Sunday, January 8

1 Year of Stitches

The first post this year and I'm excited about participating in the challenge - 1 Year of  Stitches.
In one line the challenge is about filling a 12" hoop with embroidery, a stitch, a line or a motif everyday.
 1st January. I started off with a red bullion stitch rose.
2nd January. Decided to add a ring of french knots and bullion stitches around the rose.
I don't use a hoop for my embroidery so I decided to mark a circle 12"in diameter. I'll be filling this space with embroidery.
 3rd January. Chain stitch around the circumference of the 12" circle.
4th January. I plan to fill the circle with flowers and insects and try my hand at Brazilian embroidery and some Stumpwork so that the forms stand out in relief.   
5th January. I'm just adding elements as I go along. I have no plan.
 6th January.
 7th January. First flower is done.
8th January. We had a lot of dragon flies in October here in Welaro so I decided to embroider a Blackwork dragonfly.
That's one week's worth of embroidery and I'm quite pleased with the way it's progressing.
How has the first week of January been for you? 

Monday, January 2

Faith, Hope and Love

makes all things possible.
makes all things work.
makes everything beautiful.
May you have an abundance of all three and more everyday in 2017.

I made these little origami boxes and put chocolates in them for guests staying at Welaro. Put it on the breakfast table on 1st morning. They were appreciated.
I'm going to try and post more frequently on this blog. I have one WIP and another project which I've got involved in so there's going to be sufficient fodder for posts.
Good wishes for a happy and fulfilling year ahead.

Sunday, December 25

Snowflake Diaries Stitch along and CQJP 2016 - August.

I haven't been regularly posting in this space I know but it's been quite a roller coaster ride since I posted last.
The year is drawing to a close and I've still got a couple Sep to Dec to complete in the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2016 and the Snowflake Diaries Stitch Along.
I'll leave you with the pages i created for August. 

Thursday, November 17

Stitch along and Crazy quilt block for July.

 These are the pages for July. Flamingos we don't have or get to see in the Nilgiris but I have memories of seeing flamingos in Tanzania.
The Crazy quilt block for July. The fabric with red and gold on the right is from my wedding saree. A beautiful red kanjivaram saree my mother bought for me because she knows I love red.The purple fabric with the embroidered floral motif is a from of traditional Indian embroidery called Kasuti.
Time is racing ahead. The year is coming to an end. This year has been a year in transition - transition between living in an urban area and moving to a rural place, transitioning and using up most of my stock of materials and thread which I acquired while living in Bangalore and looking to my natural surroundings for the materials for my work going forward.
This fabric book will be one which has elements from both worlds. The cross stitch motifs most months with the exception of flamingos are from the world I currently inhabit. We have bears, our pet cat Pepper,our doggie Blackie. it's uncanny how much like their colouring the motifs in the pattern are. I didn't change the colours so that they resemble our pets.
 The crazy quilt blocks are made with fabrics and embellishments from my stash which I acquired while living in Bangalore.
Miles to go before this year ends.

Monday, October 24

Crazy Quilting and Cross stitching

It's almost a month since I posted on this blog.
A month of cross stitching and crazy quilting. Below are the fruits of my labour.
 CQ block for May.

Crazy quilt block for June.
That's the CQ block and cross stitch pattern for June as they would appear, side by side in the final book.

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.