Indian Mosiac

We’ve just had a long weekend away in Istanbul, it’s an amazing city, I loved it, I don’t usually like city breaks as so many are just full of the same shops, and I’m not really into shopping! Istanbul was different, full of wonderful historic buildings and of course the bazaars! I knew I would have two days on my own in the city whilst my OH went to Gallipoli, so apart from booking a fantastic two day walking tour (which I can highly recommend!) I needed to take some  sewing with me for the evenings.

Indian MosiacI decided to put my bee pincushion on one side for a short while as it really wasn’t practical to take, I decided to concentrate on my Indian Mosaic, time is pressing for this project too as I want to enter it in the local show in mid May, and it will need framing…

I showed you the start of the mosaic here, making the fabric mosaic, now came the scary bit, well out of my comfort zone, to embroider it as I wish! The kit provided some embroidery ribbon, hemp threads, variegated  thread and beads, I took a few extra bits to titivate and a book with embroidery stitches.

Indian MosiacI’ve actually really enjoyed it, once I got into the swing of it. The diagonal lengths are just a nice amount to try out new stitches. I’ve learnt vandyke stitch, wheatear, sheaf and star stitch, closed buttonhole and Pekinese stitch.

I’ve couched ribbon, stitched flystitch with bugle beads and added French knots or seed beads to embellish another stitch. I’ve still a few areas to embroider and I want to couch a gold thread to edge the border, though I’m still undecided whether to add ribbon under the thread too, mainly because I’m concerned the gold thread will slip under the squares as some of them are lifting slightly.

Indian MosiacSince returning home I raided my bead box and embroidery threads, so I’ve added some sequins (not too shiny ones!) and some different coloured bugle and seed beads. Embroidery silks in darker shades have also added colour with the embroidery stitches.

I’m really pleased with the progress so far, though I think it’s one of those projects that it’s difficult to know when it’s finished! I’ve enjoyed dipping my toe out of my comfort zone more than I thought I would!!

Indian Mosiac

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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3 Responses to Indian Mosiac

  1. Penny says:

    From how long I can look at it, it is beautiful, I need cataract surgery and they told me they don’t cause head ach but I am not sure I believe them at this point or if the pain is from the tumor growing in my head, but you got my favorite colors going, I would love to look longer at it but I am so sorry I can not wright now. GOD bless.


    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi Penny, sorry to hear you’re not well, thanks for your comment. It was the colours that first drew me to this kit, as like you, they’re my colours, hope you’re feeling better soon.


  2. Pingback: Indian Mosiac finished! | thecraftycreek

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