I am a day late in posting the progress. To know about others progress visit Pintangle. The 19th and 20th edges were completed on Randje per week challenge.

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23.wipwednesdays-rpw20.21

After completing the first stage of green thread, which will again be used after two colours, bright orange cotton skein was the next colour in this multi colour ethnic yoke. The motifs worked in orange are inspired by Hungarian embroidery motifs.
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After exploring this fern stitch with few more samples the stitch sampler was completed.

40.134.fern stitch sampler

40.134.fern stitch sampler

3.Starting with two more samples of fern stitch rows worked together, the fern stitch is whipped in the third sample, and laced in the fourth sample. The pink thread is laced through individual fern stitches in the fifth sample.

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40.134.fernst-3

4.In these samples the fern stitches are worked diagonally. The last two samples would be good as filling stitches.

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40.134.fernst-4

5.The first sample has individual fern stitch and its inverted version worked alternatively. Two extra straight stitches are added in the second sample. French knots and detached chain stitches are worked along with fern stitch in the last two samples.

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40.134.fernst-5

This is an easy and versatile stitch to work with. Similar to fly stitch. I enjoyed working on this sampler. Band sampler is easier for exploring new stitches.

I have not been working on TAST challenge stitches for the past few weeks. This week’s stitch is fern stitch, the working of which is on SharonB’s pintangle.
1. Started with the basic fern stitch in the first sample, the side straight stitches are too vertical in this sample. the second sample is better, the side straight stitches are long and short alternatively in the third sample. the straight stitches on the top are shorter than the ones at the bottom in the fourth sample.

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40.134.fernst-1

2.The fern stitches are close and farther alternatively in the first sample. The fern stitches are worked very close in the second sample. Four rows of fern stitches form the third sample. Three rows of fern stitches worked facing each other in the fifth sample.

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40.134.fernst-2

Yesterday I worked on these challenge edges. I should have skipped a row before working the second edge. Counting mistake! The graph for these edges are here-

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85,86

I had seen some printed tussar silk sarees, with running stitch embroidery on them. Wanting to try this, I chose a block printed handloom fabric with zigzag print to work running stitch and mirror work for a tunic.

greenzzagborder-fabric

greenzzagborder-fabric

Simple running stitch embroidery on those zigzag lines. The idea was worked now.

greenzzagbor-fabric runningst

greenzzagbor-fabric runningst

Moving on to work the ethnic embroidery around the neck and front with herringbone, chain and beck stitches.

greenzzzagbor-emb

greenzzzagbor-emb

The mirror work in red thread.

greenzzagbor-mirrorwork

greenzzagbor-mirrorwork

The green striped tunic with  running stitched sleeves, and salwar.

green zigzag border tunic sleeves and salwar

green zigzag border tunic sleeves and salwar

The tunic-

green zigzag border tunic

green zigzag border tunic

The pattern for the neck and front-

green zzag bor-pattern

green zzag bor-pattern

The idea of working the herringbone stitches in yellow was good. But after working them, it was not very appealing, another round mirror arrangement below the big mirror flower might have been better. The ideas for improvisations came after the tunic was sewn. But it gave satisfaction to have tried the idea of running stitch on printed fabric. Sure saves time on pattern making, tracing and working large areas.
Whenever, I had an inspirations like these, I work that on my project. Pondering on the idea of working the inspirations on samplers these days.

I have not made  much progress on my UFOS  to write. to see others progress visit Pintangle.

We were on vacation to Chennai, India for two weeks. We visited Bangalore and some temples around our village with our family. Our family Deity [ AngallaParameswari], Avanivanallur, Alankudi [ Guru], SriVancheeyam [ Yamadharma], Ramaswamy[ Kumbakonam], Pattiswaram[ Durga], Suryanar Koil[ Sun], Vaitheeswaran Koil- were the temples . All the temples are centuries old, makes us feel and both proud to be a part of these and humble that how insignificant we are. This trip was more of a pilgrimage to offer thanks to God for looking after us during my hubby’s emergency surgeries. We also had Navarathri Festival during which we refrain from stitching. So lots of excuses for stitchfree vacation.
SharonB had asked about the length of my TAST samplers. The sampler are of 4 inches width. They are still individual pieces, which I am hoping to assemble together one day.
TAST sampler details- I started stitching TAST sampler in 2009, when the TAST challenge was restarted on stitchinfingers. I worked 16 of the challenge stitches. The total length of these 2009 year sampler is 14. 4 feet.
In 2010, I joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and worked 28 of the challenge stitches. the length of 2010 sampler is 23. 5 feet.
In 2012, joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and completed all the stitches. The length of 2012 sampler is over 40 feet.
In 2013 , joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and completed all the stitches. The length of 2013 samplers is 32. 5 feet.
This year too, I started working the stitches as band samplers which is 15 feet in length. And after 22 weeks moved on to working the challenge stitches on some designs, these design samplers are of varying length and width. I have got the sampler fever again and plan to work the stitches which need catching up as samplers. The total length of all these samplers cross 125 feet at present.

Thank you, Sharon.
After returning to Muscat, deciding to catch up on Randje per week challenge and started these six edges,

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22-wipw-rwp-79to84-started

The outlining in chain stitch[green] for mirrors to be attached later  was worked on the cream tunic before I left for India.

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22-wipw-ct-1

To see the wonderful progress made by SharonB on her hussif and by others on their respective projects visit Pintangle.
I know it is not related to embroidery, but I have joined a thrice weekly exercise session with my neighbour. This is also progressively working out the unused stiff muscles.
Two edges were completed on Randje per week challenge. these edges were started in March, they are being completed now. The 18th edge has some back stitches.

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21.wipw-rpw-17,18

I think the sleeves are complete on this cream tunic with ethnic embroidery. This is a small border design which started with buttonhole stitch variation in antique violet cotton skein.

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21.wipwednednesdays-ctunic-1

Stem stitches in green cotton skein on these hearts.

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21.wipw-ctunics-2

Chain stitch in yellow.

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21.wipw-ctunics-3

Running stitches done in orange perle cotton# 8

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21.wipw-ctunics-4

If there are no ideas of bead additions to this border, the sleeves are completed. The tunic front has a big design, need to start on that. We are leaving for India tonight for two weeks. As usual, stitching time will be zero. The stitch will be quenched by looking at others progress

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