May 2010


Since myprogress on the TAST 2010 is  quite slow, I thought I’ll share one of my tunic yoke . I had a bright yellow patiala salwar, which shouted for a tunic top.During my last trip to Chennai,I picked up this dark maroon  tunic from Shilpi. I did not have to think about colours  , just added a green to complete the SouthIndian favourite combination[We have so many kanjeevaram silk sarees in this popular combination].I mix and matched  some small kutchwork motifs .The tunic was cut crosswise, this affected the symmetry of the pattern a little ofcourse,which I can adjust by alternatively lifting my shoulders LOL!  so it is less noticable.

maroon and yellow

Of these kutchwork motifs I liked the paisley the best, which is my own pattern.

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4. portugese border st -2

Iam skipping the 3. hedebo bead st for the timebeing.

Working on the fourth week st of the stitch Challenge TAST 2010 was a breeze.I chose a bluish green grey[ If there is such a colour], but which is seen as plain grey in photos.

I explored this stitch with various threads-different strands of Cotton skein, perle cotton 8,and some local thread.It gave an opportunity to practice this stitch-

4. portugese border st -1

The next variation – I tried doing the stitch vertically, not different at all! just looked like individual stitches.-

4.portugese border st

Added some beads,  tried alternating the threads, and played a little with the  basic band stitches-

4.Portugese border st-3

And my sampler of Portugese border st-

4. Portugese border st sampler

At present Iam also working on tunics.