June 2012

This week’s stitch on TAST2012 stitch challenge by SharonB is Palestrina knot. I had worked on this stitch on Previous TAST challenge. The related post is here. The beauty of the knot depends on The stitch tension and the yarn used for the stitch. last time the sampler was on plain fabric, after getting familiar with this knot, I tried some curves. This time around the same knot is worked on even weave.
The sampler-

26.palestrina knot 2-sampler

The details-
1. I started with cone thread to familiarize again with this stitch, had not used this stitch on any of my projects. Learnt on the first row, cone thread is not suitable. So rest of the rows are worked in cotton skeins.


2. I wanted to use bugle beads, for this , three knots were worked in two levels.


2b.The same row with beads.


3. This row is worked with cotton skein,


4.The first row is whipped with pink thread. The second row, individual fly stitches are worked over a row of Palestrina knots.


5Long armed palestrina knot with detached chain stitch.


6.Palestrina knots worked with double cross stitch.


7.in the first row, two rows of chain stitches are worked on both sides of Palestrina knot, the second row, a variation of buttonhole wheels are worked over a row of palestrina knot.


8.On the first row, I tried zig zag version of Palestrina knot, in the second row, cone thread  is used for interlacing the row of Palestrina knot.


9. in the first row, alternate knots are looped only once. The second row , individual Palestrina knots done vertically.


9a. the row of individual knots are embellished with bugle beads.


10. the first row is palestrina knot in combination with chain stitch, the second row it is combined with feather stitch and the third row , it is combined with buttonhole variation.


11. individual Palestrina knots are worked over herringbone stitch in the first row, and over cretan stitch in the second row.


With this row the Palestrina knot sampler is completed. I wish I was able to work this stitch with different yarns, cotton skein with six strands worked well for me for this stitch. Most people on this challenge have done wonderful experiments with this stitch, I’ll satisfy myself by enjoying their trials.

The embroidery part of the yoke and sleeves are completed on this tunic. The yoke and the lace placed over the tunic fabric looked like this-


After this ,the tunic went to the hands of the tailor, where the borders on sleeves were attached as I wanted, but when it came to the yoke, he left a gap on the yellow border, which was not as I expected, I had wanted the lace to be attached at the end of the border, just as the empire cut. but……!


To rectify this , I worked two paisleys on the border on both sides, still this looks more like a tribal dress than a tunic top. LOL! I think these kind of designs will look better on thin or slim figures , which I am definitely not! Though the result was not I expected, the joy of working on this design gave me the contentment. I am waiting for a suitable occasion to wear it !

bryegreen tunic-3

If anyone shows interest in the pattern of the yoke and sleeves, I can post it here.

The details of the embroidery done on yellow fabric for the yoke . the border is the same as sleeves except for paisleys.

The border with orange kutch motifs and green paisleys.


The paisleys and diamond shapes outlined with red thread in back stitch. The rest of the kutch motifs worked with brown thread.


Chain stitch borders in cream thread, and green sequins attached with gold beads.


The paisleys are further embellished with antique gold sequins


The completed yokes and tunic on my next.

The sleeves of this tunic had borders in two fabrics. One was the brown fabric, which we have seen so far, another one is yellow fabric.
The outlining of the mirrors was done in cream on this brown fabric. the border with sequins and mirrors stitched with green and orange threads alternatively.


The details of the border in yellow fabric- pattern with kutch work motifs done in brown thread.


The same border after working the kutch work motifs in orange thread.


With green outline in back stitch


With squares done in red, with green sequins and gold beads.


The yellow border on yoke on my next post.

Further details of this multi coloured yoke. For this yoke, three fabrics are used. The centre is brown, then a printed fabric in orange , on which embroidery is not done. Then a yellow fabric, where a border pattern is done with sequins.
Continuing with the details on the brown fabric- two lines in chain stitch with yellow thread was done previously along with the kutch work motifs. Two more line are worked in chain stitch with variegated thread.
The mirrors were to be outlined with cream thread, the work is in progress on this picture-


The next step was to attach the sequins, which is completed in this picture , the mirrors will be stitched later.


Brown fabric for sleeves-
The same brown fabric is used for sleeves too. The border before attaching the mirrors.


some more details on my next post.

This time around, I wanted to do something new with the tunic yoke. The patterns and embroidery were usual, but I used three fabrics for this embroidery on yoke and sleeves.
The tunic material was woven ikat cotton.

green ikat tunic

For this tunic, the yoke combination was brown, printed orange and yellow. The embroidery was predominantly mirror work and kutch work with some sequins.
First I’ll start with the central yoke, which was done in brown colour fabric. this yoke had kutch work motif , sequins and mirrors. The kutchwork in yellow thread-


The kutch work motif in green-


the third motif was  done in orange, the three motifs-


More  details on my next post.

Last week, I was working on a kutchwork motif as a part of yoke design. this motif was interlaced. the  instructions  of  working the woven version of this interlaced motif is posted here.

the motif on yoke-


My exposure to kutchwork was in 1985. I saw this new embroidery when a north Indian neighbor had a printed design on cloth. I wanted to learn that form of embroidery. Mrs. Jain[our neighbor] had the patience and the willingness to teach me. after this I restarted this kutchwork  again in 1990.
These three pieces I worked from 1993 to 1997.
This blouse the pattern on the sleeves is not seen clearly, I did not take pictures of projects then, this is just to give an idea of the blouse, the blouse had big mirrors and kutch motifs alternatively on the square spaces. It was a silk fabric. I have given away this blouse, in hot climate, this highneck silk blouse was not practical.

kutch on silk blouse

For some designs, I did not use graph paper, they were freeform kutch, drawn directly on to the fabric. this pale brown fabric had zari checks on it. I used the squares to draw the kutchwork pattern, that is the reason why, The motifs are so big. I also did not have the idea of using more number of strands! This tunic was also given away, I did not want any reminders!
So the tunic with its open kutchwork motifs!

kutch on brown tunic

The last one is also free form kutchwork, I remember toiling to draw this neckline and the pattern on the panels, the duppatta was made into a tunic last year, the details of which are here.
After this tunic I did not design freeform kutch for a long time. I was sorry to let go of this tunic, after putting so much effort on it.

kutch on maroon tunic

These pictures were captured from old photos. I might have to design the freeform neck pattern of this maroon tunic some time.

This week’s stitch on TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB is cable chain stitch.
I was not expecting this! I had skipped this stitch in the previous challenge, and worked on it as a category of chain stitch during the 8thweek of this challenge. Now this stitch has its own place on this challenge. I want to maintain the tempo of my stitch sampler, so will work on a few variations of this stitch . the sampler-

25.cabl chain stitch sampler-2

The details-
1. As  suggested by SharonB on her blog, I tried this stitch on curved line, on these two rows-


2. On the first row, cable chain stitch is worked over three straight stitches worked at even intervals. The second row,the cable chain sticth is combined with crossed buttonhole stitch.


3.cable chain stitch is worked with bugle bead rows.


4.the first row ,cable chain stitch is worked between two rows of herringbone stitch. The second row,I tried combining cable chain stitch with stem stitch, not very appealing though. The third row cable chain stitch worked over a row of vertical herringbone stitch.


5. first row is a combination of cable chain stitch with feather stitch.
The second row, it is a combination of cable chain stitch with Cretan stitch, for some reason I  like this variation.


6.this row is a combination of cable chain stitch with buttonhole wheel.


This week’s cable chain stitch sampler is completed with this row.

Today I tried some variations combining this buttonhole wheel with other stitches. The completed sampler-

24.buttonhole wheel stitch sampler-2

The details-
10. in the first row, detached chain stitches and fly stitches are worked in between, half buttonhole wheel. Quarter buttonhole wheel are worked in two colours in the second row.


11. quarter buttonhole wheels in opposite directions form the first row. Half buttonhole wheels combined with buttonhole stitch in the second row.


12.the first row is with feather stitch combination and the second row, with individual herringbone stitches.


13. in the first row, the buttonhole stitch is worked in trianglular shape with individual cretan stitch.[not satisfied with this row].

This variation of half wheels is totally copied from Sharon’s blog.

The third row, quarter buttonhole wheels are worked in between half closed feather stitch.


My buttonhole wheel stitch sampler is completed with this row. Now I’ll start my browsing  the blogs of other TAST participants…

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