Tuesday, March 25
Monday, March 24
I had to modify the original recipe which Nioves used because you don't get cans of evaporated milk here. Nioves cooked Spanish food for me and was happy to talk to me in Spanish when she saw I was keen to learn.(My Spanish abilities are limited at best) Here's my embroidered recipe in Spanish for Avena which Nioves dictated to me.
It was a good weekend R and I watched the Formula 1 race , this weekend in Sepang, Malaysia- Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari won and on Saturday night we went to watch "The Bucket List". A great movie, Jack Nicholson is simply fantastic.Hope your weekend was memorable.
Saturday, March 22
Friday, March 14
Samples of motifs which have been created on a base of rows of running stitch which are staggered. The variety of motifs which can be generated appears to be limitless and I'd like to explore that in the challenge this month.
So I'll be exploring composite stitches with the colour palette for March.
The workshop got over on Wednesday and I got my chance to finish the pages for February.
Click on the image to get a closer look at the details.
Thursday, March 6
The Lambani woman's outfit consists of a skirt or phetiya made up of five distinct bands and secured at the waist with a drawstring tie which hangs down embellished with cowrie shells and tassels , a backless blouse or kaachadi with the characteristic square mirrors embroidered on the front and sleeves and the veil called the chaatiya or ghungato which is a length of commercially printed or woven fabric embellished with a wide band of mirror work and coins.
I got caught up with photographing the embroidery so I don't have enough pictures of the jewellery which is an extremely important part of the whole look. Most of their jewellery is silver except for the nose ring which is gold.
The arm band in the picture above is made up of 25 paise coins and bunches of silver little bells called ghungara and the tassels to tie the armband on, have ghungaroos, cowrie shells and tassels called phunda made of acrylic wool.Silver anklets, 3 anklets no less.
Bangles from elbow to wrist, siver hair clips adorn a distinctive hairstyle. The older women have beautiful tatoos. I must photograph them too.
Applique, tassels of varying sizes made of brightly coloured acrylic wool, square and round mirrors, bells or ghungara, metal buttons, coins and cowrie shells all go to embellish the lambani outfit.
I'm not finished there will be a part two.