Quilling:
This is something I absolutely love to do!!

 
Ribbon embroidery:
Everybody would have admired RE at one point or the another.. I consider RE as one of the most amazing nd beautiful form of embroidery!! It has been my dream for a long time now to do some ribbon embroidery…But I have always had one problem – I can’t find a needle to work with!! The ribbon needs a needle with a huge eye and I neverseem to find it!!
Last week I finally found a needle which I thought I could use.. So I just drew a simple design and tried the RE !! Since it looked boring , I added some details in thread embroidery to make it look a little better..


I just learnt the following from this experiment:
1.Ribbon should be thinner
2.The cloth used used should be thicker
3.The needle I used was not meant for RE as it was not penentrating the ribbon so easily,always use the needle meant for RE!
4.You need a lot of practice to master RE! its not easy at all!!!

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Old memories..cont……

I also found some knitting samples and some painted stuff:

This is embroidery work done on a black cloth, which was supposed to be then stitched as a table cloth. I think the stitch used here is a form of spider wheel (I have very less knowledge about the names given to the stitches)

Anybody interested in learning embroidery,I suggest you visit these blogs..

http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/               —- the best site for beginners!

http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html

This one is a oil painting, done on canvas.. I belive I tried this painting by looking at a pattern from on of the books.. I dont have this painting with me now, just the picture is left behind:

This one is a sample for knitting:

Everything’s gonna be all right

Shawn Mullins — Lullaby

she grew up with
the children of the stars
in the hollywood hills and the boulevard
her parents threw big parties
everyone was there
they hung out with folks like
dennis hopper, bob seeger, sonny and cher

now, she feels safe
in this bar on fairfax
and from the stage I can tell that
she can’t let go and she can’t relax
and just before
she hangs her head to cry
I sing to her a lullaby, I sing

everything’s gonna be all right
rockabye, rockabye
everything’s gonna be all right
rockabye, rockabye
rockabye

Have been listening to this song lately, a lovely number..

I have been busy lately, preparing for an entrance exam, work etc etc… I haven’t made much of a progress on the embroidery project, anyways, here are few pics:

Embroidery on a salwar suit

As wearing jeans is common in the west, wearing salwar suits is common in India. Salwars come with elegant embroidery on them, some embellished with sequins and beads. Any plain cloth can be stitched to form a salwar and beautiful designs can be carved on the cloth using varieties of colorful embroidery threads. Color combination plays an important part in getting the right look for the salwar. There is a whole range of sequins and beads to choose from. So let your creativity just flow…………….

I have been recently working on an indian embroidery project. I got few metres of cloth from the local merchant at the commercial street and got myself a salwar stitched. But it looked way too plain for me, hence I thought of working on it.

I chose to modify the plain neck to a vibrant one. I came up with a design and got it copied onto the salwar using a copying sheet. Then I chose the colors light ping (lighter shade of the salwar) and the contrasting color Black. I chose black sequins and silver beads to help me give a grand look to this salwar. I wanted to turn this into a party wear.

Here is a glimpse at the project.. More pictures will follow.

Look what I found!

Had been cleaning up my cupboard today and I found this salwar top hidden somewhere beneath the huge pile of clothes..I remember this being my first work of embroidery on a salwar kameez….

I have used multicolor thread and sequins to give a extended look to this otherwise a plain salwar. I had got the material from commercial street and gotten a plain sleveless salwar stitched.Back then I was in hyderabad and had basically nothing to keep me occupied once I got back home from work.This project kept me busy for quite a long time 🙂

The front

The back (I inserted part of the design on the back to give it a classy look)

The border looks like this:

In detail:

 

Rest of the area consisted of the following motifs scattered across:

The design:

Wanna see the whole project?? Wait till tommorrow ! 🙂