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Before the year ends……. December 31, 2009

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Lately I have been very busy, and have not been able to do much with regards to my creative side.  But before the year ends, I managed to sew a small gift for my dear friend, Nima and tried to include my little paintings as well with it.

And this is what I made…..

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I made a purse organizer and did a little bit of warli  painting at the top.

And below is the painted coaster that I made for her…


The paintings are not perfect, since I am still not an expert in this art, but I am happy she liked it.

With another new year, it would be a new beginning and I wish to learn more and experiment new things. I have got lot of stuff in mind, and I also see it happening.

In 2010 you will see me with a new blog address, since I am planning to shift to blogger. All my new post will be in my blogger address and I will keep you updated about it.  I must take this opportunity to thank my few blog friends who have always encouraged me, and my aim would be to improve my blogging skills and expand my friends with interesting and inspiring work, and also learn more creative and inspiring art. Sewing has become  a part of me and I hope to improve my sewing skills this year.

So wish me good luck….and give me lot of encouragement.

And here’s wishing all of you … A Very Happy and prosperous new year…..

My new blog adress is http://preethobby.blogspot.com


Attractive giveaway at Izzy & Ivy designs…… December 14, 2009

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If you love to get nice patterns form Izzy and Ivy, you can click here.   Izzy and Ivy has announced lovely giveaways which include their patterns and a lovely penelope ruffles bag.



Go ahead and enter the draw….

Cut-out patchwork….. December 8, 2009

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As I was browsing on the net for some sewing patterns for curtains, I came across this lovely curtain on Sew mama sew blog.  I  was inspired by the idea so…. much that I forgot all about the curtains and just wanted to try my hands on that cut-work.  I am not an experienced sewing person but I  couldn’t resist myself from trying this out.  For a start I took a simple design, and tried this out on a plain cotton cloth. I dint have anything in mind as such, with regards to what I wanted to make but I just wanted to try out the cut work, the rest comes later anyway.  The result is not a perfect finish, but for the first time I am happy at what I achieved.  There is so……. much opportunity for improvement, I know, but this is the only way you can learn new things…..

Here’s what I accomplished….


My zig-zig is not perfect, I still have to get control on that.

If you want to get a proper tutorial, please visit the above mentioned blog.

Before I leave one more picture of my finish…. Do encourage my endeavour   through your comments.


My first trial on shirring/smocking…… December 7, 2009

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I always used to love smocked dresses, gowns etc but I never got a chance to try it.  Recently I got the elastic thread, needed for this purpose and then I couldn’t wait to try my hands on smocking.   I was searching for something very simple to do  for the first time and that is when I happened to visit Zura’s blog. She has given a nice and simple tutorial on shirring, and I thought this is what I would try doing. So here’s what I did….

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I am sorry the pictures are not very clear…. But I couldn’t wait to blog about this achievement of mine. I have just done a few smocking lines on the neck of this top. But next time I can confidently do something more challenging.

The fabric also is not a very good one, since I dint want to risk any of my cherished fabrics.  Don’t you all think its ok for the first time trial…..

Thank  you Zura for this tutorial….. For now its adieu from me.

After a short break….I am back December 6, 2009

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Eid holidays were quite unproductive with regards to my hobby, since kids were around. I couldn’t  do much of sewing, but I did try my hands on little bit of hand embroidery and crochet. You really need a lot of patience for these and especially while trying to learn you need it more. But the positive aspect of being persistent and finishing your project are two fold: First, you learn to be patient and second you have a great sense of achievement.  Any way let me stop bragging about my learning experiences and come to the point.

After the above crusade of mine, I was so…. frustrated, that I wanted to do some quick finishes. And during Eid holidays myself and Nima went shopping and got some real nice materials. I was itching to sew,and on Friday, it was just me and my sewing machine.  Since my husband is out of town, I was really feeling bored too. I finally accomplished the long pending work of stitching a nice cover for my arm chair, not just one but two!!.

Here it is…..

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Now the second cover that I stitched….

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Isn’t the material lovely….. Do give your lovely comments…. I eagerly wait for some nice comments from all of you out there.

Days ahead are going to be a little busy with children’s exams approaching near. I hope I get some time for myself, so that I can do more of sewing and so many other things I have in mind…So till then Its Bye from Preeta

Sew it : A Car trash bag November 25, 2009

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This time it is a car trash bag on Sew it. And here’s my finish…

You can find this tutorial. on Ashely’s make it and love it.

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Can you notice a small mistake that I have made?  I think you must have guessed, lol  . I made the pleats on the wrong side.  But I realized this after I stitched the bottom and sides, and moreover it was not looking so.. odd.  So I left it like that. My husband felt that it is a very practical little thing, with my two sons always munching gums or enjoying a shawarma  or two in the car while we are driving.

Thank you Mayya for this tutorial, I really loved it.

Until next time its bye from Preeta.

My first hand embroidery project….. November 19, 2009

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This is not my first attempt at hand embroidery, but after my school days this is my first completed project. I always had a fascination for hand embroidery but I think the passion was not enough to take it up seriously. Now that I have started sewing, thanks to Nima and Mayya, I got inspired to start my hand embroidery again. Once you embroider, you can make such small,easy and quick finishes.


This is a small envelope shape pouch, which can be kept inside  your purse. ( will look great with cloth bags). The pattern is from Grandma’s linen pouches by Joan Fee.

I still haven’t attached a button to it, I am planning to attach a press button, which I don’t have at the moment with me. But I couldn’t wait to blog my finish.

Here’s one close look at my embroidery. I have only used simple lazy daisy stitch and french knots. I love it……

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Next will be my Sew it  feature from Mayya’s blog. This time its a car trash bag. I found it very interesting and practical. So I am going to make it soon.

Thank you for all for your lovely comments and keep smiling. Until next time its Bye from Preeta.

Gifts for my friend. November 14, 2009

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Last week was my friends birthday, and I thought it would be nice to gift her something with a personal touch. And these are the little things I made for her.

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This basket I made from one of the Sew it feature, and since I had made one for myself before, I was more confident this time.

Then I also painted a few coasters for her, I have done warli painting on them. This is the first time I tried painting with oil paints. But after painting this one I felt acrylic paints were easy to use, since it dries up quickly. Oil paints really takes time to dry and it doesn’t spread easily. Here are the coasters.

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Sew It : Bag November 11, 2009

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YEY….!!  YEY!!!….. I have done it. 



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After missing last time’s sew it, due to my lap top problems, When I got my  back my laptop I was eagerly waiting for this week’s sew it feature. This time Mayya had featured a lovely bag, and I desperately wanted to make this one.

But with my limited sewing skills, I was confused at some places Thanks Mayya, your forum  and motivation really helped me.

This tutorial in from The Margaret Bag by Elizabeth from Oh Fransson.

I din’t have any flannel with me neither did I have a soft fusible interfacing, and to be very honest I was hesitant to use my cherished materials since I was worried how it would turn out. So I have just used a simple grey cotton cloth for the main body and the lining  is a black cotton material, and since I had a stiff interfacing with me, I ironed on the stiff interfacing only at the base of the bag on the main material. The button is a small crochet motif that I had made with a bead attached to it.


But now I am confident, and I will surely make one with some bright color material and this time I will definitely add a fusible fleece. 

My friend’s daughter Ananya, modeling for my bag. The sling is a little long for her though. ( The snaps are a little dark.. sorry about that.) 

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Thanks Mayya once again for all your support. I am waiting to see what others have done. And eagerly waiting for your next Sew it feature Mayya.

Till then its bye from Preeta.

Back to blogging …… November 7, 2009

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Hi everyone, Its been quite sometime  since I could blog  because my laptop had conked off and had to be formatted again. It took several weeks to get it back and I had to start from scratch to start blogging again.  I was feeling quite restless about it, anyway I got back my laptop yesterday and here I am….

I have missed viewing all your blogs and please don’t think I have disappeared . I will be back with more new posts shortly… Till then please continue to keep in touch. For now its bye from preeta….