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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Never ask God "Why Me ?"

A forwarded message and has been posted in several blogs,but very touching and deserves a post yet again..


Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983. From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: "Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease"? To this Arthur Ashe replied: The world over -- 5 crore children start playing tennis, 50 lakh learn to play tennis, 5 lakh learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, When I was holding a cup I never asked GOD "Why me?". And today in pain I should not be asking GOD "Why me?"
Happiness keeps u Sweet, Trials keep u Strong, Sorrow keeps u Human, Failure Keeps u Humble, Success keeps u Glowing, But only God Keeps u Going.....

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

French Knots-Brazilian Embroidery-TAST 24

This week I restarted my Brazilian Embroidery project which had been put aside for some time.The inspiration ofcourse comes from Sharon's TAST,which had french knots as the stitch to explore last week.BE is what comes to my mind when I hear French Knots,bcoz I learnt this stitch while doing my first BE project.The kit Iam doing now is called Ellen's Basket and has around nine or ten flower baskets.





I've just completed the flower part of the first basket called Creeping Flower.There are French Knots ,Long-tailed French Knots or Pistil Stitch,Bullions ,Stem Stitch and Couching for fine growth and branches.As is the practice,the threads used are EDMAR rayon threads.Here is a close up..psssst....don't look very closely at my bullions and french knots...they are the work of an amatuer.





For those of you who are still uncomfortable with french knots ,here is a video tutorial for french knots. You can also download another video tutorial from HeritageShoppe.Just click on the image and choose either save or open.


Brazilian Embroidery is a three dimensional embroidery form done using Z-twisted Rayon threads.For those of you who are interested in learning BE,here is the link to the free designs at http://www.brazilian-dimensional-embroidery.org/ .

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Loop Stitch or Ceylon stitch??

For the past couple days,I had been trying to find a stitch similar to this variation of wheat ear stitch that Elizabeth of quieter moments had done for Sharon's TAST .I think I've found it atlast.Here is the picture..


I found this picture from this document

Loop-Stitch Embroidery: Peruvian and Elizabethan, Durkin, Jennie. The Bulletin of the Needle and Bobbin Club, Vol. 72 (1989)

Ofcourse ,there are minor differences when compared with Elizabeth's variation,but there are similarities too.

I'll leave a comment at quieter moments so that she can come and have a look.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

TAST 23-Wheat Ear stitch

Managed to stitch a li'l bit this week .This time it's wheat ear stitch sampler for TAST.I'm not going to explain the pictures,coz I don't know what I've done :-)) Sometimes its just enough to let go and do whatever comes to u at the moment.Here it is.



As usual,my camera doesn't do justice to the colors.May be some day I'll get a better one.

All are different variations of wheat ear,except for the base and stem of the blue flower.

For the top curve from the left hand side I've done detached wheat ear,Elizabeth's variation of wheat ear (if you pull it too tight the cloth puckers ),wheat ear type 1,wheat ear type 2 and the variations in detached wheat ear.

These are the my sources of info about wheatear


Wheat ear variation 1 - sharon's and Primrose Stitch school (great tutorials)


Wheat ear variation 2,Detached Wheatear,Tete de Boeuf - Needlecrafter.com

There's a wheatear stitch sampler here too.


Monday, June 04, 2007

Glass painting on a Windowpane

For the past couple of months I've been busy setting up our new home.After 6 years in rented houses,we've finally moved to an our own apartment.Freedom from monthly rentals at last!!!!


The new place is neat enough,but there was one window in the dining area that needed some decking up.The painters had messed up there and the glass was smudged with paint.There was no possibility of opening it and cleaning it coz it was a sealed window,whose sole purpose was to let some sunlight in.Well,today I decided to work on it and this is what I did.




I did some freehand drawing on the glass and painted it with glass colors.Cannot claim that the look has improved as Iam rather poor in drawing. If you look carefully,the smudges can still be seen .There's also the bottom half of the window that's even worse than this.But,that's for another day.