Monday, March 30, 2015

StitchXplorations-French Knots

Take a look at my exploration of French Knots.

The back ground is as usual, unbleached heavy cotton cloth. I have used stranded cotton thread mostly. I have used all the 6 strands for a thicker knot. I have also used stem, outline, detached chain, and fly stitches with long tasils.

For grass I have used Rim Jim Threads(it is some what fuzzy) for grass for the fluffy look. 

This is one more stitch I am not so good at. But I think it is better than my satin stitch skills. I find Chinese knots easier than this for filling up.

Strictly speaking Knot stitches are fun once you master them. they give a textured look, a 3D effect and are quite interesting.

What do you say?

This is one more stitch I need a lot of practice

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Time in my Garden-5

These are the chrysanthemums I have in my garden. Now since day temperatures are quite high, these are not blooming. 

 This is the button or miniateure mum.

I also have purple ones. I forgot to take a pic before cutting the blooms. 

These plants which have bloomed were cut to almost ground level and left in the pots. Now I have put them all under shade till monsoons arrive. The mother plant will give out many shoots which can be replanted to get the blooms. But it is really difficult to save them during summer. No matter how careful I am, I always loose some of these plants.

Have  to see how the summers will be this year. It is already quite hot here...

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Monday, March 23, 2015

3D Greeting Cards-1

How nice it is if we have lots of time to think and create our arts or crafts? But many a time, I don't have that much luxury. Suddenly a little one comes to me saying, it is his birth day, or my niece tells me that she has to attend a birth day party in next half an hour, so I don't have much time to think, I have to rush around to create something with what I have at hand. It is quite irritating but then do we have a choice?

Here is one attempt at one of the cards I made(Sorry for poor quality of the picture, I was in a hurry).
These days you get so many 3D stickers of different sizes for decorating your walls. I keep in stock some of them. We use it for our niece's school projects.  So I used a bunch of sunflowers and a butterfly. The back ground is cream coloured textured card stock of A4 size folded in half. 

I just stuck them on the card-they are self adhesive. Then the message was written with glitter pens(I don't have a photo of that, as I was in a hurry). Message inside was also hand written with colour pens and glitter pens on a plain white sheet and stuck up. 

VOILA! We had a card in a jiffy, hand made and messages hand written with a personal touch. No one could make out that they were made from a sticker.

TIP:     So when you are in a hurry, and want to make a card in a jiffy;

Keep stock of such stickers, you can use one of them. They can be birthday cards, congratulation cards, thank you cards or get well cards. If you have a printer, you can print the greetings on the card stock before sticking or decorating it. similarly, message can also be printed and stuck inside. If not just write it down. 

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