March 2012


The embroidery pattern for this yoke came from the inspiration to do mirror work and a pattern to suit the mirrors.
The first plan was to have mirror work border, and a floral pattern which will accommodate mirrors on it.
The tunic fabric is block printed cotton-

green&pink-fabric

A greyish green fabric was chosen for the yoke.
The embroidery was worked with three strands of cotton skeins.
The stitches used were- chain stitch, herringbone stitch, straight stitch, detached chain stitch, and mirror work.
I did not take pictures from the beginning of the embroidery. The details on my next post.

The embroidery on this yoke was done for my niece, so I don’t have the picture of the completed tunic to show here. The other details of the embroidery-
The curves on the motifs are worked with back stitches in light green thread.

green yoke-6b

The small diamonds are worked in double running stitch.

green yoke-6c

The embroidery is completed on this green yoke.
the yoke-

green yoke -compeleted

This type of patterns, where the small motifs are repeated, and more than two colours are used and we cannot work continuously, it is better to keep the stitches simple and the pattern small.
When we see the outcome ,it is well worth the effort.

The details of the green yoke continued.
Straight stitches are worked in peach thread beside the satin stitches.

green yoke-5b

Two rows of chain stitches are worked on the border outline.

green yoke-5c

More embroidery was done on the neckline too-

green yoke -6a

More embroidery details of this green yoke.
The flowers on the border are worked with detached chain stitches in red colour

green yoke-3

The motifs are worked in satin stitches.

green yoke-4

Added fly stitches in peach for the border-

green yoke-5a

More details on my next post.

I had this idea of doing a embroidery pattern with small motifs. The same motif is repeated throughout. It looks like a block print. A peach colour tunic material was available for this. A dark green colour fabric was chosen for the yoke.
The thread colours chosen were- medium and light green, red, and peach. Two strands of cotton skeins was used for the embroidery.
The stitches used were- chain stitch, satin stitch, straight stitches, back stitch, stem stitch and fly stitch.
Started with medium green thread, the neck line-

green yoke-1

The border-

green yoke-2

Will continue with the details of the tunic.

Today, I completed this week’s stitch sampler. The details-
16-I tried this twisted chain and normal chain combination with other stitches. This row the stitch is with buttonhole stitch.

12.b ch,ab ch st2-16

17- a combination with herringbone stitch.

12.b ch, ab ch st2-17

18-first row- the combination of barred chain. Normal chain and alternating twisted chain and normal chain stitches.
Second row- barred chain stitch row with double detached chain stitches or berry stitches.

12.b ch,ab ch st2-18

19-first row, barred chain stitch laced with pearl cotton thread.
Second row – barred chain stitch with beads.

12.b ch,ab ch st2-19

The stitch sampler is completed .

12.b ch,ab ch st2-sampler a

The second part-

12.b ch,ab ch st2-sampler b

The third part-

12. b ch,ab ch st2-sampler c

The fourth part-

12.b ch, ab ch st2-sampler d

When I started this sampler,Though the stitch was easy to work, I was not satisfied with the asymmetry of the stitch. But from the the fifteenth picture, I started liking this stitch. Totally a wonderful experience.

Worked a few more variation of this week’s stitch.
12-a- worked alternated barred chain stitch in between two rows of running stitches.
b-three detached chain stitches with long tails worked on the spaces made with this stitch.
c-barred chain stitch combined with crossed chain stitch.

12.b ch, ab chst2-12

13- a row of zigzag stitch worked in between two rows of barred chain stitch.

12.b ch,ab ch st2-13

14- first row , sword stitches are worked on one side. The second row double cross stitch is worked after a set of twisted chain and normal chain stitch.

12.b ch,ab ch st2-14

15- This week’s stitch is about working one twisted chain and normal chain stitch together. I tried this variation, twisted chain and normal chain stitch worked at angles facing away from each other. When I thought about this variation, did not imagine, it will look so lovely.

12.b ch, ab ch st2-15

A few more variations of this week’s – barred chain and alternative barred chain stitch.
8-I worked a half cross stitches and did a zigzag version of a.b chain stitch.
The next row, the barred chain stitches are worked into the previous chain stitch.

12.b.ch,ab.ch st2-8

9-the barred chain stitches are worked with cable chain stitch.
The second row- a set of barred chain and chain stitch is worked on two levels. The curved row of stitch looks better this way, suppose.

12.b.ch,ab ch st2-9

10-The barred chain stitch is worked with shell chain stitch.
And A row of barred chain with three chain stitches.

12.b ch,ab ch st2-10

11- a row of barred chain stitch was worked first, then detached chain and fly stitch was worked at the angles made by the barred chain.

12.b ch,ab ch st2-11

May try this stitch with other stitches tomorrow.

A long name for a simple stitch. This is the 12th week stitch of the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB. Both the stitches being similar are joined together,

because they are similar. I started with this stitch sampler on the first TAST challenge, when it was rerun on stitchin fingers.
Thought I ‘ll refresh this stitch again. I ‘ll try using this stitch with other stitches also in this sampler-
1-first row- the length of the chain stitch is shorter than the length of the barred chain stitch
.2nd row- the length of the chain stitch is longer than the barred chain stitch.
3rd row-the twisted chain stitches are longer in the top than the ones in the bottom.
4th row- tried a curved version of this stitch.

12.b.ch, ab.ch st2-1

2-the stitches in the first row turn at right angles to form a pattern.
2nd row- consecutive two stitches are worked on both sides.

12.b.ch,ab.ch st2-2

3- the barred chain is worked on one side only, the height of the stitches vary in this row.

12.b.ch,ab.ch st2-3

4-1st row- barred chain stitches are worked on both sides of the normal chain stitch in copper colour.
2nd row- barred chain stitches are worked facing each other.

12.b.ch, ab.ch st2-4

5-I tried to work the barred chain stitches straight, with fly stitches.

12.b.ch,ab.ch st2-5

6-worked same as the previous row, with fly stitches placed in between.

12.b.ch,ab ch st2-6

7-I worked the chain stitches at right angles to the barred chain stitches.

12.b.ch,ab.ch st2-7

I have posted a kutchwork tutorial of this border pattern on this page.

part of the border on blouse

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