January 2016


These alphabet samplers are a bit puzzling. They had already mentioned that these fonts are taken from old samplers, here and there some letters may be missing. While looking at the pattern, ‘X’ was missing and the space between two letters varies after some letters. Thinking the ‘X’ can be included by making some calculations, read the related post, found ‘O’ was missing too. Instead of complicating this project, I just followed the chart. The pattern is here.

RPW2016-W5

RPW2016-W5

While looking at the sampler, will it be irksome, if someone[ including myself] keeps noticing these irregularities? I wonder!

Not much of progress was made on embroidery work, because we went to Chennai India for a few days. My mother is not keeping well and had to undergo surgery for broken hip.
After returning on Saturday, the Randje per week 2016 challenge of this week was completed on Sunday.
This week’s stitch on TAST 2016 challenge, arrowhead stitch was the one I had already worked in 2012. So not much of working required, just some browsing on facebook TAST group to see other members samples.

I had started on the Kashmiri embroidery [chain stitch] on the grey tunic. This motif is on the back of the tunic below the neck. The same motif is repeated ten times more on tunic front and sleeves. A major project.

WIPW76-greytunickashmiri-2

WIPW76- greytunickashmiri-2

I returned from Chennai, India, on Saturday night. Started on this week’s pattern  yesterday. The free graph pattern is available on this site.

RPW2016-W4

RWP2016-W4

It is interesting working with variegated thread. The colour changes makes this a delightful piece to work. Feeling happy to have chosen this particular variegated thread

These are the last few ideas to work this stitch on this sampler.

1.24.interlaced cable chain stitch sampler2

1.24.interlaced cable chain stitch sampler2

Instead of working the interlacing on the chains, the stitches between the chains are used for interlacing in the first sample. The chains are left untouched, because the interlacing does not pull the chains. Now I wanted to work the cable chain stitch rows in such a way, the interlacing can be worked on all chains in one journey. That experiment is successful.

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1.24.intcabchst-6

If the interlacing can be done in one journey, is it possible to work beads while interlacing? The answer is yes. In this variation beads can be used while interlacing.

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1.24.intcabchst-7

In the first sample, a lace was stitched with a row of cable chain stitch and interlacing was done. It was complex to maintain the uniformity of the two rows to work the interlacing. In the last sample after working cable chain stitches with beads in between the two rows are interlaced.

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1.24.intcabchst-8

With this sample the interlaced cable chain stitch sampler is completed. I had bought more than few rounds of this polyester thread. They come in nice colours, but not really ideal for working the stitches. Still I need to work with them to exhaust the stash somehow! The whole sampler-

1.24.interlaced cable chain stitch sampler

1.24.interlaced cable chain stitch sampler

This year on TAST 2016 challenge there is a new variation of cable chain stitch which is the stitch of this week. I have not worked this stitch before, it is good to be working on this challenge. the working of this stitch is on Pintangle. The progress on this stitch sampler so far-

1.24.interlaced cable chain stitch sampler1

1.24.interlaced cable chain stitch sampler1

Started with three the basic interlaced cable chain stitch samples by varying the distance between two rows of cable chain stitches. This fabric helps in maintaining the uniformity of the stitches which is crucial for the interlacing.

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1.24.incabchst-1

Worked some upright crosses over the interlacing on the first sample. this led to try working interlacing over the interlacing, the second sample is the interlacing in progress.

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1.24.intcabchst-2

Not a very successful experiment.

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1.24.intcabchst-3

Alternate interlaced diamonds are decorated with cross stitch in the first sample. novelty thread is used for interlacing in the second sample.

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1.24.intcabchst-4

Three rows of cable chain stitches are interlaced in this sample.

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1.24.intcabchst-5

Thinking of more options to work this stitch.

The graph patterns for Alphabets started this week on Randje per week 2016 challenge. The free graph for these are available on this blog. It was more interesting to work the Alphabets than I thought. The fabric and the threads are also part of the reason for this extra interest on this challenge. Seeing the outcome of this variegated thread is also quite thrilling. Now for the today’s work-

 

RPW2016-W3

RPW2016-W3

The Seba designs black work pattern was used for ornament. The design was meant for cube ornament. Instead of working six times to make a cube, I worked the second design into a square ornament. This was started the previous week and completed during this week. Oval shaped red stones were attached to this black work pattern, this was not part of the design.

WIPW75-squareornament[14]-2

WIPW75-squareornament[14]-2


The completed ornament.
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WIPW75-squareornament[14]-3


This week’s edge on RPW2016 was completed on Saturday. The details are here.
The TAST challenge has started with a new stitch, meaning, I haven’t worked this stitch before. Yet to get ideas for working this stitch.
I have this grey silk crepe fabric, on which Kashmiri chain stitch embroidery has to be started. The designs for front and sleeves are ready to be traced with white carbon. This embroidery is similar to some ethnic European embroidery which are mainly worked in open chain stitch. I find chain stitch easier to work with, especially when this fabric does not lend itself to hoop, which stretches the fabric and create holes! The fabric-

WIPW75-greytunickashmiri-1

WIPW75-greytunickashmiri-1

This week’s pattern is a continuation of last week’s edge. The free graph for this edge is available here. This  is a sampler which will be worked throughout 2016. Every week a part of the sampler will be posted on this blog. They have mentioned that alphabets are part of this sampler. I like working on Aida cloth, the stitches look even and neat. The handloom matti makes each stitch askew and the overall effect is untidy. It is okay for stitch challenge, but there is no satisfaction after finishing the challenge, if it is worked on fabric with uneven holes and loose weave.

RPW2016-W2

RPW2016-W2

The cube ornament worked in Seba designs Black work was completed. The designer is posting a design every week. Three designs have been posted so far on facebook group. Few people have been participating in this SAL. The designs are intricate and beautiful. The cube –

WIPW74-cubeornament[14]-4

WIPW74-cubeornament[14]-4

I started with the second design. The same square pattern needs to be worked six times to make a cube. This time it is not a cube ornament but a square ornament. The design needs to be worked twice. Saves time too. This is worked on 14 count Aida with anchor cotton skein and variegated fine silk thread. Hope this project is worked during the following week.

WIPW74-squareornament[14]-1

WIPW74-squareornament[14]-1

A few more kutch work borders were drawn in the last two evenings for kutch work border designs collection.

An idea of working Kashmiri embroidery [chain stitch] on crepe silk fabric is at the searching for the right design stage. Will be happy to start the embroidery on this project next week.

This is also a yearlong project. Hoping and wishing that I am able to work this challenge. This is a long sampler worked on 14 count Aida. I am using Anchor variegated thread for this whole challenge. the free graph for this week’s pattern is here.

Starting with the border.

RPW2016-1

RPW2016-1

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