Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Finishing touches...

I'm nearly done. And this is actually a considerable feat given the circumstances: my sewing machine wasn't working and I had to assemble the bag entirely by hand, and in a terrible rush! Now I just need to add some finishing touches and a few more stitches here and there:

Doesn't the bag look sweet with the drawstrings pulled?

But I wonder if I did a good job matching the two fabrics with the embroidery threads... Anyway, if any of the students isn't pleased with these colours there will be a second colourway to choose from. I'm looking forward to trying this one out too. 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Nearly there...

It's been pouring, and for the last 5 days the sky has been really dark. But just before that we had wonderful weather: sunny and warm during the day with cooler nights. Like last year, my landlady gave me a huge bucket of olives for me to salt, which I managed to do before the weather changed.

Embroidery-wise, side 2 of the Indian inspired bag is finished. The traditional Indian motif that inspired me appears on the background:

Shame that I have so little time. I thought the green I used for side 2 looked a lot brighter and happier than the one I used on side 1. If only I had more time! Then I would redo the outlines and the border of side 1...

Anyway, I hope that the forecast proves true and we have some sunshine tomorrow so that I can photograph the finished bag.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

11 days to go...

So, that is what my exciting project is all about! I'll be teaching a workshop on some common stitches of Indian embroidery. You can find out more about it here.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Indian bag, moving on...

This is where I had left off my Indian inspired bag. But I've moved on. Because it is a sampler of some of the stitches used in Indian embroidery I don't think it's necessary to have both sides looking exactly the same. So each side will show one typical motif, and they will each be worked in different stitches.

The most time consuming  part of side two is nearly done:

And while out on the balcony this afternoon, enjoying the loud singing of the birds, the warmth of the sun and watching the activities in the village, I managed to start adding the outline of the flower:

Then it will be the border and assembling the bag. 

But I still have loads to do, and the next few days will probably feel like I'm in a fierce race against time..,

Friday, 3 October 2014

an exciting project...

V. has been working in Valladolid since the beginning of July, and during one of my visits there  I met the lovely Luz, owner of a very pretty fabric and yarn shop located right in the heart of the historic centre.

We hit it off straight away, and out of our common love of all things fabrics, colours and threads the idea for a joint project came up. She chose the fabrics, I chose the threads, the theme, designed it, and will stitch it. She will also provide the setting: a lovely space at the back of her shop.

The end result of this project will be two small hand embroidered bags. The stitches will be mostly drawn from Gujarati traditional embroidery, including the use of shisha mirrors, and the motifs will also be inspired by their traditional designs. But the inspiration for the colours is coming from a very different source: two different Kaffe Fassett fabrics that we chose for the linings. These modern and colourful fabrics will also appear at the top of the bags to create a quirky contrast to the traditional designs.

So far I've finished one side of one of the bags. The colours, as I mentioned, are not traditional Indian at all: 

And here I show on the background a traditional and very common Indian motif that uses some of the stitches I will be teaching:

My orange and purple sampler, by the way, was progressing nicely, but until the end of October I won't be able to touch it again,