Monday, 8 August 2016

Cross Stitch Rakhi / Bracelet !!

I made these cross stitch Rakhis a.k.a bracelets for a brother-sister festival named 'Rakshabandhan' .


Last year I made crochet Rakhis and shared details about this festival here . I am copy-pasting here again in case you are interested to know .

We have this brother-sister festival named Rakshabandhan where a sister ties a Rakhi on her brother's wrist and asks for lot of gifts in return....just kidding ;) The brothers are supposed to be taking care of their sister's safety in return for this bonding . It is related to a historical story where a Hindu Queen sends a bracelet to a Muslim ruler to save her from another Muslim ruler who was planning to invade her kingdom . Touched by the gesture , he sent his army to save her . There are other stories too. Since then it is celebrated as a brother-sister bonding festival . We sure do get gifts from brothers on this day .


I randomly started stitching crosses and then moved to a canvas stitch similar to one used in blackwork . I don't know the name and not in a mood to search for it .

I have lots of strips of aida fabric left after cutting bigger sizes for my cross stitch projects . I saved those thinking I would make bookmarks . Those came in handy for stitching small pieces here :)
The cross stitched piece is sewed on two layers of felt fabric - lavender and yellow - and a thin foam circle sandwiched between them . I have made seven such Rakhis .

Anshita was busy this time to make cards so just folded some printed sheets from card stocks and glued a scrap paper on it.


I also stitched on ladybird fairy . Completed the wings and few more little areas . Now the skin part is left .


I have started my crochet cushions while participating in Ravellenics on Ravelry . I will share once a substantial progress is done .

Have a crafty week ahead!
Preeti :)


28 comments:

  1. wow...lovely cross stitch rakies...that was a laborious work preeti...looks pretty and unique...

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  2. The cross stitch Rahkis are very pretty Preetie you can see a lot of thought and work has gone into them. I love how your cross stitch fairy is turning out it's going to be beautiful when it's finished. Have a great week. :) xx

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  3. Preeti, it's a beautiful story! Traditions should be respected. Like in the 21st century! Your habit of respect sisters and a brother is wonderful!
    I send you greetings!

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  4. The bracelets are so lovely. Ladybird fairy is looking gorgeous too

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  5. A wonderful tradition, Preeti, and your bracelets are little treasures! ♥ Also the fairy is fantastic :-). Great that Anshita loves crafting, too, she made a sweet card!
    Sunny greetings & have a good week
    Nata xxx

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  6. I will always think of you whenever I think of Rakshabandan with your hand made rakhis. These rakhis are just gorgeous. Your brothers are so lucky to get hand made rakhis. The finishing is perfect.It must be fun with Anshita crafting with you.
    Good progress on Fairy too.

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  7. I just learned about that festival on a friend's FB page. I had never heard of it before and now I see references twice in one day! I love the idea of that and your sweet bracelets.

    Nice stitching on the fairy!

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  8. Pretty bracelets with a sweet story! Your stitched ladybird fairy is beautiful too!

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  9. So lovely bracelets !!!!
    And your embroidery beautiful !
    Keep going !
    Anna

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  10. Thanks for sharing the story, they are beautiful bracelets. Jo x

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  11. Beautiful bracelets and stitching Preeti.

    Linda

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  12. Hi Preeti!
    Lovely gifts and a fantastic tradition!

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  13. Lovely bracelets ♥ a lovely fairy too ♥

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  14. Your rakhis are very pretty!

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  15. Lovely bracelets for the festival and great work on Ladybird!

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  16. Lovely rakhi Preeti :) even though now this festival brings tear to my eyes as I miss my brother so very much. The cross stitch fairy also looks great :)

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  17. What lovely rakhi. I learned about this festival on children's television! CBeebies had a programme about differest festivals and this was one of them. The sweets they shared looked lovely too!
    Ladybird Fairy is gorgeous, I love Joan's fairies.

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  18. Love your pretty bracelets, Preeti! :)

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  19. Lovely bracelets...and what a wonderful tradition. The fairy is looking good too.

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  20. How interesting to read about that festival, Preeti... Your bracelets are so pretty!

    Nice progress on your fairy--looks like you will have a finish very soon :)

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  21. Your blog is always so interesting Pretti! The bracelets are lovely!

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  22. Such unique and pretty rakhis...nice idea and execution! The fairy is coming out beautiful. .love the flair of her dress.

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  23. It's interesting to read about the rakhis and their original meaning! And how nice to have special day to be spoiled by your siblings haha. G'luck on your Ravellenic Journey! I'm amazed how fast some people are, wow.

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  24. So interesting to learn about your customs, Preeti. And I do like a festival that comes with its own craft :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  25. How beautiful and creative! I also love your cushion from the previous post!

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  26. Lovely Rakhis you've created. That's so nice of Anshita to participate in this tradition. She's a good girl. Lovely stitching progress.

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  27. Pretty ladybird fairy and the bracelets are beautiful, great work.

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