Saturday, 22 December 2012

Kantha Work

~ Paisley pattern ~

I do enjoy trying my hand at kantha work. While I have not studied in-depth about traditional way of doing it; for now, I am content with my contemporary approach towards it. And, I know there is a lot to learn. This is another little piece I tried recently. It is roughly by 11x11 inches.


I used three layers of this blue voile; tacked in place and then traced the pattern. I cannot remember from where I got the pattern; found it folded in a craft book.



[I am sorry for the quality of pictures]

I tried my best to incorporate colours that would complement the background fabric as well as each other. [reminds me that I need to buy more embroidery thread]


I finished it off with red voile edging. I did not know whether I wanted to include loops for hanging or just leave as it is so it could displayed in a different way; so for now it is like this. Maybe I will give it away.



Thank you for stopping by,

Until next project,

xxx,
Gaia

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Cups of Tea !


Applique on gunny/burlap sack

I did another applique on a gunny sack. These coffee bean sacks are quite coarse as such little difficult sew. Nevertheless, it was fun to create this wall hanging.






... some thrift store material as the backing.
Let's all have tea !
one for you and one for me  :)


Thank you for stopping by,

Until next time,

xxx,
Gaia




Wednesday, 12 December 2012

DiGiTaL ArT -5


Couple more of my IPAD art using the application 'procreate'. They did not turn out perfect but I do like the experience. I need to try and try.

empty or not ?



Old City Hall
Thank you for stopping by,

Until next project,

xxx,
Gaia

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

A prayer flag....


I stumbled upon this blog recently.The Prayer Flag Project

This is the flag I created, with a special prayer in mind.

I used my naturally home dyed fabric.This is once again all hand stitched. I appliqued the leaves of the peepal tree


decorative bells from an old necklace
  

"May you be well......
May you be happy...."


Thank you for stopping by,

Until next time,

xxx,
Gaia

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Remembering Life



It has been ten years since my father passed away. He would have turned seventy two in December. I often think about him and wanted to create something special as a tribute for this tenth year.

I dyed some cotton fabrics at home; and this is the first time I tried my hand in a such experiment. I used few types of cotton in very small amounts. Few light in weave,  in medium and a panel from an old cotton shirt which was very fine and soft.

Here they are after dyed and dried.
pomegranate skins, pods, turmeric mix and salt;


pomegranate pods, some ceylon tea;



couple of pieces soaked in henna; they turned out in a pale green. If I  had kept them for a longer period it may have become more darker.

pomegranate skins only; few of them were grey so they turned out be a different version of a grey.
Top row; pomegranate skins
Bottom row; henna mix, turmeric and pomegranate skins, pomegranate pods 


I sketched my imagination, then arranged the fabric pieces. I also used a piece of white cotton as the backing.


By using the running stitch and  the back stitch I completed the piece.




For My Father.....

This is my interpretation of 'circle of life'.  

Thank you for stopping by,

Until next time,

xxx,
Gaia