Saturday, May 26, 2012

Out on a trip....

Hi ! I have not been able to post much for the past  few days. I was very busy on my work front. At last I am free to go out with my family and friends for a short trip tomorrow..I am excited like my little niece...

We are all going to Kerala-God's own country...and enjoy- some beautiful beaches, hill stations, sanctuaries, stay on a house boat, visit some tea and spice plantations, paddy fields, and perhaps lots of shopping... I hope that we can squeeze in as much sight seeing as possible...I just want to freeze all those moments of joy in my camera so that I can share with you.....

The colours- predominantly green and perhaps the rainbow colours if I can visit the spice bazaar which I have been thinking of since long time....smell of fresh air, free from pollution, salty breeze from the seas....pungent smell of the spices.... well just thinking of all that is making me so excited...with so many of us...I don't know whether we can do all that is planned...But the most important thing is being together and spending time, having fun.....

So I am off now to pack the last few camera, journal to write and a sketch pad if possible...away from all this hustle bustle to the beautiful, scenic places....Be with you the moment I get back....

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Here is one more simple chain Rangoli:
If you remember Rangoli 189 where I give you this small block and a bigger Rangoli using the block.

I have drawn the bigger Rangoli as three columns. I have left some space in between the columns so that you can see the difference. If the space is narrowed down, the Rangoli will look like one huge block.

Try it out.....

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bullion Knot Stitch-1

TAST-2012-Week-20-Bullion Knot Stitch

This weeks challenge for TAST 2012 announced by Sharon is Bullion Knot Stitch. Please visit her site for more details.

This is a stitch though easy needs lots of patience and time. I have tried it out before but for making loops and roses. This is actually a very good opportunity for me to work on this stitch. But here it is so very hot. With power cuts and childrens' holidays, I am not able to do much.

This is my first attempt:

You can see the bullion roses with Bullion knot leaves and detached Chain leaves. I have used BK Stitch with Feather and Detached Chain. I am still trying to think out ideas. So watch out....

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


A simple and easy Rangoli.
It is Berries and flowers. This is 5X5 block put together so that in the center it is 13 dots 5 times. Join as shown. You can just use one block of 5X5.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Half Chevron Stitch-2

TAST-2012-Week 19-Half Chevron Stitch

Well I have been quite busy during the week on the work front. So I could only try a few stitches for my sampler. Since one of the challenges is to combine various stitches along with this stitch, I have done my sampler accordingly. Here they are:
1.  Half Chevron Stitch (HCS) with Cretan Catch Stitch and + Stitch
2. HCS laced with beads
3. HCS with Tete de Boeuf Stitch

4. Double HCS(facing each other) with beads
5. HCS with Buttonhole Wheels(half) and beads
6. HCS with Detached Chain, Beads and Stem Stitch

7. HCS with Wheat Ear Stitch, round and bugle beads
 8. HCS with Zig Zag Chain and Slipped Detached Chain Stitch

I am still doodling so watch out for more....

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Half Chevron Stitch-1

TAST-2012-Week19-Half Chevron Stitch

This weeks challenge announced by Sharon is given below. Do visit for details and join in the challenge. 
1. Half chevron stitch
2. Half Chevron with Open Cretan Stitch
3. Half Chevron with Herringbone Stitch
4. Half Chevron with Fly and Detached Chain Stitches
5. Half Chevron with + Stitch

Working on more stitch samples...keep an eye on my blog....

Monday, May 7, 2012

Crossed Buttonhole Stitch-2

TAST-2012-Week-18-Crossed Buttonhole Stitch 

It is very hot here with temperatures soaring to an unbearable  levels. With power cuts it is really very difficult. One feels drained and listless at the end of the day. Completing the daily chores in itself is a challenging task. Therefore I could not accomplish much though i had many ideas in my mind. 

Any way here is my second set:
Stitches with different heights, with different shades of same colour stitched one upon another, and stitches in the last two rows were stitched one way first(left to right) and then  in reverse direction stitching in the same holes.
I think it is clear form this picture. I have used two colours in the last row to make it clear.

May be I will post more some time later.....Watch out....

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Crossed Buttonhole Stitch-1

This week Sharon has announced Crossed Buttonhole Stitch. Visit her site for more details. I could not work much as I am busy with my work. I tried this stitch for the first time and it was confusing for the first ten minutes or so. Then I picked it up. Here is my first attempt:

Crossed Buttonhole Stitch, closed version, with beads.
with Running Stitch, Detached Chain Stitch and beads.

Watch out for more.......

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


This is 15-3 times to 1 dots-i.e., 15, 15, 15 in the center(horizontally) and then 13, 11, 9, 7,5,3,1 on both sides