About Me

Hi,Iam Deepa from Bangalore,India.Iam a lecturer by profession and embroidery is my passion.This blog is my space to share my passion with you. Iam so glad that you came by to visit my little space in this blogosphere. Hope you enjoy your visit here.Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions.I would love to hear from you.You can also mail me at deepabalagopalatgmaildotcom

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Stitching according to your taste...

Hello everyone!!

It took a while to get settled back to routine after the months of shopping,planning and finally executing the marriage in our family.In the past few months,we had spent so much time in shopping and enjoying it  that we now miss it terribly. It is as if we have nothing else to do .Sigh!!
But the credit card bills serve as a reminder that let the good memories remain and let the daily life go on :)

So I picked up my anchor stitching kit and started off . The first target was the smallest bush.

Here's how the pattern looks.

I stitched the leaves on the ground with cretan stitch and the small ones with fern stitch.

Once that was done, I started with the flowers.The instructions asked for only one shade of violet,but I felt that the flowers would look too dull. I opted for three shades and used detached chain stitches to stitch them.

At the base a darker shade was used,followed by a lighter one and the lightest one on top.A few more green lazy daisies and feathers stitches at the base and the plant was done..well, that's what I thought...

Then, I noticed that something was amiss. The cretan stitch leaves did not look right.
Was it because they were not angled properly?
Nope..They did not look bad, but they were not superb looking either. After some thought, I understood what was wrong - the leaves were not filled completely - the white fabric was being seen through gaps between the stitches. It did not look natural enough.

Now what??  Should I remove it all and stitch again?
Who me??
In the area where I work - there is a term called workaround which means we try to find a solution to the problem without destroying what we've already made .May not be as good as doing it from scratch,but it'll work. That's exactly what  I did this time, but I'll not advise it always :)
I filled up the gaps with straight stitches and this is how the flowery bush looks now.

I like it much better than the original version below. What do you think?

Just because we have a kit with a set of instructions, does not mean that we've to follow them to the minutest detail. Use your own ideas and give it your personal touch.

Now to the next bunch of flowers...
Love,luck and sunshine,

Saturday, May 03, 2014

The 22 Pound wedding dress and some pics

Finally...my brother is not a bachelor anymore. Here's the pic of him with his bride.

Her wedding lehenga was embroidered and embellished with stones and weighed 10 kilos (22 Pounds). It'll be reaching our home soon and then I'll show you some close up pics. My brother's sherwani was also embellished with stones.

On the other hand,my sari for the wedding was lightweight with simple embroidery patches and sequins all over. The fabric was net and hence not heavy at all.Here it is..

 Here is a close up of the embroidery on the sari. The sari in itself has three colors - Peach,Pink and Purple.

Since we're talking about wedding attire, why leave the footwear behind? My footwear for the marriage also had some embroidery in it and lots of stones. You can click on the pic for a better view.

 What you see below is my DH's pair of Jootis. Jootis do not have left and right foot distinction. You can wear them on any foot.

Well, I'll stop it here though there's lots to show and tell. For two days, we were treated like royals , made to eat non stop ( I need to check how much I have gained) , and made to dance non stop (maybe that would've kept me from gaining too much). It was fun and a welcome change from the daily routine and mundane chores. The only thought that bothers me is what should be done with all these stuff we've bought.The biggest issue with the wedding attire is that they cannot  be repeated. Such a colossal waste!!

Will come back with some pictures of SIL's wedding dress and her jewellery.
Till then,
Love,luck and sunshine...

Monday, April 28, 2014

...and she starts stitching again...

Hi everyone,
How have you all been?

After almost a year, my stitchy journey begins again with a kit from Anchor which I had reviewed long back.This one is a free style doily named as Pretty safe (why?...don't ask me).

It's been so long since I picked up needle & thread ; I badly wanted to stitch  - and this kit was available ready made - that made my job easier. I have started with the leftmost bunch of lavender flowers.I am planning to change the colors a bit, since they appear too dull to me.

Life still remains busy - I've started working in a software firm and write for them, teaching is still there on and off, my P.hD research has just started -  but I've decided and I am trying to not let everything else eat up my hobby.
Above all,my younger brother is getting married  in two days time.My sis-in-law is from Gujarat and so we are traveling to Ahmedabad in the wee hours tomorrow. The marriage is going to be in Gujarati tradition which is totally alien to us .I belong to the state of Kerala, and our marriage is a five minute affair whereas in Gujarat, it goes on for two to three days- so there is excitement,anticipation and a li'l bit of nervousness of not knowing what we are going to face [smile].
Will update you all on how things went and may be show you some pics of  the Indian wedding and the rituals. Till then...

Love,luck and sunshine,