border pattern


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!

 

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I have seen this stitch, but never thought of attempting it before. When it is introduced on SSS challenge, it is time to try it. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
After drawing some lines with pencil on this plain cloth, I started with the basic stitch, worked another row of the stitch to practice the rhythm of the stitch. The third row is alternate working of short and long chains.
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Tried working the chains on both sides in the first sample. This is interesting. Next trial is to work the alternate chains as berry stitches in the second sample. Extending the tail of alternate chains is tried in the next sample.
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Time to work the petal stitches in circles. Started with working the petals outwards, then inwards and the last one is the combination of working the petals inwards and outwards.
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The sampler
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The sampler was worked with red cotton skeins, some were six strands and others four strands. Combining the petals stitches with other stitches will give so many decorative options.

Two days ago I started this linear stitch study sampler. Still not sure the way to explore these linear stitches.
Started with back stitch.
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Double back stitch, whipped back stitch, working crosses in between back stitches are the variations here.
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How to fill a shape with free style Cretan stitches was tried in the second sample.
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May be some decorative borders can be tried with these linear stitches.
The linear stitches worked on this sample are- herringbone, buttonhole and chain stitches.
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The centre is worked in coral stitch, with two rows of running stitches and stem stitch outlines are worked  in this sample.
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The base is Cretan stitch, with fly stitches in this sample, after outlining both sides with closed buttonhole stitch variation, worked rope stitches in light blue thread.
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The idea of working decorative borders with linear stitches might work.

 

This week was busy stitch wise. It was slow, but interesting too.
Stitch challenges
SSS Challenge
Last week’s stitch was an easy one. This week’s stitch is waiting to be started. Thinking about what fabric to use to learn this stitch.
Beyond TAST
It is hard for me to be creative, being a follower of rules, but I am slowly getting comfortable and have started enjoying the study of stitches. Everyday a stitch is studied on this challenge.
SALs
RPW 2018 is totally neglected for the time being. The black work mandala was completed.
Projects
The light green on the tree was completed.
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The blue on the lake was started.
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Red gaada tunic
The embroidery on the front neck is being worked now. Next work is the mirrors.
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While browsing for embroidery stitches, an inspiration to work Kashmiri embroidery kept coming back. A cream tussar silk fabric is chosen for this tunic project.

 

I am working on Beyond TAST, a stitch challenge by SharonB.

Kogin sampler
Time was spent on looking at kogin patterns and pattern darning. There are so many. This blog has lots of kogin patterns. Wonderful work.
I have this long term idea of doing embroidery samplers. This kogin embroidery can be one of them. After looking at the images of kogin, I made small start of drawing some patterns on 5mm graph paper. A sample-
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This pattern drawing can be a continuous process, which starts now. By this way I am easing the pressure of working within a time frame.
The fabric chosen for this Kogin sampler is loose weave towel from India. It is most ideal for our climate, absorbs moisture, used as filtering soaked grains, dries up fast, totally useful even after it is torn actually. Now the new use of doing embroidery. It is not easy to handle this loose fabric, but hoping practice will make it easier. Yet to check the fabric count, but the weave is quite close.
I started the sampler yesterday. The progress-
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Swedish Weaving
This embroidery also comes under running stitch style. Browsing the net  for Swedish weaving or huck embroidery was also part of this week’s occupation. Before even attempting to try the stitch, an idea of working a border on a small towel was implemented today.
The towel-
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Starting the pattern
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The completed towel-
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More clear picture of the embroidery. The work was done with perle cotton.
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Feeling quite satisfied, is all I can say.
Will continue this running stitch journey.

 

Muscat is quite pleasant and cool these days. We had some rain too.
SSS challenge
Since this is the only stitch challenge I am working, may be it is time to put in more work on these stitches. The leaf stitch sampler was completed, and Mille fleur stitch, being an easy one, is to be started on a satin fabric to be later used for towel edging. All the time on browsing seems to have paid off!
Projects
Blue ikat tunic
The working on these motifs is simple and repetitive, the work on these borders will continue till they are ready. Working with metallic silver thread on the chain stitch outline. That way one UFO can be out of the way.
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Red and black tunic
This red tunic fabric is called Gaada in my language. It is cotton fabric which has various uses- baby clothing, cloth nappies, bags, furnishings…
The price is not much, and wears well for quite some time. But this red fabric is quite soft, keeps stretching in all directions, needs lining for stabilizing it, is block printed[ which is not seen here, [for some unknown reason!]. The lady from the shop said it may not be suitable. And it was there for blouses. But the fabric interested me enough. This was given for sewing along with a black fabric for shoulders and sleeve borders.
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This tunic is crying out for mirrors. If the work on this commences soon, it is possible to wear the tunic this cool season.

 

I am planning to work on leaf stitch sampler on SSS challenge. The stitch looks simple and it is eagerly awaited stitch.
Projects
My tailor informed that he was going to Pakistan for 3 months yesterday. This means for some time the embroidery on tunics can be set aside. This might  be the change I was looking for. Now stitch challenges, UFO’s, new stitches, other ethnic embroideries, may be even some crochet can be looked into.
Blue ikat tunic
Another stitch and thread was started on this motif border for blue ikat tunic.
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Mustard mangalagiri tunic
The embellishing with embroidery and beads was completed on mustard with copper zari tunic.
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The details will be on another post. Now is the time to think of ways to work leaf stitch.

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