December 2016


Cyclone in Chennai
We are planning to go to Chennai, India for a week on Friday. This city was ravaged by cyclone on Monday. The electricity is yet to be restored. The mobile connections are also down. It is limping now. it will be a tough time. The next week would be free from stitching.
Stitch challenges
RPW 2016- this challenge is lagging behind. Previous week’s motifs are started and the motifs and the border can be worked in leisure without the chart now. Yet to do that on this week’s chart.
SSS- This week is a revision of the first five stitches. I am not planning to do anything this week, but will be browsing the other stitchers of this challenge.
TAST- zigzag woven chain is this week’s stitch on this challenge. The link to the samples worked earlier was posted on FB group page yesterday. This is the last stitch for this year. Sharon has hinted that after 100 stitches there might be some change.
Marash embroidery
This is the only project I am working on this embroidery. This needs to be completed before it goes to the tailor.

WIPW116-yelprinkutch-4

WIPW116-yelprinkutch-4

Two projects are awaiting to be designed on this subject. One is the orange tunic with chanderi patch and another is a white linen fabric. A basic idea of the design is ready for the white linen, it is yet to be drawn and traced on to white silk cotton piece, when the time permits! The design has to be created for the orange tunic.

WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

Mirror work
I picked up this tunic from the tailor yesterday. The black borders will be worked with mirrors, someday I think! At least the tunic and the idea are ready.

WIPW116-whblamullmirt-1

WIPW116-whblamullmirt-1

String bag [1]
After tracing the design on to the linen fabric, initial stitches are made in stem stitch. Three strands of three different threads are used. Expectation was more to see the effect of three colours mixed together. It is less than I expected, still happy with it. Will see this after coming back from India.

ipw116-sbag'16[1]

ipw116-sbag’16[1]


Wishing for some really small projects to complete faster. All small projects are on sewn tunics. These days my interests in tunic designs seem bigger and bigger. Lots of time has to be invested for these works. Being bigger the designing also takes time. Too many choices and it is hard to draw a line. It appears the RPW challenge might extend way into 2017. That can be the excuse not to join next year’s RPW challenge.

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This week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School is Ermine stitch. The working is on Queenie’s blog. I have come across this so many times on embroidery stitch books and always thought this has to be tried one day, which never came till now. A very simple stitch, can also be cross stitch with three stitches
This stitch is worked with two strands of perle cotton [I think] on queenie’s blog. Continuing with that- the first row is the basic ermine stitch. The straight stitch in the centre is worked with another thread in the second row. In the third row the individual stitches are worked continuously to make this a linear stitch.

SSS.5.ermst-1

SSS.5.ermst-1

In these three rows the height of the three stitches are varied and explored.

SSS.5.ermst-2

SSS.5.ermst-2

In this part of the sampler, two ermine stitches are worked together-
the ermine stitch and its mirror image are worked in a line in the first sample. A long straight stitch is made in the second row, and two ermine stitches are worked one below the other. The ermine stitches are worked in opposite directions in the third row. The fourth row is the long and short version of the ermine stitches worked alternatively and this row should have been in the second part of the sampler, the idea came later. Two ermine stitches worked in opposite directions in the fifth row. The ermine stitch and its opposite version in another thread is worked beside it. the same treatment is continued on the last row.

SSS.5.ermst-3

SSS.5.ermst-3

Since this stitch is formed of a straight stitch and two crossed stitches, an idea of working these crosses over other stitches which have straight stitches. The four stitches chosen are –
Cretan stitch in the first row, buttonhole variation in the second row, pistil and long tailed detached chain in the third row.

SSS.5.ermst-4a

SSS.5.ermst-4a

The ermine stitches worked over them

SSS.5.ermst-4b

SSS.5.ermst-4b

I enjoyed working on this stitch sampler. The stitch gives room for many possibilities. Sometimes it can be used for filling wide spaces, creating shapes, securing long straight stitches, sometimes as a couching stitch too. After working on this stitch for some time, a rhythm is achieved, which can be used for working on plain fabric.

SSS.5.ermine stitch sampler

SSS.5.ermine stitch sampler

We went to Dubai for the weekend. The weekend in the Gulf is Friday and Saturday.
Stitch challenges
RPW 2016
This week’s chart is a big one consisting of motifs. On Sunday, thinking it is better to stitch a grid similar to the chart to work these motifs. It took most of Sunday and Monday to do this. I have to start working on it from today.
TAST 2016
This week’s stitch on this challenge is raised cup stitch. This stitch sampler was worked in the earlier challenge. The link to the post was posted on FB group page.
SSS 2016
This week’s stitch on this challenge is Ermine stitch. This stitch was never used before. Looks like an easy stitch. This work might start after the RPW 2016 challenge.
Mirror work tunic.
My friend wanted to learn mirror work and do it on a tunic. This idea and the project started a few months ago. She is leaving for holidays to India. We started to work on this tunic which came back from the tailor on Sunday. Till yesterday evening I was working on it. It is completed now.

wipw115-bloramirt-1

wipw115-bloramirt-1

This project is the only progress I have made this week. Still satisfied that it could be completed. I bought this calendar in Dubai. Months to be coloured!

wipw115-colcal2017

wipw115-colcal2017

Danish knot is this week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School challenge by Queenie. The working of the stitch in here on her blog. On TAST challenge I had worked Palestrina knot. That is linear stitch. Danish knots are individual version. Still it is hard to acquire the right and uniform tension to work these knots. I worked these samples in anchor perle cotton #8.
Started the sampler with the basic version of Danish knots. The second row is the compressed version of the knot. In the third the first two versions are alternated.

SSS4.danknst-1

SSS4.danknst-1

In the first row, the first insertion is worked longer than the second one. The needle goes into the fabric after the completion of the knot one hole closer than the earlier one. The knot is snug and has a tail. In the second row, the main stitch is wider than normal, and it is also pulled down when working the knot. This stitch looks like knotted fly stitch.

SSS4.danknst-2

SSS4.danknst-2

In these rows two Danish knots are worked together in two ways. I like the way these knots are worked in the second row. Gives scope for embroidery designing.

SSS4.danknst-3

SSS4.danknst-3

The first row in this part of the sampler is the zigzag working of Danish knots.

After this Danish knots are combined with other stitches.
Detached chin stitch in the second row, over feather stitches in the third row, with fly stitches in the fourth row.

SSS 4.danknst-4

SSS 4.danknst-4

With these samples this sampler is completed. There must be some way of working these knots better. May be using other threads- perle cotton# 5 or more, more strands of cotton skein or with wool. It could be lack of my expertise or needing more practice.

SSS4-danish knot stitch sampler

SSS4-danish knot stitch sampler