Granny Squares - Crochet Project

Sharing some of my mum's crafts again. She made this cute granny square small rug. 
In India we constantly need small rugs(chattai) for sitting on the floor. 
This small rug is used everyday for pooja time (god worshiping time) for sitting on the floor while performing the worships. 

Mum has many granny squares which she has created long time ago and still has not connected them to make rugs... I have shared some samples below...






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Fabric Embossed Painting

Hello lovely people,

Today I am going to share my kit art with you. Since 2000 there's new craze of getting craft kits in India. I got the bug once and I tried this emboss painting kit from the craft shop in 2002. 

So the kit included a velvet cloth with printed picture of this lady. The painting was covered in some grey solution. Some glitter paints in primary colours were provided along with a mediocre brush. One leaflet instructions were enough to get me moving with this project. 

I had to paint all the grey coloured sections of the design with my choice of colours and let it dry over night. The glitter paints could be mixed with other colours or white colour to change the shade.
After the painting is dry , press it from the wrong side with hot steam iron. The hot steam makes the painted area puff and looks like embossed. Looks like magic! 

I got the velvet cloth framed. One of my friend loved it and ask me to make similar thing for her wedding. So I painted a beautiful peacock for her. 

Later I found out that the grey solution is the cloth embossing paint which can be applied to any fabric to get that puffed look.  I used that fabric embossing paint for some project , but was disappointed with the result. 

Now I just don't feel the novelty of using these crafts kits anymore. Now I like to do crafts from scratch.

Do share your kit arts with me.




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Wall hanging made of Beads

Hello crafters,

This wall hanging was made by my mum some 30 odd years ago and is still a part of our house decor.... I like the simplicity and durability of this craft. 

Small plastic beads were woven and intertwined together to form these small hexagons, which were then joined together in the end. 

I have not learned this craft from mum yet, something I would certainly learn in near future... 

Share your old crafts too...

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Parchment Fairies - Sesonal Greeting Cards


Dear crafters,

I sharing my 3D Parchment Flower Fairy cards. I used matching floral printed vellum paper for background in each cutouts. I embossed few important elements of the floral vellum paper to add further effect to the cards. 


The flower fairies are printed on one sheet of A4 parchment which are embossed and cut out. I use perga glue to stick the fairies on cards, so the embossing is not suppressed or damaged. 



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Recycled Gifts - Greeting Cards









I used pencil sharpenings to make these greeting cards. I used colour pencils sharpening and painted them with sketchpens to add further effect. 

I have used calligraphy for writing messages and tried to create an insiprational series. 

What do you think about this new recycle idea??

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Parchment Greeting Cards


Sharing some of my parchment cards. I used some floral designs on spare parchment scraps. I painted the flowers with parchment ink and embossed all the design.
 Then I perforated the outline and cutout the design. Made small cards with some plain card stock and attached the floral design with double sided duct tape. 


 
 Following two cards are made from Martha Ospina's design book. I applied some lace to give a personal touch to the candles card. 




This is perfect baby announcement card. I painted the card and did small embroidery through the four punch holes to add a personal touch. 
See the closeup pictures for further details.
Happy Crafting!!

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Thread Painting - Greeting Cards


Today I am sharing one of my old unique cards which me and my father made in school summer holidays. I liked them so much that I have never shared it with anyone. 

Materials: 
Card sheet, threads (various sizes), water paints and some sketch pens 
Process:
  1. Take two same size card sheet.
  2. Take any length embroidery threads and dip threads in various inks or paints
  3. Spread the threads on one card in asymmetrical style. Press the second card on it .
  4. Pull the threads while pressing the two cards together. 
  5. This creates the symmetrical lines on both the cards.
  6. Add few details with sketch pens / sharpie to create various forms or shapes from these lines. 
I did the fun part of making imprints from the coloured threads whereas my dad did the creative part of making some shapes out of those lines. 



First one reads: Loneliness; Second one reads: Waves



Did you liked this idea? Would like to know if I can use this technique in any other form...do share your thoughts...


Reads: Blurred memories

Happy Crafting!!

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Embroidered Sarees - Festival Special







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Dear Readers, 

I was never a fan of wearing Saree's and always thought embroidered Saree to be too tacky and shiny. But when I saw these Sarees I just had to buy them. I love the superior quality of the fine embroidery and also the fact that its suttle and does not have too much bling. 

The mustard yellow Saree has fine Kashmiri hand embroidery which is unique to every Saree. 
Do share your favourite handicrafts too 

Happy Crafting!

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Ink Painting - Wall Decor


I got inspired by Japanese ink art on canvas to make my own version. I saw a small documentary about japanese artist creating japanese designs with indigo ink on a canvas and coating it with varnish spray. 

So I decided to try the same idea, but used sharpie pen instead of ink. I liked the way the project turned out.


Also it was a quick craft project. 

Did you liked this idea? 

Happy crafting!
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Orissa Art - Papyrus cutwork Ganesha


Dear Readers,

Today I am sharing one of the Indian Artworks. I can't remember the traditional Indian name of this craft. I purchased this art piece from Handicraft Exhibition in Pune, India in 2006.

The design is hand drawn on the papyrus with natural dye. Then the cut work is done. The first layer of papyrus is cutout delicately to create 2 dimensions. The design is then shaded and coloured with natural inks and dyes. The design is then divided in to even strips of papyrus and tied with thread. This makes it easy to fold the design for storage. 

Have you seen any variations of this art? Do let me know the name of this art ... 

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