Saturday, 19 December 2015

Elephants, peacocks ...and paisley

a bohemian  saree quilt






Back ground cotton material (both colours) has some machine embroidered patterns and, I thought of incorporating them as well to the patterns I have in mind.



The applique designs  do not have any templates, I draw them free hand on each block, or on the material and as I sew. They will look different from one another, which is what I have in mind. I am using cotton (mostly) for applique; I have cut up couple scarves that I no longer use among other scarps.



This project will keep me busy during the holiday break ....




Happy holidays my friends !

Here's wishing  a white Christmas ........

Thank you for stopping by to have a peek,
till next time,
xox
Gaia


Friday, 11 December 2015

Petal square crochet throw....




After joining all the squares, I made a border; couple of rows of hdc with a darker shade of purple I had.



Using my edging book, I tried out an easy edging which could be added to an already crocheted item.   These edgings are done separately for lingerie,pillow cases, bath linen etc., Luckily with the pattern I chose, I manged to crocheted all around the border with out having to leave extra stitches.



I got the book from a yard sale. It says copyright  1945 printed in Canada for The Canadian Spool Cotton Co, and price is marked as fifteen cents. It has so many beautiful trimmings and edgings.






I am glad you came by.,

till next time,

xox
Gaia



Saturday, 5 December 2015

Autumn Saree Quilt...


After about three months of stitching, finally completed the saree quilt. 



I am pleased with the colour choices and the layout. And, I think the overall appearance is alright.



I did run out  (about two inches )of the blue border material, and used the purple checked one, to the ends of two sides.



I used the machine only to join the large pieces, everything else is done by hand.









Thank you for passing by to see my work,

till next time,
xox
Gaia




Sunday, 29 November 2015

Crewel wool embroidery...

sharing.....


Another small project with crewel wool.

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 Petal squares... I manged to crochet 10 squares each from the five colours except for blue, which had enough for nine only; even though they are of the same brand and new balls. So, to get an even number I made one with all the colours  Now, all is left is, to put them together and do the border.



Few months ago I attempted this motif but it turned out with many mistakes. I re-read the pattern again and gave it another try. I think this time I manged to get it almost correct.


From the thrift store... needle lace pieces, I do not know whether they are hand made or machine made though.



Thank you for stopping by today..

till next time,

Gaia

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Crewel wool pomegranate...

I spent most of today sewing  with crewel wool..




This is my attempt on a pomegranate design. I did few sketches and choose this one.  I tried long and short satin stitch first  but I could not get it properly, so I opted to make satin stitch in small blocks. I don't know if it suits the pattern.



On crochet
Petal squares are coming along.



I stacked them on chopsticks so that it will help to keep the shape.


Thank you for stopping by for a peek,


till next time,
xox
Gaia

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Crewel wool paisley design...




Using some of the remaining colours of the crewel wool that is left, I attempted on stitching this paisley pattern. I had a bit of trouble getting the satin stitch even  and close around the curvy parts.  I think, there is enough wool for me to try at least couple of more designs.


Saree Quilt

Couple of weeks ago while at the thrift store I came across this turquoise blue fabric which I thought would be a nice contrast to the orange and the purple of the autumn quilt.


I have added the border, and tacked it to be sewn ... I am hoping that I would be able to finish it soon.




While going through the craft cupboard, I came across this cross stitch piece that I did almost 20 years ago.I can see the mistakes, specially on the border. (counting squares)


Thank you for stopping by today,

till next time,
xxx,
Gaia

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Crewel wool elephant....



Here is my completed piece. I really did enjoy working with crewel wool, and I also like the way it turned out. I have some more wool left, and I have drawn another pattern to work on.

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Crochet ...
Yarn for my projects usually does come from the thrift store, so when I got these pretty coloured wool from a friend I was thrilled; I started making Petal  Squares right away...



Thank you for stopping by ...
till next time,
Gaia

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Thanksgiving weekend...


Learning Embroidery


I completed few more new stitches;  threaded backstitch, petal  stitch, leaf stitch, bullion stitch. 
My stitches are still not so neat as I want them to be.

My latest project is leaning embroidery with Crewel Wool.  I drew up small pattern to work on. I do like the texture that the thread gives with the satin stitch.



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Autumn Saree Quilt
some progress has been made in quilting as well;  it is quite a long way from being finished though.


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Teapot shaped coasters...

 morning....




afternoon....



...... for your tea anytime of the day !!!

I made these coasters as a part of exchange for a Tea and Card group ,which I joined this summer. Our first holiday was Thanksgiving.


Thank you for stopping by,

till next time,
Gaia






Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Beginning of autumn....


In few more weeks, it will be the time of the year to wear all things warm and cozy...


I started this scarf at the latter part of  past spring, and did not get to finish until sometime during summer. I bought the yarn at my neighbourhood church yard sale for $2. There were couple of full balls and the rest half used.




The brand is called ZARA; made in Italy.  There was enough yarn to make a cowl scarf, that can be wrapped twice.


The pattern is from VOGUE Dictionary of Crochet Stitches; page 78; multiple of 5+1, 1 turning ch.




Autumn Saree Quilt .....
bit more progress in this project too.





Thank you for taking time stop by..........

till next time,
Gaia 




Sunday, 13 September 2015


I spent some time this weekend on my embroidery piece.


I learnt; Petal Stitch and Bullion Stitch.




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Over the Labour Day weekend, I had the opportunity visit st.jacobs country, a small beautiful town, north of Waterloo, Ontario.

I had a wonderful time browsing the through the shops, tasting some delicious food, and had a chance to explore the wonderful surroundings . I also bought few things to bring home.


locally produced honey, and apple butter..


 a corn broom, which is being produced on site. one of few stores that left in Canada.



... and couple of pieces of pottery.


yarn bowl..... what a treat :)



a sake set; love the colour, shape and  the glaze work

Since, I had left my camera at home, unfortunately I do not have photographs of the trip. But, here are couple of links about the town if you are interested.

shops at St.Jacobs

St.Jacobs Farmers Market

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A swap with a blogging friend

Beginning of summer, my blogging friend Wendy, who writes the lovely blog; September Violetsand I had a little creative swap. I got these pretty things from her.

Thank you Wendy !!  ... for the lovely mug rug..


and here I am wearing the beautiful flower pin she made; on a recent visit to the Art Gallery.


Wendy also wrote a great post about our swap here. (it has pictures of what I sent her, a piece of embroidery and a crochet bunting)

Thank you for taking time to stop by,
till next time,
Gaia
xxx