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 27, 2013

Crafting away..

Hi everyone!!

Last post  I was cribbing about keeping (the not so little anymore )little one busy during holidays and now I am going to crib about the school reopening ;)
Here it comes....

Its been barely 4 weeks since the school reopened and I am already reeling under the lessons to be taught and the weekly craft activities . Sigh!! 
Every week there is a new art activity and a new co-curricular activity. No, I am not against it. But why can't the art teacher make the kids do the art activity in school? Why should it be sent home and then we parents have to supervise the whole thing?  Grumble..grumble..

Last week, the little lady's art teacher gave a list of materials to be arranged for making a portfolio.We purchased the handmade paper, which the teacher had specifically asked for, and sent it along with the other things needed on the prescribed day. An average period in school is 30 to 40 minutes. When daughter came back that evening, all that had been done was fold the handmade paper in the middle...grrr... 30 minutes for folding a paper in the middle???? Then she said, she's supposed to "summit" (submit) it the next week.

Well, it had to be done,right? And that's what has been happening. Both of us looked around for a design and picked what she liked.

One of her classmates had already submitted a folder with a princess's gown and photo pasted for the head. She wanted the same.But I discouraged her saying that would be copying. We found this picture of a cute penguin flying with the help of balloons and she loved it. The balloons gave her the option of pasting her photo within :)



The entire cutting, outlining and pasting was done by her. I gave her company and unsolicited advice ;)

Meanwhile, tomorrow her class has the best out of waste activity. And so I  taught her how to make paper beads from magazine sheets. The only problem - we need to make lots and lots of them for a necklace and this is all we have managed.

Thus goes on my life... did anyone say embroidery?...what's that???

Muaahhhh.. to all my dear readers...having been missing you all...
Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa




Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Using blanket stitch to make lacy trims for hankies

Hi everyone,
After stitching on the hanky with the alternate chained blanket stitch, I kept it aside for a while trying to think of something nice and pretty in the middle.My first option were the tiny roses, and  I stitched them on another cloth simply to try it once. But somehow , it ended up as a trial only.



Then I mulled the option of  monogram..but discarded the idea again.The hanky lay abandoned for a few days and all the while I was wondering how to deck 'her' up.

Then came the idea of lace crochet trims. Why not try them? It was a while since I crocheted and my dc-s (double crochet) and tc-s( triple crochet) were rusty.But when I started piercing the hanky with the hook to make base ,I realized that this method was creating holes at the edges and the fabric was rather delicate to withstand this attack. Thus ended the first attempt.But I was hell bent on crocheting the edges - somehow a base had to be made. That's when the dear old blanket stitch came to the rescue :)

Click on the pics for a better view. In the above pic,on the left ,you can see the holes created in the fabric after my first attempt.

I stitched around the entire hanky with evenly spaced blanket stitches using perle cotton and then...I dc-ed around exactly once and stopped the whole business there.
Are you thinking? - she did all this to crochet just one round??? Heh,heh....that's me :)
To tell the truth, I did try going around couple more times,but it looked awful,probably because of my special crochet skills :) or may be the thread was just not good enough{wink}

At the end of it, I was over the moon at having laced up my hanky,but I had lost interest in finishing the embroidery part and so I lazy daisied and ended it. But the question remains, how does one directly crochet on to a fabric? Crocheting experts, please help.



Let me leave you with another piece of embroidery ,this time on a face towel .I bought it from Koonor,while returning from Ooty. Apparently, these are stitched by nuns.


Simple and elegant, but I would never ever wipe my face with it ...:)

Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Embroidery without needle - Thread Garden

 Last week we had been to Ooty for a short vacation trip.Ooty is known as the Queen of hill stations and is about 267 km from Bangalore.While on a sight seeing tour, the cab driver told us that he'll take us to Thread Garden. As soon as I heard the word "Thread", my interest in seeing everything else vanished :)

When we reached the location, I found a not so well kept building and I wondered - what could be so interesting in this place? The guide there told us that what we're about to see is the work spanning about 12 years by about 50 trained artists using a method known as Hand winding. This technique uses embroidery threads to create plants and flowers but does not use needle or any kind of machinery.

While the thread garden does not in anyway match the real garden,we were humbled by the efforts of those umpteen artists who worked so hard to create these true to life plants and flowers. Apparently 400 different shades of threads have been used to create this garden. Let me take you on a tour of the Thread Garden. I've left the pictures big enough for you to see them well and read the descriptions.

Click on the pics to see them better. Unlike the real plants that can be cleaned with water,these need to be well protected from dust,which unfortunately does not seem to be happening.

My first reaction on seeing these flowers,was -"stump work!!, what's the big deal?" Then it dawned on me that stump work needs a base fabric and hence we cannot put them into that category.

Entirely made with thread,but no needle used.

That's the description below the lady with the drum


A description of the technique used in making the leaves and flowers.60 million meters of thread have been used to create the entire garden!!





Close up of the leaves..

Well, that was awesome,wasn't it?
Respect !!, that's all I can say at the end of it.  You can see more pictures at www. threadgarden.com
Saluting those unknown names behind this lovely effort,

Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa