I am still working on SSS challenge stitches this past week. Two weeks holiday in India starts on this Friday. If a few more stitches are explored before that I would be happy. But stitching without thinking will be an ideal relaxation now. Beyond TAST challenge has one more week.
Cream tussar tunic
I have started working on the last detail of the leaves. After this detail is completed, time to choose the colour for flowers.
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Another design for tunic also was started this week. The tunic is a combination of two purple cotton fabrics, a blue zari border would be attached to the front and sleeves.
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A light green fabric will have kutchwork motifs around which this border will be attached in the front. After designing the motif, the work was started on the green fabric.
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The green fabric is small enough to carry on the trip, if I find time to stitch.

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The catching up on SSS challenge is still going on. The working of this stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with the basic stitch, I couldn’t get the rhythm, the stitches were looking more like cable chain stitches, towards the end the knots stayed in their right place. The second sample is worked with a space between two french knotted cable chain stitches.
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The chain stitches are worked alternatively long and short in the first sample. I tried making the french knots larger and the chain stitches smaller in the second sample.
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The alternate stitches are basic chain stitches in the first sample, zigzag french knotted chain stitch is worked as the last sample.
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The sampler-
SSS.63.French knotted chain stitch sampler
If the hoop had been tighter, the stitches would have turned better. This sampler was worked with perle cotton #8.

 

I am running behind on this stitch challenge this month. The decision is to learn and work a few samples of the stitches. the working of this stitch is on Queenie’s blog.

The sample starts with the basic raised fishbone stitch, I tried working on a narrow curved shape after that, raised fishbone worked in 2 colours was the next sample.
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In the first sample, the straight stitches were worked first and the raised fishbone stitch was worked in the centre, I tried working this stitch on a heart shape in the next sample, worked running stitch around raised fishbone shapes in third sample, using two needles with two green threads worked the fourth sample, the principle was the same, but to maintain the rhythm of one colour overlapping the other, it was more of slanted satin stitches, still I am satisfied with the effect. The last sample was an experiment to segregate large shapes into small shapes and work with different threads.
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Though more thread is used, I am happy with the texture and the raised overlapping pattern created by this stitch.
SSS.61.Raised fishbone stitch sampler

I was supposed to write this post yesterday evening. But my PC had already made plans for long update.
Two more braids were worked on Beyond TAST challenge. I have decided to try the last few week stitches of SSS challenge and work few samples. This plan is for tomorrow.
The outline on kantha work on black fabric was completed. The sleeves and tunic fabrics are ready to go the tailor.
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And the chain stitch embroidery on cream tussar tunic is building up on the yoke.
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Now the tailor is fairly free after Ramadhan, it is time to design some embroideries on the fabrics which were bought earlier. Maybe time to start with blouses. Will post the progress on them later.

Two days ago I started this linear stitch study sampler. Still not sure the way to explore these linear stitches.
Started with back stitch.
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Double back stitch, whipped back stitch, working crosses in between back stitches are the variations here.
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How to fill a shape with free style Cretan stitches was tried in the second sample.
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May be some decorative borders can be tried with these linear stitches.
The linear stitches worked on this sample are- herringbone, buttonhole and chain stitches.
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The centre is worked in coral stitch, with two rows of running stitches and stem stitch outlines are worked  in this sample.
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The base is Cretan stitch, with fly stitches in this sample, after outlining both sides with closed buttonhole stitch variation, worked rope stitches in light blue thread.
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The idea of working decorative borders with linear stitches might work.

 

It was hectic two weeks. We went to Sur [4 hrs drive] previous weekend and it was Ramadhan holidays last weekend.it was break from stitch challenges. Thinking about the challenges cannot be counted as active working.
But catching up the kantha work on ikat tunic started. I was working on one sleeve, before setting it aside.
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Fillings have been completed on both sleeves as of now.
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The sleeves of cream tussar have also started blooming this week.
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Now on the mission to complete the kantha work. Then the time for Beyond TAST and SSS starts.

For the past few days I was away from the computer, slowly getting back to routine.
The linear stitches are being explored on Beyond TAST this month. While working the earlier TAST challenges, many linear stitches were studied, explored and tried. I am yet to think of ways to work this month’s challenge.
Petal stitch and pearl stitch samplers were worked during this week on SSS challenge. They are small band samplers and easy to work. The details of these will be posted soon.
Another colour thread was started on the yoke for the cream tussar tunic. Paisley design again!
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The colours are ok for leaves and veins, another colour needs to be brought in for flowers, which shouldn’t overshadow the greens. Still working on greens for the time being.