cross stitch


This week went with working on tunics. Yesterday, White counted thread embroidery was completed on this aqua green fabric. Once it goes to the tailor, He has to sew this onto the white printed mull tunic.
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I am starting with variegated silk thread on this neckline embroidery on synthetic gold fabric.
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I started working on the plum colour cotton tunic. Again it is chain stitch embroidery, I should design projects such a way that- I keep hopping between different embroidery stitches. It would keep the work interesting.
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This  fabric is the same one remaining from this tunic sewn earlier.

plum and yellow tunic
May be this is right time to switch over to the challenge stitches!

I am still working on the tunics during the past few days. Somehow time seems to run away when we are busy.
The next thread being worked on this neckline for printed blue crepe tunic is gold silk thread, this thread can be used on machine too. The outlines for the triangles are worked with chain stitch.
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The work on aqua blue fabric with white thread continues this week too. After the couching! Stitch, it is back to straight stitches, they are  not technically double running stitch, because the back side does not need to be the same, wherever required short cuts are taken.
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A neck and a design around the neck was drawn for the plum colour fabric this week. This will be a short top. The fabric was left over from a tunic made in 2013.
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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 working of this stitch is here on Queenie’s blog. This being an isolated stitch, I just learned the working of the stitch, so that it can be used on other projects or samplers.
The sampler-
SSS.73.God's eye stitch sampler
Worked the whipping with the same thread and first and changed the thread for the whipping stitch. Two threads are used for whipping the same cross. Worked upright square herringbone stitch and whipped the four crosses in the next sample. Worked a long straight stitch and crossed at right angles at 3 places and worked the whipping. The last sample is worked on square herringbone stitch.
While working whipped wheel stitch, I never thought of using 4 spokes for whipping. By using 4 spokes, it gave rise to the idea of working the whipping on square herringbone stitches.

The week the SSS challenge was set aside to work on Beyond TAST challenge. After working on a few more layering ideas, the sampler was completed for the time being.
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The chain stitch embroidery is continued for the Cream tussar tunic. The progress is quite slow, but there is no urgency to make it faster. This project will take time.
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Every week, Queenie is posting interesting and easy stitches on SSS challenge. It is catching up time this week

While looking for inspiration, tried a sample of string art.
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Straight stitches in light blue worked over dark blue thread rows.
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The inner row of thread lifted with green thread. Saw this on youtube.
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Herringbone square variation, fly stitch and upright cross over cross stitch.
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Started with chevron stitch row,  worked 3 rows of chain stitches.
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Returning back to this sample after some days and completed it by adding some c hain sticthes and straight stitches.
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This week the challenges and projects have kept the needles sticking to my hand.
Stitch challenges
Beyond TAST
We have something new to explore this month on Beyond TAST challenge. I need time to think on it.
SSS
Completed the Bayeux stitch sampler with satisfaction.
SALs
RPW 2018
I am yet to start a single border on this SAL. Saving the weekly charts is the only progress on this cross stitch SAL.
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February motif is posted on the site. The boundary was worked in Holbein stitch.
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Projects
Red gaada tunic
The sleeves were worked this week with running stitch in pink thread.
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Maroon and blue ikat combo
The folk flowers are being worked with Romanian stitch.
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After working on the tunics, a long time UFO- A large long stitch kit has to be restarted. The work on it was started long time ago!
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It was quite an interesting week on the whole.

The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. After coming across this stitch many times over the years, there was never a thought, that this could be a stitch by itself. It looked like a filling or unfinished filling stitch. After seeing this on SSS challenge, I thought the braid stitch can be learnt later and started with this stitch sampler.
The sampler starts with individual Chinese cross stitches. Two crosses are worked together in the second sample. The crosses are worked continuously in a row in the third sample. It started with two rows of Chinese cross stitches in the fourth sample, but realized it has to be varied to get a flowing pattern.
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The variation was made in the first sample in this part of the sampler. This will make nice filling pattern. Two rows of Chinese cross stitches are worked with space between them. This way other stitches can be incorporated along with this stitch to make a nice border. Upright Chinese crosses are worked in the third sample. The Chinese crosses and upright Chinese crosses are worked together to form a border in the fourth sample. Three Chinese crosses are used as border in the last sample.
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Individual Chinese crosses and upright crosses are worked in the first sample. Two rows of upright crosses are worked in the second sample. Working the Chinese crosses in two colours are tried in the last two samples.
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The completed sampler –
SSS.32. Chinese cross stitch sampler
This Chinese cross can be used for filling and border patterns. Easy to work stitch. This stitch can be used to add texture to otherwise plain fabric too, like Sashiko embroidery. Just pondering over some ideas.

Last week’s stitch half bullioned chain stitch on SSS challenge was attempted, struggled and completed on Saturday. This week’s stitch looks a bit difficult, have to try after this weekend.
This week’s stitch on TAST challenge has closed herringbone stitch, which was worked on earlier challenge. This stitch was worked on allover continuous pattern, which did not require any variations. Posting on FB group page may not be necessary.
Project details
Cream linen tunic in kutchwork

The designing is nearing completion. Then begins the process on tracing. The pattern has three parts. Neck, and two borders. These have to be coordinated while tracing the pattern on the cream fabric. This fabric is a light weight soft cotton, easier for this work. The kutchwork design is drawn on 5 mm graph, so the embroidery may not be too thick worked with two strands of thread.
The simple embroidery on bright green tunic was completed. The tiny pleats are used as outlines and two borders were worked – back stitch in dark green and double cross stitch in light green threads.
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Round mirrors were worked on the neck with pink thread. It feels good to work simple embroidery and complete the project in two days work. The green cotton fabric is not very soft, still looks bright. Have to see the effect after washing.
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This week there was not much time to work the zardosi embroidery. I have started filling with the violet zardosi beads on the flowers.

Embroidery is now part of daily schedule. The fasting during the day for Ramadhan started on Saturday. And the summer is in full swing. It is s hardship for people who are fasting this year.
I worked on vault stitch on SSS challenge and didn’t have to work on TAST challenge, because it was worked earlier.
Projects
The cross stitch pattern on sleeves for this polyester linen tunic was completed and the fabrics are with the tailor.
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After working the white stones, I started with green and gold zardosi beads for green benarasi georgette tunic. Cutting the zardosi beads and working the embroidery takes a little time.
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Being summer, Designing embroidery for some cotton tunics would be better. So that they can be worn this summer itself.
Had written this post on Wednesday. But could post it only today.
Update- I have just started working on whipped running stitch sampler

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