Thursday, 16 February 2012

Who am I?


It sounds like a movie title! But this post has got nothing about movies :-) .It’s about me…..
I’ve read all your e-mails, replied to some of you and yet to reply a few. Sorry about that, too many commitments . Some of you had shared a couple of interesting things with me, thank you.
I’ve received some mails asking about my embroidery like when did I start learning, what form of embroidery I chose to learn first ,what do I do with my finished piece, will I post images of my first or earlier works etc. Those questions led to this post……….
I don’t remember my first embroidery but I do remember my first crochet and knitting. I asked my mom’ about that and she said that I was a little girl when I started my embroidery probably 4 or 5 years old. The first person who fell in love with embroidery in my family is my mom’. I used to sit and watch her stitching. So one fine day my mom’ decided to give the needles to me and she held my hand ,made me stitch a chain…….I was taught free style embroidery first  and later I moved to other styles which I remember. I’d framed some of my finished pieces, used some in a quilt, made bags , purses and kurtis , gifted some…….

Let me show y’all some designs which I’d stitched in my pre-teen and early –teen years. My mom’ is a strict teacher , she’d made me stitch a sampler for each stitch….




















                                                                                       
Look at my bullions  * sigh *
                           

While writing this I remember all the criticism I’d got whenever I sat with my needle and thread. I was discouraged probably a million times and my mom’ received free advice from everyone including Mrs. X,Y and Z.I never bothered and continued learning…….May be I bothered, that’s why it’s  still fresh in my memory. My stitching didn’t take a back seat even when I was in my college. If I get a chance then I’d like to tell all those who’d made nasty comments about my passion that I may not be the best embroiderer in the world but I turned out to be a pretty decent one.
Have you ever faced a situation like this? How did you handle that situation?
Happy stitching and have a happy weekend wherever you are !
Anita.

26 comments:

Royce said...

WOW !!!! An explosion of colours , I love this post

veena krishnakumar said...

I guess it is the same in most cases. But we just need to follow our passion.....to fell good. Your embroidery is lovely Anita....ery neat

Gembirdie said...

Oh Anita, how lovely! It's hard to believe you stitched all these as a kid.
Just compare all your accomplishments with those of your nay-sayers, and I think you can thumb your nose at them!

I can't wait to see more of your work.

Troublet said...

Many people love to tell others what they should do but the only person who knows what is right for you is You. I think the best way to prove them wrong is keep on what you are doing, proving them wrong with every stitch you take. Take pride in the beauty you create and know that there's more to come as you continue to embroider. :)

Peggy said...

Beautiful work! Like you, my mother taught me at a very young age as well. She was not a strict teacher,though. She gave me needle and thread and sort of let me do my own thing. Looking forward to learning more about your creative evolution.

Anita said...

Thank you all for your kind words!
@Troublet - I agree with you,that's what I try to do.I guess old memories had re-surfaced 'coz I'd to meet that Mrs.Y....
@Peggy - My mom' was also like yours until I reached 10 years.After that only I saw a strict teacher in my mom'.She doesn't read my blog..lol

letslearnembroidery said...

You're lucky to have started young.I started embroidery at the age of 20!

AlessandraLace said...

amazing embroidery works. congratulations

Lalitha said...

As always, Anita, your stitches are so perfect!! I just love to see yor work.
though i was very much interested in all these crafts, i started very late in life and now i feel time is running out , so don't want to waste any day without spending a few mts/hrs with yarn and needle.You and your work really inspire me to learn something new all the time.

RajiSaj said...

wonderful....
Keep going...
u r really talented..

Anita said...

Thanks Alessandralace and Raji.

Anita said...

@Lalitha - Better late than never!
We live to learn,aren't we?.Hope I get to see your new project when we meet.

Faith said...

Anita, you were lucky to learn so young. Your stitching is beautiful.
Haha at letslearnembroidery's comment! My mom never liked sewing or embroidery. She taught me basic sewing, which is all she can do. I learned a few embroidery basics from kits in my teens and have only discovered how much I love embroidery in my 50's! One advantage to learning this late in the game is that I can spend more time catching up each day than I would have had when I was younger and busier. (...and now I want to watch that movie, again.)

Anita said...

@Faith - Thank you.I'm glad that your mom' introduced some form of stitching to you.I agree with you about quality stitching time.keep going and show me your beautiful work sometime......

Stitchy Princess said...

I love your work! My grandmother did a bit of embroidery, but my mom was more of a knitter. She ended up signing me up for a class to learn because she said I was just too impossible to teach! I still knit a little here and there, but I'm much more into embroidery!

l'alternativa said...

Quanti bei colori e ricami Anita carissima, è molto bella questa storia del ricamo
baci
Emi

Anita said...

@Stitchy princess - Thank you.To learn a craft from mom is always difficult,may be we tend to take them for granted:).I guess
learning different crafts helps us to find out which one we love.

Anita said...

Ciao Emi,
Grazie mille.credo che tu abbia ragione!

Suseela said...

Thanks for sharing your works.
the Bullion roses are soooo cute and neat.

Suseela

Anonymous said...

Oh ! I am very much discouraged in my family to learn sewing or stitching! My parents and one of my sisters encourage me but others are so mean to me as if I am learning something stupid! It hurts a lot because I am so passionate about stitching & sewing ! I love that! I wanted to learn it long ago but I couldn't as I had no idea where to learn but now I know and I don't wanna lose this opportunity!

I just hope I'll be able to make nice stuff in future.

Sultana

Anita said...

@ Sultana- Just ignore all the negative comments,am sure you'll learn and make wonderful pieces in future.

uma srinivasan said...

Like Faith,My mom also not interested in stitching and she didn"t encouraged me.I myself learned through my friends and neighbours after coming from school.My mom worked in government office.She want me too like that.But my DH dont want me to send.I learned something throughly after my 40s.

wendyfay said...

Dear Anita, I only discovered your site this afternoon, by accident! What a wonderful accident that's turned out to be. Your needlework is exquisite! I especially admire your satin stitch as it's something that I just can't seem to master no matter how much I practice.
My mother had worked in a dress shop that made ball gowns for major State balls. Unfortunately she didn't want to show me how to sew, not even to sew heam or sew on a button. I taught myself. However this was i n my mid 4 0's after being paralysed for years & unable to do anything else. I just spent my years reading embroidery magazines. As soon as I was able to hold a needle, I managed to get a kit & started to teach myself to stitch. I love it! It's not so easy now as my hands aren't very good again, but I still try & will manage to achieve a decent satin stitch, one day! :-)
I'm just sorry that I missed your online course as it looks amazing.
I think we've all experienced some form of being put off certain things by being knocked by our efforts. As long as we enjoy what we do, we will achieve what we set out to achieve & it doesn't matter what others think, now or then!
At least you know that you've achieved excellence ... so you have the last laugh on those envious ladies!
Thank you for a wonderful site & sharing your knowledge. I hope that I manage to get into your next online course! Congratulations on your stunning achievements!
Cheers, Wendy

Anita said...

Hi Wendy,
Thanks for your visit and your kind words.Wow! I really appreciate your effort and am sure you'll get it perfect soon.My wishes and positive thoughts are with you.
You still have time to join in my online class.if you are
interested ,send an e-mail to me.My e-mail id is in my profile which you can find when you scroll down.

Meena said...

Anita,
So beautiful! I love your samplers:) My internet connection is so bad, I missed the start of your chikan classes. Never mind...love to read your blog and go through the beautiful embroidery:))

nsangheetha said...

Ha ha.. My mom used to sew but she did not encourage me and many ppl told me that I should not work with needle and thread or crochet.
Be it in school or college, I hardly worked with them, but tried things with fevicol and chamkis and so many. Only after I got my job, I started learning all thru internet and Mridula Nagarajan's embroidery book. Even now, my husband and in-laws see it low. I struggle hard to find time to do it but amidst all, I try out something and get enormous satisfaction by doing it.
Many times I'll long for appreciation and so I started blogging :-)