border pattern


After four week of this Beyond TAST challenge this year, I am working on the fifth week stitch. The earlier weeks stitches were worked on earlier TAST challenges. The working of the stitch on SharonB’s Pintangle.
The sampler starts with the basic stitch, the second sample is worked with two small chains stitches.
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For few samples, the feather stitches are the same, the chain stitches are varied.
This sample has rope stitch.
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The next two samples are worked with berry stitch and cable chain stitch.
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The chain variations in the next 2 samples are not very clear. They are twisted chain and oyster stitch.
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The next 2 samples have shell chain and wave chain
BT19-feachst-8,9
Triple chain and linked chain are worked in these following samples.
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In the first sample, the chains are worked straight and the chains are woven in the last chain variation.
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The sampler with chain stitch variations.
BT19-feather&chain stitch sampler1
Now for some feather stitch variations. The feather stitches are worked in 3 steps instead of 2 in the first sample,2 up and down feather stitches are worked in the second sample.
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First sample is a variation of feather stitch which is common in Indian embroidery. Closed feather is worked in the second sample, while working, I found that it is possible to work chain stitches in zigzag manner inside the closed feather stitches. triangular feather stitches are worked in the third sample.
BT19-feachst-16,17,18
Twisted feather stitch was stitch on SSS challenge, it was tried on the first sample, knotted feather stitches are worked in the second sample, two rows feather and chain stitch are worked in the last row. The thread got over before the sample could be finished. It was left incomplete.
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The whole sampler.
BT19-feather&chain stitch sampler2
It was great working on this long sampler after so many months. An easy and versatile stitch. it was fun varying the stitches. it does throw many more possibilities.

 

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This week I could write the post on Wednesday itself!
This week, I could work on Beyond TAST challenge and a stitch on SSS challenge. The samples detail will be in separate posts.
Because of the time taken to work the challenges, the navy blouse was not even seen this week.
Chain stitches were worked with light blue thread on this sleeve border.
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Two new projects are in progress, a string bag for a friend’s birthday and embroidery on neck line for a chiffon fabric. Hope to have more details next week.

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 week was a good week for stitching in spite of viral infection. I am on the mend now, started the medicines at the right time.
I am working on the mirrors and the silver beads together on this black border. The progress is more, but the picture taken of it is not so good.
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This is another project, plain black tunic, the motif border will be attached to the tunic and the cream block printed fabric is the salwar. It is with the tailor now. I might do a small kutchwork on it.
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I am also designing a cross stitch pattern incorporating a letter with a celtic background. The celtic motif is a free pattern from inkcircles. This is a birthday gift. So the progress pictures may not be posted till it is gifted.

This is a very new stitch. I have never come across this stitch before, may be because this stitch belongs to counted thread category. The stitch is explained here on Queenie’s blog along with links.
This stitch involved four steps for its completion. The first sample is the stitch in different stages of progress. The polyester was not ideal for working this stitch. The second sample worked in cotton skein is the basic stitch.
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The stitches are worked with spaces in the 1st row. The tall and wide version of the stitch are alternated in the second row.
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The stitches are worked to create borders in this part of the sampler.
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In the first row, after working the half crosses, only the second and fourth steps of the stitch are worked alternatively, resulting in this sample.

In the second row, the half crosses are worked like this\ and /  alternatively and pulling stitches are worked on them. If this sample had been worked with spaces between stitches, it would have given a better view of the detail.
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The first and the third steps [half crosses] are worked with space in between them [not worked through the same holes] and the stitches were worked on them in the first row. The stitches are worked in two colours in 2nd row. Upright versions of this stitch were tried in the last part of the sampler.
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A stitch which adds texture, have to look into the ways of using it.

The whole sampler

SSS.74. Boucle stitch sampler

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.

 

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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