Beyond TAST
Three days ago, I started experimenting on this month’s beyond TAST challenge. At the moment, trying some possibilities of a stitch is quite engrossing. Whether it looks nice or applicable is not so important. It is like a stitch journal. Thinking about a stitch is interesting, even if a single stitch is not made on the sampler.
SSS challenge.
The progress on this stitch has gone as far as downloading the stitch, reading the information and browsing some images on the net.
In RPW 2018 it was just downloading the chart.
Flamingo long stitch kit.
Light green was added on the right side.
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Lighter green started on the tree two days ago. The work on this kit is quite slow.
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Started back stitch on the back of this red gada tunic.WIPW167-rgadamirt-4

 

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This month’s challenge by Sharon is a new thing for me. TAST challenge was helpful in exploring and studying so many stitches.
While browsing the huge Stitch dictionary of Sharon, I lose the purpose of the challenge every time and keep looking at the eye candy!

Each and every time I read the instructions and guidelines for this month’s challenge, I don’t know where to start and how to go about it. Puzzling over is not really challenge I suppose. I have decided to take baby steps and see where it leads to.
Started with cretan stitch.
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Explored further with other shapes.  Kutch work influence can be seen in these samples!
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After interlacing the hexagon shape in the first sample, tried working the cretan stitches from the same point, but different angles in the second sample. The herringbone square is expanded in the third sample. Two interlocking herringbone triangles are worked in the green sample, this led to crossing at the centre the four herringbone stitches in the yellow sample. The last sample is Algerian eye worked with fly stitches.
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Algerian eye worked with long tailed detached chains, pistil stitches and long tailed cross stitches.
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The samples-

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Filling a shape with other isolated stitches seems like an interesting concept.

 

Progress was not there on the stitch challenges and SALs this week. Beyond TAST is posing as a real challenge this month. Still on thinking, browsing mode.
Projects
Long stitch kit
This flamingo stitch kit is progressing very slowly. I was using tapestry needle #20 when I started this kit, remembering it was really hard to push the needle with six strands doubled over on the needle hole, decided to use tapestry needle # 26 this time around. Pushing the needle is easier this time, but the weave is hard on the eye. Worked on lighter green thread this week on bottom right corner.
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Since this kit required complete focus, it was hard to work on it over the weekend. So a saree which needed stabilizer where it touches the ground was taken up.
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While working on it, a thought of embellishing the saree with embroidery came to mind. A simple motif which will be repeated was chosen this week.
The tunics are waiting for a break from the flamingo kit!

 

This week the challenges and projects have kept the needles sticking to my hand.
Stitch challenges
Beyond TAST
We have something new to explore this month on Beyond TAST challenge. I need time to think on it.
SSS
Completed the Bayeux stitch sampler with satisfaction.
SALs
RPW 2018
I am yet to start a single border on this SAL. Saving the weekly charts is the only progress on this cross stitch SAL.
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February motif is posted on the site. The boundary was worked in Holbein stitch.
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Projects
Red gaada tunic
The sleeves were worked this week with running stitch in pink thread.
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Maroon and blue ikat combo
The folk flowers are being worked with Romanian stitch.
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After working on the tunics, a long time UFO- A large long stitch kit has to be restarted. The work on it was started long time ago!
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It was quite an interesting week on the whole.

This stitch on SSS challenge is the basic stitch with which the Bayeux tapestry was worked. The working is illustrated by Queenie on her blog. Having read about this tapestry on the net, I never would have thought about learning more about the embroidery, if it hadn’t been for Queenie.
Seeing the manner with which the elements of the tapestry were stitched, an idea of attempting the stitches on Indian folk art came to mind. Madhubani is a folk art from Bihar, India. Big tapestries, paintings, wall decorations, floor decorations, cushions, bags, boxes are embellished with this art form. The elements are taken from nature and mythology. If the depicts Krishna, Ganesha or Goddesses with nature elements it is Madhubani. And if the same art form is used for depicting the story of Rama it is Mythila paintings. These folk art forms are used for working Kantha embroidery also.
For this challenge two elements were chosen- lotus and fish. The pattern
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Started with the first stitch on lotus and outlining with black thread. at this stage the fillings were worked first and the outlines later.
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In this part the outlining preceded the fillings. It seems better this way.
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The knowledge of working Kantha embroidery helped in working the curved filllings.
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The whole project was worked with cotton skeins. Four strands for fillings, and 3 strands for working the stem stich outlines.
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Actually I enjoyed working this embroidery, seeing the fish growing gave sense of satisfaction. The Bayeux stitch and folk art are worth pursuing further.

These past few days the projects were really works in progress.
Challenges
Beyond TAST
Most time was spent on working the kogin and Swedish weaving samplers. Sashiko embroidery on Yellow table cloth could be completed.
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Earlier week’s colonial knot is waiting to be worked. Keeping aside the Beyond TAST samplers for the time being, I am embarking on learning the Bayeux stitch. We have some many folk art in our country, Madhubani painting is one of them. There are human, animal, tree, bird, nature, God elements on it. A small Madhubani element is chosen to work the stitches.
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The tunics will be handled after this work.

 

This running stitch exploration on Beyond TAST by SharonB has been interesting.
I have seen images of Sashiko, Kogin and Swedish weaving on the internet, the idea of working on them was always in the future. By using the scope given by this challenge, stitch samplers have been started.
Sashiko
This style is explored on ready to use table cloth with seven cross stitch panels. The work done during this week. The work in progress on a panel.
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Moving on to the next panel and completing it.
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This is the last panel, which was started earlier.
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With this, Sashiko work on this table cloth was completed.
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The idea of doing a Sashiko embroidery sampler is put aside for the time being. Hubby’s shirt seems like an ideal choice to explore this stitch further!
Kogin
Though it is still hard to work on this loose weave towel, slowly ideas for exploring the pattern have started emerging. Initially I started with the drawn charts.
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Yesterday’s work-
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Pattern changes happened by slightly increasing or decreasing the length of the stitches.
This sampler can be worked whenever possible after this month. I am not keeping a time frame.
Swedish Weaving
Though a huck embroidery towel is available, I decided to start this sampler on matti cloth for now. I enjoy working on this sampler.
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I started with looking at the charts, then started drawing them on paper. I love this embroidery.
Beyond TAST is great. I am happy about starting the embroidery samplers.These samplers will still be worked but at a slow pace from now on.