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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hi everybody

I found while surfing the net that one can print directly onto the cloth with help of something called freezer paper and i wanted to try out this. Well i could not find freezer paper in my local market but i found something called paper fusing, which machine embroiders use as backing while doing embroidery on cloth. I ironed this fusing paper on the wrong side of the cloth after cutting it to A4 size and tried taking print out and viola i succeeded. i was so excited and became over confident after the first attempt that i put the wrong side i.e. the paper fusing side for the second printout and the pinter got jammed. i had to struggle a bit to get it out but i did not give up and took out two more printouts. This is what i did without realising that i am adding 3 more projects to my "unfinished work" list. Anyway, now nothing can be done, the printouts are out and i have to go ahead with it and finish these too.
This is what i did.....

A beautiful butterfly. I got it from the net, i am sorry i do not remember the site.

I started embroidery on this one.

I plan to embroider the tree and the bushes. let us see how it turns out to be. whether i will be able to do it or not.

In the meantime while i was hunting for freezer peper and trying out printout on the cloth i was also trying my hand on my new ribbon embroidery project. I tried my hand at making folded ribbon rose and daisies. This is what i made.....

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thread Embroidery

The weather out here has not improved a bit, rather it has gone worse. We people keep looking up at the black clouds up there for them to burst open and drench us, but the God of rain does not seem to be in a mood to oblige us with rain here. Although the Met. dept. has been giving us rosy or rather multi coloured forecasts. It is something like Met. dept. proposes and God disposes. Well it did rain here for a day or two but it is not enough to cool down the weather. Now enough of this weather talk, i am not from met. dept. I better get down to the business for which i have opened this blog.

Thread embroidery is my first love and no matter how much i deviate to other form of embroidery i will always come back to thread embroidery as a homing bird does. I do not say i know each and every stitch of embroidery but whatever little i know gives me immense pleasure while doing it. Ever since i started reading craft blogs i have learnt quite a lot and i am learning new ways of embroidery everyday. I can say i am now addicted to craft blogs and spending more & more time reading these than working on my projects. I feel amazed & spellbound when i see the quality of work being done by the ladies. I have 3-4 projects waiting to be completed.

As promised while starting of my blog that i will show you & share with you my embroidery work done earlier, before i started blogging.

These are a few of them.

These are my wall hangings.

The vase is appliqued with black cloth.

Close up of applique vase.

Two beautiful parakeets fighting for berry.

One more pair of birds

Closeup of the birds.

It seems i must have been into flowery flowery mood to make so many flowers.

Bunch of poppy flowers out here.

Yellow rose.

another one.

another one.


another one.

This one is waiting to be finished. I think these many flowers are enough for the day. Hope you like my work. There's more to come, not flowers only ofcourse.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ribbon Embroidery

My love with Ribbon embroidery started when I bought a book from International Book Fair in Delhi. Frankly i did not know that anything by name of ribbon embroidery existed in this world. When I surfed the net for it, it opened a whole new world and chapter for me. I found lots and lots of beautiful & complicated ribbon work done plus videos and tutorials by experts in this field. I said, why not give it a try. So here i am with whatever little that i have made or rather learning to make (that's the right word). I have not done much work with ribbon but plan to do so ( i have to do it whether i like it or not) because I have bought lots and lots ribbons for it. I like this work. It is done fast and the end results are just beautiful.

This is the very first ribbon embroidery done by me . Small pink and orange roses.

My beautiful sunflower with beads and sweet little butterfly.

Ribbon and thread embroidery.

This is the close up of ribbon work.

Another small project of roses using spider web technique.

Three beautiful purple, pink and red flowers with three butterflies. I think I love to make dragonflies and butterflies. They look cute and so real.

Tried my hand at little bigger project. Roses with spider web technique. Center of roses are colonial knot stitch.
I used little beads for pink flowers. work on white flowers is to be done in this photograph.

Finally completed this project. I used yellow anchor thread for stamens and did colonial knots stitch in the middle of the white flower.

I used open rose petal technique for this flower. Learnt form the book I have. For the pollen or stamens I used golden colour lace and put red colour bead in the middle.

See my dragonfly. how beautiful it looks. the body is thread embroidered whereas feathers are with ribbon. It was plain white ribbon. i used different colour crayons to give rainbow colour effect. hope i succeeded in it. Plain white ribbon was looking so bland. Now my d'fly looks happy with some colour.

well this is what i have done with ribbons till now rather should i say tried with ribbons. But i want to make more and learn more. i will come back with more ribbon work shortly. Please give me some time as i have some other project to finish.

This is a old bunch of flowers i have. The flowers are falling apart very time i wash them. They are in good condition so i am thinking of using them somewhere else. i have an idea for it. so i have removed them from their stems. Let us see how it turns out to be.This is what i am working at present. if i delay this work i will definitely lose some of the flowers.

I would love to hear your comments on the work that I have done & also suggestions for improvements from you.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My journey into the world of embroidery

Hi everybody

At last I got all my embroidery related photographs uploaded on to my computer. now I can start blogging. The weather out here in Delhi, at this time of the year, is very bad. Its hot, humid and sultry & has started taking its toll on one's health and work. Anyway, here I am to share my work (whatever little i have done) with you all and in return learn even more from you. Yes, I have learnt a lot from the tutorials posted on the net.

I grew up watching my mother and my elder sister doing knitting, sewing, embroidery apart from household chores. My mother always had some or the other project on hand. We always had embroidered pillow covers, cushion covers, bedsheets, tablecloth with crochet lace work done in our house. Whether i liked it.. oh yes, but only watching it being made, making it, no ways. At that point of time I always thought it is only for married ladies with kids who sit at home to knit and embroider. We had craft as subject in school where we girls had to do embroidery and all that work was done by my sister. I only used to go and show my work to the teacher and get marks. but the embroidery bug was at home somewhere waiting to bite me and it did bite when i was say 15 or 16 of age and had just taken 10th grade exams and waiting for my results. When i told my mom that i want to embroider a saree for you. my family had a fit & were shocked. Imagine a girl who has not embroidered a handkerchief properly till then suddenly wanting to embroider 6 meters of cloth but i was adamant and i did get a saree to embroider. I made roses on it using cross stitch and completed it on time. That saree has been passed on by my mom to my sister-in-law,& she says that it is her prized possession. hence my journey into the world of embroidery has started and yes, now i understand that it is not meant only for married women with kids but for everyone with interest & aptitude of it and it is very rewarding mentally, emotionally & can also be commercially exploited, if you do not believe me.... ask yourself, if you too have similar interests.
I will be showing you my previous work but first what i have done lately.

I had been surfing net for fabric flowers and found some fantastic sites with tutorial of it. As weather out here is not allowing to do much work, I said why not try out these.
Here is what I have made .

Wow they do look great. I filled up the middle part with small yo yos. These are made from used shirts of mine. Five petal flower has been turned into this wall hanging. I was so desperate to make it , I tore my blue shirt for it.

First I appliqued leaves on the cloth then placed the flowers and stitched only in the middle using red shiny beads.

These following beautiful flowers will go on to my bag.

Other thing that I am making while watching TV are these beautiful Yo Yos. I plan to stitch them on single bedsheet and will be flaunting it during winters. So I better hurry up because I have lots and lots to make. They are so colourful. don't you think so.....

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hi everybody, my name is Ms Pratima Kapoor & I am new to this blogging business. I was wanting to make my own blogspot for quite some time to share my thoughts & work with the world at large,& here I am at last. I live in Delhi, India& am happily married & a housewife. I believe in simple uncomplicated lifestyle, going thru' life enjoining small small moments of happiness. I keep my self busy with embroidry, knitting, sewing ect. apart from household chores. Internet & craft blogs have helped me in honing my skills in these fields. I am not formally trained in handling & operating a computer. It all started when I was gifted an computer by my brother-in-law & his family. I started operating it tentatively, learning from various sources including my sister-in-law, & especialy her son & daughter, who taught us how to use the internet & later on the internet itself.

I hope to hear from you bloggers further helping me in sharpening my skills in the fields of my liking. Bye for now.