Beyond TAST


Queenie in her  blog mentions that this stitch’s origin is from India. I didn’t know that. Remember seeing this stitch on some embroideries, but thought it was a creative fly stitch. The working is on Queenie’s blog. This stitch was posted there few weeks ago. When this sampler was started this week, I worked the first three rows slightly differently [forgot to check], then decided to check, finding the stitches are connected, again started from the fourth row.
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After working one sample in the right way, the second sample is worked alternatively with the stitch and its inverse.
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In the first sample the anklet stitch and its inverse are worked on top of each other to form a pattern. The stitches are worked horizontal to form a line in the last row. This matti cloth was not an ideal choice for this stitch. A plain cloth would have given allowance to work the stitches in an imaginative way.
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The samplerSSS.86. Anklet stitch sampler

 

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This week the progress is on the projects. This week’s SSS challenge stitch is interesting. It is an Indian stitch, but I don’t know it was. It will be good to study this stitch.
The work on navy blue blouse does take quite a lot of time. Just checking how an idea of stitching a  variegated silk thread which goes with the saree colour  would work out. It seems nice.
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Taking a break from the blouse, the sleeves of the crepe tunic was started on black fabric. The idea is to work the embroidery is silk thread, so this black fabric seems ideal. Started with back stitch outlines and chain stitch with single strand of silk thread.
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Beyond TAST stitches till now have been already worked stitches.

This was a productive week. Project work is moving slowly, but it is moving. I also started working on latest SSS challenge stitches. The Beyond TAST challenge stitches till yesterday, were already  worked before on earlier TAST challenges.
The navy blouse has three medium size motifs on each sleeve. I have few brocade blouses for sarees. These are quite good, but simplicity does not coexist with brocade. So an embroidery which can represent subtle idea of brocade is the theme here. The work so far is slow, but feeling satisfied-
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This is the bluish green crepe fabric, for which a small border was drawn last week, the border pattern was traced on to the black fabric. When this project will be started, depends on the progress of the navy blue blouse, if that work becomes monotonous, I can start on this project. This design has stones and zardosi beads.

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The filling stitches of Beyond TAST challenge was explored a little in this week. A few more worked and needs to be posted on the blog.
The 73rd and 74th week stitches of SSS challenge were worked during this week too. The images are also waiting to be posted. It is hard to find time to work on the computer.
Red and black raw silk tunic
The squares marked on this red and black tunic were filled with closed herringbone stitches. The stitches were then pinned down with chain stitches. The outlines are also worked in chain stitch. Since, the thread used is the same colour as the red fabric, the work is not clearly seen.
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The sleeves did not have the black fabric outline as the neck, chain stitch rows were worked on both sleeves in black thread.
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An idea of stitching red stones on the red fabric has to be tried.

 

I started on this challenge quite  late thinking it was an easy one. But it was different in reality. the details of this challenge is here.
First it gave too many choices, I couldn’t decide which stitches to use for filling.
The shapes within which these stitches can be experimented. Random shapes or shapes as part of a design. I started with random shapes.
The fabric to work the challenge. A pink colour striped handloom fabric was chosen [thinking the lines can be used as marking]
The indecision went on and on, at last I started on the sampler last week.
The sampler
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Arrow head stitches worked in two directions are used to fill the first shape.
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Lacing the chain stitch rows started on the second motif.
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After lacing the rows, running stitch rows are worked between them.
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The third motif starts with herringbone squares.
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Squares made of arrow head stitches are worked in the spaces between herringbone squares.
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Vertical threads are stitched down with chain stitch rows.
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Lock stitches are worked over straight stitches on this 4th shape.
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Closed herringbone filling in two colours was worked on this zizzag shape.
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Double herringbone stitch rows are worked to fill the 6th motif.
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Still working on this sampler.

 

I am late again in posting the the progress of this week.
For some reason Beyond TAST challenge is not progressing well. The ideas come and go, it is hard to bring them into stitching. I thought this filing stitches would be easy. Hoping for more progress this week.
I completed sham hem stitch sampler on SSS challenge. Yet to start on this week’s stitch.
The work on aqua green cotton tunic is going well. After the stems, it is time to work the leaves, I didn’t have  to search for the right stitch, it is fish bone stitch from SSS challenge.
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The leaves are completed. The work on flowers will start tomorrow.

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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