yellow table cloth


This was a good week. We had harvest festival of our state- Pongal.
Stitch challenge
SALs
The MMM SAL is nearing the end. The photo taken few days ago.
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RPW 2018
Last week was more progressive on this SAL. Nothing to report this week.
Stitch Challenges
Beyond TAST
The work of Sashiko patterns on yellow table cloth has moved to fourth panel.
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A few kogin patterns were drawn on graph paper, and the Kogin sampler was started on a towel cloth.
SSS
Last week’s stitch was completed on time. And waiting for some idea to sprout on this week’s stitch. Some ideas for floral samplers are popping now and then.
Projects
The mirrors are blue ikat tunic is also nearing completion. Just a few more mirrors to work.
Maroon and blue ikat combo tunic
I had two fabrics- a blue ikat and a maroon handloom cotton. Before the tailor went on his vacation, a tunic was sewn with these two fabrics.
A small design from ‘Paisleys designs from India’ was taken, scaled and drawn. This will be traced on to the plain maroon fabric in the front of the tunic. The threads and the tunic.
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These days I have started writing down ideas, inspirations. This is quite helpful. It is like an idea journal. It also keeps me on track.

 

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It seems I have few works in progress this week.
SALS
MMM SAL
Every day I work for half an hour on this month’s mandala. After working back stitch on the outline, design was started with the help of chart posted on the site. I didn’t realise the blurred quality of the picture.
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RPW 2018
Though this a weekly SAL, I haven’t started the cross stitch. But, using the border pattern, a small book mark with Hindu lord’s name in my language is in designing stage.
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Then, I will move on to designing these borders inspired kutchwork pattern. Whether they will be worked, is another story.
Challenges
Beyond TAST
Using the idea of working Sashiko patterns, the embroidery on yellow table cloth was started. The work in progress on the third panel.
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I am looking through Kogin and Swedish weaving techniques for this challenge.
SSS
The band sampler on this week’s stitch on SSS challenge was started yesterday.
I have added a few more mirrors on Blue grey ikat tunic. It gives a necessary change of work.
Some time is allotted for each work every day. Not much time on stitching, but widening the knowledge through other’s work is very interesting. Time passes very swiftly.

 

TAST challenge is started by Sharon again this year. I was really looking forward to this, especially after, Sharon mentioning, there will be a challenge for people who have worked most of the earlier stitches.
Running stitch
I had worked running stitch twice on earlier TAST challenge. The possibilities given by running stitch would have made me work again. But beyond TAST is an opportunity ‘ to explore in depth a family of stitches or stitching styles or an aspect of design’ – to quote Sharon.
The options for running stitches – pattern darning, kogin, sashiko, kantha, Swedish weaving. Kilim, ikat.
Pattern darning was tried on Stitch Explorer challenge by Sharon.
Kantha embroidery of Bengal, was attempted during the TAST challenge. The details of the samples are here.
These two were just starting points. I have not done full justice. It is better to move on and try new things.
This time around, with a month’s time, exploring SashIko embroidery of Japan on table cloth with counted thread panels seems like a good idea.

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Some Sashiko patterns were chosen and started.
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The process of starting the patterns continues.
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There are 7 panels. The shapes are ablong and not square. Anchor perle cotton in mango yellow is used for the working the stitches. Variegated polyester thread was tried and rejected. The central panel with this pattern was worked.
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Yesterday the pattern on second panel was completed.
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Now working on the 3rd panel. Time to explore other styles too.