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August creative makes..

A still life collage;


made in Toronto cider !!


Stump-work portrait : inspiration Mrs. Sophia Petrilo, from popular  80's US TV series " The Golden Girls".

How is my Sophia ?



Bit of weaving..


Finally, a small piece of kantha embroidery also inspired by the picture of this lady who is making rice flour on a stone grinder. I kept the picture, which was printed on a packet of wheat flour I bought quite sometime ago. I wanted to do a painting of it, but I never got around to do it until recently. I did pencil colour drawing of it and, that gave me the idea to try this embroidery. 


To all everyday women !!







Summer is almost ending .....

Thank you for stopping by,

till next time,

Gaia xoxo



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  1. I've always admired your artistic skills! Can't believe that it's the last week of August...

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  2. Your creative talents just keep expanding and becoming more expert!

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  3. I just love your creativity and your willingness to explore more and more varieties of creative handwork. And we get the lovely benefit of seeing it all when you post. I love Sophie, you caught her perfectly.

    Wishing you a beautiful day.
    Brenda xox

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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

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sari here you can read and see some pictures of various styles of draping.


The quilt I made is out saree borders from my mother's cotton sarees. My mother finds that whole six yards a little too much for her as she is petite. So she would cut off some of the border, and sew it for her liking. When I visited her, she gave me a whole pile of pretty and colourful cut-offs and I thought I would try quil…

Kantha Work - first attempt

This is my contemporary take on this ancient form of folk art.It roots are from the Indian state of West Bengal and Bangladesh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakshi_Kantha  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. 
I used three layers of white voile; first tacked them in place and drew the pattern [which I had sketched previously] using freehand, as it is said to have done in the past. This results the work having more of an asymmetrical look. Well, I do not know how much my design have such a look.

It is also noted that the traditional colours used in kantha work are red, blue, green and black. I however, incorporated …