October 2008

A few more of my variations on this fly stitch

I seem to have exhausted my red combinations.Another few lines I’ll be done with this stitch.

Monday was our festival of Deepavali.Here we don’t have fire crackers. I made 2 sweets-cashew khova and mysore pak.I also made the traditional medicine paste.Lots of exchange of sweets and greetings.I wore a red crepe silk saree.

 Iam also working on my yoke- this is taking too much of my time. I thought I’ll finish this fast, but Iam using 6 colours,Iam also planning to add some sequins and beads, which I bought yesterday.

I have reached  the end of Fly stitch.It’s a very easy stitch, I have been itching to try the variations. Iam happy I have completed this stitch.I have done only a simple method of varying this stitch,I haven’t ventured into the world of making this into an  artform.  Iam an novice in that field, when I see the pictures of other people’s work, I feel very inadequate, Bit I am sticking to my goal of making stitch samplers.my next  detail of fly stitch



I have started working on a new yoke design. I ‘ll show the picture,when its half way through.

I am doing this TAST  stitches as a sampler because, I want refer to them at a later date. I never realised I ‘ll have so many variations to do.  I draw the ideas on a paper,then stitch through each and every one of them. some times I do more,and other times I leave out certain variations.Most of my work are on evenweave cloth.sometimes the experiment I want to do is feasible only on normal fabric,I haven’t started on those.I don’t know whether I want to do them now or later.Stitches look neat on even weave.I have also started working on another yoke for my tunic[surely afflicted by fashion show].This is my next detail of FLY stitch

I worked on few more variations of fly stitch.this is a very interesting stitch.It can used as a line stitch andalso as a motif.I don’t have to think about combining colours,since Iam using   predominantly red colour.I made a mistake of not cutting the cloth properly, the sampler doesn’t look so good. I have to stop here, and continue on another piece.

For the past few days I have been feasting my eyes on WILLS INDIA FASHION WEEK . .I love apparells with  embroidery. WIFW was full of it.Most of the designs were wearable .Wonderful range of colours and materials.Very beautiful designs too.

I also started on the next TAST stitch -fly.I thought I’ll do it red colour.I am working on the experiments.this time I’ll post the pictures on my blog daily,depending on my progress.

Other than red I am also using golden yellow, brown, and light green to break the monotony. This stitch is also versatile, let’s see how many variations I can think of.

Today I started working on another tunic, This is a neck design.3 ofthe TAST stitches are there in this design. I’ll post the picture once it’s ready.I had an idea of taking photos after finishing a stitch. I have to work on this.TAST challenge is helping me a lot in choosing the stitches. I am able to decide which stitches to use on a design very easily.

here I have another detail of my buttonhole sampler-

I completed my georgette tunic yesterday. this was a overall design done in chikan work[shadow work]. today I gave it for stitching, we’ll see how it turns out.I was working on this piece for a very long time.I had initially planned to do 3 tunics in chikan work, now I am not too sure, I’ll be stuck with other 2 tunics for months.

 I haven’t yet started on the next stitch on TAST challenge,here is the next detail of my button hole sampler

button hole detail -2

button hole detail -2

For the past few days I have been working on my button hole sampler. My aim is try at least variations of each TAST  challenge stitch.This will be my personal challenge.this goal motivates me to try more.I also wanted to do this as a  stitch sampler , which I can refer to periodically.I have done a few designs on buttonhole stitch earlier, so Iam quite familiar with this stitch.It was a pleasure working on this variations,

button hole -1

button hole -1

Yesterday,I finished doing variations of “detached chain” week-3 stitch.
I always had ideas of trying different ways of the stitches I was working on.But never let myself
explore these new ideas till now.
Working on this challenge,is a great way to see the potential of each and every stitch.
I stick to safe colour co-ordinations,I think Iam not too adventurous .
Iam also working on my chikan work tunic.this is taking a long time.I have started making a list of UFOs,WIPs,WISPs,Ideas also.This is getting longer and longer.

Iam back from my visit to Chennai, India.

As usual 3 weeks flew just like that-catching up on latest news, attending a marriage in Hyderabad,

listening to Bhaghavad Gita and Upanishad lectures,over stuffing myself with lots of goodies.

After coming back,I started on my TAST challenge.Week-1 herringbone is finished.

herringbone stitch
herringbone stitch