Tuesday, 22 December 2015

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Merry Christmas to all of you!

A small ornament made from scraps...                    

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

floral wreath

I'm very happy to strike off one more project from the WIP list before Christmas.
                         


                            
Got to rinse it off and then think about finishing ideas.

Happy stitching!
Anita

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Colour riot runner

I've attached more scrappy crochet squares..decided to call it a colour riot runner :-)                   


started another doily..more on this next time..                   


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

white block #1

I've always wanted to make a white patchwork quilt with little bit of colour but didn't know where to start so this idea went back to the sketch book.After a year and lots of doodles,scrambled ideas,sketches I came to a conclusion that if I don't start it now then I'll never do it. I've decided to use white fabric scraps from my dresses..so I guess this will be a sort of memory quilt.

Here is the first block...
                    


top half of the block-crocheted circle with some french knots,kantha stitches and pleats,fly stitches..
                   

bottom half of the block-pin tuck,piping,bullion loops, needle lace, a shisha mirror, blanket stitches,sheaf stitches,ribbed wheel,cross stitches,herringbone with running stitches over a seam...
                 

close-ups
                



Happy stitching!
Anita

Thursday, 12 November 2015

mystery project a.k.a floral wreath

We've had heavy rains this season which is very good..almost 20 cm rainfall was recorded this week in the place where I live..
I had to stay indoors most of the time so I spent my time planning some new projects, weaving and adding more stitches to the floral wreath project..
                  
so far a quarter of the wreath is completed.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

ring pillow

a wedding ring pillow for a wonderful couple....
                           


Happy stitching!
Anita

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

scrappy squares...

I have boxes full of left over #20 size Anchor crochet cotton threads from earlier projects. My mother and I leave our thread/fabric scraps in the same place so it was easier to sort them out.

With no plan in my mind I began crocheting small squares...                  

I joined some of the squares with black thread.                    

Initially I thought black might over power the other colours but now I kind of like it..

But I am still not sure whether to go with black or change it.Please feel free to leave your thoughts..

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Wip - Stole

I was always fascinated by handloom fabrics and one of my wishes was to learn the art of weaving someday. I'm so happy that I was able to do that this year.
After learning the basics from a master weaver my friend and I decided to weave a stole.                  

Close up of the pattern..                   

There are a couple of mistakes and some tension issues but I will work harder to get it correct...

I was really worried whether I'll be able to remember all the math and get the pattern correct but after few hours of weaving I'm in a happy place.. 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Fifth year...

Today this blog is entering fifth year and I just popped in to thank y'all for your support and love.
I can't sign off without showing an embroidered piece today so here it is..
A small purse with shisha embroidery.
                          

The ground fabric is muga silk and I've used both cotton and silk threads for the embroidery.

Happy stitching!
Anita

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Stitch tutorial - German blanket stitch

A slight twist adds an interesting effect to a simple stitch.
This stitch looks like knotted blanket / up and down blanket stitch but it's much easier to work.




Step 1 – Make a pair of slant blanket stitches as shown.




Step 2 – Pass the needle and thread through both the blanket stitches from right to left without picking up the fabric and pull the needle.



Step 3 – Repeat step 1.









Step 4 – Repeat step 2.









Repeat steps 3 and 4 until end.







                  Happy stitching!
Anita

Thursday, 23 July 2015

French knots and a new WIP...

I had to spend an entire afternoon making french knots this week...                       

a tatted doily in progress... finished five rounds so far...                   

a chain stitch filling which is a part of a sampler stitched for a beginner class...                    

You all know that I am a terrible photographer... so I have been trying to learn how to take better photographs and also trying to understand my camera better for the past few days...                   
                   


Happy stitching!
Anita

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Stitch tutorial - Threaded stitch

Another beautiful stitch tutorial...



Step 1 – Work two rows of straight stitches as shown.




Step 2 – Thread the needle with a second colour thread and bring it up close to the first stitch of the top row.



Step 3 – Pass the needle through the first stitch of the top row from left to right without picking up the ground fabric as shown.


Step 4 – Pass the needle through the second and first stitches of the bottom row from right to left as shown.



Step 5 – Pass the needle through the next stitch of the top row from left to right without picking up the ground fabric as shown.


Step 6 - Pass the needle through the next set of stitches (third and second stitches) of the bottom row from right to left as shown.




Step 7 – Repeat steps 5 and 6 until end.





                                                                     Happy stitching!
Anita

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

laces...

I've added only very few stitches both to the cross stitch garland/wreath and iris projects...more on that that next time...
lately I've been spending more time with shuttles and hooks :-) ..finished some laces,edgings and a doily from an Ondori book.
                                         

                                          
                            

                            

                            

Happy stitching!
Anita

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Stitch tutorial - Threaded running stitch


A simple yet beautiful running stitch variation...



Step 1 – Work two rows of aligned running stitches as shown.









Step 2 – Bring the needle and thread up close to the first stitch of the bottom row.









Step 3 – Pass the needle under the first running stitch as shown.









Step 4 – Pull the needle and pass it under first stitches of both the rows from top as shown









Step 5 – Repeat steps 3 and 4 until end.








Happy stitching!
Anita

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Bengaluru workshop

Surface embroidery (Kashmiri style) workshop in Bengaluru on 11th of July.
                            

Limited seats only...For more details please write to artisticfingers2012@gmail.com

Happy stitching
Anita

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Stylized Indian horse

I have finished another project 'stylized Indian horse' this week...tada!                       
 working with shades of red was kind of challenge ...I was worried whether I'll be able to achieve balance both in terms of color and stitches.                           
                            


But am happy with the result...

Happy stitching!
Anita

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Aster doily

Finished blocking the knitted aster doily...                      

Aster close-up...                            

The pattern is from McCall's needlework treasury book.

Have a great week!
Anita