Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Basic Embroidery Stitches : Back Stitch in Redwork Embroidery

Back Stitch 

Back stitch is a strong stitch used especially to outline in needlework embroidery and cross stitch projects or on seams in sewing. A variant of back stitch, the holbein stitch is used in Blackwork Embroidery. It is also used in embroidery for stems, lettering and outlining geometric and organic shapes


Back Stitch in Redwork  Embroidery 

I love Redwork Embroidery. The mere appearance of it makes me happy .
I have used back stitch throughout this redwork embroidery. This lovely pattern is from a book.

 Find all the Basic Embroidery Stitches  here

Monday, 27 June 2011

The book I am reading now

 The Prophet

Chapter VIII:  Joy and Sorrow


Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow."
And he answered:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.


The book I am reading now

The Prophet
Chapter VII: Work

Then a plough man said, "Speak to us of Work."
And he answered, saying:
You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.
For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.
When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.
But I say to you that when you work you fulfill a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.
But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.
You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.
And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.
And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,
And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.
Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, "he who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.
And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet."
But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;
And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.
Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night. 


Basic Embroidery Stitches: An Introduction

The classification of embroidery stitches is varied and followed in a different ways by different embroiderers . I have mentioned about few stitches in this post that are used more commonly in embroidery projects and which a beginner in embroidery should know of .
Listed below are the embroidery stitches used most commonly and easy to learn & use by beginners.

I shall be working on embroidery patterns using these basic stitches.
Stay tuned for patterns and motifs using various embroidery stitches.
I would  be using each embroidery stitch for a particular type of embroidery that the stitch is intended to be used for or looks good in.

So lets start our journey......

I am posting here all the above mentioned stitches and the related forms of embroidery that I have worked and posted on this blog.


1. Back stitch    :  Redwork

2.  Stem stitch    :  Casalguidi Embroidery

3.  Satin Stitch    :

4.  Long and Short Stitch  :  Needle Painting

5.  Chain Stitch   :  Zalakdozi Embroidery

6.  Running Stitch /Darning Stitch  :  Simple Darning, Pattern Darning, Sashiko 

7.  Herringbone stitch   : Shadow Work

8.  Buttonhole stitch      : Cutwork Embroidery , Schwalm White work

9.  Blanket stitch          : AppliqueCraft      

10. Cross stitch       : Gingham/ Chicken Scratch Embroidery

11. French Knot 

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Crochet Triangle Motif # 2

This is a wonderful triangle motif and does fulfill to some extent my search for solid triangle motifs .It was not a very easy job , but still managed to do justice to the pattern (at least that's what I think).I love the raised appearance and its texture. How about the color, Isn't it appealing?

The book I am reading now

The Prophet
Chapter VI: Eating And Drinking

Then an old man, a keeper of an inn, said, "Speak to us of Eating and Drinking."
And he said:
Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.
But since you must kill to eat, and rob the young of its mother's milk to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of worship,
And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the innocent of forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is purer and still more innocent in many.
When you kill a beast say to him in your heart,
"By the same power that slays you, I to am slain; and I too shall be consumed. For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand.
Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven."
And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart,
"Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons."
And in the autumn, when you gather the grapes of your vineyard for the wine press, say in you heart,
"I too am a vineyard, and my fruit shall be gathered for the wine press,
And like new wine I shall be kept in eternal vessels."
And in winter, when you draw the wine, let there be in your heart a song for each cup;
And let there be in the song a remembrance for the autumn days, and for the vineyard, and for the wine press. 

Monday, 20 June 2011

Crochet Triangle Motif # 1

I am looking for good crochet triangle motifs for my next project. I came across this pattern and gave it a try.
It looks quite good ,but my search continues and will post here more motifs.

Here is the pattern. Click on the image to get a larger view.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

I won a giveaway!!!!!

I won a giveaway at Canadian Living last week and so soon i got a box with lovely fabric scraps .

The bird pattern and another with flowers  are so beautiful. Doesn't this look colorful ?

Another set......

One more.........

My daughter's favorite......

and now an eye candy........

Now i can start my Applique projects and use the checkered violet cloth to learn Gingham embroidery .
Thank you so much Canadian Living for this wonderful prize.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

The book I am reading now

The Prophet
Chapter V: Giving

Then said a rich man, "Speak to us of Giving."
And he answered:
You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?
And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the over prudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?
And what is fear of need but need itself?
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable?
There are those who give little of the much which they have - and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.
And there are those who have little and give it all.
These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.
And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;
They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
Though the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding;
And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving
And is there aught you would withhold?
All you have shall some day be given;
Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors'.
You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving."
The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.
They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.
Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights is worthy of all else from you.
And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.
And what desert greater shall there be than that which lies in the courage and the confidence, nay the charity, of receiving?
And who are you that men should rend their bosom and unveil their pride, that you may see their worth naked and their pride unabashed?
See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.
For in truth it is life that gives unto life - while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.
And you receivers - and you are all receivers - assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.
Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings;
For to be over mindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father. 

Thursday, 9 June 2011

The Strawberry Vine Embroidery

I wanted to indulge myself into embroidery for sometime. I got this lovely pattern and thought of giving it a try with different embroidery stitches.

Here comes a part of it. The flowers petal are made using padded satin stitch to give a raised appearance. The main stem is worked with heavy chain stitch , leaves using fish bone stitch and satin stitch. I have used stem stitch for the thin curly stems.

And now , the juicy strawberry .I tired to use the spiral trellis to make the strawberry , but when noticed a heavy increase in the center of it , then just joined it using buttonhole stitch .
The green sepals are worked with detached button hole.
I think the strawberry can be categorized under Stump work . What do you say?

The book I am reading now

The Prophet
 Chapter IV: Children

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children."
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable. 


Crochet Hats For My Little One

My little one was due in september last year . I made two hats for this little guy.
Oh !!! how much i love seeing him in these . Momma's boy in Momma's hat.



 I loved working the long single crochet stitch, as shown below .
The long single crochet  worked in green can be seen extending into the yellow stripe.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

The book I am reading now

The Prophet
Chapter III: Marriage

Then Almitra spoke again and said, "And what of Marriage, master?"
And he answered saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each others cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each others keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each others shadow. 


Monday, 6 June 2011

Magic Ring with Single Crochet: A Tutorial

Magic ring comes in handy when crocheting in rounds.
The most important advantage of this is to make adjustable center while crocheting.
The required number of stitches are made into a loose loop and then tightened to get a center hole of desired size.
here comes the tutorial of the magic ring using single crochet important for making esp. amigurumis and a whole lot of crochet stuffs.

Materials required:
Yarn , as required for the project.(I have used worsted weight yarn).
 hook , desired size.

Lets start.....

A loop is formed by placing the yarn tail behind the long end or the working yarn

Draw the working yarn through the loop as shown.

Now there is one loop on the hook

Chain 1 (this is not counted as a stitch)

Insert the hook into the loop, draw the working yarn to make an SC.
(Crocheting should be done over both loop and the yarn tail).
 Once required number of SC are made (I have made 10 SC here), stop working.

Hold the yarn tail and pull it, holding the loop over hook (with other hand )and the corresponding stitch tightly.

This will make the loop smaller to your desired size.

 The adjustable magic ring using single crochet is ready!!!!!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Simple And Elegant Crochet Doily

I love red colour a lot .The beauty of this doily lies in its simplicity .
It was an easy doily for me and loved the way it has come out.

Materials used:
100% mercerized cotton , red.approx. 120 m
steel hook no. 7


Pattern  is available HERE

Happy Crocheting.