Monday, August 31, 2009

Beads......

Hello!!
I'm back earlier this time!
And I've found something new to do.
I'm beading!!!!
Bead crocheting, in fact.
I wanted to add some beads to my crochet,
browsed the net
and found some neat tutorials,
added beads to my thread,
and off I was into bead land!!!!
My 1st try was with 20 size thread
and little bigger beads.
Crochetted with a single chain crochet stich.
This is what I came up with...
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Looks like a mulberry, doesn't it?
Added a big red bead at one end
and a bead top at the other.
The tops are also the 1st bead ones I've made.
This is how they look without the mulberrys..
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Here are the the two finished tops side by side.
They now adorn the ears of my niece Khyati.
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Somehow,
 my work was looking like mulberrys
 and not like ropes.
The thread shows through,
The beads are loose
and I didn't know what was wrong!
Then,
found out that to make ropes we use the
slip stich!
Here's a try with that....
Not bad!!!
Now to decide what next to make
with this form of art.
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In the meantime,
I've finished the
 pineapple crochet doily.
It had started to look a little crowded
so added the fringe
providing a little contrasting
 'negative space'
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It didn't ditch me and did not ruffle!!!!
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The tunisian crochet blanket
 for my son
has run into a little problem.
Something went wrong with the corners!
Actually,
I was getting a very square outcome,
 as the difference of squares in the horizontal
and the vertical axis is of just 2 squares!
I added another row
at the lower and upper edge,
but,
this is what is happenning to the corners!
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Got to figure out a way to get over this!!!
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If I'm going to start something
in beaded crochet,
I've got to have a lot of thread!
But,
what do I do if the thread looks like this?
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Got to get it untangled and to wind it over something!
This is what I came up with to solve this problem!
I had some old medicines lying around.
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The plastic is quite thick and doesn't give way easily.
Remove the medicine part
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Smooth out the edges,
shape it into something
you can wind your thread on
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And wind your thread on it!
Do you notice the two slanting cuts at the two broad ends?
The thread ends can be tucked in to prevent unwinding.
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specially for plastic threads,
like the one I'm going to work with!
That's a tutorial???!!!!
WHOAAA!!
My 1st again!
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Sorry, no tatting this time,
No,
it doesn't mean
 "crochetization"
of a tatting blog!
but,
no tatting as of now!
So, until next time,
bye!
Do keep those beautiful comments coming.
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Long time no see....

Hello friends!!
Where have I been?
What have I been doing?
Why have I not  posted for so long?
I DON"T KNOW!!!!
The only thing I know that I've been meaning
 to post for a while and just could'nt find enough
 "me"
 time!
Well, we had another addition to our family....
My cousin sis had her 1st baby yesterday
and I have to show you the beautiful baby!!!
It's a baby boy!
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Now going to what I've been making....
in fact producing in my
so called
"factory"
Lot's of crochet and little tatting...
(thats another reason I was not posting,you know)
My tatting blog is becoming a crochet blog!!!
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That's the purse inside.
Lined and ready.
I'd made a little purse to go along with it.
My mother -in-law confiscated the purse with it's little one
 as soon as I went to the bathroom!!!!
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I'm so into crochet at the moment that I wanted to learn something new!
So, I tried out
Tunisian crochet
and while browsing for techniques I found
How could I resist,
I'm now into making this afghan for Vaasu.
Boy, it's gonna take ages!!!!
and lots and lots of yarn!!!!
Vaasu's already started to tuck his feet inside.
I hope he likes it!
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One of my Patients delivered some days back
and I gifted the baby these booties.
So easy to make,
so small
 and
so pretty!!!
(I wanna have another baby!!)
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How can You crochet and not make doilies???
And pineapples.....
ummmmm
deliciuos!!!
It's still growing...
and
 "I'm loving it"
It's lying flat till now
but I know it's going to ditch me and start ruffling!
Hoping for the better!!!
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Too much of crochet- ain't it?
Let's talk about something else.
AAAH
KNITTING!!!
Little practice with cables lead you to
make little bags!
(Another cozy for my cell!!)
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How can we go on ranting about everything else and not talk about
TATTING?
This is a tatting blog after all!!!
Twisty flower wines
(Like twisty garlic bread....What am I doing!!!
am I hungry?)
This is somewhat a continuation of the previous bookmark I'd posted in the last post but with more colours and an element of encapsulation and a Twist!
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I've written down the pattern but its on paper
(and it takes time to get converted to ....
You know what!...I'm not getting the word!)
Allright,
That should be all for now.
I hope to get back sooner this time!
Luv you all 
and please leave me some comments.
Bye

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Rakhi?


What is Rakhi?


"Rakhi is basically a sacred thread of protection embellished with the love and affection of a sister for her brother. This day is also known as Raksha Bandhan and celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana in India. This frail of thread of Rakhi is considered as stronger than iron chains as it binds the most beautiful relationship in an inseparable bond of love and trust. Rakhi festival also has a social significance because it underlines the notion that everybody should live in harmonious coexistence with each other."

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"The festival of Raksha Bandhan is entirely dedicated to the love and affection shared between a brother and a sister. On this day, sisters pray for long life of their brothers and ask God to bless them with his blessings. Brothers, in turn, give them enticing rakhi gifts and promise to care life long. This custom has been there since time immemorial."



Raksha-Bandhan

The bond of Protection.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

BEWARE!!!!!!!

Yes!
Beware!!!
I've been gone so long it feels like ages!!!
AND
I'm going to tell you about all that I've done in these past days!

It's going to take time , space, energy
and
lots of patience....
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1st
Vaasu's toys and stuff were lying
all around the house
so tried to make something
to gather his stuff at one place.
Found an empty carton and turned it into
a
TOY BOX
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Covered it with the scrap cloth pieces I had lying around,

glued with home-made glue that my MIL made with flour.

Now Vaasu can keep all his little toys in it!

No more littered around toys

(and slipping on them!)


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2nd
The Curtain Project
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I'd been wanting to make curtains
for the Window in the dining room.
My MIL had a Dupatta without a suit!
(the suit died it's natural death of wear and tear
but the dupatta was as good as new!)
Cut it up and made curtains out of it,
and attached Silk thread tassels at the edge.
Then,
You remember I had started
a table cloth with cross-stitch motifs.....
Finished that.
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Couldn't even wait to get it pressed.....
Sorry for the crumpled look!
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That finishes up this corner,

At Last!

4th

I'd been wanting to make a Crochet bag for a long time now

And what better than to start with a little

FAT BOTTOM BAG

It's pretty easy to make and

THIS Video on You-tube by Elaine

helped a lot.

It's in Spanish(?)

and in 6 parts but explained pretty well!


The most difficult part was covering the rings with the thread,

my fingers hurt the whole day after!

Not lined yet,

but I hope I'll do it soon.

5th

Just doodling with my shuttles and came up with this motif


Extended it
and put it on satin ribbons.
Oh those Daisy picot flowers were a pain to make!
But they look so sweet!

Tied a red ribbon at one end....

and

what do we have??

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I didn't know what to make it into....

Bookmark

or

hang on the door

or

Hang in the car!!!!

This has found it's place in my sister's car!

6th

Little tatted flowers.....

what do you do with them?

Spice them up a little and ...

put them on hair clips!

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Add a Crochet base and beads
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and make them into
RAAKHIS!!!
!
Tomorrow is
RAKSHA-BANDHAN
And I have my own supply of handmade
Raakhis.

And because it's festival time again

can HENNA be behind?

(one hand, the dark one, done by me!)

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You came this far with me?
are you still reading on?
WOW!.
So,
Now That I've showed off the stuff I've made,
(I know I'm a big show-off)
you know what I've been up to these days.
It's like I'm running a FACTORY of some sort!
(and I'm the only worker in it!)
I'm constantly tired and feeling worn out,
BUT
I'm totally addicted!!!
Do you think I need a shrink?
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I still have so much to do!!!!
See ya soon with the next batch news!
In the meantime
leave some comments for me .....
Please!!!
:)

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