Mehndi

For centuries, women have decorated their bodies with everything from charcoal, crushed flower leaves and petals among other things.  One of the oldest of the decorations is called Mehndi (I found about 6 or more different spellings) and they love them when painted on the hands, feet, back or any place with a temporary stain.

That paint was made from the vegitation available in a woman's area.  Her female family and friends worked toward making her beautiful, one such occasion would be the time of her nuptials.  That sort of sounds familiar - we do the same thing for our brides to be where we treat her like royalty.  We women who are not getting married should consider doing this about every couple of years over and over again.  I want to be pampered and given shiny things and best of all, sample and then select a really terrific cake!!

In the meantime, young ladies these days are doing the same things, but their markings are a lot more permanent.  I often wonder what an 85 year old lady looks like with a Harley on her arm and a cane in her hand. . . . .

I did a tattoo blog sometime ago where my objective was to help find items that would be appreciated by the younger people in your life.

 

 

 

 

For my taste, I would prefer to place these beautiful designs on a nice shirt, a tunic or robe style of garment.  These are more to my liking.

 

 

Placing some of the wonderful designs here at AnnTheGran on a sleeve or a pant leg may be just what will catch their attention.

I chose this design for several reasons.  First of all, it is interesting, it has 4 colors, very few stitches making it quick and easy and I like the cross stitching as something quite unique for a tattoo.

I was thinking of using some voile for this but did not have any on hand, so I decided on mylar.  And, I am going to use the colors that might normally be produced from plants, then I will use a color you WON'T find in a tattoo, gold!

Here are my results:

 

The gold did not show as well as I had hoped.  However, the Mylar made up for it by catching the light with every needle opening.  That is why I call this a 'Discovery Sew', you are going to discover something.  Some people call that a 'sew out' but I don't think that captures the exact activity, you are really discovering the good, the bad and the ugly of what is going to happen with your project.

 

What are you going to try today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (4) -

I'm a nurse, and your comment about the 85 year old with (any tattoo) struck a cord. Most look pretty bad-however, you can look at it and wonder what prompted it, and if it (whatever made them decide to get a tattoo of a fill in the blanks-and some are pretty bizarre!!) was a joyous time in their lives! But really, the cute little butterfly on the 20 year old doesn't look so cute on the more mature ? person!


Love the blogs!


Thanks for the comment.  I wondered if I were offending someone, but the fact is that permanent is - permanent.


Then I have to wonder why they pay all that money and put in in a place THEY cannot see.  


I have some marks (not tats) on me but I don't want them. . . .


Pat, The Avid Embroiderer


wolfiestitch 3/16/2014 1:24:02 PM

I have one tattoo on the side of my lower leg, got it for me, not because I was trying to impress or offend anyone. Pretty sure when I'm in my 80's, what people think of my leg will not be a priority of mine (:


Wolfiestitch  -  I love your response!  Just because I don't get the concept of tats does not mean I don't have a curiosity about them.  


Some of my feelings about them are from a woman I knew who had her tats removed.  I saw the mending and it was terribly sad.  I never saw it when it was healed and wonder what it looked like then.  


Pat  


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When people have 'tips and tricks for organizing' on the Internet, I am all on it.  Some are so strange that I am not sure that a gremlin is typing and laughing all the way.  But I know that with all the great uses for the Binder Clips, whomever created them is laughing all the way to the bank.

If you remember, some of my Organization Tips, I used binder clips and straws to create places to keep those small things that get to be everywhere! 



But those darned threads, I have tried the small clips and ponytail holders.  The clips, IMHO were crimping the thread - an absolute NO-NO!  The ponytail holders covered up the color of the spool.



One of the responses in my blog (link above) described how to hold the stray strings from your bobbins.  I just got around to trying her suggestion and was totally bowled over on how inexpensive and easy it was to do.

You will need:
3 feet of PVC clear 3/4" hose (about $4.00)
an Exacto knife
messy bobbins

The PVC hose cuts easier if it is warm.