We went to Dubai for the weekend. The weekend in the Gulf is Friday and Saturday.
Stitch challenges
RPW 2016
This week’s chart is a big one consisting of motifs. On Sunday, thinking it is better to stitch a grid similar to the chart to work these motifs. It took most of Sunday and Monday to do this. I have to start working on it from today.
TAST 2016
This week’s stitch on this challenge is raised cup stitch. This stitch sampler was worked in the earlier challenge. The link to the post was posted on FB group page.
SSS 2016
This week’s stitch on this challenge is Ermine stitch. This stitch was never used before. Looks like an easy stitch. This work might start after the RPW 2016 challenge.
Mirror work tunic.
My friend wanted to learn mirror work and do it on a tunic. This idea and the project started a few months ago. She is leaving for holidays to India. We started to work on this tunic which came back from the tailor on Sunday. Till yesterday evening I was working on it. It is completed now.

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wipw115-bloramirt-1

This project is the only progress I have made this week. Still satisfied that it could be completed. I bought this calendar in Dubai. Months to be coloured!

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wipw115-colcal2017

Danish knot is this week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School challenge by Queenie. The working of the stitch in here on her blog. On TAST challenge I had worked Palestrina knot. That is linear stitch. Danish knots are individual version. Still it is hard to acquire the right and uniform tension to work these knots. I worked these samples in anchor perle cotton #8.
Started the sampler with the basic version of Danish knots. The second row is the compressed version of the knot. In the third the first two versions are alternated.

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SSS4.danknst-1

In the first row, the first insertion is worked longer than the second one. The needle goes into the fabric after the completion of the knot one hole closer than the earlier one. The knot is snug and has a tail. In the second row, the main stitch is wider than normal, and it is also pulled down when working the knot. This stitch looks like knotted fly stitch.

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SSS4.danknst-2

In these rows two Danish knots are worked together in two ways. I like the way these knots are worked in the second row. Gives scope for embroidery designing.

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SSS4.danknst-3

The first row in this part of the sampler is the zigzag working of Danish knots.

After this Danish knots are combined with other stitches.
Detached chin stitch in the second row, over feather stitches in the third row, with fly stitches in the fourth row.

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SSS 4.danknst-4

With these samples this sampler is completed. There must be some way of working these knots better. May be using other threads- perle cotton# 5 or more, more strands of cotton skein or with wool. It could be lack of my expertise or needing more practice.

SSS4-danish knot stitch sampler

SSS4-danish knot stitch sampler

Stitch challenges
RPW 2016 chart of the week was completed on Saturday.
This week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School challenge is Danish knot stitch. I want work the samples as a band sampler. Still in the process of thinking on this sampler.
TAST 2016 week’s stitch is Twisted lattice band. The samples were worked in 2014. The link to the details was posted on Pintangle and TAST FB group.
Marash embroidery
Yellow silk tunic
After completing the pattern in yellow thread, I started with light green thread.

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WIPW114-yelprinkutch-3

Copper mangalagiri tunic has bead work along the border and is now ready to wear.
A design was drawn for embroidery on a string bag. The idea for this embroidery was from Mary’s Needle and thread blog.

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WIPW114-sbag’16-1-1

I also picked up the kantha work on black fabric for maroon black ikat tunic.

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WIPW114-marblaikatkantha-4

This tunic with printed chanderi fabric on the neck, hem and sleeves came from the tailor. This project needs a small motif to be worked below the neck.

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WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

Now to start the Danish knot sampler.

On this week’s chart on RPW 2016, the motifs in the centre are completed and there are three more motifs and a corner design. The chart is available here.
Made a mistake in calculation on the corner motif, had to remove the stitches and start over again. I like this corner motif.

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rpw2016-w48

Stitch challenges
The weekly chart on RPW 2016 challenge had motifs this week. These were completed on Sunday
This week’s stitch on the new TAST challenge is top knotted buttonhole stitch. The link to the details of the samples worked earlier was posted yesterday on FB page.
I started a bit late on SSS challenge started by Queenie. The samples of the first two stitches of the challenge were worked during this week. The third stitch is cross stitch. Since, there is a weekly cross stitch challenge, I might skip working it on this challenge. The workings of the stitches and other related details are available on Queenie’s blog.
Marash embroidery.
Yellow silk tunic
Though the orange and violet combo tunic is kept aside for the time being, there is another kutchwork project, which was started this week.

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WIPW113-yelprinkutch-2

The embroidery on brown silk was completed and ready to go to the tailor.
Copper mangalagiri tunic
The motifs worked inside the filling pattern are extended further this week. Some bead work needs to be done on the zari border.

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WIPW113-copatialamant-5

This week was quite interesting mainly due to the SSS challenge. There is definitely some fulfillment in learning and exploring embroidery stitches.
Two more embroidery projects are waiting to be designed this week.

The sampler we are working on RPW2016 seems to have completed the alphabets and numerals and started with motifs. The chart is available here.
These past weeks it is hard to work on this piece. The fabric is too big, each and every stitch needs to be checked, and only time the work proceeds faster is after making a mistake! Next time, any cross stitch project is going to be a personal challenge and it has to be small.  And this ‘next time’ should be several months later. Phew!

RPW2016-W47

RPW2016-W47

This is a stitch which I have been wanting to explore on a sampler. The working of the stitch, the tips to work are provided by Queenie, who is doing this Sunday stitch school, on her blog.
This is a versatile stitch. This stitch is used in so many ways over the years on my various embroidery projects. This was first stitch to be taught on our needle class in school to sew two pieces of cloth.
Now the details of the sampler-
The samples are worked in even weave cloth. It is easier to work this stitch on this cloth. The first is the basic back stitch, the second sample is back stitches worked with space between them. Looks like running stitch, but because of the way thread moves below the surface, it is more secure. The third sample are long and short back stitches worked alternatively.

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SSS2016.2.backst-1

This sample is zigzag back stitch. This version was used many times on my embroidery projects.

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SSS2016.2.backst-2a

The zigzag back stitch looks like this on the back, this makes another linear stitch, may not be as secure as two rows of back stitch, but will save some thread!

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SSS2016.2.backst-2b

The first sample is variation of zigzag back stitch. The second is the sample to show how the back stitch works on curves. This is the reason this stitch is used in  red work, black work, kantha work, cross stitch embroideries. There are countless possibilities to work this stitch.

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SSS2016.2.backst-3a

The back side looked interesting for these two samples too.

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SSS2016.2.backst-3b

Now starting with two rows of back stitch worked together.
After working two rows of back stitch in the first sample, the starting point of the second row in the second sample is the midpoint of the back stitch worked in the previous row. The second sample is called cable stitch, when there is no space between the rows and both rows are worked together as single linear stitch. In the third sample the back stitch rows are whipped together from left to right. The two rows of back stitch is laced in the fourth sample. Detached cretan stitch  is worked over the back stitch in the fifth sample. The sixth sample is the beaded back stitch.

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SSS2016.2.backst-4

The sampler is completed with these experiments, I have been itching to work back stitch samples from the time of TAST challenge.

SSS2016.2.Back stitch sampler

SSS2016.2.Back stitch sampler