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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Golden showers again

After stitching up the bunch of golden showers, I was keen on trying an individual flower from the whole bunch. The bunch did not require much thinking,but the single flower did. I wanted to try and recreate the little flower as much as possible. Here are the pictures of my attempts :

Except for the calyx and the stem, the complete flower is dimensional. This yellow is a little different from the actual color of the golden shower. But this is all I had.

Another view. Does it resemble the actual flower? If not we'll think of another name [smile]

You're not bored,are you? Here's another view to show you the bud.

I've stitched up both this and the full bunch for the State flower challenge at our BDEIG-online group. Though Iam pretty happy with the outcome, I am sure experts will find a few faults .
Whether it passes the test or not - let us wait and watch. I'll soon let you know how I fared.

Love,luck and sunshine,

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Some lovely tutorials

Hi everyone,

The Dussehra festival is over and now we're eagerly waiting for Diwali to burst crackers and light the diyas around the house. We had been to my inlaws place in Kanyakumari for a short trip and came back last week. Iam nursing a sprained neck and can look around only if I turn myself completely ;) So, minimal embroidery for some days.
In the meanwhile,I roamed around the big web and found some lovely tutorials.These are some stuff which I hope to attempt some time in the future (??)

Have you ever tried embroidering buttons? I've not, but I do wish to make some somewhere down the line. Have a look at Katy's dropped a bag of french knots tutorial and see what she has come up with.I love that button on her skirt!!!

At crabapplehillstudio , you'll find a lovely wagon with pumpkins free pattern and tutorial for English daisies .

Everytime I see a stitched tote or a bag , I miss having a sewing machine. But when saw this handsewn coin purse and handbag from an old linen pant, I was excited. Have to try this one .

And finally, a very old tutorial on shadow applique which has caught my fancy. Ofcourse , I need to find a way to do it by hand . Can we try fabric glue instead of fusible webbing?

Let me leave you with a picture of an almost 1000 year old carving we came across while walking around the Thirparappu temple in Kanyakumari. Although there are lots of posts and pictures of the temple and the waterfall behind, I couldn't find this pic anywhere. Probably because most people miss it since it is on the pavement . Everyone expects the carvings and sculptures on the walls,right?

The myth behind this carving is interesting - this one was supposed to be magical. The snake used to inch closer to the frog periodically.It was believed that the day the snake reaches the frog,the world will end !! And look what we intelligent Indians did ?? Notice the gap??
Now the snake will never catch the little froggie :)
Thank us, coz we saved the world!!! :)))

That's all for now,
Love,luck and sunshine,

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Brazilian embroidery-Golden showers

Hi everyone,
Iam just a little bit late for my usual weekly post.The past week was rather busy - we celebrated Meghna's 5th b'day,my mom was around for a few days and I was trying to cram programming logic into my student's brain. Tomorrow he's going to write his semester exam and I've just reminded him once again that he needs to complete his sentences while answering questions.How yu mak sensse senntenencess lik thes? (grin) Well, this is how he writes :))

In between celebrations,gupshupping(chit chatting) with mom ,cooking and teaching I managed to finish a brazilian embroidery piece. With all imperfections,let me present...

....'Golden showers' .Check out this link to see the actual golden shower tree.

The pattern has been actually stitched on the back of an old shirt of my DH. The fabric was quite sturdy and hence suitable for BE .Besides I was not too confident about how the pattern will turn out to be.It does need a good wash to remove those pencil marks.

The same shirt had another pattern which I had stitched long time back. This too was a trial. Now that both the trials have turned out to be not so bad, Iam planning to do a few more on the same shirt and cut out each into circular patches.But where do I fix them?..That's the question that needs a solution :)

Love,luck and sunshine,