This week’s edges are interesting to work on this Randje per week 2015 challenge. I may need to prepare another fabric for the rest of the edges on this challenge. The free graph for these edges are here.
September 30, 2015
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I went to Chennai, India for two weeks. It was a whirlwind trip. A wonderful combination of spiritual, religious, social and shopping. The embroidery was not even looked at during this period. After returning to Muscat, first started with the Randje per week challenge 2015 catching up.
Shopping included some handloom fabrics for tunics, of course! This tunic is printed soft cotton, with cotton crepe salwar.
With an urge to use a contrast fabric as yoke for this tunic, a striped mangalagiri green fabric was chosen. The idea is to use the stripes as base for linear stitches, started with zigzag back stitch and chain stitch outline.
An idea to revive the kutchwork border designs which were drawn in the year 1992 has created another activity now. The process of coping these designs [the papers became old] started 3 days ago.
September 27, 2015
I went to India for two weeks. With all temple visits, attending a few religious functions, performing rituals, shopping sprees- there was no time to even think, LOL! Still thoroughly enjoyed these activities. There was no stitching at all during this period. After returning from India, I started catching up on the randjes. From the 67th cross stitch border-
The 73rd and 74th edges are interchanged, because of lack of space.
The free graphs for these edges are here. Now other projects can be given attention.
August 12, 2015
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One project was completed and two projects are progressing slowly during this week.
The embroidery and bead embellishment on the centre piece of the red chanderi tunic was completed. I had seen some collections by the designer Sabyasachi Mukerjee. His bridal collections of sarees and lehangas are heavily embellished with sequins and beads. The embellishing part of this project was inspired by this collection.
Working on this piece did not sanction much time for sampler book project. But this project being a long term one was supposed to progress on a slow pace. Progress made during this week.
After pondering over this sampler book idea for some time has given rise to another sampler book idea on black work embroidery. I have some matti cloth bought in India which is not ideal for any cross stitch or black work projects. I have used them for working TAST samplers. Marking squares with pencil on this cloth was started yesterday.
August 5, 2015
These embroidery exercises are very interesting. I started on the second page on the embroidery sampler book.
The first detail was worked in detached chain stitches and french knots.
After working a few rows of satin stitches on this leaf motif, back stitches are used to work the outline and the lines on satin stitches.
Back stitch is used on this small leaf motif.