Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of you my dear friends!

May this day be filled with lots of fun, happiness, togetherness, and sharing.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Embroidered Neck Design---Progress

Do you remember this one? I kept this project aside due to shortage of threads. Now as I have the threads ready, I have decided to start it again. I have made just a little progress. I have stitched some leaves in the design and am going to stitch the big pink flower on the right side.

I have five UFOs as of now---this neck design, embroidery on two sarees, a pillow cover, and a doily. I hope to finish all these soon.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern --- Rose With Leaves

Here is a free hand embroidery pattern. You can use it on whatever project you do. You can rotate the design and use it as a corner motif on handkerchiefs. You can outline the design as in red work or fill it with L&S stitch or any other stitch of your choice.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Embroidered Reversible Bag

I would like to share the images of the bag I embroidered a few weeks ago. I made it into a reversible bag and gifted it to a little girl. She was so happy to have received it. You can find the how-to-sew tutorial on my sewing blog.

 When you turn it inside out, it will look like this.

 Here is the close-up of the embroidery.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Embroidery Pattern Book Give-Away Winner!

I am glad to announce the winner of the embroidery pattern book give-away.

It is Happygirl of All Things Pretty.

This time I used the random number selector to select the winner. I didn't count the usual lovely comments from other readers, repeats in comments, and the comment I made myself.

Congratulations Happygirl! I hope you will love this book. Please send your address to my e-mail id

Thanks to everyone for showing such a great enthusiasm to participate in this give-away.  I was delighted to read about your favorite types of embroidery.  I wish to learn some of them which I do not know.

I will post my own patterns at least one a month. So keep reading my blog!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Give-Away---Winner Will Be Announced Tomorrow

Thanks to everyone who participated in the give-away. I was not able to announce the winner yesterday as I was busy with my young one's birthday celebrations.  I will announce the winner tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Embroidery Pattern Book Give-Away

I am so excited to see the 25th follower on my blog and it is time to announce the give-away. The winner of the give-away will receive a pattern book by Nirmala C. Mistry titled "Embroidery Designs: Flowers and Butterflies." Here is a glimpse of the book.

Front cover:

Back cover:

The book has 120 pages. There are lots and lots of lovely flower and butterfly designs. All the flower designs are big, full-page designs. Butterflies range from small to big.

This book also contains colored plates of some patterns present in this book, a Tools and Materials section, and a glossary of stitches.

The patterns range from simple to intricate. You can embroider these motifs on anything from hankies to wall-hangings to tunics to saris. You can use them for fabric painting as well.

How to participate in this give-away?
You need to answer this question: Which  type of needlework is your favorite? For example, is it long and short shading, Brazilian embroidery, applique work or any other type of embroidery. Please provide your answer in the comments section.

If you wish to appear "anonymous" then please provide your name under your answer. Simple isn't it?

The give-away will end at 9 am EST on  9 December 2011 which is a special day for me. We are celebrating my daughter Dhanya's birthday on 9th December.

Are you all ready? Hope you would love to grab this book. I was so happy when my first give-away winner Anwesha e-mailed me (in March) that she received the book  in good condition. And I would be happy again to send this book to the next lucky person who can be any one from you.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hi friends,

I hope everyone is fine. We have shifted to a new place and that's why a long hiatus from blogging. To freshen up myself, I have started a new quick project (I hope it would be a quick one because it does not include long and short stitch). This would be a small embroidery design on a bag which I am making as a gift. The fabric I am using is a kind of silk cotton. I traced a simple pattern and started the embroidery yesterday. Here are the pictures.
This is what I have done so far.

The stitches I am using are buttonhole stitch for the leaves, fly stitch for the flowers, and French knots for the flower centers, and I am using variegated floss for the flowers.
Note: I am still waiting for the 25th follower on my blog and am ready to announce the next give-away. It's a pattern book again. Watch out for the give-away!
My hearty thanks to all my followers and visitors for keeping my blog still alive on the blogosphere.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Free Neck Embroidery Pattern

Here is a simple neck embroidery pattern for you. I drew this freehand and then traced using a graphic software. This is my own pattern. You can use this to embellish your tops, blouses, or tunics.

My stitch preference would be my favorite long and short stitch. You can also fill the design with chain stitch or split stitch or with the stitch you prefer. For the circles scattered around, you can use sequins of different sizes. I hope you will like this design.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Chain-Stitch Flower

Yesterday when I was cleaning the closets, I found this cushion cover. I remember I started this embroidery some months ago and discontinued it for a while in order to work on the other projects and I totally forgot it. When I found it yesterday I wanted to work on this piece again, because I thought doing some simple outline embroidery in between a time-consuming project (especially involving L&S) would be a refreshing choice.

I am using only three types of stitches in this: chain, satin , and French knots. This could be lovely if done in redwork style.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Decorative Pattern on Doily---A little progress

I have made a little progress on the decorative pattern. I can spend no more than half an hour a day for this, however, I am happy that I making a steady progress. Here are the pictures!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Blooming Bookmark---Part 4

Sorry friends. I've been “out of action” for a while... I haven't had even a little spare time for over a month.
I found some time today to finish the tutorial.

Step 7: After we are done with the second row we are now going to start the third row which is also the final row. Thread one strand of the darkest shade of pink in your needle. Bring up your needle by splitting the center stitch of the second row and down at a point on the inner edge of the flower. Continue this on the left side and then the right side. Now you have completed shading petal no.1.

Step 8: Repeat Steps 5 thru 7 in all the petals. First Petals labeled as B, then C, and at last D.

Step 9: Fill in the center of the flower with french knots with different shades of threads of your choice. I used yellow and brown shades.

Voila! Your flower is done!

Step 10: We should now cut the flower out from the fabric. Make a slit from the edge of the fabric and toward the outer edge of the flower. Carefully cut the fabric on the edges making sure you don't run your scissors into the buttonhole stitches. This will spoil the whole thing.

Step 11: Follow the photos below to make a loop at the top of the flower.

Sew buttonhole stitch to cover the loop.

Insert a 8-inch long satin ribbon and make a knot at the loop. The ribbon should be of same length on both sides of the knot.

The blooming bookmark is ready now. You can use the flower in other creative ways too.

Did you like this tutorial? Please let me know through your comments.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Blooming Bookmark---Part 3

Dear friends,

I should say sorry to all of you for taking a long break from blogging without informing you all and without completing the Blooming Bookmark tutorial. I feel bad for keeping you waiting. I visited my mom, dad, and siblings last month and stayed at our home for quite some time. I had a very nice time there, however, I didn't find enough time to update the blog. I returned home last week, and after a month-long hiatus I managed to write on my blog only today.

Let us continue with the next step of the tutorial.

Step 5: We are going to start the long and short shading on petal A. I have used three shades of pink for this petal. Before starting the first row of the soft shading, draw guidelines for direction using a pencil. Then outline the petal with split stitch with the lightest shade of pink. Using the same shade, work long and short stitches with one strand of thread by carefully following the guidelines drawn. It is always better to divide the petal into half vertically, and start from the center and work on the left side of the petal. Upon completing it, start again from the center and work on the right side. Work your long and short stitches as closely as possible. The long and short stitches need not be such that all your long stitches are of same length and all your short stitches are of same length. You can vary the length of your stitches to give a natural appeal to the flower. For example, think of painting with a brush. If your strokes are of same length and the direction is only from top to down (and not from the sides) then your painting won't look natural. The same thing applies here as well. The image here shows the completed first row with long and short stitches of alternating lengths.

Step 6: Select the next shade to make row 2. Using one strand of this shade, work the second row of stitches. First, split up through the end of the center stitch of the first row and down into the fabric. The length of the stitch should be similar to the length of the long stitch of the first row. Work only long stitches in the second row and vary their length slightly. As u did in row 1, divide the petal into half vertically, work the left side first and then the right side.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Blooming Bookmark---Part 2

We will see steps 3 and 4 today.

Step 3: Now, with everything set, you are ready to start the embroidery. With two strands of the darkest shade of pink sew buttonhole stitch around the edges of the flower pattern. Buttonhole stitch is used here to avoid frayed edges when the flower is cut out from the fabric. Place the buttonhole stitches very close together.

Step 4: Before you start the shading, observe the flower and find the order of working the flower. When you shade the flower, first shade the petal which is underneath all the other petals. Marked as A in the photo below. Next, petals marked as B, and then petal C. And at last, petal D, which is on top of all the other petals.

You can find steps 1 and 2 here

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Free Embroidery Project---Blooming Bookmark---Part 1

I would like to share with you the step-by-step tutorial of the embroidery project Blooming Bookmark.

Materials needed for this project are:

Cotton fabric (two layers)
Embroidery frame
For long and short shading: Three or four shades of threads that belong to a same color group (I used three shades of pink--Anchor nos. 050, 052, and 054)
For french knots at the center: Two or three colors of your choice.
Satin ribbon
Backing fabric

Step 1: Trace the pattern on the first (upper) layer of the cotton fabric, using any tracing method of your choice.

Step 2: Mount the fabric (both layers) on the frame. (To do long and short shading, your fabric should be fixed drum tight). Assemble the threads for shading.

Step 3: To be continued tomorrow.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Blooming Bookmark

Yes, the long and short shaded flower turned into a bookmark. I guess you like this idea. This could be a lovely gift to a dear one who is a book lover.

You can also attach the flower to one side of a paper bookmark and place the bookmark into a book such that only the flower peeps out at the top.

If you do the long and short shading using silk threads you can hang it on the Christmas tree as an ornament. If you will be able to make 10 or 20 flowers like this, they can be attached to a ribbon and and used as a decoration.

The flower can be appliqu├ęd into kids’ dresses or can be attached to a hairclip, headband, or bracelet as Deepa ( and Lakshmi ( suggested.

It can also be attached as a pendant to your necklace.

Do you have any other ideas? Please do share them here. I will post the bookmark tutorial tomorrow.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

And The Winner Of The Give-Away Is...

Hi all,

I am happy to announce the winner of the book "Embroidery Designs" by Nirmala C. Mistry.

The winner is Anwesha. Congratulations Anwesha! Please send your contact details to my e-mail address I hope you are going to love this book.

I would like to thank the other three participants for their interest and enthusiasm. Thanks Lakshmi, Kasthuri, and Megan.

My special thanks to Lakshmi for writing about this give-away on her blog.

I wrote the names on four slips of paper, folded them, put them into a bowl, and asked my daughter to select one. With gleaming eyes, she took one on which Anwesha's name was written. My kid must have had fun really! She was all smiles when she gave the paper to me.

I will come up with another give-away when I the number of followers of my blog reaches 25.

And I have completed the long and short flower. Any guesses still of what I am going to do further?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I Am Making An Embroidered...Guess What?

Today I am going to keep you all guessing. From the photo below, you know that I am embroidering a flower with long and short shading. I am going to make something using this flower? Can you guess what?

If you really want to know, check back with me in a few days. I have something up my sleeve.

There are only two days left for the conclusion of the give-away. Join in soon if you want to own the pattern book.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tunic Decorated With Shisha Mirrors

I don't see much progress in any of my current projects. So today I want to show you the shisha mirror embroidery I did on a tunic two years before. The shisha stitch you see in the photo is the easiest one of all types of the shisha stitch. I have used square-shaped mirrors for this tunic.

P.S.: Please don't forget to check my previous post about the embroidery pattern book give-away. You can join if you are interested.