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When I started this blog, in my very first post I wrote, " I still have sewing projects I did, when I was about 8-9 years old". Even though I said that, I was not really sure I had them. So, when I visited my mother last December, I looked for them in my old room.

And, here are some of them.

I had put labels long time ago when sorting things out, to know which grade I had done them.

Introduction for the stitches was the first lesson. We used gunny sack/jute. These are from Grade 2. The neatly done stitches, I am sure belongs to the class teacher. This one is about 35 yrs old now.


This table runner/cover is from Grade 3.

The hexagon, place mat is from grade 5.


Little girl's dress is from grade 7.


They all are a little discoloured, torn from places (after all the years). I had kept them in plastic covers with sandalwood sachets in them. I washed, and dried them in the beautiful tropical sun, packed and brought back with me.

xxx,
Gaia
ps. you can read a bit more about me in here. That is my very first post.







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  1. Aww ... feeling nostalgic ( I am sure you do too everytime you see these ) ... great blog ...

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  2. How wonderful that you still have these treasures from your childhood. I used to love to make doll clothes for my barbie dolls when I was a girl, but I don't have any of them left.

    You definitely had the gift within ... it's evident even in this pieces you did so very young.

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  3. Hi Gaia... can you imagine, I somehow read about you just now.. Surely you belong to artistic kind :)) Since childhood!

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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 …