March 2013


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.

10.58.w d chainst-1a

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.

10.58.w d chainst-1b

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.

10.58.w d chainst-1c

10.58.w d chainst-1c

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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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q-1

And cut in shapes to be hung-

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q-2

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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q-3

Outlines with glitter-

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q-4

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

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q-5

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-

M-1

M-1

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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M-2

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

M-3

M-3

The border for the hanger-

M-4

M-4

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

M-4a

M-4a

First stage of attaching the border.

M-5A

M-5A

The borders –

M-5B

M-5B

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

M-6

M-6

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

M-7

M-7

The painting is completed-

M-8

M-8

Majenta stones were glued to the stick ends-

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M-9

The hanger is getting dry.

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M-10

The cloth hangers are ready for the next stage .

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M11

The hanger looked different in sunlight.

M-11A

M-11A

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

M12

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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M-13

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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M-15

I tried some stitch combinations today.
2.The first row is a combination of this stitch with Italian border stitch and pistil stitch. The sailor edging stitch slips inside fly stitch to form loops in the second row.

9.57.saiedst-2

9.57.saiedst-2

3.This stitch is worked with herringbone in the first row. I whipped around small straight stitches to work this second row of sailor stitch with French knots.

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9.57.saiedst-3

4.Algerian eye stitches with a variation of sailor edging stitch.

9.57.saiedst-4

9.57.saiedst-4

5a.The working of this sample. Straight stitches are used to work the loops of these two lines of sailor edging stitch

9.57.saiedst-5a

9.57.saiedst-5a

5b. The completed sample

9.57.saiedst-5b

9.57.saiedst-5b

6.In these samples Pekinese stitch and buttonholed herringbone are worked with sailor edging stitch rows.

9.57.saiedst-6

9.57.saiedst-6

7.oyster stitches and triangular feather stitches are worked in the first row. Arrow head stitches and wheat ear stitches are worked in the second row.

9.57.saiedst-7

9.57.saiedst-7

8.I tried some shapes with this stitch, the buttonhole eyelet stitch in the centre is whipped .

9.57.saiedst-8

9.57.saiedst-8

With these samples the sailor edging stitch sampler is completed.

9.57.sailor edging stitch-sampler

9.57.sailor edging stitch-sampler

It is easier to control the thread tension and twists with this stitch. So it better than basic buttonhole and knotted buttonhole. It looks more attractive too.

This week, sailor edging stitch was also announced on the TAST 2013 stitch challenge by SharonB. This has common elements of sailor stitch and knotted buttonhole stitch. I started working on this stitch today.
The first row, I wanted to work the buttonhole stitches loose to make it look like loops, but couldn’t manage it. Two rows sailor edging stitches are worked one over the other in the second row. Long and short buttonhole stitches are worked in the third row.

9.57.saiedst-1

9.57.saiedst-1

After working a few more variations I completed this stitch sampler today. The last part of the sampler-

8.56.sailor stitch -sampler3

8.56.sailor stitch -sampler3

8.Two rows of sailor stitches are worked together in these samples.

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8.56.saist-8

9.Three more variations of working two rows of sailor stitch.

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8.56.saist-9

I wanted try working the sailor stitch with other types of chain and buttonhole stitches.
10. Twisted chain and cable chain stitches are worked in these two rows.

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8.56.saist-10

11. The chain stitches are worked at an angle in the first row, berry stitches in two colours and detached chain stitches are worked with sailor stitch in the second row.

8.56.saist-11

8.56.saist-11

12.Now for the buttonhole stitch variations. The first row is worked with up and down buttonhole stitch, and the second row with closed buttonhole stitch. alternate chain stitches are to be skipped to work closed buttonhole stitch.

8.56.saist-12

8.56.saist-12

13.The first row is crossed buttonhole stitch and the last row is buttonhole wheel stitch.

8.56.saist-13

8.56.saist-13

This was simple stitch to work. The chain and buttonhole stitches themselves being versatile, enabled to work many variations. I did not try any other stitches in this sampler.
The complete sailor stitch sampler-

8.56.sailor sticth sampler

8.56.sailor sticth sampler

These samples were worked today.

8.56.sailor stitch-sampler2

8.56.sailor stitch-sampler2

The details-
5.The first three rows of sailor stitch was whipped in three ways with dark pink thread. The last row is laced with rimjim thread.

8.56.saist-5

8.56.saist-5

6.The buttonhole stitches are worked on both sides of the chain stitches in the first row. I wanted to obtain a curved look, but this row looks like alternative barred chain. In the second row, the sailor stitch variations are done in v-shape.

8.56.saist-6

8.56.saist-6

7. The sailor stitches are worked in a curve pattern in the first and third rows. A variation of sailor stitch is repeated at two levels in the second row.

8.56.saist-7

8.56.saist-7

Will try some variations with two rows of sailor stitches worked together from the next sample.

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