May 2012


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.

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With this the yoke is completed.
The yoke-

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4.in 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.

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5.in 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 .

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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The last detail and completed yoke on my next post.

This is a medium sized yoke in multi colours. The inspiration for this pattern was from Ethnic Indian design. Generally this design is worked with mirrorwork and a variety of other stitches. In this particular yoke , I did not use mirrors.
The pattern-

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Herringbone filling in dark blue-

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Double cross stitches and chain stitch outlines and more herringbone filling done in dark pink.

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More details of this yoke on my next post.

There are instructions for working  this kutchwork medium sized motif on this page.

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This same motif can be done with interlacing stitch also. If anyone interested in that interlacing version of this motif , those instructions  can also be worked out.

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Today I tried some more experiments of this bullion knot. The completed sampler-

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15. a few fly stitches were worked, in between bullion knots were worked in mauve thread.

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16. a circle of straight stitches, and bullion knots worked in between them.

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17. the first one, Cretan stitch was worked in a circle, bullion knots were worked in two colours on them. The next one,  I worked back stitch in a curved pattern on one side, and bullion knots on the other side.

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18. Tried bullion knots in two shades of green.

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19. worked bullion knots and added some zardosi tubes in between the knots.

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20. in this I tried some flowers and leaves  with bullion knot.

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This bullion knot is not my friendly stitch, I could say. Still I was eager to try this stitch for this challenge. But I am also happy that it is completed now.

In this week’s TAST challenge, the non co-operative bullion knot is worked as florals.
The sampler done so far-

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The details-
4. the bullion knot is outlined with detached chain stitch.

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5.the outlining is done with buttonhole in this motif.

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6. the star shape if done in back stitch.

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7.the base of bullion knot is worked in fly stitch.

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8.bullion knots are worked on both sides of cross stitch.

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9. detached chain stitches and bullion knots are combined together to form a border.

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10. this line , the uncontrolled bullion knot with French knots!

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11. The idea for this variation is taken from a book.

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12. another attempt to do a flower with this bullion knot.

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13. A flower with petals done in three bullion knots of varying size. Really adventurous of me!

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14.the small bullion knots are outlined with bullion detached chain.

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