February 2018


This week was busy stitch wise. It was slow, but interesting too.
Stitch challenges
SSS Challenge
Last week’s stitch was an easy one. This week’s stitch is waiting to be started. Thinking about what fabric to use to learn this stitch.
Beyond TAST
It is hard for me to be creative, being a follower of rules, but I am slowly getting comfortable and have started enjoying the study of stitches. Everyday a stitch is studied on this challenge.
SALs
RPW 2018 is totally neglected for the time being. The black work mandala was completed.
Projects
The light green on the tree was completed.
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The blue on the lake was started.
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Red gaada tunic
The embroidery on the front neck is being worked now. Next work is the mirrors.
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While browsing for embroidery stitches, an inspiration to work Kashmiri embroidery kept coming back. A cream tussar silk fabric is chosen for this tunic project.

 

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The idea of working the isolated shapes on a random design is growing slowly.
Started with some woven crosses, moved onto colonial knots [ which need more practice] and worked some isolated back stitches.
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The design looks like this after working the outline with stem stitch and Pekinese stitch.
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What if the name of stitches worked inside the design is forgotten at a later time. Better to work them separately and note them down. The last two samples on the right are back stitch squares, an idea to interlace through them is to be done.
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After the interlacing.
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The interlaced back stitch squares are inside the design now.
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Some isolated triple chain stitches and arrowhead stitches are worked on the design.
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The triple chain and arrowhead stitches are worked for future reference.
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After working Algerian eye variation, a part of Breton stitch is taken for study.
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Algerian eye outline on the design
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The part Breton stitch used as linear stitch here.BTAST-2-13

 

The needlepoint tapestries are worked with this stitch. When this stitch became a part of SSS challenge last week, there was an anticipation to work a small flower in tent stitch. The days went by, realizing it is almost the end of the week, decided to work the stitch as sampler. The working is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with a single row of tent stitch, a slightly bigger version was tried in the second sample. Six strands of cotton skein was used to work the samples.
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The diagonal working of tent stitch is the first sample. The second sample is the filling with tent stitch.
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Tried some patterns in tent stitch in these samples.
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The tent stitch sampler.
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It was an easy stitch to work, the anticipation to work a chart still remains there. God willing, another time it might happen.

 

Beyond TAST
Three days ago, I started experimenting on this month’s beyond TAST challenge. At the moment, trying some possibilities of a stitch is quite engrossing. Whether it looks nice or applicable is not so important. It is like a stitch journal. Thinking about a stitch is interesting, even if a single stitch is not made on the sampler.
SSS challenge.
The progress on this stitch has gone as far as downloading the stitch, reading the information and browsing some images on the net.
In RPW 2018 it was just downloading the chart.
Flamingo long stitch kit.
Light green was added on the right side.
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Lighter green started on the tree two days ago. The work on this kit is quite slow.
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Started back stitch on the back of this red gada tunic.WIPW167-rgadamirt-4

 

This month’s challenge by Sharon is a new thing for me. TAST challenge was helpful in exploring and studying so many stitches.
While browsing the huge Stitch dictionary of Sharon, I lose the purpose of the challenge every time and keep looking at the eye candy!

Each and every time I read the instructions and guidelines for this month’s challenge, I don’t know where to start and how to go about it. Puzzling over is not really challenge I suppose. I have decided to take baby steps and see where it leads to.
Started with cretan stitch.
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Explored further with other shapes.  Kutch work influence can be seen in these samples!
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After interlacing the hexagon shape in the first sample, tried working the cretan stitches from the same point, but different angles in the second sample. The herringbone square is expanded in the third sample. Two interlocking herringbone triangles are worked in the green sample, this led to crossing at the centre the four herringbone stitches in the yellow sample. The last sample is Algerian eye worked with fly stitches.
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Algerian eye worked with long tailed detached chains, pistil stitches and long tailed cross stitches.
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The samples-

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Filling a shape with other isolated stitches seems like an interesting concept.

 

Progress was not there on the stitch challenges and SALs this week. Beyond TAST is posing as a real challenge this month. Still on thinking, browsing mode.
Projects
Long stitch kit
This flamingo stitch kit is progressing very slowly. I was using tapestry needle #20 when I started this kit, remembering it was really hard to push the needle with six strands doubled over on the needle hole, decided to use tapestry needle # 26 this time around. Pushing the needle is easier this time, but the weave is hard on the eye. Worked on lighter green thread this week on bottom right corner.
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Since this kit required complete focus, it was hard to work on it over the weekend. So a saree which needed stabilizer where it touches the ground was taken up.
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While working on it, a thought of embellishing the saree with embroidery came to mind. A simple motif which will be repeated was chosen this week.
The tunics are waiting for a break from the flamingo kit!

 

This week the challenges and projects have kept the needles sticking to my hand.
Stitch challenges
Beyond TAST
We have something new to explore this month on Beyond TAST challenge. I need time to think on it.
SSS
Completed the Bayeux stitch sampler with satisfaction.
SALs
RPW 2018
I am yet to start a single border on this SAL. Saving the weekly charts is the only progress on this cross stitch SAL.
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February motif is posted on the site. The boundary was worked in Holbein stitch.
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Projects
Red gaada tunic
The sleeves were worked this week with running stitch in pink thread.
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Maroon and blue ikat combo
The folk flowers are being worked with Romanian stitch.
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After working on the tunics, a long time UFO- A large long stitch kit has to be restarted. The work on it was started long time ago!
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It was quite an interesting week on the whole.

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