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This whole week I have been working on Randje per week 2015 cross stitch challenge. The link for this site is here. The borders were big, so were time consuming. Border# 81 was the last one on the third sampler.

WIPW64-RPW81

WIPW64-RPW81

This year the samplers are not long as it was in 2014. it is an ideal way to work on more colour options. Starting with the new colour scheme the border # 82.

WIPW64-RPW82

WIPW64-RPW82

This week’s borders are also time consuming. Borders 83,84.

WIPW64-RPW83,84

WIPW64-RPW83,84

After working on these borders till today, the embroidery on blue tunic was not even noticed. No progress report there. In the evenings some more ideas of kutch borders were drawn on centimeter graph sheets. 3 pages of small borders are completed.

WIPW64-kutchwork borders2

WIPW64-kutchwork borders2

This week’s edges are also simple and easy ones. The free graph for these edges are here.

RPW 2015-5,6

RPW 2015-5,6

 

I seem to have started this challenge in a hurry. The details were not read properly, totally did not see where they had mentioned that the design is not symmetric. The result- tried and failed to work mirror image of one side, in haste missed a whole row, ended with wrongly worked asymmetric medallion!

RPW-A

RPW-A

The edges challenge start from today. The graph pattern for these edges are available on this blog.

RPW-1,2

RPW-1,2

The first edge is similar to Greek pattern, earlier for a border design I had converted a Greek border into kutch work. The second edge in straight stitches is common in kasuti embroidery from India, where the stitches are double running stitch and the knots are tucked in so neatly that there is no difference between the right and wrong side.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Being the first day of this year, I started the graph pattern which is posted on this Randje per week challenge. This medallion is special for Jan 1st. the challenge starts 3rd Jan, the day after tomorrow. There are two choices for this starting piece. Before reading the post fully, this pattern was started, then realization came. Might do the other one later.Thought this will be finished today, but that was not possible, the work in progress-

RPW-A working

RPW-A working

This ablong weave cloth called ‘matti’ cloth was bought in India some time ago. The crosses worked on these are either longer or broader depending on the direction they are worked. I am also trying to save time [on splitting cotton skeins] and use the odd variegated polyester threads. Weird colour combinations are waiting to happen! Starting with copper and black variegated thread-

RPW-fabric, thread

RPW-fabric, thread

The working of this stitch and its beaded version are on Pintangle. I worked this stitch sampler in polyester threads. They did not behave very well with thread tension, so I have wobbly or very tight stitches which do not look pretty. I started this sampler by working a few rows of straight stitches.

42.136.knholeband-1

42.136.knholeband-1

The first few rows worked with knotted buttonhole band. These are the results of the combination of learning the stitch, maintaining the thread tension and the crazy thread itself. These knots turn around in all directions!

42.136.knbholeband-2

42.136.knbholeband-2

After working on the angled straight stitches, two straight stitches were worked together with this stitch instead of one at a time in the second row. Two rows of knotted buttonhole bands worked together in the next two samples. The stitch worked in a curve in the fifth sample.

42.136.knbholeband-3

42.136.knbholeband-3

The stitch is laced with pink thread in the first sample, the stitch is worked over  straight stitches of varying heights in the second sample, the zigzag version was tried in the third sample. I like this one.

42.136.knbholeband-4

42.136.knbholeband-4

The knotted buttonhole band worked over other stitches- arrowhead stitches, cretan stitch [ zigzag version tried again] , straight and long tailed detached chains and two rows of buttonhole stitches[ zigzag version ]

42.136.knbholeband-5

42.136.knbholeband-5

With these samples this stitch sampler was completed.

42.136.knotted buttonhole band sampler

42.136.knotted buttonhole band sampler

This stitch would have looked better if they were worked with # 5 perle cotton. In the zigzag version the thread was kept left and right alternatively. I feel the zigzag version adds a decorative and textured effect to plain stitches. Though itching to try more, I do have to catch up on other stitches.

After exploring this fern stitch with few more samples the stitch sampler was completed.

40.134.fern stitch sampler

40.134.fern stitch sampler

3.Starting with two more samples of fern stitch rows worked together, the fern stitch is whipped in the third sample, and laced in the fourth sample. The pink thread is laced through individual fern stitches in the fifth sample.

40.134.fernst-3

40.134.fernst-3

4.In these samples the fern stitches are worked diagonally. The last two samples would be good as filling stitches.

40.134.fernst-4

40.134.fernst-4

5.The first sample has individual fern stitch and its inverted version worked alternatively. Two extra straight stitches are added in the second sample. French knots and detached chain stitches are worked along with fern stitch in the last two samples.

40.134.fernst-5

40.134.fernst-5

This is an easy and versatile stitch to work with. Similar to fly stitch. I enjoyed working on this sampler. Band sampler is easier for exploring new stitches.

I have not been working on TAST challenge stitches for the past few weeks. This week’s stitch is fern stitch, the working of which is on SharonB’s pintangle.
1. Started with the basic fern stitch in the first sample, the side straight stitches are too vertical in this sample. the second sample is better, the side straight stitches are long and short alternatively in the third sample. the straight stitches on the top are shorter than the ones at the bottom in the fourth sample.

40.134.fernst-1

40.134.fernst-1

2.The fern stitches are close and farther alternatively in the first sample. The fern stitches are worked very close in the second sample. Four rows of fern stitches form the third sample. Three rows of fern stitches worked facing each other in the fifth sample.

40.134.fernst-2

40.134.fernst-2

The chained bars worked inside the paisley was outlined in linked chain stitch and the inner paisley was outlined in back stitch.

28.122.chbar-5 outline

28.122.chbar-5 outline

Thought the spaces between the chained bars required some attention. Stem stitch and arrow head stitches are worked here-

28.122. chbar-6 ost1

28.122. chbar-6 ost1

French knots-

28.122.chbar-7 ost2

28.122.chbar-7 ost2

Zigzag coral stitch and sequins-

28.122.chbar-8 ost3

28.122.chbar-8 ost3

The zigzag chain stitch was worked in metallic thread in this part over diamond shapes worked in perle cotton.

28.122.chbar-9

28.122.chbar-9

Sequins are added in the end. The piece looks like this

28.122.chained bar design sampler

28.122.chained bar design sampler

It was interesting to work the sequins on this piece. Zigzag chain worked over ribbon was an idea which did not find any place in this piece.

I need to catch on the next TAST stitch, Paisley again? I wonder.
The studio journal class is on its third week, I am presently overwhelmed at the ideas presented by Sharon there, and having some starting troubles.

Back to routine after ten days in Chennai, India. The working of this stitch is on Pin tangle.

Paisley has surfaced again on the TAST challenge. This piece was started before I left for holidays. Did not have time to even open the box of WIPs the whole time in Chennai.

The idea is to fill the paisley design with chained bar.
Starting with dark blue, and mixing dark and medium blue, the lines were filled with surface satin stitches. The zigzag chain stitch was worked in dark and light teal cotton skeins.

28.122.chbar-1

28.122.chbar-1

After working the surface satin stitch in light, medium blue and variegated threads, the zigzag chain stitch was worked in dark teal with chain stitch outline, blue and light teal.

28.122.chbar-2

28.122.chbar-2

After working the chained feather over the surface satin stitch in the bottom row, the zigzag chain stitch was worked in light teal cotton skein over medium blue polyester [slanted surface satin] and light blue cotton skein.

28.122.chbar-3

28.122.chbar-3

Continuing- The narrowed space inside the paisley was also worked in chained bar. This was done yesterday.

28.122.chbar-4

28.122.chbar-4

This challenge offers lot of support from fellow WIPW stitchers. Thank you All. Do visit SharonB’s blog to see other’s WIPs.
Hussif-
I have not been a good girl with hussif work for the second week. It was not touched for a whole week. This week when I started working on it on Monday, it was to use waste canvas to work a black work filling [this is going to take too much time!]
We are having ten days holidays for Ramdhan. This will be spent in India, meaning stitch free ten days.
Border on tunic-
This was completed with mirrors and green/gold sequins.  the outlines for the herringbones were done in back stitch with cone thread. the chain stitch outline was done with fine metallic thread.The anticipation to see this embroidered border has turned to satisfaction.

14.wipwednesdays-ytunic5-border

14.wipwednesdays-ytunic5-border

The kutch work also got some attention, with working the motif cluster in green [the border and salwar green]. It is creating too much contrast with the yellow fabric, still no further changes are waiting to happen! Time to work towards completing this project. This gives an ideas of working with two colour threads, may be in another project.

14.wipwednesdays-ytunic4-kutch

14.wipwednesdays-ytunic4-kutch

Randje per week
This project is added to WIPW now. A cross stitch challenge started early this year [2014] on this site. Two borders are posted every Saturday. At that time TAST hadn’t resumed, very enthusiastically I decided to join this challenge, thinking allotting some time every Saturday would be very easy. Even before starting this challenge, on 26th Jan my husband needed emergency treatment and postoperative care. In February , a matty cloth[ an [un]even cloth with holes] with 8 inches width was prepared for this challenge. Slowly whenever I had time small samples were worked from the site. Now these borders have to be worked full 8 inches. Last week was 60th border. This week’s WIP is first three borders-

14.wipwednesdays-randje 1,2,3

14.wipwednesdays-randje 1,2,3

Studio journal class starts from today. Hoping I‘ll have time and proper lighting to work next week. This week’s TAST stitch is still in idea stage.

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