December 2012


Seema,wanted to know the way of working the long and short stitch. Before trying a tutorial I want share some links on long and short stitch which might be useful.
http://embroidery.about.com/od/Embroidery-Stitches/ss/Satin-Stitch-Long-And-Short.html
http://enbrouderie.com/2011/09/15/long-and-short-stitch-explanation/
http://www.needlenthread.com/2009/08/long-and-short-stitch-lessons-index.html
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2011/09/23/long-and-short-shading-going-deep-into-the-stitch/
these two are videos-


If these links are useful, fine. I don’t know whether I can do a better job than these people. Still ,if required I’ll try the tutorial.

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The last few details about the embroidery on this yoke . the tunic had white colour in it , so the some outlines were worked with white thread. I tried open chain stitch on the flower outlines.

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bl&lemgren-6

Small mirrors were then attached to the fabric with blue thread.

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bl&lemgren-7

The yoke placed over the printed lemon green fabric.

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bl&lemgren-yoke

I found a plain lemon yellow handloom cotton fabric for salwar [Indian style pants] for this tunic top. The whole set was given to the tailor for sewing.
The completed tunic-

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bl&lemgren-tunic1

Close up of the yoke on tunic.

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bl&lemgren-tunic2

I love this blue and lemon yellow/green combination . I am very fond of the colours of kanjeevaram silk sarees . After buying the blue ikat fabric, the subsequent steps were all because of the kanjeevaram silk saree fever. The inspiration for motif came from ethnic Indian designs. Not much time was employed to work this yoke, and a  very  satisfying project.

This embroidery pattern and working are based on ethnic Indian designs.
The progress on the embroidery on this blue yoke- the tunic being woven ikat, the white colour on the tunic formed light blue streaks in some places. The next colour on the yoke was light blue, this was also worked in herringbone stitches.

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bl&lemgren-02

With sleeves in lemon yellow, the next colour was lemon yellow with lemon green outline in chain stitch.

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bl&lemgren-03

The next shade of yellow was from the tunic. chain stitches were worked with this thread.

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bl&lemgren-04

This yellow shade continues with more outlining in chain stitch. The blue thread comes back again with chain stitch outlines. these are for mirrors.

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bl&lemgren-05

The completed yoke and tunic on my next post.

After completing the stitch samplers of the TAST challenge, I am resuming the details of the embroidery designs on tunics . this tunic fabric is hand woven ikat fabric in blue.

blu&lemgren-fabric

blu&lemgren-fabric

I don’t have a separate picture of the sleeve fabric. It is pin-tucked fabric in lemon green/yellow block printed with blue floral motifs.
The idea was for a small yoke worked in another fabric of the same blue base.
A simple motif repeat pattern, with round outlines for mirrors.

bl&lengren-pattern

bl&lengren-pattern

The thread colours were picked from the tunic and sleeve fabrics. Anchor cotton skeins were used throughout this embroidery.
Herringbone stitches worked with lemon green thread-

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bl&lemgren-01

More details on my next post.

The final part of this sampler was worked today.

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51.knotted cable st2-sampler2

3.Again this stitch is worked vertically in the first row,, the starting point of the knot is taken from the centre of the previously worked knotted cable stitch. Arrow stitch variation and knotted cable stitches are worked in the second row. Two feather stitches are worked after knotted cable stitches in the third row.

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51.kncablest2-3

4.Rimjim thread is laced through the individual knotted cable stitches in the first row. This stitch is worked over straight stitches in the second row,[ I was hoping for butterfly chain effect here, but the twisted chain was tricky]. The last row of this stitch is worked with pistil stitches.

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51.kncablest2-4

I seem to have been working only on TAST challenge these past few weeks. Still I am looking forward to TAST2013 challenge. I never thought, I’ll work all the stitches of this year’s challenge, but slowly I made progress and today the total length of my TAST 2012 stitch samplers is 43 FEET!
I did not aim for anything in particular, just hoped I’ll complete all the stitches.
Though some stitches were repeated and was worked again, I always learnt something new. To give a life to an idea was an uplifting experience. After looking at the new sample, a new idea formed again. This was a wonderful learning process.
The way other people shared their creative endeavours also motivated me.my heartfelt thanks to SharonB for making all these things possible.
Eager to start TAST 2013!

Knotted cable stitch is the 51st week stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB.
I had done this stitch sampler earlier on this challenge under the heading of chain stitch varieties. I had some incomplete stitches from earlier TAST challenges, of which four were chosen and worked  on this chain stitch varieties.
This being last stitch of this challenge, a small sampler would be a nice finishing touch. The sampler as of today-

51.knotted cable st2-sampler1

51.knotted cable st2-sampler1

1.Not remembering exactly how the stitch was done [after working the sampler!] I wanted to work the basic knotted cable stitch in the first row, and individual knotted cable stitches are worked in the second row. The starting point of the following k.cable stitch was taken inside the preceding stitch in the third row. If it is too confusing, the picture tells all.

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51.kncablest2-1

2.Combining this stitch with oyster stitch in the first row, cleared the mix-up of these two stitches. Individual knotted cable stitches are worked with Algerian eye stitches in the second row and Cretan stitch in the third row.

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51.kncablest2-2

The stitch sampler is completed after working these three samples with other TAST stitches.
The other TAST stitches- Italian border stitch and berry stitch in the first row. French knots and buttonhole wheel variation in the second row. Pekinese and pistil stitch in the third row.

47.porborst2-5a

47.porborst2-5a

With Portuguese border stitch

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47.porborst2-5b

I like the look of this stitch, it looks like a braid when worked closely. And I thoroughly enjoyed working on this sampler.

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