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Is there a Knitting group?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carmen Aug 18, 2008. 23 Replies


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What type of textile arts are you interested in?
Knitting,crochet,tatting,hand-embroidery ---I am familiar with them.
But I am also interested in allthings about textile and have tried weaving ,spinning and making bobbin lace ,also.
What's your favorite type of needlework?
I learned my textile skills first,when I was a kid, through a book in Tamil that my mother had.Since that time I developed a likikng for learning through books,as at school,the teacher was not able to help me much.The next year brought a different teacher who taught Sewing.Mostly I learned looking at books.
Please feel free to tell us a little bit about yourself by way of introduction.
I enjoy reading and singing apart from doing fibre craft.I am trained in Social Work and Primary Education.It is my dream to try all the Embroideries of India and write about it.

Talk about Being scared.

Last week I went to have my eyes checked and had got a scare.After seemingly routine checks,The Doctor found that I may have Glaucoma,though only the beginning stage.So I should come back two days later for a check-up with the Glaucoma-Specialist.Two days were spent,being unable to read anything less than the 150%magnified typo.[due to the dilatation of the eyes ]So stitching/knitting were ruled out.Anyway,Istarted takuing some homeopathic Remedies for the sympyoms and discomfort I had.When I went for my Periferral Vision Test and checkup on Saturday,the results came out normal.So I felt very much relieved.It turns out the blurring and difficulty with threading needles that I experienced were due to the fact I now need specs to help with the near-vision apart from the usual one for distance vision .
Friends,the past few days really shook me up.because of the things I learned about glaucoma.It cannot be cured but can be contolled.[at least in allopathy].There will be permanent loss of vision due to the increased pressure in the eyes.

 PS. I have now found that my eye-ball is so shaped as to make the doctor think I might have glaucoma;but it isn't,thankfully! I had a second check-up recently when the good doctor explained it all !

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A very Happy New Year to ALL

Posted on January 6, 2010 at 7:59 0 Comments

Hi all, A happy New year to all of you. I have finished the pouch but had not posted about it.Have started a small printed canvas project.[half-way through] Started a large printed canvas,also.[waiting for me to finish its little 'udanpirappu' [a tamil word meaning that which was born along with it/sorry for the convoluted explanation,but could not get the equivalent idiom in English] first.A lots of UFO's waiting for my attention.Lots of hopes and dreams!may they all find fulfilment in this… Continue

It has been a really long time since I did any sewing or needlework,or even visited here.I have now started my Needlework with a Canvas picture.It is not my own design but something I bought of the r…

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 12:00 0 Comments

It has been a really long time since I did any sewing or needlework,or even visited here.I have now started my Needlework with a Canvas picture.It is not my own design but something I bought of the rack to help me get started again.Meanwhile I am glad TAST is starting again.Lets see how things work out. The most interesting information that I like to share is that I now have a new neighbour with whom I share a lot of interests,Needlework being one of them.She was the inspiration who helped me… Continue

Hi , I am back

Posted on January 17, 2009 at 22:00 0 Comments

After three months of not having internet connections,it is nice being able to join friends in my favourite hobby again.I hope to restart embroidery and knitting soon.It has been difficult not being able to do them this long.But now as our house and the new routines are more or less settled, I can now spend some time on my hobby.My blog Sita's Tangled Web will contain details of things that happened on my homefront since September, 2008.,that… Continue

Hi, Many of my friends here have wished me well.My heartfelt thanks for the nice wishes.The real reason I wrote that was so that others wont take their sight for granted as I had done before my Check…

Posted on July 14, 2008 at 7:52 0 Comments


Many of my friends here have wished me well.My heartfelt thanks for the nice wishes.The real reason I wrote that was so that others wont take their sight for granted as I had done before my Check up., but would go for such checkups regularly.The Doctor has Ruled it out now.They say it might be the Farsightedness that comes with age.

It seems the doctors said the same thing to my mother too.Mercifully she went to get a second opinion,[it was ruled out for her,too].For me it was… Continue

My first Post,here.

Posted on May 24, 2008 at 5:30 3 Comments

First I like to thank Sharon for creating this interesting network site.and for inviting me to join it.

I found it difficult to sign up from my site,and had to try from another computer.the people were supportive and responded promptly..Sharon ,too,helped .with her commisuration and suggestions.I was feeling awfully frustrated that I was not able to join while the membership was going from two to four to approximately, 50 10 hours later.While I was happy that the community was… Continue

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At 20:59 on September 18, 2009, Deepa said…
No Sita, I've not found any additional info about sadhu bharath
At 7:56 on September 18, 2009, D. Paula Banerji said…
Happy to help. However, I'll find out more and try to get back to you.
At 13:23 on April 13, 2009, Ms Sharma said…
Hi Sita Sorry I have been away for long. Only today I saw your invitation.Please don't feel other wise. I have accepted your invitation today. Please visit my blog and leave your comments and suggestions.
At 9:26 on February 13, 2009, D. Paula Banerji said…
Hi Sita, the book is called "Chikan Embroidery-The Floral Whitework of India by Sheila Paine. ISBN 0 7478 0009 X. Published by Shire Publications, UK.
I went thru the book and unfortunately it does not show the jaali work, however, it shows all the other stitches. The same jaali (or pulled thread stitch) is called Chained border or Cable stitch in Danish Hedebo work. Anchor has a book called 'Counted thread Embroidery Stitches' and in that it is called Reverse Faggot Filling. The Anchor book is published by David & Charles Newton Abbot, ISBN 0 7153 8862 2. Since Anchor threads are readily available in India you might have some luck tracking down this book locally. If you can not get hold of the book, let me know and I can photocopy the jaali stitch and snail mail it to you.
At 4:03 on February 13, 2009, Deepa said…
I checked and now it is fine. Good to have you back!!!
At 7:47 on February 12, 2009, D. Paula Banerji said…
No Sita, it is Schalwm white work. The jaali work is similar to chikan. This was a self taught piece and this May I am going to a seminar to learn Schalwm from a certified teacher. Really looking forward to it. I have a book on chikankari which has clear instructions on all the stitches used in it, but i have yet l to try them out. Someday!!!
At 21:49 on February 11, 2009, Lorelei Halley said…
I'm glad to hear you intend to start stitching. Now I can look forward to seeing very interesting things. And don't let people tell you that stitching even a towel is a waste of time. Embroidery is an art form, but it takes practice and planning. The towels and little useful objects are the apprenticeship, the experimental phase.
At 23:10 on February 10, 2009, Lorelei Halley said…
Not jute, I like to work on linen. It is a much more durable fiber than cotton. My samplers are just a beginning. I've got some larger embroideries made, but I also have to find the time to do the photography. I bought a fairly cheap digital camera about a month ago, but have to figure out how to use it. I groan just thinking about it. I do hope you find time to start your project. Having something creative to do can take you away from your griefs and worries, at least for some hours.
At 22:19 on February 10, 2009, Lorelei Halley said…
I see you are online now, so I thought I'd write. Have you started on your project of trying out Indian embroidery styles? Do you have any photos of your work that you could show us?
At 11:35 on January 18, 2009, chitra gangadharan said…
Nice to meet you too. Thanks, I'll visit your blog.

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