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Hi,I am Deepa from Bangalore,India.I juggle between content writing and teaching computer science . Embroidery is my passion and I can spend hours stitching. I  have been blogging about my embroidery projects at This and that...my random thoughts for the past 7+ years. I hope you enjoy my little space in the blogosphere. Thanks for visiting!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Buttonhole stitch variation- A mini tutorial

Hello everyone,

Hope everything is fine in your little world.

Today's post is a quick one just meant to show you a variation of buttonhole stitch. This stitch is not my creation. It was in fact  demonstrated by a fellow blogger,Lakshmi, long time back.

Since the tutorial has been taken off and a few in the hand embroidery group on FB were searching for it, I decided to post a "how to" for the same.

In the original tutorial the stitch was named as shaded buttonhole stitch - but I beg to differ - I believe that a stitch is a "shaded variation" only  if  I as an embroiderer contribute in the shading - but in this case, the shading is entirely because of the usage of the variegated thread and we have no control over it. Let us see some pics...

Two flowers with buttonhole stitch.

Yeah, I know the embroidery is poor and photographs too..this post will remind me

1) not to walk around and stitch especially when your child is behind you asking you to play with her
2) not to stitch in a hurry
3) not to use mobile for clicking pics  and
4) use a tightly woven cloth,especially for buttonhole stitch  [embarrassed smile]

Anyway, did you notice any difference? You can click on the pic for a better view. The left is normal buttonhole stitch and the right is the backless buttonhole. If you observe carefully, you can see that for the right hand side flower, between the normal buttonhole stitches there's an extra stitch coming in.That's the catch!!!

If you're not convinced,I'll show you the reverse side. Here it is...

Now let me show you how it is done. Again apologies for the poor pics. Lesson learnt - What looks good in mobile,may not turn out to be so in real.

Here's the normal method...
 In the normal method, you have to go down at A and come up at B to complete the stitch.

In the backless buttonhole , there's a little bit extra up and down involved.  Down at A,up at B,down at C and up at D. The AB and CD stitches should be kept small. Click on the pic for a better view. When this method is used with two strands of variegated silk thread, you get a shaded effect.

I hope the method is clear. Do try it out and let me know your thoughts on this variation of buttonhole stitch.

Love,luck and sunshine,

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Embroidery from Gujarat

Hello everyone!!!

New year wishes to all of you..I hope you all had a wonderful start to the new year.

2015 started on a colorful note with my sis-in-law getting an embroidered bedlinen for me from her home state.Here it is..

 The whole sheet consists of  9 elephant motifs chain stitched with what is known as 'patla oon' (thin woolen thread). This is a type of thread I've been trying hard to obtain, but not yet succeeded.
The entire piece is chain stitched with five different colors. Here is a close up.You can click on the pictures to enjoy a better view.

The color combinations are really striking - Shades of green,pink, dark blue,red,orange and black.

I really loved the combination of colors - especially the black,pink and orange floral motif

When sis-in-law had told me about her visit to her home for the annual kite flying festival, I had asked her to get me a hand embroidered piece. She brought me this sheet saying it was hand embroidered, but when I looked at the back - I had my doubts...

The reverse looks so neat and and the stitches are so even that it looks machine stitched.What do you think?

Machine embroidered or hand embroidered, I love it !!! But it may take a while for me to get myself to sleep on it :) I hope you too enjoyed the colorful journey..

Love,luck and sunshine,

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Lace cardigan

Yes, that's what I've been trying to crochet for the past couple of months. If you're a beginner, you'll surely understand the struggles that a novice crocheter has to undergo before getting it right. Mine was no less..

My crocheting story began with one of my embroidery friends inviting me to join a group called Passionate about Crochet in Facebook. I was mesmerized by the things crocheters were coming up with. Moreover,I had some yarn lying around for years (that's what happens when one's better half goes for an official tour and he has absolutely no idea what to buy for you - but he knows that you love embroidery and he buys woolen yarn !! heh,heh!!!!)

Anyways, I had two targets - one, use up those yarn and second, better my crocheting skills. I started with granny squares using some junk yarn just to practice...

After making about 20, I pieced them together. It was time consuming but a good learning experience.

Emboldened by my granny square crocheting , I wanted to make something really really useful - I had some baby wool,just two colors and one skein each (again thanks to DH).

May be a shrug for my daughter ?? But I didn't know to read patterns. So I looked around and found a video. The tutorial was really good, but I messed up with the measurements and the shrug ended up ugly . Don't look for a pic, I am not going to post it here :)
But here's the link to the video for a girl's shrug  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZPUE60KBx4

I tried again this time using pattern for Eva's shawl  . I had read in another blog about how she had converted the shawl pattern to an open shrug. I tried doing that, but did not like the looks of it and let it remain as a wrap for the little lady.

The yarn I used is probably thicker and so it did not look lacy at all. Meghna wore it for just a day and it was relegated to the darker corners of the wardrobe.
Luckily, in the same place I found this pattern  for a chevron lace cardigan . I was determined to make something out of it. After a lot of reading, thinking ,calculating, frogging, I finally managed a cardigan. Phew... It took me months!!!! But here it is....

It is not without mistakes, but it is wearable [ big smile]. And today, being Children's day here in India, she has gone to school wearing this. [even bigger smile]

And thus ends the story of my crochet journey...

My next target is something like this. I love the colors used here.The tutorial for this Valance is available here. I need to get the yarn for this though. DH's purchases have been used up :)

Back to embroidery till I source the yarns...

Love,luck and sunshine,