December 11, 2013
I got a muslin scarf with absolutely lovely and subtle prints in beige with brown and pink paisleys all over. Some blue flowers too were strewn around the surface to cut the monotony of beige and brown. While I love the scarf, it seemed too simple for my taste in its current form; a crochet trim would do wonders to it,I thought!! And what better than pink for a girl,whats more, it also goes with the colour scheme of the scarf…
How I did what I did:
First I made a line of button hole stitches using a pink crochet thread and a simple needle(the needle just big enough to hold the crochet thread,if you plan to make one do note that mulmul is very soft and any large needle can leave a hole in it). I pulled the vertical lines as I moved from one buttonhole stitch to the other so that between two stitches the fabric gets scrunched up and vertical lines were barely visible…just liked this look more than the vertical bars of the buttonhole showing. Also, the muslin fabric being very soft,I had a tough time getting the vertical bars to be equidistand and parallel. This took care of the raw edges too as I turned them one fold towards the back and simultaneously ran the row of buttonholes on them.
Second row was the crochet edging.The difference between the first and second is that the needle buttonhole is stitched from left to right, while the crochet moves from right to left.One also abandons the hand embroidery needle and takes up a crochet needle apt for the thickness of teh thread.I used a 2mm pony needle.
The edging is rather simple.In the horizontal bar of the buttonhole stitch, I added a slip stitch, a single crochet, 2 double crochets, 1 single crochet and finished off each scallop with a slip stitch…continued till the 4 sides had uniform trim.
This is th3 first time I am making a crochet trim for a muslin scarf…the earlier scarf was chiffon.
The long term plan on this would be to make lots of scarves with lovely crochet trims and gift them to my sisters and bhabhis(sister in laws). And then, maybe when I am an expert, sell them in an Etsy shop.As for now, that’s too much to dream, ‘coz this is just the first step and I don’t even have an etsy shop currently
Linking it to WIP wednesday!
October 9, 2013
I saw this amazingly cute gumdrops quilt in the book Sunday Morning Quilts, by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison at Lake view Stitching and a ‘lil google search told me what a gumdrops quilt was. It looked easy to achieve and my sewing machine desperately needed a cover.
A little math…
some cutting… and sewing …
got me to the scrappy quilt top. I was always apprehensive about raw edged applique and this project worked out great in allaying the doubts. It looks beautifully colourful and peps up my mood each time I sit at my work table
Linking it to WIP Wednesday:
September 15, 2013
I read Indian authors in English. that’s my general style of reading…and literary classics of course; but those I read a long time back. Sometimes on a rainy day with a cup of coffee in hand I do tend to get back to a Thomas Hardy and read it all over again but those instances are few and far between. Recently, I have tried diversifying into science fiction, the Dean Koontz kind.
I picked up Inside the Box from Profile Books as it talks of creativity. What got me interested was the fact that it speaks of creative thinking and implementation in a very methodological way. Creativity, I believe, is something you are born with: either you have it or you don’t. But the book refers to it as an acquired skill…like maybe engineering or analytics. That sounds interesting and I am always open to new ideas and thinking.
As I begin the book, the preamble speaks of a method called ‘Systematic Inventive thinking’, commonly referred to in the book as the ‘Inside the Box’ theory. It goes on to explain how the method will ‘open ones eyes to a whole new world of innovation’.
I have always been chary of books on management gyan. Hope this proves to be different.
September 4, 2013
Posted by creativeinstincts under Gift
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Recently friends have been moving out from town and making me feel miserable as I pull myself together to sew them some goodies. However, recently a new one moved in to town. She, of course, came in and then became a friend.
Recently she had a house warming party and I made these quick coordinated polka dotted hot pads. She loved them and so did I.
Linking it to WIP Wednesday !
August 10, 2013
Posted by creativeinstincts under Afghan
I realized I have been bitten by the crochet bug yet again when I tried making several versions of crochet hexagon flowers. When I searched for free tutorials on the net, I changed upon many colourful versions of the African Hexagon flower. But I wanted something that was simple and exotic.
By no way I am saying I don’t like the African Hexagon flower, ‘coz that’s going to be my next project but currently Red Heart LW3284 caught my fancy. Even after trying multiple attempts I couldn’t get it right…gave up unhappily knowing that the pattern possibly had a misprint.
But I gave up just the pattern, not the idea. Soon I stumbled upon the Crochet hexagon Throw again from Red Heart. the flower turned out beautiful, somewhat 3 dimensional and absolutely adorable…I just didn’t have 5 coloured wool to go for it. Went to The HAB too to pick up some wool. But that being a Thursday, they were closed .
Pattern 2 also had to be discarded for lack of availability of raw materials. I almost make it sound like a brick and mortar project just a lot more colourful and desirable !
Here are the first two attempts :
Third time lucky and I got a youtube video from Super crochet mom. The pattern is simple and something I could make using just double crochet stitches, I love them …they are my favourite stitches from the lot and whats more, they make beautiful looking hexagon flower.
The target now is to complete 20 of these in 30 days.
Adding to my my target for August:
July 10, 2013
Posted by creativeinstincts under Bag
However sad it may sound or make me feel, a friend has actually stepped out of town…not just for a weekend or a week but an entire year. Our families would hang out together every weekend when she was around and we really enjoyed their company. As a quick farewell gift I made a small pouch for a pair of silver earrings that I had bought for her during my last trip home.
Its a rather simple drawstring jewellery pouch and I would like to put up a tutorial soon.
Linking it to WIP Wednesday !
June 11, 2013
ok ok I get it…this is not a rug ! I am just generally fond of alliterations!
As part of a quilting challenge, I decided to use different fabrics and I thought a crazy quilt patch work would suit fine. All I planned was an assorted variety of fabric including velvet, brasso, upholstery fabric, synthetic material, cotton and embroidered cotton fabric. Quilting is done by hand using simple running stitch that moved inside with each concentric rectangle towards the center starting with the perimeter. The border is a contrasting lace from canada that I received as part of a trim swap. A heartfelt thank you to my swap partner…the contrasting lace makes the crazy quilt block all the more gorgeous.
It is 12″ X18″ in size.
Hubby says it looks rich and kid has already taken it off as a quilt for his spider man toy
Learnings from the project:
A hand quilted crazy quilt patchwork piece takes double the time anticipated but is also twice as beautiful I was always scared of crazy-quilt thinking I will never get the combination right, but the end result is far more beautiful than what I thought it would be. Feels great !
Linking it to WIP Wednesday !