Monday, January 11, 2016

Settling down and some embroidery discoveries at the new home

Hallo!!

Wie geht es dir? ... see,I've already started learning German [big grin]

Thank you for all your good wishes for the new year and the new journey we've embarked upon.

It's been ten days here in Erlangen. We've taken on rent a fully furnished 3 room apartment - the rent is huge, but it saves us from other expenses for furniture and household equipments that we may otherwise incur. Our days are spent exploring the places near our home,the city center,some shopping for essentials and trying out some local delicacies. Rest of the time goes in trying to understand the equipments - the house is spacious,old, and hence the equipments are ancient.

The German instructions do not make things easy either.

The electric glass top stove took a few days to get used to - I am still burning food at times though. Back in India, the fire in the gas stove was something we could easily adjust - may be because it is something we've grown up with. And a messy stove was easy to clean..sigh!!!

The vaccum cleaner is almost as big as me. I'd prefer the simple Indian broom anytime :) The top loading washing machine remains a mystery - the instructions are in German and it is unlike anything I've seen .I googled quite a bit to get some idea but the mystery remains unsolved.The worst part - even Siemens website does not have information about this product from them.

Moving from living in one's own house to a rented house has its drawbacks - you're always conscious of the fact that none of this belongs to you and any damage to the objects will incur a cost . The kitchen remains my main tension point - the Indian style of cooking involves frying and so many masalas- I am afraid the pristine white cupboards will turn sticky coupled with yellow stains of turmeric ...aargh!!! I've to be very very careful.

Along with the above,the owner also provided us with plenty of linen for the mattresses and the tables.On our second day in the new home, I noticed a cushion lying in one corner of the living room -it was just a single piece.I picked it up,examined it and then informed my hubby - look at this, a hand embroidered cushion cover !!

Hubby asked - so?

No answer from my end...




The pattern is stitched with wool and the colors are dull. But it still is beautiful. I wonder why there's only one piece? Need to search the cupboards to see if there's a partner for this lonely soul.

Here's a closeup - satin ,stem,lattice work and couching stitches have been used.The couching has come off in the borders.I'll have to take up a restoration work.
In the deep recesses of the cupboard, I found another pretty piece too. But this looks to be machine embroidered.
Pretty isn't it? I am told that the house is quite old.So may be these are old too..

The front and the back of the embroidery. Looks like machine stitched to me.

I also found another table cloth. Not embroidered, but the print on it reminded me of Portuguese embroidery. Meri, are you there?

 Here's a close up..

I am yet to explore the yarn stores in the town. For that I need to first get acquainted with the streets and routes. It may take a few more days. Erlangen is a small city (town?) with plenty of old buildings.Each building appears to have a story of its own. There's a nice little library too and the public transport is excellent. 

Nice place,but the silence is unnerving. A hundred apartments around, but pin drop silence everywhere. No sound of children playing, dogs barking,street vendors, vehicles honking..cows,buffaloes, neighbors gossiping.. well,this is what we lived with in India :) 

And,oh yeah, the gentleman- Mr.Sun is a rare entity. Do we need to take Vitamin D supplements? 

Till next time,

From the region of Bavaria,

Love,luck and little bit sunshine,
Deepa





Friday, January 01, 2016

Journey to a new beginning

Hello everyone!!!
Greetings from the airport!!
Not sure how this post will look,since Iam using my mobile to write one.
We're waiting to board the plane to Munich via Dubai. The airport has a free wi-fi connection and that enabled me to write a quick post  to wish you all a wonderful new year ...my last post from India.
Just before commencing the journey to the airport, I managed to finish a scarf I had been crocheting. Here's the picture...
 The yarn was gifted by DH after his last visit to Germany. It was just enough to make a scarf for the little lady..

That's her at the airport...The pattern is called Cassia scarf and is quite simple.I'll update this post with the link once I settle down in my new home.
Till then ,
Wishing everyone a blessed and prosperous year filled with ...love,luck and sunshine, of course... :)
Deepa

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Embroidered Storks...Reader's embroidery again

Greetings everyone!!

I've not been embroidering much lately as we are in the middle of a career changing,life changing move from India to Germany. DH has already left the shores and now I am trying to tie up the loose ends - job, daughter's school, purchases for the winter there..

To be frank, I've no idea what to expect and I am nervous. It's a big change in terms of culture,language and climate. It's been fifteen years in Bangalore and all of a sudden this move...am I looking forward to it? Yes and No. Gosh!!!

It was in the middle of all this that I received the picture of another completed work from Shoba, one of the most prolific embroiderers I've come across. The speed in which she completes her pieces is unbelievable and each piece turns out to be better than the previous. Here's her work..



Please click on the image for a better view. This piece has as many as 15 different stitches incorporated. She very kindly passed on the list of stitches used in the pattern. If any one among you wants to try this pattern this would be really helpful. Of course, you can make changes according to your preference too. Here's the stitch diagram.

Thank you, Shoba. Because of you my blog has remained active in the past few months

That's about it for now. Will be back with more news and updates soon. We plan to travel in January and hopefully everything will just work out fine.


Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa