November 2016


Stitch challenges
RPW 2016 chart of the week was completed on Saturday.
This week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School challenge is Danish knot stitch. I want work the samples as a band sampler. Still in the process of thinking on this sampler.
TAST 2016 week’s stitch is Twisted lattice band. The samples were worked in 2014. The link to the details was posted on Pintangle and TAST FB group.
Marash embroidery
Yellow silk tunic
After completing the pattern in yellow thread, I started with light green thread.

WIPW114-yelprinkutch-3

WIPW114-yelprinkutch-3

Copper mangalagiri tunic has bead work along the border and is now ready to wear.
A design was drawn for embroidery on a string bag. The idea for this embroidery was from Mary’s Needle and thread blog.

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WIPW114-sbag’16-1-1

I also picked up the kantha work on black fabric for maroon black ikat tunic.

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WIPW114-marblaikatkantha-4

This tunic with printed chanderi fabric on the neck, hem and sleeves came from the tailor. This project needs a small motif to be worked below the neck.

WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

Now to start the Danish knot sampler.

On this week’s chart on RPW 2016, the motifs in the centre are completed and there are three more motifs and a corner design. The chart is available here.
Made a mistake in calculation on the corner motif, had to remove the stitches and start over again. I like this corner motif.

rpw2016-w48

rpw2016-w48

Stitch challenges
The weekly chart on RPW 2016 challenge had motifs this week. These were completed on Sunday
This week’s stitch on the new TAST challenge is top knotted buttonhole stitch. The link to the details of the samples worked earlier was posted yesterday on FB page.
I started a bit late on SSS challenge started by Queenie. The samples of the first two stitches of the challenge were worked during this week. The third stitch is cross stitch. Since, there is a weekly cross stitch challenge, I might skip working it on this challenge. The workings of the stitches and other related details are available on Queenie’s blog.
Marash embroidery.
Yellow silk tunic
Though the orange and violet combo tunic is kept aside for the time being, there is another kutchwork project, which was started this week.

WIPW113-yelprinkutch-2

WIPW113-yelprinkutch-2

The embroidery on brown silk was completed and ready to go to the tailor.
Copper mangalagiri tunic
The motifs worked inside the filling pattern are extended further this week. Some bead work needs to be done on the zari border.

WIPW113-copatialamant-5

WIPW113-copatialamant-5

This week was quite interesting mainly due to the SSS challenge. There is definitely some fulfillment in learning and exploring embroidery stitches.
Two more embroidery projects are waiting to be designed this week.

The sampler we are working on RPW2016 seems to have completed the alphabets and numerals and started with motifs. The chart is available here.
These past weeks it is hard to work on this piece. The fabric is too big, each and every stitch needs to be checked, and only time the work proceeds faster is after making a mistake! Next time, any cross stitch project is going to be a personal challenge and it has to be small.  And this ‘next time’ should be several months later. Phew!

RPW2016-W47

RPW2016-W47

This is a stitch which I have been wanting to explore on a sampler. The working of the stitch, the tips to work are provided by Queenie, who is doing this Sunday stitch school, on her blog.
This is a versatile stitch. This stitch is used in so many ways over the years on my various embroidery projects. This was first stitch to be taught on our needle class in school to sew two pieces of cloth.
Now the details of the sampler-
The samples are worked in even weave cloth. It is easier to work this stitch on this cloth. The first is the basic back stitch, the second sample is back stitches worked with space between them. Looks like running stitch, but because of the way thread moves below the surface, it is more secure. The third sample are long and short back stitches worked alternatively.

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SSS2016.2.backst-1

This sample is zigzag back stitch. This version was used many times on my embroidery projects.

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SSS2016.2.backst-2a

The zigzag back stitch looks like this on the back, this makes another linear stitch, may not be as secure as two rows of back stitch, but will save some thread!

SSS2016.2.backst-2b

SSS2016.2.backst-2b

The first sample is variation of zigzag back stitch. The second is the sample to show how the back stitch works on curves. This is the reason this stitch is used in  red work, black work, kantha work, cross stitch embroideries. There are countless possibilities to work this stitch.

SSS2016.2.backst-3a

SSS2016.2.backst-3a

The back side looked interesting for these two samples too.

SSS2016.2.backst-3b

SSS2016.2.backst-3b

Now starting with two rows of back stitch worked together.
After working two rows of back stitch in the first sample, the starting point of the second row in the second sample is the midpoint of the back stitch worked in the previous row. The second sample is called cable stitch, when there is no space between the rows and both rows are worked together as single linear stitch. In the third sample the back stitch rows are whipped together from left to right. The two rows of back stitch is laced in the fourth sample. Detached cretan stitch  is worked over the back stitch in the fifth sample. The sixth sample is the beaded back stitch.

SSS2016.2.backst-4

SSS2016.2.backst-4

The sampler is completed with these experiments, I have been itching to work back stitch samples from the time of TAST challenge.

SSS2016.2.Back stitch sampler

SSS2016.2.Back stitch sampler

After exploring the various stitches on TAST challenge, there is another interesting stitch challenge on Queenie’s blog. She is conveniently posting the stitches which were not part of the TAST challenge. A fine way to explore some other stitches. This idea was on my mind for some time, to explore the stitches from various books. Queenie is doing that now. It is like reading a book. Visit her blog to know more about this venture.
The first stitch- Anundsjö stitch is an easy one to start. It is hard to type the word, so it is just copied! There is another name for it- detached split stitch. This is the first time I have seen or heard of this stitch.

The sampler started with the individual stitches, then the same stitch is worked as linear stitch, the third row is an angled version of the individual stitches and in the last row, the securing stitch is worked at an angle.

1.anunst-1

1.anunst-1

The picture is not very clear. Started this stitch as linear stitch in the first row and working the securing stitch on both sides alternatively. This gives an effect of barred alternative chain stitch.
The long and short version of the securing stitch is worked in the second row.
Each securing stitch is ended inside the previously worked split stitch in the last row.

1.anunst-2

1.anunst-2

The zigzag version of the stitch is worked in the first row.
When the stitch is worked horizontally and the secure stitch is taken down vertically, it gives a T shaped stitch. This can be used as filling stitch also.
The split is made by pulling the stitch from two points in the last row.

1.anunst-3

1.anunst-3

The detached split stitches are worked in three directions, the same treatment continues on the first row.
The second row is an inspiration from Queenie’s project on this stitch.
Two rows of this stitch are connected by another decorative stitch in another colour in the last row.

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1.anunst-4

I enjoyed working on this stitch sampler. Easy stitches lend themselves to more explorations. The full sampler.

1.Anundsjö stitch sampler

1.Anundsjö stitch sampler

Stitch challenges
The weekly stitch along RPW 2016 chart was completed on Sunday.
The week’s TAST challenge is chained bar. I had worked the samples on a paisley design during the earlier challenge.
Sunday Stitch School
This is a new stitch challenge or stitch exploration on Queenie’s blog. This is a wonderful chance to try some new stitches. Visit her blog to see the details. I started with the first stitch sampler. the details will be posted on this category.
Marash embroidery.
Pink kutchwork border on green
This Marash embroidery project was completed during this week. Picture taken when working on the second sleeve.

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The orange and violet combo tunic will wait, while I deal with other tunic which needs to be given to the tailor for sewing. I am also excited to work the SSS challenge.
Brown silk tunic
The markings were made by the tailor on brown silk fabric. The embroidery was started and it is progressing well. I should be able to complete it within a day or two.

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WIPW112-nrooranget-2

Yellow printed tunic
These fabrics are for another tunic. An idea of integrating kutchwork design and ikat design has popped up in mind. The design and embroidery will be kutchwork, the choice of colours will bring in the ikat factor. A slim border is designed, traced on green cloth is waiting for the work to be completed on brown silk tunic.

WIPW112-yelprinkutch-1

WIPW112-yelprinkutch-1

Promises to be an interesting week.

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