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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Double colored leaves

I've been trying to vary the colors of the leaves in my latest jute project.


Beginning with two strands of green, I changed to one strand each of the two colors. For the smaller leaf, I stitched only the tip with the golden olive shade. Which colors have you used for double colored leaves - bright yellow? browns?

I will be back after stitching up a few more of these..

Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa

Friday, January 20, 2017

Embroidery on jute

Hi everyone,
The new year started on an icy note...and still remains so - as of now we're having temperatures between negative 10 and 11.
Well, it's not bad..life goes on, and mamma nature is letting trees and plants take a well deserved rest. I do feel for those who live in temperatures still lower. I cannot imagine a -20 or a -30...phew!!

Since its a fresh start of the year, I too decided to try something new. During my visits to the Christmas market in Erlangen , I met Simone who had a stall of Linen products for home. She sews them all by herself and she very kindly gave me a couple of discarded scraps. I am attempting to embroider on one of them.

The fabric is very coarse and I could not transfer pattern to it using the traditional light box method or the carbon paper. Have you tried embroidery on jute? How do you transfer patterns?

I just stitched on the outlines keeping the paper and fabric together. The idea worked, but it would've been better had I used a tracing paper rather than the "Original"..duh!!

So, now I've started embroidering - it's a simple design and I hope it turns out just like I've visualized it. Let's see..
The fabric is rather stiff and harsh on the threads. I don't even need an embroidery frame. My stem stitches did not turn out to be as uniform as I would've liked- I think I was a little too much in a hurry to see them done and move on to the leaves. Hopefully the leaves will cover up the bad stems..

That's my update for now. Wishing all who visit this page - either on purpose or accidentally , a fantastic year ahead. My first year in Germany has shown me a different way of life -in India, we were always busy doing something or the other - here, we're wondering what to do with the extra time.Shopping and meeting friends are fun - but not practical everyday.

DH sometimes asks me, " I have some extra time , shall I give it to you,please?" { smile..} So, this year I need to see if I could find a productive way to occupy myself.

I hope this year will be a productive one for all of you too..

Love,luck and (a chilly) sunshine ,
Deepa

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Boucle,blanket stitch ,Hungarian Batoora and gluhwein

Sheesh...I know it's an awful title for the post,but I couldn't think of anything else. Let me tackle each word in the title one by one..

Gluhwein is wine which is heated up with some spices and served hot .Christmas markets here are famous for different types of gluhwein.When the weather is freezing outside, it's a relief to hold that warm glass of wine and sip it little by little.

I am not so used to alcohol, but I've always liked wine - the sweet ones that are made at home back in India.Unlike the wines I am used to, gluhwein has more alcohol content and DH did remark that after having just one, I was talking a little more, laughing a little more and that I am revealing all his secrets .. [big grin] I've moved to Kinderpunsch (non alcoholic children's drink) since.



In the picture is another delicacy that's available here in Erlangen at this time of the year. It is called Langos and is from Hungary. It's very popular here and reminded me of an Indian dish called Batoora.It looks like pizza but is deep fried and then toppings added.It is yum, but not so healthy.

We also visited the Nuremberg Christmas market, supposedly the world's largest. Plenty of fun to be had there too. In between all the activities going on around me I managed to almost complete another bunch of BE flowers..almost..

I started with the Boucle flower and as usual it gave some trouble because it's been a long time.

This is the first time I am using a Boucle yarn with so many color variations.

I love the colors here..reminds me of everything that is pleasant..
Then I moved on to the blanket stitch flowers and now the bunch looks like this..

I just have to fill up the center of one of them and this will be complete. I am running out of light shades to fill up the center of flowers and green rayon threads too. By the end of this project there will  not be many green shades left with me.

So, thus ends Boucle,blanket stitch,batoora and gluhwein story.. :)

Till next post,
Love,luck and sunshine
Deepa