January 2011


The 23rd week stitch of the stitch challenge by Sharon, TAST2010 is waved chain .
now for the stitchsampler-

This line is stitched in zig-zag pattern.
– Adjacent lines of zigzag waved chain st.

waved chain st-1

-the stitch is done right angled-not perfectly ,ofcourse.
In this the thread went around the needle 3 times[instead of 2],I did 5 stitches as line stitch and did some individual stitches too.
the stitch is done in a curved line.

waved chain st-2

In this line the first stitch is of small width, the next longer width.
One normal chain alternated with waved chain.
One stitch in 3 strands , next one single strand.

waved chain st-3

This line is done in 2 colours,first as a normal line, then the stitch done on one direction.
I added beads to this line, not very eye catching, I know.
The individual waved chain [or]waving chain? are facing away from each other.
This line I stitched first chain stitch vertically,then proceeded to add as many stitches till I got a curve, the next stitch, the same thing in opposite direction.
With all these efforts, this looks like quarter buttonhole wheel.

waved chain st-4

After doing the first chain, I tried varying the placement of the next stitches.
One line of buttonhole stitch,with single waved chain.
Arrowhead stitch, waved chain done on top and bottom.
Variations of single waved chain.

waved chain st-5

I arranged 3 single waved chain as an half flower, and did a line of that.
A set of 3 waved chain stitches, arranged as a line in 2 different colours

waved chain st-6

A bead is added to the basic chain.
One waved chain completed with a straight stitch, done in zigzag manner.
. I varied the height of the stitch in this row.

waved chain st-7

Tried to converge 2 waved chain stitches,.this gave an idea of doing butterflies with this stitch.

waved chain st-8

Did one chain in the middle, went around the needle on both sides
Tried a motif with the individual waved chain.

waved chain st1-10

 the Stitch sampler is completed here.While I  was doing this sampler, I tried to write each and every row, it was quite tedious,but don’t know whether it is useful.But this sure is avery long post.

waved st sampler-1waved chain st sampler-2

waved chain st sampler-3

waved chain st sampler-4

the sampler is 13 inches long. 

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The tunic is fawn coloured, hand woven, self checked[is that right?] cotton. I chose red colour for the borders [so that I can use different shades of brown]
About the Pattern-Earlier I thought this as a curved creeper pattern , recently learnt this type of pattern has a name- Arabesque. I getting familiar with this new term.
I made the border for yoke, sleeves, 2 slits. It took a long time.
Drew the borders first , and asked the tailor to attach it to the tunic[when it was sewn]
Then only I started the embroidery

Fawn tunic

.For the stem and leaves, I did not have cut and start over, but the flowers had to be done individually. This experience is always there with me when I choose the pattern and colours. I try to avoid this wherever possible , without compromising the effect.

Fawn tunic closeup

Ten tears ago, the style was to wear long tunics, now it has changed, they are shorter now, but it was destined that I should learn my lesson on this long tunic.

This tunic is in antique pink colour with vertical stripes in cream..The salwar was also the same fabric .
The colours were already decided as cream and dark pink.
I wanted a big motif for the centre.for this I chose a square cross stitch pattern and tilted it to an angle to get a diamond shape
.Drew the pattern on the graph paper and traced it on to the cloth., Then cross stitched the whole pattern.
I did the neckline with feather stitch
.Used 3 strands of cotton skeins throughout.

Cross stitched yoke on pink tunic

I had a grey dupatta[shawl] with red& white ikat border.To make it a salwar[Indian tunic] set,I bought a plain red handloom cotton fabric.

The pattern chosen was simple phulkari[suface satin ] border for neck&sleeves. I also found some novelty silver beads for the neckline[now they are easily available, earlier they were quite scarce,I was excited to acquire them.
For the neck-
3 lines of zigzag coral st[I was learning this stitch] and then two geometrical patterns were repeated throughout the neckline,then I attached these novelty silver beads.two shades of grey and off white colour threads were used.

grey in red tunic

For the sleeves-
Again a simple pattern, which matched the neck pattern,made with holbein [double running] stitch, and back stitch.

red&grey sleeves

Generally not too fond of grey colour,but this dupatta caught my eye, and with the matching beads, Very satisfying.



Decorative seam

I used this decorative border on the sleeves of a tunic
It’s a combination of three stitches-
Herringbone st in maroon
Fly st in golden yellow
5 straight sts in peach .[looks like pink,though]
This border was quiet an easy and swift one to do.No marking or patterning required. I did them in 3 strands.

This brown tunic is striped with beige and red . this handloom cotton is bought readymade quiet while ago.I wore a beige salwar for this.After noticing that it did not have any interesting element to make it exclusive , I added mirrors and a motif to it.

Pink on brown

This is one of the example where, the colour dominates and attracts more than the embroidery itself. Sometimes this aspect helps when, Iam stuck for the right pattern Then ,I let the colours choose it for me.

Pink on brown -close up

This green tunic is a a readymade  from Fabindia[A shop for ethnic Indian wear and furnishings]. I matched it with  plain off white salwar.The  is again my own design [just repeated a simple pattern] for the yoke.

I drew the pattern on a graph  paper and copied it on to the fabric,then cross stitched the pattern in two colurs with four strands. The cross stitches were made in big scale to  create a bold effect.[ does this sentence sound right?]

 Now for the yoke, it does not need any close up view-

cross st yoke on green tunic

This yoke  looks quite impressive – either because of the simplicity of the design or  the colour co-ordination or maybe both.

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