggy.
Socks has been missing since last Sunday night.7th August. It's been a week and I'm getting a bit worried.
I've been told they can wander off in search of a mate and that they come back, but a week? we also live in jungle country to make matters worse.
I've been reading on the net that some tom cats can wander 10 miles and come back after months.
I call out to Socks and hope he's safe and well and will get back once he's done with sowing wild oats.
I miss the warmth of his soft cuddly body curled up on my lap and the little depression between  the two pillows on our bed  lies vacant. It was his favourite spot to nap during the day.
Come home Socks.

Do you have Tom cats who've gone walk about? How long was it before your pet came back?

Thursday, August 4

Give your Dreams Wings to Fly

Give your Dreams Wings to Fly. A flag book.
The back cover.
The flags are pigeon feathers which I collected during my morning walks in Bangalore.  
Another view.
I hope you recognise opportunities to give your dreams wings to fly.

It's been a busy week with guests at Welaro.

Thursday, July 28

March and April CQ blocks

 I visited my mum and dad in July and came back with all manner of bits and pieces of fabric, saree borders , bits of embroidery from a peasant top which my mum made for my sister and me as kids.
 All perfect for the  Crazy Quilt blocks I was making for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2016.
This is the March CQ block which is beside this cross stitch piece for the Joyful World Stitch along.
The pink and gold zari brocade piece is part of the border of one of my mum's sarees. It's falling apart but I've added some embroidery in blue chain stitch tohold the piece together.
The blue fabric is cotton dyed with indigo.   
This is the CQ block for April.
Since acquiring all these precious bits of fabric I've begun to put together the CQ blocks in no time at all. So instead of stitching the pattern for the month from the Joyful World stitch along first and then agonising over the CQ block, things have gotten so much easier. I hope I'll be able to catch up, it's almost August and I've only completed the pages until March.
Have a good week. Hope you catch up with whatever needs catching up with.  

Wednesday, July 13

A Chinese Thread Book

A Chinese Thread Book or Zhen Xian Bao is an origami book made by the Miao people of China for the purpose of storing thread and needles.
I've made mine with paper like they are traditionally and I've decorated the front and back covers with paper embroidered motifs.
 The inside is simple in comparison. I wanted the clever little origami pockets to take center stage so I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  
There are seven pockets in all. I've read that they go up to as many as fifteen pockets. That's a lot of thread in someone's stash. 





The back cover.

Would you like to make a Zhen Xian Bao? I followed the instructions in this video tutorial  by Paper Kawaii to make mine. The embridered paper motifs are my own creations.

Have a great week.

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