August 2018


These past two days after the festivities were productive stitch wise.
I started on the Beyond TAST sampler. The earlier stitch samplers have to be looked into for  more stitch ideas.
Today the recent SSS challenge stitch sampler was also started. It is not a complicated stitch is my observation at this point. The possibility of doing it wrong or inventing a new stitch have to be considered!
Keeping aside the Kashmiri embroidery for the time being, a new embroidery project on an aqua green tunic fabric was started. The tailor had marked and given the tunic front. Started with stem stitch. The pattern is floral.
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We have twisted fly stitch on SSS challenge this week, the working is on Queenie’s blog.
I started learning this stitch in the first row. Working the stitches close together was tried in the second sample, worked the stitches longer and the anchoring stitch shorter in the third sample.
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In the first sample, while working the twisted fly stitches one after another, realized they can be worked in two colours. In the second sample the following twisted fly stitch starts from the midpoint of the previous stitch. This sample looks like herringbone and twisted fly stitch combination. The third sample is a row of inverted twisted fly stitches. This sample looks interesting.
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In the first sample, regular fly stitch and twisted fly stitch are alternated. In the next two samples- two rows of twisted fly stitches are worked together in two ways.
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These two samples are stitch combinations, the first sample it is combined with Cretan stitch and in the second sample it is combined with half chevron stitch
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In the first sample twisted fly stitches are facing each other, the arrangement in the second sample starts with a straight stitch and two twisted fly stitches after that.
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Actually the first sample started with working the twisted fly stitch in zigzag manner, seeing a square pattern evolving, came back and completed the square pattern. If this not written down, I may never know how this was worked later! In the second sample, twisted fly stitch and its inverted version are worked one after another without space in between.
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Tried working this stitch in different ways- shortening one leg, working in lopsided way. And taking inspiration from Queenie, used this stitch as base to work berry stitch, pistil stitch, oyster stitch, quarter buttonhole wheel and French knot flowers.
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The whole sampler.
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When fly stitch was announced on TAST challenge, I never knew it had so much potential. This twisted fly stitch is also so versatile.

 

Another late post. It was hard to sit in front of the computer during the holidays. Stitch wise it was okay. I could work on an idea and started on the next stitch sampler on SSS challenge.

After working awhile with peach thread, had this notion it might outdo the green, so started working with a golden colour thread inside the flower. It looks better for the time being. The next three days are filled with tradition based religious activities. Hoping to restart stitching from Tuesday.
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This couching method is explained in Queenie’s blog. After seeing this couching technique, I was planning to try this the same way it was posted there. Then while browsing the pinterest board, found an image which had cloth couched down with thread. It was by Alabama Chanin. I wanted to blend the idea. Took a piece of this blue cotton crepe cloth, and cut some strips and twisted them.
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These were couched down in this sampler. My sampler is not neat at all. The image inspiration looks neat, rustic and beautiful. But I am happy to have tried this idea.SSS.70.puffed couching sampler

 

This week was quite productive. A few samples for this month’s Beyond TAST were worked yesterday. The next challenge starts, this could be an easy one. Posting the details of the worked SSS challenge stitches is still pending.
After completing the mirror work on violet tunic, the flower colour was chosen for the Kashmiri embroidery on cream tussar tunic. It is peach. The stitches were worked on the sleeves first.
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From this Friday it is a long holiday till 25th Saturday. The next weekend is packed with our traditional religious activities. Wondering whether there will be any time left for stitching!

 

I had started working on this challenge, but it was not easy for me. After keeping it aside for a while, the sampler was started again.
Today’s explorations started with 3 rows of back stitch. lacing was done on these rows.
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The second sample is similar lacing to the first one, except the first row was buttonhole stitch.
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The third sample has weaving stitch between two chain stitches in red variegated thread.
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Started this sample with two rows of arrowhead variation.
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The lacing was over these stitches. It looks like detached herringbone stitch though.
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After working two rows of arrowhead stitches, cross stitches were worked in the centre.
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The lacing was done passing through the arrowhead stitches and cross stitches.
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Two rows of herringbone stitches were worked one over the other, small straight stitches were worked to keep the crossing lines in place.The lacing was done in two journeys- left to right and right to left.BTAST18-6-9a

 

This week did not go as I planned. It was a busy week, with matters other than stitching. Time was needed to think, plan and work beyond TAST challenge, which was scarce.
I decided to work on the tunic which was in progress before I left for India. It is nearing completion. The mirrors needed to be stitched in the centres.
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