June 2014


This is the sixth bag in the embroidered bag list. I had embroidered a few tote bags, some time ago. The fabric is linen from IKEA. The pattern

embbag6-pattern

embbag6-pattern

I started with variegated polyester thread. The stitches are- stem stitch, back stitch, straight stitch, pistil stitch, french knots and detached chain.

embbag6

embbag6

Cotton skein was used to work the satin stitches and detached chain stitches.

embroidery on bag6

embroidery on bag6

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These few weeks I have been busy with sumptuous surfaces online class, embroidery on tunic, TAST challenge and hussif challenge and a weeklong trip to Chennai.
The class is over. But I need to think and work on the exercises to improve my ability.
My tailor is back from his vacation, my DH is going to office, so I have started the routine of designing and embroidering on tunic fabrics.
The explorations of the TAST challenge stitches need restructuring. Which I have to work on.
I am searching for floral sprays and decorative seams for the crazy quilted hussif. This is WIP.
Blogging regularly is added to this list.

A few more experiments with the stitch, colours and textures were done on this sampler today. after completing these, the piece was outlined with running stitch.

23.117.bullion Vandyke stitch sampler

23.117.bullion Vandyke stitch sampler

A set of three bullion Vandyke in different widths were worked with variegated thread. The bullion was worked at the starting point of the stitch in dark green thread. This idea was on my mind, but never thought it could work.

23.117.bullionvanst-3

23.117.bullionvanst-3

I alternated the original bullion Vandyke stitch with bullion[starting point] Vandyke stitch in light orange skein. This looks like bullion cretan stitch worked over cretan stitches. The stitches are worked horizontally in green perle cotton between the next parallel lines.

23.117.bullionvanst-4

23.117.bullionvanst-4

Bullion Vandyke stitch worked in green thread is whipped with variegated thread on the plain side. Reverse bullion Vandyke stitches are worked in two colours [orange and yellow]. This variation also was interesting.

23.117.bullionvanst-5

23.117.bullionvanst-5

This design, colour, stitch sampler is completed. I am wishing to continue these studies in stitch, colour and texture on my future projects too.

With sumptuous surfaces class project work, this week’s TAST stitch experiments, some work on tunic- this was a busy week. I did a small seam and spray on this hussif.

wipw9-hussif

wipw9-hussif

Fly stitch stems with detached chain over the straight stitches form this seam-

wipw9-seam4

wipw9-seam4

Long tailed chain stitch flowers, feather stitch stem and detached chain were worked on this floral design. beads will be incorporated later.

wipw9-floral4

wipw9-floral4

My tailor is back from is vacation, I had given a light green mangalagiri striped cotton fabric for marking the front of the tunic. After tracing the pattern, started herringbone filling in silk thread, stem stitch in perle thread. This pattern has provision for mirrors.

wipw9-lgreentunic1

wipw9-lgreentunic1

To know the progress made by others-Pintangle

The working of this week’s TAST challenge stitch is on SharonB’s blog. This week I am trying to combine the colour and texture study of this stitch on my piece. For this parallel lines are drawn on the fabric.

23.117. bullionvanst-pattern

23.117. bullionvanst-pattern

Starting in variegated thread [polyester] the bullion Vandyke stitch worked as shown on Sharon’s blog. The long and short version is alternated in shaded orange thread [perle]. Basic Vandyke stitch and bullion Vandyke stitch are alternated in light green wool.

23.117.bullionvanst-1

23.117.bullionvanst-1

Single bullion Vandyke stitches are worked in cotton skein in two shades of green. Set of three Vandyke stitches are worked in copper polyester thread.

23.117.bullionvanst-2

23.117.bullionvanst-2

Vandyke stitch was part of this stitch challenge last year. The stitch post is here. The working of this beaded version is on SharonB’s blog.
I tried to do two things –practice colour study for my sumptuous surfaces class and explore this stitch on this sampler.

22.116.beaded Vandyke stitch sampler

22.116.beaded Vandyke stitch sampler

I preferred short stitches when working on Vandyke stitch sampler. Thus started the first sample with that. The stitches are not visible at all with this big bead. In the second sample the stitches are wider.

22.116.beadvdykest-1

22.116.beadvdykest-1

The narrow and wider versions are alternated in the first sample. The stitches are of same width, but move up and down in the second sample.

22.116.beadvdykest-2

22.116.beadvdykest-2

I tried shortening the length of the finishing stitch in the first sample. It clearly needs more practice! The alternated Vandyke stitches are beaded in the last sample.

22.116.beadvdykest-3

22.116.beadvdykest-3

Sharon’s samples look lovely. I need to practice on this stitch more. But at a later time.

I had a stitch free week in India. So did not have anything to report. Our PC did not pair with the data card. So it was also internet free week.
I caught up with TAST stitches after coming back. Toying with too many half baked ideas for sumptuous surfaces class colour exercises. Now that my tailor has returned from his vacation, should I commit myself on the progress of the embroidery on tunic? I have to start it first. Progress on my hussif-

wipwednesdays8-hussif1

wipwednesdays8-hussif1

Stem stitch stems in perle cotton#8, straight stitch flowers [will have white pearls later] in perle cotton#8 and buttonhole leaves in polyester thread. The inspiration for this design was from plants seen in the park.

wipwednesdays8-florals3

wipwednesdays8-florals3

Quarter buttonholes stitches seam in polyester thread.

wipwednesdays8-seam3

wipwednesdays8-seam3

the progress made by Sharon and others can be seen here.

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