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Friday, July 22, 2016

Stitching randomly - some Brazilian embroidery

The last time I posted BE was way back in 2013. That's a big gap!! I realized it just now - when I looked up my posts while writing this one. {smile}

So, fresh after completing Hope and encouraged by the fact that I've actually planned and executed a design on my own - I decided to try my talent {grin} in Brazilian embroidery. Psst..Those are the only threads I've here with me other than the stranded cotton -and oh yes some white work threads too.

I have brought along some linens gifted by Meri and I am determined to embroider on all of them before my German adventure ends. Armed with my rayon threads and milliner's needles, I began...

The first flower was something which I'd never attempted before.It was not difficult, but time consuming and yes, it looked really big.

After completing it and looking at it size, I had my doubts - was this one going to be a misadventure? Maybe, I still had the tiny-dainty-flower-hangover after Hope :)

So, I left it alone and tried another one -a Japanese violet . I've stitched Japanese violet multiple times and each time I've failed to keep the bullions in shape.

It was a struggle this time too, but I managed it better than the earlier two attempts except for a couple of petals. I've still not gotten anywhere near the perfect Japanese Violet. One more attempt is in the offing.

Then some fine growth and embellishments were added to the li'l big flower, Dahlia.

And went for another flower I haven't tried for a long long time - the cast on flower.Here she is...

So, now the pattern looks like this...

Is it just for me, or are these images looking blue?

I am happy with what I am seeing right now, but,yes there's still scope for some tiny additions to make the whole block look like one. Some more fine growth,perhaps?

The fabric piece is a long one - so there's still a lot of space left. I'm going to add some more blocks in the corners. I am envisioning it as a table runner. Let us see it how its end up.

I hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I did stitching them up. Making up design on the go is fun.

The weather is pleasant, school is closed for summer and there are colors all around. :) Next month, we are visiting Paris - our first trip outside Germany.

Love,luck and sunshine,

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A finish!!!

Hi everyone!!

Over the past few weeks, I added a few more single stitch flowers to Hope. The first one to be added were the roses.

Here they are, stem stitch roses with Oyster stitch buds.

Once the roses were added, there were a few small spaces left. I opted for french knot flowers in random colors , unlike other flower bunches where the color combo was kept intact throughout.

Here she is...

There are still spaces left, but I just cannot bring myself to fill in - if I do that,I fear that the tiny flowers may get lost in the crowd. So, in a sense I guess this is not pure negative space embroidery. All negative space embroidery that I've seen in google-land involves complete filling up of the empty space outside the pattern. May be I'll give the concept a try again with a smaller design.

Here are some more pics..

You can click on the pics for a better view.

If you've landed late on this page and would like to see how this project progressed, here are the links to the previous posts..

Post 1. The beginning

Post 2. First bunch of flowers

Post 3. Some more single stitch flowers

The entire embroidery is stitched up with stranded cotton. When we were told of the move to Germany, in-spite of all the apprehensions, there was one thing about which I was happy about - that I would get to use some of those yum crewel wool, perle cottons which we never get in India.With that thought I brought along with me only a very limited set of threads.

But now I've realized that the grass always appears green on the other side.Erlangen is one of the worst places that a person with embroidery as a hobby could land.There's nothing else but wool in the stores and the handful of threads, if at all there, are absurdly expensive. I've decided to use whatever I have with me here for the time being. Only desperation can drive me to buy the threads from here.

Talking about stranded cotton, I would like you to see a wonderful piece of stumpwork violets by Rachel at her website. Shows that one doesn't need fancy threads for embroidery. Yeah, I know, I am trying to pacify myself [smile] . But, yes, her work is awesome.

Well, that's it for today,
I hope you enjoyed looking at "Hope" :) Now I've to think of something else . Flowers again...hmm,not sure. Good bye till I think up of something else..
Love,luck and sunshine,

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hope in progress- some pics

Hi everyone,

With the beer festival over, Erlangen is back to its quiet self.We saw a different side of the normally formal Deutsch during these 12 days of celebration.I visited the fest once, but was not very keen to go again.

During the past couple of weeks, while working on "Hope" , I spent more time unpicking than stitching.My daughter would often find me standing motionless in front of the embroidery staring at it. When this repeated for some days ,she said- "Ma, if that was given to me I wouldn't have bothered about color combinations and would've just used whatever I felt like. But it would still be beautiful for me because I used the colors I wanted to. You adults ( her exact words) think too much.Just pick a color and stitch."
She contributed  her own interpretation of "Hope" on paper..

Sometimes, I just look at her sketch for inspiration. In fact some of the twirls are her idea. 

Well, the gyan (wisdom) she imparted me was good, but can old habits be killed so quickly? Anyway, I continue my statue posture, but not when she's around [big grin].

Most of the flowers added to hope are single stitch flowers - those that do not need any specific pattern. After straight stitch and lazy daisy, I wanted to add my stem stitch roses - a favorite of mine. And I did.

They looked pretty enough, but out of place..

And I unpicked them. But I'll add them for sure, may be in a different color.

I then proceeded to add these..

Hanging flowers with simple french knots and two strands of two different colors.

While I was stitching them up,DH send me a pic he had clicked just a few blocks away. Here it is..

 Aren't they pretty!!

Just before writing this, I finished adding another set of flowers with blanket stitch. I am not sure why, but I wanted blue flowers. I tried the dark blue, but again it stood out .Then I mixed it up with a lighter shade.It looks better ,but is not the best when seen overall.

Let me now add the roses and come back to you..

And oh yes, I crocheted too..
Baby booties as a gift

And something for myself..
Scarves and beanies are always needed..
Till next time,

Love,luck and sunshine,