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Sunday, May 29, 2011

A child's pleasure v/s aesthetic sensibilities

If there is a conflict between the two, who wins in the end?

The little one,of course :)

After the kutchwork shisha on the pyjamas, I tried my level best to put an end to the little lady's demand for more bling on it. But she was persistent . So I buried all my artistic senses and added these ....

Flowers with Kundan and a round of seed beads in the middle and two layers of flat sequins as petals.

These are the kind of flowers found commonly in Indian dresses .Since stitching these flowers take some time, more the number of flowers , the more expensive the dress will be.

Needless to say, she was in seventh heaven and wore it immediately without even allowing me to add some connecting vines .

Thus the pyjama saga ends!!

Love,luck and sunshine,

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fixing Shisha(mirror) with Kutch embroidery

Have you tried fixing shisha with kutch work?

That's what Iam doing now. After the doodling on my daughter's pyjama , Iam trying shisha on the remaining one.
The inspiration came from a couple of pictures of a pouch which Anne mailed me asking about the stitch used. Anne bought this piece while on a trip to Jaipur,Rajasthan.

Kutch work is also known by the name Sindhi stitch, Sindhi taropa, Kutchi kadai or Maltese cross and is related to Armenian embroidery .The embroidery is believed to have travelled across continents thanks to nomadic tribes.There are quite a few tutorials available online which teaches the basics of this interlacing work.

But the tutorial for this pattern was not available .So I had to experiment a bit on it.

First I tried the stitch without mirror/sequin.

The squares were too big. This wouldn't do for little one's pyjama.

Second attempt. Still not small enough.

Third attempt on the pyjama with small square and a big sequin.First I tacked down the sequin with red thread(sheesh!!) Never thought that the thread will be visible through the gap.In the second attempt (the incomplete one) I didn't even bother to tack down the sequin.

Her royal highness was happy to see this one...but then, she again asked the question,where are the beads?

So, I am off to add beads now and complete the rest of interlacing.

If in case you need a tutorial on how to do this particular pattern,do let me know.

Love, luck and sunshine,

Friday, May 20, 2011

A good deed takes you a long way...

This was one of the forwarded mails I received today from a friend. Imagine my surprise on receiving this in my inbox, just when I had my own doubts about doing good to others .

I wish there many more young woman like the one in this story who would do good to others and a few like Dr.Howard Kelly (you cannot expect all to be like him,right?) who would at least acknowledge the good deeds.

I do not ask for money or a favor back ,but a smile on your face when you see me or a just a call to say hello would be more than enough.

Wondering what the story is about?....Read on...


One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! . She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?"

You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness."

He said ... "Then I thank you from my heart."

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit

Many year's later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.

He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words ...

"Paid in full with one glass of milk"

(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: "Thank You,
God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands."

There's a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place - And, after all, isn't that what life is all about?

Love,luck and sunshine,

update : Vicki W(Ryan) posted a link in the comments about this story which has been doing the rounds of the internet for quite some time. While the story is true, some embellishments have been added to make it touching.Still, whatever be the exaggerations, I like the fact that Dr. Kelly recognized and acknowledged the girl's good deed.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Doodling and studying

Hi everyone,

How are you all?

Though I would love to show you some stitching progress in one of my projects, I haven't had much time to pick up needle and thread because of these..

The top four I've to teach and the bottom two I have to learn.So whenever I think of embroidery,these loom large before me and I pick them instead.

But couple of days back a demand from my daughter put me back into stitching mode again. Like all the thrifty moms around, I too have a habit of saving fabric pieces with the thought of using them for some purpose. Many a times I get them converted to pyjamas for the little lady. This time around the fabric used for pajamas were plain and the little one wasn't too keen to wear them. She wanted flowers on them. I was not in a mood to take an actual design and do some serious embroidery.
So I doodled...

I wasn't too concerned about the design or the stitches. Since it is for a five year old, I knew I had to concentrate on the colors .More the number of colors, happier she would be. And no delicate stitching too. The colors needed to be prominently visible. So I used 3 strands in most of the swirls.

Here is the close up. Perfectionists would grimace, but this is instant embroidery and that too with a doodled design for the first time in my life :) You can still see some of the lines which I've left off from stitching.Anyway, this was a good way to finish off all the left over thread bits and pieces from previous projects.

In spite of the less than perfect satin stitches and stems ,I was pretty happy with the look and thought she too will be. After all, she's not going to wear it for years..she'll soon grow out of it in a few months. But do you know what she asked when she saw it - Where are the BEADS?

Sigh!! I pacified her saying there's one more pyjama, I'll do the needful on them your majesty!!
Very soon you'll get to see a pajama with beads and buttons :)

Till then,

Love,luck and sunshine,