Sunday, February 19

A tumultous month

We're past the middle of February and I'm wondering where the days have gone. 
February began with a wedding in my husband's family. So not many days were spent doing embroidery. 
I picked up the needle again only on the 8th of February.
Embroidered these composite flowers - combining lazy daisy stitch and woven wheels to create these poinsettia like flowers.

 In the garden there are red, salmon pink and white poinsettia.
 13th February 2017. In memory of a my school principal Ms. G. Devadason who passed away today at the age of 89. She was called Dodo for some reason. Must try and find out why.
 14th February 2017. a little cross stitch heart for Valentine's day.
15th February 2017. Cable chain, the name comes back to me, encircles the heart.
16th February 2017.

Health issues with elderly parents continue. Either my husband or I are taking a bus at short notice to go be with our respective parents.
They live in a world which was relevant probably fifteen years ago.They live a slow life.Smart phones, internet banking, shopping online is amazing and confusing at the same time. Have to get my mum familiar with the working of a smart phone she's curious and willing to learn.
Just curious, do you utilise all the features on your smart phone? At times do you feel it's all Greek?
It's so important to keep abreast of technology. But it's funny I live in a small town where cash is required and credit or debit cards get to be used sparingly, you ask someone on the road for directions to a place but the moment I get to a larger town or city it's all cashless and life is technology driven - ordering a cab or food, finding a location or getting driving directions. I have one foot in both these worlds and I think a number of people in India find themselves in a similar situation.
We moved to this small town to lead a slow life but technology has come to stay and to stay relevant or function in the wider world I have to keep abreast with technology. So it's a hybrid sort of life I lead.
Have a good week.

Saturday, February 11

Week four in a year of stitches

Between the 18th and 24th of January I had to rush to take care of my mum who had a fall which left her with four cracked ribs.
Mum and Dad are in their eighties and quite fragile. It's awful to have to see them in pain.
Mum is improving each day. Her positive spirit and can do attitude coupled with her implicit faith in prayer is making all the difference.  
 25th January.2017. Started on an up-and-down flower. Followed the instructions from this tutorial.
26th January 2017. The Up-and-down flower complete.
 27th January 2017. Added one more.
 28th January 2017. The centre made with cast off stitch.
29th January 2017. Both flowers have centres now.

Wednesday, January 18

Week 2 of a Year of Stitches

 9th January. A second black work dragonfly. One is not enough.
10th January. A buttonhole wheel flower.
 11th January.I decided to make a small cluster.
 12th January.
13th January.
 14th January. Needed something,so I decided to add a circle of french knots.
 15th January.
I like the way this spontaneous stitching is coming along.

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.