March 2013


After working some more samples of this Breton stitch, the sampler was completed.
The last part of the sampler-

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11.59.breton st-sampler3

5.The first two rows are variations of Breton stitches  worked at 45’ angles . the stitches are worked at different heights in the third row.

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11.59.bret st-5

6.The Breton stitch is worked with two threads in the first row. I missed this when I was working double Breton stitch earlier. After working a line of Breton stitch, individual breton stitches are worked over alternate peaks in the second row. I like this version of individual Breton stitches and will try some more of them.

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11.59.bret st-6

7.Individual Breton stitches are worked alternatively in the first row. Individual Breton stitches are worked vertically one after another in the second row. Two versions of individual Breton stitches are worked one below the other in the third row. The individual Breton stitches are worked one over the other in the last variation. It was necessary to write the details of the last three rows, otherwise at a later date, I would waste time to understand these variations. LOL!

11.59.bret st-7

11.59.bret st-7

8.After working the Breton stitch as curve in the first row, different stitch combinations are tried in the next three rows. The second row is arrowhead and detached chain stitch combination. The third row is Pekinese stitch and pistil stitch combination. And the last row is buttonhole stitch and Italian border stitch combination.

11.59.bret st-8

11.59.bret st-8

This was an easy and interesting stitch to work .The best part of this challenge is the satisfaction of learning new stitches , if they are easy ones, there is double joy! The whole sampler-

11.59.breton stitch sampler

11.59.breton stitch sampler

I could only work for an hour on this sampler today. These variations are with two rows of Breton stitch worked together.
Breton stitch is worked with two threads in the first row. Two ways of working double Breton stitch variations were tried in the next rows.

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11.59.bret st-4

After a week’s break on the TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB on her blog, this week’s stitch is Breton stitch.
I have not done this stitch before, and today’s work is this-

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11.59.breton stitch -sampler1

1.The first few rows I was practicing this stitch, the stitch is quite easy, but the thread was controlling the angle of the stitches-

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11.59.bre st-1

2.Here are two versions of open and closed Breton stitch.

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11.59.bret st-2

3.The first row is open Breton stitch [not clear with the shaded thread] . in the second row, I tried twisting the on both sides, this could be a Cretan and herringbone variation,LOL!

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11.59.bret st-3

Along with the quotes, we also made floral ornaments. These plastic balls and double edged tape were the base for the ornaments.

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These white flower garlands [readymade fabric] for decoration and satin ribbons[blue, of course] for hanging them.

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After sticking the double edged tape all over the plastic ball, the garlands were carefully rolled over the shape along with the satin ribbon for hanging. It was tricky!

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I am not good at crafts, I get inspired to do something and start the project, the learning becomes part of the project! White glue was poured on a plastic paper and the floral ornaments were rolled over it[ I wore disposable gloves] messy business!

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The glitters of course!

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My nephew sticking small blue glitter balls on to the ornaments [more blue the better!]

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I saw a video and got the idea for this paper craft .This metallic paper was ideal to work this. The paper was cut earlier to make this hanging, the sticking part of the piece with glue stick by my nephew.

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All these were hung with strings and lights around the function hall by my husband, brother, nephew [elder one] cousins. We forgot to take a decent picture and this is the only one available.

lights with ornaments

lights with ornaments

I am still in the journey of combining the woven detached chain stitches with other stitches to form stitch motif patterns. After working on them ,I completed this sampler here.

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10.58.woven detached chain st-sampler3

8. These motifs were done with Woven detached chain stitches and- woven wheel, Algerian eye variation, French knots.

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10.58.w d chainst-8

9.The first motif was worked with sailor stitch combination, the second motif with buttonhole wheel cup and the third motif with pistil stitches and in the last motif I worked two more chain stitches over the woven detached chain.

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10.58.w d chainst-9

In the first piece, I tried this stitch with sheaf stitch to experiment this as filling stitch. The second one is worked with Italian border stitch. The top one of the last sample is laced with rimjim thread. Then I tried working this woven detached chain stitches over a piece of lace in the last one.

10.58.w d chainst-10

10.58.w d chainst-10

The whole sampler-

10.58.woven detached chain st- sampler

10.58.woven detached chain st- sampler

This stitch is an easier way adding decorative element to seams. Though Sharon suggested this stitch will be useful for working leaves, I did not try this as leaf, mainly because I wanted to work some motifs. I had good practice of this stitch in this sampler. And it was fun experimenting with it as Pamela pointed out.

I tried some more samples of woven detached chain stitch with other line stitches.

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10.58.woven detached chain st-sampler2

5.These three samples are done with fly stitch variations.

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1.58.w d chainst-5

6.Woven detached chain stitches are worked, over Cretan and knotted Cretan in the first sample, with chevron variation in the second sample and with stem stitch in the third sample.

10.58.w d chainst-6

10.58.w d chainst-6

7.I weaved alternate chain stitches in the first sample, worked woven detached chain stitches with pekinese stitch in the second sample and with arrowhead stitch in the third sample.

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10.58.w d chainst-8

Yesterday I tried some experimenting this woven detached chain stitch with other TAST stitches.

10.58.woven detached chain st-sampler1

10.58.woven detached chain st-sampler1

The details-
2.These samples show variations of herringbone stitches and woven detached chain stitches-herringbone, buttonholed herring bone, triangular herringbone, laced square herringbone.

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10.58.w d chainst-2

3.Woven detached chain with feather stitch, triangular feather stitch and up and down feather stitch.

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10.58.w d chainst-3

4.Variations of buttonhole stitches- buttonhole stitch, closed buttonhole and crossed buttonhole stitches with woven detached chain stitches

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10.58.w d chainst-4

Worth trying ideas of working woven stitches with few other TAST stitches, I get to practice this stitch well and add more stitch variations to my sampler.

This week’s stitch on the TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB is woven detached chain. Sharon has been developing the challenge stitches in a very great way. The previously known stitches are slowly evolving into textured ones. By exploring these stitches, my stitch variations are also becoming interesting. Left to myself, I wouldn’t have even thought of trying the finer aspects of these stitches.
Today I tried this simple stitch with small variations.

10.58.w d chainst-1

10.58.w d chainst-1

1a.These three are medium, short and long version of woven detached chain.

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10.58.w d chainst-1a

# 2 is woven detached chain with a long arm. #3 are two ways of weaving twisted chain stitches. # 4 first detached chain is half woven and the second detached chain is woven with two threads.

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10.58.w d chainst-1b

# 5 is woven open chain stitch. # 6 is woven berry stitch.# 7 has two versions of woven wheat ear stitches.

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10.58.w d chainst-1c

After working on the cloth hanger, the next idea was to have some decorations.
Blue was the colour theme.
The first part of this idea was to choose romantic quotes, print them on paper, decorate them and hang them on strings along with sparkling lights around the hall. The choice of quotes were made by the couple- Balaji and Charanya
These were the quotes-
1.Love is just a word until you gave it a meaning.
2.Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eyes.
3.It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
4. Only two kind of people will not mind what you say…
The one for whom you are nothing
And
The one for whom you are EVERYTHING…
5. The best gift you got in your life is “finding someone who knows all your mistakes and weaknesses and still thinks you are completely amazing…”
6.Boy: Can I hold your hand?
Girl: No
Boy: Why
Girl: Because it hurts when you leave it…
7. Lovely relationships not only depend on the spoken words but also depends on understanding the unspoken words…
8.Thoughts of love are too deep to be expressed and are too strong to be suppressed…
9.Night is longer than day for those who dream and Day is longer for those who make their dreams come true.
10. Memories are treasures that no one can steal..
11. an eye with an dust and A Heart with Trust Always Cries..
12. a meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words.
13. love is not maximum emotion, Love is maximum commitment.
14. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
15. If you want something you never had, you need to do something you have never done..
16. love is like a good cake, you never know when it’s coming but you’d better eat it when it does.
17. Difference of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our heart are open.
18. Gravitation is responsible for people falling in love.
19. A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
20. Health is the greatest gift..
Contentment is the greatest wealth.. and
Faithfulness the best relationship…
21.stop looking for love,, Start being lovable.
22.There is only one kind of love…
But..
There are many versions.
23. Love does not make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
24.No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife is NOT saying.
25. love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.
26. He stole my heart and I am planning to take revenge.. I am going to steal is last name..
These  were printed –

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And cut in shapes to be hung-

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Blue glitter was scattered by my nephew[ very patient!] on the outline which was glued previously. these glitters were the cause of so much fun for us!

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Outlines with glitter-

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The decorated quotes are getting ready to be hung with paper doilies

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The second part of this idea was to make flowers balls to be  hung  along with these quotes. Details will be on my next post.

My nephew[ Bala] got engaged to [Charanya] a few weeks ago. I wanted to make handmade things to make the engagement more personalized for them. My nephew also worked with me on these projects.
The first project was to make cloth hanger.
In our community, writing and reading of the marriage invitation is done at an auspicious time at the engagement. This project was done with the idea of pasting the written invitation on to the hanger.
The cloth hanger [is called MADAL in our language] with the invitation-

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We did two pieces, one for the groom and another for the bride.
The cloth used was light weight velvet fabric in dark mejenta. The tassels-

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The fabric was folded and the tassels were stitched on to it.

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The border for the hanger-

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My nephew [the groom] cutting the double edged tape to the size of the border.

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M-4a

First stage of attaching the border.

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M-5A

The borders –

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M-5B

The second part-
One feet long bamboo sticks and thick zari cord were used as hangers.

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M-6

The ends were sealed with molded craft m-seal and painted with yellow pearl paint.

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M-7

The painting is completed-

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Majenta stones were glued to the stick ends-

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The hanger is getting dry.

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The cloth hangers are ready for the next stage .

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The hanger looked different in sunlight.

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M-11A

The two parts of the hanger are together with the help of double edged tape.

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M12

This handmade paper was glued and sewn on to the hangers, the special sheet over which the invitation would be written can be attached to this paper during the engagement function.

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The picture of the cloth hanger with the invitation. This picture was taken by a photographer. The invitation was written in our language.

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