June 2013


Still on the catching up mode of the TAST stitches of five weeks, I am working on 69th week’s stitch of the TAST 2013 Challenge by SharonB. It is hard to maintain the uniformity of the stitches. The rows of this sampler do not look neat at all.
The sampler so far-

21.69.buttonjoled double chain st-sampler1

21.69.buttonjoled double chain st-sampler1

1.I tried familiarizing this stitch in this part of the sampler.

21.69.bhdchainst-1

21.69.bhdchainst-1

2.After working this stitch broader in the first row, I tried vainly working this stitch in three steps.

21.69.bdchainst-2

21.69.bdchainst-2

3.The height of the stitches are varied in the first two samples, the top part is short in the first row, and alternate two stitches are worked with single buttonhole in the second row.
buttonhole stitches on open chain stitches on one side of the third row. Single buttonhole stitches are worked on open double chain stitches in the fourth row. This row looks like knotted feather stitch, though!

21.69.bdchainst-3

21.69.bdchainst-3

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In these samples the coral stitched is worked other TAST stitches. The sampler-

18.66.coral st-sampler2

18.66.coral st-sampler2

6.The coral stitches are combined with- Chain stitch, buttonhole stitch and herringbone stitch in these samples.

18.66.corst-6

18.66.corst-6

7.Three coral stitches are worked together with feather stitches in the first sample- [single coral stitch was not prominent]. Cretan stitch and coral stitches are alternated in the second sample, it varies from knotted cretan stitch in that the needle does not pass through the fabric in knotted Cretan stitch. I like this sample.

18.66.corst-7

18.66.corst-7

8.After working Algerian eye stitch variations in a line, coral stitch row is worked over them in the first sample, in the second sample , scroll stitch and coral stitch are alternated.

18.66.corst-8

18.66.corst-8

9.A row of coral stitch is worked over fly stitches in the first sample, arrow head stitches are worked over zigzag coral stitch in the second sample.

18.66.corst-9

18.66.corst-9

10.Detached chain stitches are worked on both sides of the coral stitch in the first sample, buttonhole stitch is worked over coral stitch in the second sample.

18.66.corst-10

18.66.corst-10

I completed this sampler with this last variation. The full sampler-

18.66.coral stitch sampler

18.66.coral stitch sampler

This was an easy stitch and can be combined with very many stitches, the knots will add beauty to any seam.

I am catching up on some of the stitches which I did not work on when they were posted. The 66th week stitch of the TAST 2013 stitch challenge by SharonB is coral stitch.
My sampler so far-

18.66.coral st-sampler1

18.66.coral st-sampler1

The details-
1.In the first row, I started working this stitch for the first time, the knots are closer in the second row and set afar in the third row.

18.66.corst-1

18.66.corst-1

2.Two knots are worked together with a space in between in the first row, I tried this stitch in a curve by working two knots on top and two knots at the bottom in the second row. Zigzag coral stitch is worked in the third row.

18.66.corst-2

18.66.corst-2

3.Two rows coral stitches are worked together in two ways in these rows.

18.66.corst-3

18.66.corst-3

4.Coral stitch rows are laced and whipped in this sample.

18.66.corst-4

18.66.corst-4

5.I tried varying the zigzag coral stitch in the first row, zigzag coral stitches worked in two colours in the second row.

18.66.corst-5

18.66.corst-5

This tunic fabric is block printed cotton.

orseqyk-br-fabric

orseqyk-br-fabric

I was bored of looking at this fabric without getting any ideas for embroidery. I felt the colour was too dull to work anything worthwhile on it. I came across this bright orange printed fabric leftover after using on a yoke, which gave me the idea for this yoke.
A simple embellishment of attaching two rows of square antique gold sequins completed this yoke.

orseqyk-br-yoke

orseqyk-br-yoke

The orange fabric was attached to the sleeves without the sequins.

orange sequin yoke on brown

orange sequin yoke on brown

This tunic is now my favourite piece, which I often wear with dark or light brown trousers.

This tunic has a very simple design. I tried combining two things- a stole and a tunic. Both these were bought at different times.
I wanted to attach an edging in tatting or crochet onto a tunic, for this purpose a cream readymade tunic in handloom loom cotton was bought and kept for months. The edging was not coming along.
The stole with block prints was bought recently.

crb-stole

crb-stole

I also had some wooden beads, they were of the same colour of the stole, combining these two, I attached the beads to the front of the tunic.

crbr-beads

crbr-beads

The completed tunic with the stole.

crbr-tunic set

crbr-tunic set

The tunic has a special weave, I don’t know the name of it, but it enhanced the overall look of this set.

 

I found this printed material in cotton and immediately bought it. It was wonderful for a patiala salwar.

majwhstone-fabric

majwhstone-fabric

The bold print was not ideal for tunic, for which I bought plain soft cotton in majenta.
I wanted a simple yoke pattern to stitch white stones. The pattern-

majwhstone-pattern

majwhstone-pattern

I used 4 strands of plum colour cotton skein for the embroidery and medium size white stones for embellishment.

majwhstone-1

majwhstone-1

If I had used some white perle cotton, it would have made the embroidery stand out, but the fabric being cotton may run and with this dark colour, I did not want to take the risk.
The tailor did a good job on this set and it looks lovely.

I combined this stitch with a few of the TAST stitches and completed this stitch sampler.

23.71.bullion buttonhole st-sampler2

23.71.bullion buttonhole st-sampler2

5.The first row has curved version of buttonhole stitch with this stitch. Basque stitch and bullions are worked in the second row. Crossed buttonhole and bullion knots are worked in the third row.

23.71.bubuhst-5

23.71.bubuhst-5

6.Sailor stitch is worked with bullions in the first row. Pekinese stitch and raised cross stitch flowers are worked with bullion buttonhole stitch in the second row.

23.71.bubuhst-6

23.71.bubuhst-6

7. Bullion buttonhole stitches are worked with – coral stitch and Italian border stitches in the first row, pistil stitches and slipped detached chain stitches in the second row.

23.71.bubuhst-7

23.71.bubuhst-7

The sampler-

23.71.bullion buttonhole stitch sampler

23.71.bullion buttonhole stitch sampler

Though the bullion knots are always tough to work with, they do add beauty.
When I started this sampler, the idea was to work just 5 or 6 variations, but somehow it grew, giving satisfaction.

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