Alphabets[ cross stitch]


Stitch challenges
RPW 2016
There was very little progress on this project this week. During the last week of the challenge a framed border and alphabets were posted on the blog. Instead of working the same alphabets, we can design some other words also inside this frame. Initial idea was to work the alphabets, after seeing the chart, idea of designing either my name and year or some simple words like ‘God Bless’ or ‘Give Thanks’ and the year are going through the mind. It would be better to work one quarter of the frame for the time being and complete the work without looking at the chart later.
SSS
Last week’s gate stitch sampler was completed, detailed and posted on the blog. This week’s stitch is heavy chain stitch. This stitch can be worked on –
Kashmiri embroidery [multi colour]
Or
European folk embroidery [mono colour – red]
or
Embroidery design for cord work [mono colour]
The learning of the stitch will commence after making the design choice.
Project
At last I decided to work on the silk tunic. The selection was made keeping in mind the season in Muscat. Till March it will be cool in Muscat. If the embroidery on this tunic is completed, it can be worn now. The kantha work is on cotton fabric, which would be ideal for summer. Phew! May be if it is hard to make choices between projects, bring in another new factor! So after the completion of this project, the cross stitch on Aida for navy blue polyester fabric might be the next.
Zardosi
The main colour in this zardosi embroidery is green. The gold metallic thread is used for the glitter. A fine silk thread in wine red colour is brought in this week. The work in progress-
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I have to post details of some tunics completed last year. Really need to make some time for it.

We are still continuing with the same alphabets on this week’s chart on RPW 2016 challenge. the chart is here. I think we don’t need to use codes to write with this style! Each and every letter if seen individually does not bear a resemblance to the real English letters. Seen together here, we can see some similarity, I suppose.

RPW2016-W43

RPW2016-W43

This week also we are continuing with the same alphabets. They are definitely different. The half crosses on the last three letters, were first worked with the help of the chart and afterwards completed. this seems easier. The chart is  available here.

RPW2016-W42

RPW2016-W42

Just six letters on this week’s chart on RPW2016 challenge. the chart is here.

RPW2016-W39

RPW2016-W39

This week’s chart is available on Randje per week blog. This alphabet though big in size was easy to work today.

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RPW2016-W38

This week’s progress has been mediocre.

The RPW2016 challenge took more time than was expected. The completed chart.

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WIPW101-RPW-W33

I am going to Chennai, India tomorrow for two weeks. For the past few times these trips have been stitch free. Hoping for some embroidery productive days.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The tunic fabric was marked for neck and sleeves by the tailor. The pattern was drawn on the sleeves first. In this transfer also, the fabric to be marked is placed over the design and the pattern is drawn with a pencil. The kutchwork/ interlacing stitch/ marash embroidery commenced with the brown thread. Same colour as the brown fabric.

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WIPW101-cralamkaripatkutch-7

Orange violet combo tunic
The impact of working this kutchwork, the multi colour mirror work on white and blue combo tunic and seeing a kasuti embroidery design – all gave rise to another idea of working kutchwork embroidery in four colours on an orange and violet tunic. I am still in the process of drawing the pattern. The embroidery will be three places- the sleeves, below the neck and a big design on the right hand side of the tunic. I may have more details after the designs are completed.

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WIPW101-oraviocombokutch-1

Mirror work

white and blue combo tunic

The mirror work around the neck and sleeves on this blue white combo tunic was completed.

beige mirror work tunic
After working the sleeves with brown thread, I proceeded with the work on tunic front. The spaces inside the squares will have the mirrors.

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WIPW101-beigemirt-3

Kantha embroidery
The kantha embroidery is drawn and ready to be transferred. With the packing in progress for the trip, If time permits, the tracing can be made on the plain black fabric to be worked in Chennai. Will have to wait and see.

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WIPW101-marblaikatkantha-2

This week’s chart RPW2016 challenge is another alphabet. The chart is available on their blog.
Three things are different this week.
1. I have nor completed this week’s chart. Still working on it. Hoping to complete tomorrow.
2. Instead of leaving a space of four square from the earlier row, the space is for two squares only. I started the work from the centre this time. While working on the letter ‘E found the rows to be too close. Checking of the chart revealed this mistake and also threw light on how it started. After two hours of working, did not have the mind to rectify the mistake.
3. An extra stitch widened the letter ‘C’. Not planning to go back on this either, will just adjust the space accordingly before working ‘B’.
Even while working the chart on the same day it is published did not have so much explanation or mistakes. Older and wiser!

RPW2016-wip-W33

RPW2016-wip-W33

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