Wednesday, 24 April 2013

DiGiTaL ArT - 9

Few more sketches using the IPAD application for art. 




Having tea in a paper cup;



Some tired shoes after lots of walking around;







The sketch below I did while taking the street car, unfortunately I could not add more details as my stop   came too soon. I am thinking of compiling a series of shoes on the go.


Thank you for stopping by,

Until next time,

xxx,
Gaia

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

My attempts on left handed knitting


I grew up in a tropical climate; so knitting was not something I often saw, but crochet I have seen plenty. My grandmother knows how to crochet and so was an aunt of mine. I used to watch my grandmother making crochet lace to use as edging for blouses and slips, doilies, table cloth etc. I so wanted to learn; my grandmother tried teaching me the basic chain but I never got  the hang of it, me being left handed may have been the reason.


When I came to live here,one of the things I wanted, was to learn either to knit or crochet. It was fascinating for me to see ladies knitting/crocheting while taking bus/train. Since, no one was really able to teach me, and I did not come across any left handed knitters,[I used to sit and watch a  group of ladies who did knitting/crocheting in my building] it was suggested that I find instructions for left handed knitters.

So, I found Susan Bates guide book which has special instructions for left handed knitters and with help from those ladies I met, {a very BIG thank you them} I started...... Oh! how many times I had to rip and start all over again....knit, purl ..knit purl :)


This is the first project on the book [a vest] which I am keeping as a souvenir. I know it has mistakes such as missed loops and not even tension.


The red one is the first scarf I did, now almost 9 years old, also in my pile of souvenirs .



Here are few of the other scarves I did over the years. I have worn them quite a lot. I have done some for my friends and family too. But I never ventured into other projects as I found instructions little too complicated to read and I would become frustrated while trying to do so.  

Although, I have limited  my knitting to scarves, I still have crocheting in my  'todo' list :)

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Until next time,

xxx,
Gaia





Thursday, 11 April 2013

Recycled and....

turned into...

The pretty flower material is a dress I got from a sale, the tie dye fabric is a scarf with that I found at the thrift store.


  



... buttons are from a church rummage sale ....



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Lastly few items that I found while browsing through thrift stores   :)

Lemon bowl was 0.99cents, love everything about it and lemon/lime will look pretty in that.



tea cup and the saucer was so danity that I could not resist, was $5

This vintage looking jacket was $8. It has a tag belonging to a french boutique [Rene Durhey], which I checked on the internet. While, I do not know about the authenticity, I do like the detail work and the colours.

Thank you for stopping by,

Until next time,
xxx,
Gaia



Sunday, 7 April 2013

Balance

Inner and outer....

Inspired by my previous stitching of a similar pot I stitched this piece, using a different shape this time.  I used  fabric from my naturally dyed pile. And, as for the stitches, kantha stitch is what I had in mind.






Begins with a simple outline... same stitch repeats....

 








"Your hand opens and closes, and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence
is in every small contraction and expansion,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as bird wings.”

                                                                   ~ Rumi ~







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Until next time,

xxx,
Gaia