April 2018


This was a productive week.
The March and April black work mandala on MMM SAL was completed. The details and pictures will be posted later.
Some samples of Figure 8 knot stitch on SSS challenge was also tried during this week.
I had bought a ready to wear  printed Patiala salwar from FABINDIA. An ikat fabric was bought for the tunic. The combo.
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A yoke was embroidered and the tunic was also sewn. This was in 2014. This was also worn a few times in India, but when I wore this time, the tunic felt loose and short. This was brought back to Muscat.
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The idea of detaching the yoke and sewing it on to a peach fabric was implemented by the tailor. Now I want to work a buttonhole stitch  in peach colour around the inner circle, to match the peach tunic.
This linen fabric was bought in Dubai, IKEA. This fabric is to be used to work this month’s Beyond TAST challenge. It was cut to workable width and hemmed around the edges.
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The sampler started with a small flower.
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An interesting stitch which resembles the colonial knot, which I wouldn’t have known had I not joined this challenge. The working of the stitch on Queenies blog. Fearing the stitch on top may not hold intact the twist of the thread, I first tried it on a doodle cloth. The stitch was worked in perle cotton
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After this, confidently started on the sampler cloth with cotton skeins. Six strands were used to work these samples.
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I worked these stitches in a cluster and as a linear stitch.I like this stitch
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This is the last part of laid work embroidery on Beyond TAST challenge. This embroidery was quite interesting because- it was on my ‘to do’ list, the ground work for it was already done [adding the videos], it is a part of crewel work embroidery [which captivates me], the sampler cloth was ready with some designs, just copying the work from videos and the surprises and lessons learnt during the development of each design.
The designs-
Laid work with stranded cotton, and the work in perle cotton.
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Another interesting development of the design.
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Just diagonal weaving.
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Zigzag weaving
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We are back to laid work
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Whipping the threads both ways on this design
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I missed an intersection on this design. And the yellow thread is actually split stitch!
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The sampler cloth looks like this now. The traced designs can be tackled another time.
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The parsi embroidery on blue crepe tunic was completed after working the french knots. The fabric is with the tailor now.
I have been working on laid work embroidery for BTAST. After filling a few more motifs, this sampler is completed for the time being. The details will be on a different post.
I have been lagging behind on black work mandala SAL. For the months of March and April, the Aida will have lesser holes per inch. Yesterday the markings were done on this piece. Thinking of using the polyester thread to work these mandalas.
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Then it will be time for the stitches on SSS challenge, which is next week’s work.

I am trying to work at least one sample a day on this challenge. There are so many videos for this embroidery. The seen videos are not in English. Earlier, when these videos were added ‘to watch later’ and to  were to be worked as a  personal challenge, I was thinking of posting the link of each and every design on my blog whenever they were worked. Now that I am working on a time frame, it seems too tedious to post the details. The Youtube channels.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdatLoVNaGQy8CB-2k_AubA/feed
Some more motifs-
Another weaving pattern.
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This pattern was fine till this point, after that it was hard to keep track [maybe I was tired].
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A needle woven diamond. This motif was repeated on the original many times.
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Another treatment for intersections.
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After laying the threads, intersections are woven.
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While working on this stage of this arrangement, realized it was Portuguese border stitch. Better to work it again some other time.
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The needle of the last [straight] stitch, passes through the laid pink thread and lifts it. I like this
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An interesting weaving pattern
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Realizing the polyester thread is the problem creator. Otherwise this was a nice pattern.
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Extra time given for this month’s challenge was put to good use. I have worked a few more laid work motifs.
Simple crisscrossing over pink laid thread.
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After laying the pink cotton skein, variegated yellow threads are couched with violet thread. Added a few french knots.
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Worked some weaving with polyester threads and outlined with buttonhole stitch.
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Another sample worked from Yourube video.

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We went to Dubai for the weekend. Progress on Parsi embroidery was stand still for the three days. I am still working on the yellow french knots on these flowers.
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Working on the first sleeve. The tunic front is completed. One more sleeve to go. Then this project will be completed from my end. Then the tailor will do his work. A pink legging and same pink scarf is bought to match this tunic.
After completing this project I will resume the stitch challenges and SALs.

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