January 2015


The randjes of this week are simple and lovely. The free graph for these edges are here.

rpw2015-9,10

rpw2015-9,10

My sampler after working this week’s edges.

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rpw2015-31-1-15

This week’s edges also were inspiration for kutchwork borders.

rpw-kw-9,10

rpw-kw-9,10

 

The instructions, patterns for these kutchwork borders are here. Two versions kutchwork border # 10.

rpw2015-kw-10

rpw2015-kw-10

The kutchwork sampler inspired by these randjes.

rwp2015-kw-31-1-15

rwp2015-kw-31-1-15

 

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Few more edges were completed on last year’s Randje per week challenge. I had started them during the course of last year, when they were posted on their site. These edges are available on the site till March this year.

wipw36-rpw2014-64to71

wipw36-rpw2014-64to71

I started with metallic thread on the embroidery on dark blue fabric to be sewn on blue green crepe tunic fabric later. The design is traditional Indian. Some elements of a border from a design book by artist K.Prakash were the inspiration for this pattern. This embroidery will have stitches in gold colour threads and bluish green threads. Embellishments are also part of this project.

wipw36-blugrencrepet-2

wipw36-blugrencrepet-2

I have two long stitch kits, one of which I started a while ago. Thinking if it is included in this post, it might start moving forward. Even an half an hour work every week on this project would help it a bit. It needs encouragement. That’s for next week.

This tunic fabric is cotton with block printed motifs in grey and blue colours wit border.

whigreyblu-fabric

whigreyblu-fabric

The embroidery was worked with cotton skeins and metallic silver thread. First thread was grey. Herringbone stitch fillings and chain stitch outlines were done with this thread.

whigreyblu-1

whigreyblu-1

Three shades of same blue were used. first was the medium blue thread. The stitches were the same.

whigreyblu-2

whigreyblu-2

Again the fillings are done with herringbone stitches and the outlines in chain stitch.

whigreyblu-3

whigreyblu-3

The lightest blue is used for outline.

whigreyblu-4

whigreyblu-4

After working the embroidery with cotton skeins, the silver metallic thread was used to define the outlines and other smaller details.

whigreyblu-5

whigreyblu-5

The last thread on this project was white cotton skein.

whigreyblu-6

whigreyblu-6

This embroidered centre piece was sewn on to the tunic by the tailor, who did a great job on the neckline.

white grey blue tunic

white grey blue tunic

The closer look of the tunic.

whigreyblu-detail

whigreyblu-detail

The pattern of this centre piece, based on traditional Indian design.

whigreyblu-pattern

whigreyblu-pattern

This was a simple embroidery, I like working on traditional designs.

Working on these randjes has been different this year. Whenever these graph patterns are posted, I see the potential for kutchwork.
Designing kutchwork patterns started long time ago. The enjoyment in drawing these kutchwork patterns are surpassed by the working the same patterns. Each and every pattern seems to have its own unique path of anchoring stitches and interlacing.
Coming back to the randjes, this week’s free graph pattern is posted here. The completed 7th and 8th randjes.

rpw2015-7,8

rpw2015-7,8

The kutchwork borders inspired by these randjes.

rpw2015-7,8-kutchwork

rpw2015-7,8-kutchwork

The pattern  for these borders and some steps are posted here.

The randjes which were started in Randje per week challenge in 2014 need to be completed. These edges were done during this week.

wipw35-rpw2014-60to63

wipw35-rpw2014-60to63

The TAST challenge was completed. It is time to start designing, drawing patterns for embroidery on tunics. The first tunic this year is bluish green woven crepe fabric. The Indian embroidery with stones and metallic threads will be done in this dark blue fabric. The pattern is drawn and traced. Hoping to start this project tomorrow.

wipw35-bluishgreencrepet-fabric

wipw35-bluishgreencrepet-fabric

The last set of samples of woven chain bars. Colours are changed on alternate v- shapes in one paisley, one side of the chains are woven in different colour thread in running stitch filled paisley, pistil stitches and cretan circles are added to other two woven chain bars.

woven chbar-3

woven chbar-3

The sampler-

woven chain bar sampler

woven chain bar sampler

There is lot of space between these paisleys. Sometime later they may be filled. With this stitch sampler TAST 2014 challenge is completed. I  ammissing the challenge already. Till SharonB comes back to start this challenge, I am pondering on some ideas.
Work on some lattice filling stitches available on the internet.
Explore some stitch combinations.

It is not easy to think of variations of these woven chain bars. I changed the angles of the zigzag chains, worked v-shaped stitches and alternated the colours. This is the last stitch on 2014 TAST challenge, this creates an excitement to complete this sampler as fast as possible, the stitch by its nature is not cooperating LOL!

woven ch bar-2

woven ch bar-2

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