Sunday, April 20, 2014

It all started with Pink and Green

in a row
 
It all started with the discovery of pink and green rayon thread from my stash..
 
pink and green thread

It was there in my stash for almost 4-5 years now…
it just happened to pop out while i was searching for something else…
I was thinking what to do with this typical girlish colours…
Picked up some jewelry making stuff..and decided to make something girlish..
After making few crochet dangling almost  2 years back, i have not made any crochet jewelry..

crochet bangles with butterfly charm

I decided to whip up a pair of  bangles with few charms,
for my friend’s daughter who celebrated her first teen birthday on April fools day..

crochet earings

I just loved this earrings too …

I also tried a crochet pendant in this pretty pink and green..

pendant with chain

I’m not really a jewelry maker, but always love to whip up something girlish..

pendant in pink and green

that’s it for now…

Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments..
Until next time..
Have a nice day..nima

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Doily Gift Wrapping

Everyday i get a lot of request for doilies..But i haven't sell a single piece of doily as yet.
My friends always ask me what i do with all these doilies i make…
I tell them, i gift it…
I know some of you who are reading this might have got a doily from me as a gift..
This time…i did a small drama with the doily for gifting…
gift wrapped doily
I was planning to gift a bowl as well as a doily ..
so I decided to wrap the bowl using the doily instead of a wrapping paper..
This was a doily in pretty pink that i have already talked about…
pice apple lace pink doily 1
I liked this idea of gift wrapping using doilies…
another great way to gift doilies…
Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments..
Until next time..
Have a nice day..nima

Monday, March 24, 2014

Crochet along with my friend

If we do it along with a friend, who keeps you motivated…that is the most lovely time to work along..

Myself and Ninu were planning for a CAL since we both got the Pineapple lace book…

pineapple runner

Both of us, lovers of pineapple lace , we decided to do a table runner ..

cal pineapple runner

From my earlier posts , you must have guessed I'm a lazy bump to repeat a pattern..

This runner worked because of the crochet along, otherwise i would have sidelined it to my WIP bin…

repeating the same pattern 3 times would have been a boring job for me..

crochet pineapple lace runner

It is a 45”Lx15”W runner made out of Red Heart no.10, with1.25mm hook size .

It was a pleasure to crochet along with Ninu, you can see her finished piece of work in her FB page,

My Experiments with Needle n Thread

Looking forward for another CAL with Ninu.

Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments..

Until next time..

Have a nice day…nima

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Another beauty from the Ultimate doilies..

Looks like I talk about only crocheting doilies these days…

yes as i said earlier..it is a therapy for me…

and i need this therapy for some more time..until my mind settles down…

ultimate doily with bead edging

This beauty is again from the collection of

Ultimate doilies by Patricia Kristofferson..

I know it is a teaser picture…but it was a bit challenging

to take a good picture while sun was playing hide and seek..

ultimate doily with  beads 2

This doily is 14” from point to point and made out of locally available No. 10 thread.

I love to work with No.10 thread and hook size 1.25mm/4,

when is comes to intricate pattern…

on gold sheet

There are many more patterns in that collection,

and I'm looking forward to do in coming days..

Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments..

Until next time..

Have a nice day…nima

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Crazy about pineapple lace

I think all doily makers love pineapple lace..

Recently my friend Ninu, introduced a new doily book to me ..

and i went crazy making pineapple lace…

pink pineapple

This one is in very light pink, not a branded cotton thread…

It is almost similar to Anchor knitting cotton…

I got size 22” with this size thread, but i think finer thread looks better for this pattern.

I decided to try a pillow this time…i have not tried a crochet pillow before…

pineapple pillow

For this i used the Anchor knitting cotton…

I reduced the size of the pattern to make it suitable for my cushions..

It is a 16” cushion insert, so i made an 18” lace

and lined it with matching fabric.

Now let me introduce the pattern book,

It is a Japanese pattern book in English with patterns in diagram.

pineapple lace book

When i saw beautiful pineapple patterns, i was so excited to get this book..

I checked online to order and I got it thru Sapnaonline.

Their service was quick and i picked it up when i went to India for 10 days.

It is an awesome book and perfect treasure for all pineapple pattern lovers.

But it has patterns only in diagram with a short pattern description.

So those who like to work with diagrams will enjoy this book.

But let me tell you, they have explained all the symbols in crochet,

and I’m sure it will not be difficult for a newbie.

I have not made much doilies from diagram,

but it was super easy for me to read the diagrams.

The other interesting fact about this book is,

they have explained the ‘anatomy’ of pineapple lace,

and it is surely going to help us to whip up our own patterns..

Here is a peep to the patterns inside…

photo 2

(not a great pic because it is a mobile shot)

Looking forward to do many more pineapple laces from it..

Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments..

Until next time…

Have a nice day…nima

Monday, February 3, 2014

It is already the month of Love…

The New year started gracefully with a mega wedding event in our family.

We were super excited and took a 10 days trip to India to attend the wedding….

It was the shortest trip that i have ever taken to my homeland…

we enjoyed every moment of 240 hrs that we were in India …

But it was a slow start for my passion.

When i recovered from the excitement and the hangover of the trip , it was already February.

During our weekend day out on Friday,

i picked up the latest edition of Cross stitcher magazine, with a wooden heart key kit.

I was excited to work on the kit ,when i read that the time estimated for the project is 3 hrs..

I wanted to check if i can finish in that time.

With few getting ups for random things, I managed to finish it in 4 hrs..

valentine bag charm

Last year it was a shame on me that i didn’t have a single finish in cross stitch..

Now I’m glad that i could finish a small cross stitch project as my first finish for 2014.

valentines bag charm

After I finished stitching..the lovely wooden heart waited for 2 days,

for me to get the right mood to finish it into something.

bag charm

It was a key chain kit,

but I finished it into a bag charm with a cherub and few beads…

 wooden heart cross stitch felt back

Even though, i try and keep the back side of my stitching neat,

i finished the back side with a felt heart template.

I’m very happy with my sweet little first finish for 2014..

I’m sorry that i was not visiting your blogs lately…

but now I'm off to visit all my favorite blogs and catch up with all missed posts.

Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments..

Until next time..

Have a nice day…nima

Monday, December 30, 2013

Saying Goodbye to 2013…

It was indeed a beautiful year ….

I talk mostly and sometimes only about my needlework passion in this small page..

…and this page looks abandoned, when I'm not in my creative room…

….and it happened few times this year too..

It is not that i can be creative only when I'm in my room…

….but that never happens when I'm not in my comfort zone..

… i usually step out of my comfort zone to do my priorities, even though needlework is my passion.

2013 was a year, i decided to learn something new other than needlework…

…that was silk painting…..

silk painiting

It was an awesome experience of learning to paint on silk under the guidance of Sharmila.

At times my blog readers saw an overflow of crochet doilies…It is always relaxing for me to work on a doily…

these are some of my favorites from this year and also the challenging ones…

crochet doilies

2013, also saw me taking another step, by selling some of my handmade stuff online thru Avenue 247

1000 orange 

I did some beautiful quilting, appliqué and decorative stitches,

with my new toy Janome 8900 …

sewing quilting 

I’m glad that i could finish of one of my WIP from 2011.

When i finished all other WIP from that list…

this afghan was sitting peacefully in the cupboard with just few hours of work remaining..

christmas afghan 

When i leave 2013, I have one cross stitch kit in WIP bag…

…hope to finish it and show you all soon ..

Looking forward to learn many more new techniques in needlecraft in the coming year.

….Moving to another beautiful year is really exciting.

I will be completing 9th year of blogging….

Hope and pray everything goes peaceful in 2014…with No War,  No Calamities…

Until we see next year…

Wishing you a beautiful 2014….nima

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ultimate doilies…for the season

My doily craziness continues…

This doily is named as Innovative Idea

in the Ultimate doily collection by Patricia Kristofferson.

red ultimate doilies

This Christmas red doily is made of Red Heart No. 10 thread

and finished size is 13”diameter.

ultimate red doily 

I was looking out for challenging doilies and decided to get this pattern book…

ooooffff…but this was ultimate challenging..

Most challenging part was the last round…

which took 4 hrs to finish…

now i need a break with something relaxing.

doily red 

But i really love my finished doily…

and it really worth the effort.

Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments.

Until next time..

Have a nice day…nima

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Doily for the season..from Ultimate doilies

christmas doily ultimate

My doily craziness continues…

This very pretty doily in white is from Ultimate Doilies by Patricia Kristofferson.

photo

Did you notice one beaded point is missing…

…hmmm..i was playing with my new DSLR and i didn’t realize the miss until i edited the picture for the blog post.

i loved the picture and i couldn’t resist, so used it for the blog post..

This doily is 12” from point to point and made out of red heart No.10 white thread..

doily for christmas

This looks fine… right…

but i was planning a post with picture with Merry Christmas …hmmm

christmas 2013

I love Patricia Kristofferson’s intricate pattern and her beautiful detailing..

Her patterns are all well written .

A person with intermediate knowledge in crochet can easily follow the pattern.

looking forward to work on many more patterns from this book.

Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments..

Until next time,

Have a nice day…nima

Monday, December 9, 2013

Appliqué pillows for Christmas

I just love to do appliqué..especially the fusible web appliqué..

I always used blanket stitch for appliqués, and it was always nice.

This time i tried satin stitch, to give more life to the pattern..and I'm happy with it..

maroon on chair 

….  i made a blue version with the same pattern..

blue on chair

I loved both the finishes…and it looks prettier on the gold tinted fabric..

and here is the close up of the appliqué..

blue bow maroon bow

Doing satin stitch on my Janome horizon 8900, was so good…

and i would advice using stabilizer for a better finish…

it was a bit wonky when i practiced satin stitch without stabilizer …

with stabilizer it was like spreading soft butter on bread..

This picture will give you an idea how satin stitch gave life to the appliqué…

machine applique bows 

This is the back side of the appliqué…

 applique using stabilizer

I used iron on stabilizer and I removed the unwanted area after stitching…

christmas applique pillow blue applique pillow

Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments..

Until next time..

Have a nice day…nima

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dresden plate for Christmas

I love to work with Dresden plate since the day i learned it..

….and i have done a few  of Dresden plate projects before.

This is my Christmas version..

christmas dresden

It is a table runner with 3 Dresden plates in Christmas fabric,

on a cream/off white Linen background, with size 50”L x 16”W..

dresden christmas runner

I loved the stippling that i did with my Janome Horizon 8900…

even though i have done free motion quilting before,

this was my first attempt of free motion quilting on my new machine,

quilted dresden plate christmas runner

I tried different shots to get the full runner…

but the color didn’t come out fine because of the lack of day light.

This image is the right color of the runner that i took in the day light..

dresden upside down

I loved this piece of my work and I’m really proud of it…

Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comment.

Until next time…

Have a nice day…nima

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pineapple angels for Christmas

The cute little pineapple angels are ready for the Christmas tree and for the gift tags…
 
crochet pineapple angels 
How it got the name pineapple?…
this was one of the comments i got for my last Pineapple garden doily.
crochet angels
I thought it will be nice, if i mention the relevance of the pineapple motif in the home decor
and how it got the name.
So that all the curious minds will get the answer.
crochet golden angels
It seems Pineapple is the symbol of hospitality in the history of colonial America..
There is a mention about it in Wikipedia .
crochet silver angels
During the early Colonial days in the United States,
families would set a fresh pineapple in the center of the table
as a colorful centerpiece for the festive meal.
crochet white angels
Signs of this universal symbol of hospitality are seen painted on the front doors of homes
and found in a variety of table centerpieces.
Not only have wood-carvers etched this immortal symbol,
but the delicate hands of needle-workers have preserved this symbol in family heirlooms
over the centuries.
Items such as pineapple samplers, table cloths, and crochet doilies
are a few of the items found in homes.
You can read more about it here at symbolism of the Pineapple.
Here are few more interesting links to read more about pineapple.
Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments.
Until next time..
Have a nice day…nima