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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Work in progress- Brazilian embroidery beginner's design

Hi everyone,

I was away for a few days visiting my parents. Since there was no internet there, I had taken my latest project along and did manage to stitch most of it. I've named it Indian Pride - since it is a peacock with its ...spread around..

Why am I trying to explain? Why don't you see it for yourself?

Here he comes...concept and idea of yours truly,here is a design that would teach you the basics of brazilian embroidery with 13 flowers,4 types of leaves and all the basic stitches...taaadadaa..

This is the design I've planned for the participants of my one day class on July 3rd in Bangalore.I've also included it in my Brazilian embroidery beginner's online course which I plan to start through a private blog. Click on the picture for a better view.

Now for the suggestion part - do you see an incomplete outline in the pic above? I've shown it with an arrow in the previous picture. That is the outline of the feathers.It encircles the entire set of flowers. I started with green,but Iam not too happy with it. What color do you think I should use there? How about yellow? What about the beak ? Please leave your suggestions - I really need them to complete this fellow.

And finally,regarding the design - do you think this is good enough? Last time when I conducted the class ,I had prepared this messy little sampler since it was getting too expensive getting the design as well as threads from abroad. Everyone wanted a design to work on and I couldn't provide that. Well, this time I tried on my own since the financial issues remain the same. Iam no designer. I hope this one passes the test.What do you think?

Love,luck and sunshine,

Monday, May 10, 2010

Brazilian Embroidered greeting card

Today I tried to translate an idea which suddenly flashed in front of me somewhere in the middle of the night. Why not try Brazilian Embroidery on paper?

Well,here's the result.

Conclusion : Very difficult,but not impossible. Since this was a first attempt,I did make some poking and piercing mistakes,which you can see for yourself very clearly if you click on the photograph.

Paper tends to tear very easily....HA! !! as if I need to tell you that!! :)
So my poor card is rather battered and bruised. The bullions were particularly troublesome.

Once the work on the outside was finished,I had another issue to solve - what to do with those threads and knots on the other side?
Well, I borrowed my daughter's activity paper ,cut out two hearts and covered it up. This is particularly meaningful considering that this card was meant to be for my uncle's wedding anniversary.

Though this idea has not been a super success,Iam just wondering if I could embroider on cloth and glue it to paper? How does one glue fabric to paper? Can we use the normal glue? Or is there something else?

Love to all...

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Looking for venues for Brazilian Embroidery classes in Bangalore,India

Iam planning a one day Brazilian Embroidery class in Bangalore,India.You can read the details here

Happy learning,