I am working on Beyond TAST, a stitch challenge by SharonB.

Kogin sampler
Time was spent on looking at kogin patterns and pattern darning. There are so many. This blog has lots of kogin patterns. Wonderful work.
I have this long term idea of doing embroidery samplers. This kogin embroidery can be one of them. After looking at the images of kogin, I made small start of drawing some patterns on 5mm graph paper. A sample-
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This pattern drawing can be a continuous process, which starts now. By this way I am easing the pressure of working within a time frame.
The fabric chosen for this Kogin sampler is loose weave towel from India. It is most ideal for our climate, absorbs moisture, used as filtering soaked grains, dries up fast, totally useful even after it is torn actually. Now the new use of doing embroidery. It is not easy to handle this loose fabric, but hoping practice will make it easier. Yet to check the fabric count, but the weave is quite close.
I started the sampler yesterday. The progress-
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Swedish Weaving
This embroidery also comes under running stitch style. Browsing the net  for Swedish weaving or huck embroidery was also part of this week’s occupation. Before even attempting to try the stitch, an idea of working a border on a small towel was implemented today.
The towel-
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Starting the pattern
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The completed towel-
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More clear picture of the embroidery. The work was done with perle cotton.
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Feeling quite satisfied, is all I can say.
Will continue this running stitch journey.

 

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When I saw this week’s SSS challenge stitch on Queenie’s blog, it got registered in mind as detached buttonhole stitch. Having seen this stitch as filling in crewel and stumpwork embroidery, and it was not part of TAST challenge, decided to work stitch samples as band sampler. Then, while actually referring to the tutorial of the stitch, I realized it was actually detached up and down buttonhole stitch. Now the excitement was much more, may be it will look like tatting or macramé, these thoughts went through the mind. The reality of actually working the stitches took all the air from my fantasy balloon.
Started the sampler with the way Queenie worked, and took it out the next day, only to start with my way. The first sample shows all the gymnastics of the needle. Decided to work another sample, this time in one way [my way]. This difference is because, many people have their own needle movements for buttonhole stitch. The way I work has become an habit now.
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These two samples are detached up and down buttonhole stitches worked over two rows of running stitches [in the first sample] and over three rows [in the second sample]
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Time to vary the running stitch rows. In the first sample, the running stitches are worked at two levels and this stitch worked over them. I like the wavy pattern. A one way running stitch with one space between the stitches, created the third sample and our stitch was worked over it. I seem to have got the rhythm of this stitch now and started flying high again.
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Finding it difficult to explain the way the running stitches are worked in words, a small part of the base stitch variations are left bare. The second row is zigzag stitch and the last one is chain stitch.
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I do like working this stitch, and this stitch can be used for adorning any simple stitch, working the stitch over zigzag and chain stitches is just example. The whole sampler.SSS.48.Detached up and down buttonhole stitch sampler

It seems I have few works in progress this week.
SALS
MMM SAL
Every day I work for half an hour on this month’s mandala. After working back stitch on the outline, design was started with the help of chart posted on the site. I didn’t realise the blurred quality of the picture.
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RPW 2018
Though this a weekly SAL, I haven’t started the cross stitch. But, using the border pattern, a small book mark with Hindu lord’s name in my language is in designing stage.
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Then, I will move on to designing these borders inspired kutchwork pattern. Whether they will be worked, is another story.
Challenges
Beyond TAST
Using the idea of working Sashiko patterns, the embroidery on yellow table cloth was started. The work in progress on the third panel.
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I am looking through Kogin and Swedish weaving techniques for this challenge.
SSS
The band sampler on this week’s stitch on SSS challenge was started yesterday.
I have added a few more mirrors on Blue grey ikat tunic. It gives a necessary change of work.
Some time is allotted for each work every day. Not much time on stitching, but widening the knowledge through other’s work is very interesting. Time passes very swiftly.

 

TAST challenge is started by Sharon again this year. I was really looking forward to this, especially after, Sharon mentioning, there will be a challenge for people who have worked most of the earlier stitches.
Running stitch
I had worked running stitch twice on earlier TAST challenge. The possibilities given by running stitch would have made me work again. But beyond TAST is an opportunity ‘ to explore in depth a family of stitches or stitching styles or an aspect of design’ – to quote Sharon.
The options for running stitches – pattern darning, kogin, sashiko, kantha, Swedish weaving. Kilim, ikat.
Pattern darning was tried on Stitch Explorer challenge by Sharon.
Kantha embroidery of Bengal, was attempted during the TAST challenge. The details of the samples are here.
These two were just starting points. I have not done full justice. It is better to move on and try new things.
This time around, with a month’s time, exploring SashIko embroidery of Japan on table cloth with counted thread panels seems like a good idea.

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Some Sashiko patterns were chosen and started.
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The process of starting the patterns continues.
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There are 7 panels. The shapes are ablong and not square. Anchor perle cotton in mango yellow is used for the working the stitches. Variegated polyester thread was tried and rejected. The central panel with this pattern was worked.
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Yesterday the pattern on second panel was completed.
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Now working on the 3rd panel. Time to explore other styles too.

 

Happy New Year!
First post of 2018. It was a busy week, and it just flew away. As they say, ‘Time flies when you are happy’
All I remember is thinking, doing, relaxing, eating, exercising, browsing- sometimes doing two things together. Now, ready for another year.
There are two SALs that were interesting for me.
SALS

MMM blackwork
Every month there will be a black work design posted on the blog. For January I am planning to work on 16 count Aida[ I think]. More details as this project progresses.
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This year this blog will post cross stitch borders on Saturdays. I may not work all the charts. This is yet to start, and my RPW 2017 alphabet SAL is yet to be taken to task!
Stitch Challenges
SSS
I have worked on chosen stitches. The details of those samples have to be posted. Waiting for Sunday for the next stitch.
Beyond TAST
This challenge is for stitchers who have worked the earlier TAST challenges. Sharon has given some guidelines. I have this small table cloth with 7 Aida panels.
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1st idea- work some Sashiko patterns on them?
Projects
Blue ikat tunic
After working the outlines in white, I have started with the mirrors on this tunic project.
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Along with the yellow table cloth, a small long stitch kit was lying around to be noticed. The UFO’s have also been waiting their turn. Let us see.

A lovely name for detached  triple chain stitch. The method of working this stitch is on Queenie’s blog. Working this way gives more dimension to an ordinary detached chain stitch. So I worked the stitch on satin cloth, pattern taken from old pattern book.
The flower in two shades of blue with four strands of cotton skein.
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The stems are worked in outline stitch.
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The leaves are again  worked with mille fleur stitch.
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Added small pearl beads inside the flowers.
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This project was completed just before the tailor left for vacation. The worked satin fabric was sewn on the towel by him.
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The old patterns which have detached chain options can be used for this stitch. Another option  is using this stitch with ribbon embroidery. A pretty and easy stitch for textural embroidery.

 

Best wishes for the holiday season! Happy New Year!
Weather is still cool in Muscat. And we are thoroughly enjoying it.
SSS challenge
I have been lagging behind on this challenge. This week was fully dedicated to SSS challenge. Few stitches are to be worked later. Still on thinking mode on these stitches.
The rest of them I have been working one after another. The details will be posted on separate posts.
Organizing
Organizing the embroidery pictures on computer was started yesterday. I have been saving pictures of embroidery works over the few years. These need to be organized into categories. What is the use of these pictures if I just keep adding more and more?
While organizing these pictures relevant books will also be looked into. When I lived in India, I couldn’t get good embroidery books at all. Books relating to copied embroidery, local designs, special patterns were the only choice. There are no bookshops in Muscat. Whenever I travelled, book buying played an important part. Dubai trips also involved books. The craving with which these books were bought, I must confess they are not being used. The combination of – lack of time management, too many interests, changing of priorities, net browsing, to name a few- all add up to the neglect of these books. So these books also need attention. Which comes within the  new organizing plan.
Project
Started adding some fly stitches in light blue around the circle on blue grey ikat tunic. Not much time was spent on this project. I like adding stitches and colours around a shape.

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