May 2012

More details of knotted Cretan stitch sampler.
3.Knotted Cretan stitch is worked in two rows in the top. And the next one, two rows of knotted Cretan stitch worked one over the other.

4. in these three rows I tried individual knotted Cretan or half knotted Cretan stitches, they look like some other knot stitch[ I don’t remember the name]
the first row, the two rows of knotted Cretan stitches are facing away from each other, first I started working them very closely, though they looked great, I may not be able to decipher their working at a later date, so worked them with some space in between.
The second row, same as the previous row, except the starting and the ending point of the two rows of the stitches are the same .
The third row, I worked each knotted cretan stitch seperately.

This week’s stitch is knotted cretan stitch on the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB. I have not done this stitch before. This stitch was also a part of the earlier TAST challenge. Now is the chance for me to work on this stitch. I am planning to work this stitch on even weave fabric with cone thread[ similar to perle cotton].
1. The first three rows, I was familiarizing with this stitch, the only variations are the length taken for each stitch .crest-1 the first row, one part of the stitch is worked with varying heights. The next row, I grouped three knotted Cretan stitches together.

After the yoke pattern was worked with threads, small antique golden beads and red zardosi tubes were stitched on to the yoke. A part of the yoke-


The other part of the yoke after working the zardosi embroidery.


The pictures are not very clear.
The completed yoke, placed on the tunic fabric looks like this-


The sewn tunic with zardosi yoke.


Close up of the tunic.


I have worn this tunic with red salwar[Indian pants]. The block print pattern on this tunic is very rare. It impressed me a lot. it can worn be as saree, shirt, short top and other western dresses also. The fabric was transparent and required lining, for that matter. I find any white based fabric requires lining.
I looked for inspiration from traditional Indian patterns and drew this yoke pattern.

The embroidery details of the yellow yoke on white chanderi tunic. After working with green colour threads, I started with red colour thread. This being the colour of the zardosi beads, the outlines were worked stem stitch and chain stitch in this colour. The central part of the design was worked in satin stitch and straight stitch. The picture is not very clear though,


With the tunic fabric in white, the rest of the design was worked in white thread. The stems were done in white along with other small details.


The zardosi details on my next post.

While shopping for tunic fabrics, I found this white block printed chanderi fabric.


It had small zari border.which is not seen here.. I had some zardosi tubes in red, which I wanted to use on this tunic. With white background, I cannot use white fabric for yoke, light green colour was very minimal on the tunic to be used for yoke, so the decision was to use golden yellow fabric for yoke.
This was a traditional Indian pattern, it is easier to incorporate zardosi on these type of patterns.
I started the work with gold colour silk thread. Satin stitches, straight stitches and chain stitch were done with this thread.


The next colour silk thread was olive green, and the light green was done in cotton skein. Leaf stitch, stem stitch and buttonhole stitch were done with these threads.


Today I did some more butterfly chain stitch samples. These were also done in combination with other stitches.
The last part of the sampler.

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The details-
8. after working a row of butterfly chain stitches, a row a of herringbone stitch is worked beneath it.

21.b.chain st2-8

9. first, three fly stitches are worked together in two directions and butterfly chain stitches are worked on their tails. This way ,one side has a fuller look.


10. a row of zigzag back stitch is worked over a row of butterfly chain stitches.

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11. a row of three individual herringbone stitches are worked together , over them butterfly chain stitches are worked on both sides .


12. three butterfly stitches are worked together to form a motif. This variation was a surprise.


13. I tried working whipped wheel stitch on both sides of butterfly chain stitches.


14. this is a combination of butterfly chain stitch with stem stitch.


15. the butterfly chain stitch with beads.


This week’s TAST 2012 challenge stitch, butterfly chain sampler is completed with this row. This stitch was an easy stitch to work with. I worked the straight stitches in cotton skeins and the twisted chain in perle cotton. This striped cloth was too bright to work with more colour combinations, a lighter colour would have given me more options. I learnt this lesson from this.

I had done some variations of this butterfly chain stitch when it was part of the earlier TAST challenge. This time around, I tried working this stitch with other stitches.
The variations done so far,



1. the first row, three rows of butterfly chain stitches, the second row, I tried working butterfly chain on buttonhole stitch.


2. two versions for working butterfly chain stitches between two rows of buttonhole stitches.


3.butterfly chain stitch is worked between two rows of chain stitches.


4. A long tailed detached chain stitch is worked between the straight stitches, and butterfly chain stitch is worked on it.


5. Long tailed fly stitch is worked between the straight stitches, and then the butterfly chain stitches are done on them.


6.Butterfly chain stitch is worked along with double cross stitch.


Will try some more combinations.

The last detail of this multi coloured yoke was done in light green thread. The centre, the other details of the original pattern were worked in chain stitches with this colour.

cream yoke-6

With this the yoke is completed.
The yoke-

cream yoke[2]

A friend had a grey, cream and blue kalamkari fabric. the fabric looked dull to her, so she wanted a yoke done in cream fabric to brighten that kalamkari. She did not want any mirrors or embellishments. With these options, I drew the pattern and chose these colours. I gave this finished yoke to her, but haven’t seen, how it was used by her.
This pattern goes well with mirrors, if someone is interested can try this with mirrors, that was the reason , I had posted the pattern for this yoke.

This week’s stitch of the TAST 2012 Challenge by SharonB is butterfly chain stitch.
Before thinking of working on this stitch this week, I thought of posting the earlier variations done with this stitch , for a previous challenge.

21.b.chainst1 -sampler

This stitch was part of the first TAST challenge, which was re-run on stitchinfingers in 2009, I participated then and worked some variations of this stitch. I was not blogging very seriously then, so did not post this stitch here.
1. The first two lines , I was practicing this stitch, the third row, the butterfly chain stitch was done alternatively on two and three straight stitches.


2. The first row, long and short straight stitches are tied with butterfly chain stitch. In the next row the straight stitch in the middle is longer than the corner two.


3. This is also a straight stitch variation, one stitch is the same as the previous row , another one , the corner stitches are longer than the middle one. The next row , is done with four straight stitches, the middle ones shorter than the corner ones.

21.b.chainst1-3 the first row, the three straight stitches are worked from short to long, in the next row,another variation of straight stitches are worked on two levels and the butterfly chain is worked on them in zigzag pattern.

21.b.chainst1-4 the first row, long  straight stitches are worked, and the butterfly chain stitches are worked in two colours in zigzag pattern. In the next row, the straight stitches originate from the same point and fan out in opposite directions and the butterfly chain stitches are worked in zigzag pattern .


6.First row, the straight stitches are long, and two rows of butterfly chain stitches are worked on alternate set of straight stitches. The next row is a trial of five straight stitches of varying heights, does not look so great though!


7.This is a variation of working butterfly chain stitches in a square.


8. the first row, the straight stitches are worked diagonally, and butterfly chain stitches are worked on them. The last row , are the trials of working butterfly chain stitch in a square.


This yoke is embroidered with different stitches and assorted colours. After working with dark blue and dark pink, the next thread colour was majenta . herring bone filling stitches were worked with this thread in the central part of the yoke.

cream yoke-3

The herring bone filling are outlined in back stitch with light blue colour thread.

cream yoke-4

The next colour, was bluish green, chain stitches were worked with this thread.

cream yoke-5

The last detail and completed yoke on my next post.

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