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Kantha stitched ..

saree quilt ...

The bright orange voile saree is one of my mother's, she has not worn it much and, is about 40 years old ;nor it is torn or discoloured. She gave it to me over a decade or so ago. I wanted to use up the saree without cutting too much and, thought that this way it would be used well.

I am using 3 layers of cotton saree material ; two of them are of the voile saree and, one is maroon coloured cotton with a design at one end.

The material has a fine line pattern in it, so I am trying my best to stitch long those lines to keep a straight line.

couple of crocheting projects ......

I have been crocheting the granny square for about six months or so now..and making a slow progress.

 pumpkin blossom opened up and, was there for couple days ...

Thank you for stopping by,

till next post,


  1. Oh, My ! That saree is so beautiful, and your work on it is gorgeous. Such a special piece to work on, as it belonged to your mother... Keep going ! :D

    In stitches,

  2. Oooh, lovely bright colour for a quilt, Gaia :) Nice that it has a sentimental value too - it will make a lovely heirloom keepsake.

    Crochet is looking good too - I like to have a background project to work on, nice to just make something slowly sometimes!

  3. Oh, I LOVE the orange saree, fantastic colour! It will be interesting to see the result :-)

  4. how good to be using one of Mum`s saree`s. Crochet looking good too hopefully you will get a pumpkin from the plant

  5. I always love the bright colours that you use for your projects.

    If you're going to the Ex this year, they have the "Quilt of Belonging" on display at the Arts/Crafts/Hobbies building.

  6. I do like the kantha quilts - have you seen the jackets made from them? So beautiful. The blue thread on the orange saree is a wonderful combination. Happy stitching.


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Lotus Pond

Another kantha embroidery piece I just completed. I used three layers of white voile, tacked in place and drew the pattern.

To create rippling effect of water,I used two different shades of blue and a purple and did them in a kind of an overlapped shells to match the lotus leaf. Also, added yellow at the top to represent sunshine.

The bottom of the pond is in a shade of aqua.

The finished piece is about 8x14 inches and it took about two months.
Do you like my imaginary pond?

xxx, Gaia 

A Saree Quilt

Saree- six yards of cloth draped around the body in various styles are worn by many woman from the south asian region. They come in various textures, patterns, and all and more colours one can imagine.
My grand mother who's in her 90's still wears saree everyday at home. My mother wears mostly when she goes to the city or on special occasions such as weddings etc. Many women in my family wear it in a style known as Kandyan [also known as osariya]. Cotton sarees are very common for daily wear. Saree is usually worn with a jacket and a slip.

If you go here you can read and see some pictures of various styles of draping.

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This is my contemporary take on this ancient form of folk art.It roots are from the Indian state of West Bengal and Bangladesh.  This wikipedia page provides some detailed information and also has links to read and see some very rare and unique work. 

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