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invitation to enjoy a sweet cup of tea ..

“Tea ... is a religion of the art of life.” 
― Kakuzō OkakuraThe Book of Tea


“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.” 
― William Ewart Gladstone

I still have not added the backing for the piece, and I also do not know how best I can display it.  The design is from one of my past work that I did on jute (you can see a picture of it on the bottom of the blog page).

I' m also contemplating, if I should fill in rest of the background with the running stitch as well. I took photos as I was too excited to show it.


Up-cycled...( i think)

a fun crafty project of turning this empty jute tea package into a colourful a little bag.

where are you spring ....... 

Thank you for stopping by,

till next time,



  1. This gorgeous embroidery of yours just gives me the need of a nice cup of tea :D How nice to have this on the table, when sipping quietly... LOVE IT THANKS for the inspiration !

    In stitches,

  2. What a charming tea time embroidery! I especially like the unique details of the teacups. I couldn't believe it when I saw the light dusting of snow outside. Sigh.

  3. This is such a fun piece Gaia, and brought a smile to my face ;) I love it just the way it is (ie, with a plain background), but I know how you like to embellish! Very cute! I also like what you did with the jute bag. I hope you're doing well ... will it ever warm up?! At least the snow here is only flying around in the air. Take care,
    Wendy xox

  4. I love the curving stitches in your piece, and I wonder if filling in the background would blur those. You are so creative. It's spring here, with rain, but flowers, too.


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Kantha Work

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

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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. 

I got interested after seeing some cushion covers that my brother brought home after visiting one of the kantha making villages in Bangladesh. He explained as to how the women were sewing. I wanted to learn more about this, so I searched the web for Indian embroidery methods and patterns. 
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