decorative seam


I am two days late in posting the works in progress. It is hard to remember the days in Chennai. After completing the Q stitch on SSS challenge, a project on silk blouse was done during this week. This blouse fabric had a wide gold border. My neighbour wanted some simple embroidery with stones and beads. Started the embroidery work with chain stitch in green silk thread.
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Another chain stitch row with gold thread.
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The saree is also the same peach silk with gold border. We could get dark red stone, the medium red stones did not match well with the richness of the silk fabric. Therefore chain stitches in red silk thread was worked on the semi circles created by green chain stitch row. The dark red stones were to be stitched here. I was hoping to subdue the colour of the stone to match with the fabric.
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A small motif in gold was scattered here and there on the saree. I tried work a motif in gold thread and beads. After working the red stones and gold beads.
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My friend who was sewing this blouse for her sister, wanted white stones on this project. I started with the white stones hoping it would go well with the beads, red stones and embroidery.
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Embroidery completed on both the sleeves of this peach silk blouse.
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Another blouse is also there which needs to be embroidered.
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Before starting the work on this blouse, I want to work whipped spoke stitch sampler for TAST challenge.

Interlaced running stitch is this week’s stitch study on Queenie’s Sunday stitch school challenge. The working is there on her blog.
TAST challenge has been running for ten years now. Running stitch was explored twice on it. First time the running stitch samples were simple and some samples  were taken after the idea of pattern darning. Second time around the running stitches were used on Kantha embroidery. Interlacing did not feature both times. I had bought this book some time ago, which had some options and project for interlaced and whipped running stitches. And Queenie was kind enough to include this stitch on SSS challenge.
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The explorations
The sampler started with simple interlaced running stitch and a row of simple whipped running stitch[ the decision to whip the running stitches just came on its own!] the rest of the samples are variations of interlaced running stitches.
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After working the running stitches in rows, this part of the sampler has running stitches worked to handle interlacing in different ways.
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In the first sample the running [?] stitches are worked vertically. The next two rows are interlaced and whipped running stitch combination.
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These samples are worked following the book mentioned above.
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With these samples this sampler was completed.

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After exploring the various stitches on TAST challenge, there is another interesting stitch challenge on Queenie’s blog. She is conveniently posting the stitches which were not part of the TAST challenge. A fine way to explore some other stitches. This idea was on my mind for some time, to explore the stitches from various books. Queenie is doing that now. It is like reading a book. Visit her blog to know more about this venture.
The first stitch- Anundsjö stitch is an easy one to start. It is hard to type the word, so it is just copied! There is another name for it- detached split stitch. This is the first time I have seen or heard of this stitch.

The sampler started with the individual stitches, then the same stitch is worked as linear stitch, the third row is an angled version of the individual stitches and in the last row, the securing stitch is worked at an angle.

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1.anunst-1

The picture is not very clear. Started this stitch as linear stitch in the first row and working the securing stitch on both sides alternatively. This gives an effect of barred alternative chain stitch.
The long and short version of the securing stitch is worked in the second row.
Each securing stitch is ended inside the previously worked split stitch in the last row.

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1.anunst-2

The zigzag version of the stitch is worked in the first row.
When the stitch is worked horizontally and the secure stitch is taken down vertically, it gives a T shaped stitch. This can be used as filling stitch also.
The split is made by pulling the stitch from two points in the last row.

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1.anunst-3

The detached split stitches are worked in three directions, the same treatment continues on the first row.
The second row is an inspiration from Queenie’s project on this stitch.
Two rows of this stitch are connected by another decorative stitch in another colour in the last row.

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1.anunst-4

I enjoyed working on this stitch sampler. Easy stitches lend themselves to more explorations. The full sampler.

1.Anundsjö stitch sampler

1.Anundsjö stitch sampler

The Randje per week2016 chart of the week was completed on Saturday. This week’s TAST stitch is inverted feather stitch. Looking at the earlier worked sampler does not give me much satisfaction, the stitches don’t look good at all. But still the link was posted on the FB group page.
Marash embroidery
Pink kutchwork border on green
Now that the green thread has come into the project last week, I decided to move on to the yoke with the green.

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WIPW108-whigremajekutch-7

Orange violet combo tunic
The orange fabric on this tunic has woven checks. It is to be left as it is. The embroidery pattern was traced on to the violet fabric.
Mirror work
All the square mirrors were worked on the beige tunic. The last part in this project is the beads. Brown metallic beads were attached on the sleeves.

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WIPW108-beigemirt-10

At this point, there does not seem to be any embroidered tunic fabric ready to be given to the tailor, some fabric which may not require embroidery has to be chosen.

I had bought this ready to wear Patiala with the matching dupatta. A mangalagiri fabric of the base colour of the Patiala is given to the tailor to be sewn.

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WIPW108-coppatialamant-1

This tunic fabric is cotton. It might be Kanchi or south Indian cotton. It came with a woven  border on it. The embroidery is worked after the tunic is sewn. The tailor stitched the border on the tunic beautifully and neatly.

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pinborkut-before emb

The idea was to work kutchwork borders just below the borders in the front of tunic and use mirrors to further embellish it. Presently the designs I am working on are exclusively kutchwork, without any other stitches, influenced by Armenian Marash embroidery. The small kutchwork borders were drawn free hand with pencil. When I started embroidering on the tunics, this is how the designs were drawn on sewn tunics. Going down the memory lane, the kutchwork embroidery was worked with yellow anchor cotton skein# 304.

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pinbotkut-left

The second border is made of square kutchwork motifs. I was still in the stage of adding mirrors below this border. The detail-

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pinborkut-rightdet

The completed second border. When looking at these two borders, I felt the embroidered borders were quite attractive below the woven borders by themselves, and if the mirrors are stitched, they might take the focus away from the beauty of the woven border.

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pinborkut-right

While buying this fabric, I could get a cotton ikat with similar colour scheme of the woven border for matching salwar [Indian pants].

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pinborkut-salwar

The completed tunic.

pink border kutchwork tunic

pink border kutchwork tunic

Since the patterns were drawn on the tunic itself, the pattern on paper is not available for sharing.

After working the last few samples the fancy bobbin edging sampler was completed.

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2.31.142.fancy bobbin edging sampler

This sample was worked with basic buttonhole stitch rows.

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2.31.142.faboed-11a

It was enhanced with fancy bobbin edging.

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2.31.142.faboed-11b

This sample is filled with freely worked fancy bobbin edging stitches.

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2.31.142.faboed-12

A variation of buttonhole stitches with fancy bobbin edging are worked on this sample.

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2.31.142.faboed-13

Bugle beads are used in this sample.

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2.31.142.faboed-14

In this sample after working buttonhole variations, the green stone is embellished with one row of  detached fancy bobbin edging worked over back stitch. This embellishing the stone idea was seen in Mary’s needle n thread site in one of her projects. I used a stone with holes which can be attached to the fabric before working the stitch.

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2.31.142.faboed-15

Sometimes it was interesting and stimulating, but at other times it was also demanding and draining. I used #7 crewel needle and chenille needle. The threads were taken from the used pile. With a very small stash of perle cotton or other kind of threads, I mainly use stranded cotton. On the whole it was an interesting project to work.

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I have been working on this week’s challenge stitch on TAST 2016 – fancy bobbin edging. This sampler is taking some time work. This design sampler was started with the thinking buttonhole edging would be faster and lots of variations can be tested. Only two or three samples are worked each day.

The next set of samples-

The centre of this sample is worked with a buttonhole filling. Fancy bobbin edging is worked on two buttonhole variations in green and yellow perle cotton.

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2.31.142.faboed-8

Fancy bobbin edging is used on basque stitch on this design. Basque stitch seems like a pretty buttonhole variation.

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2.31.142.faboed-9

The centre paisley is filled with buttonhole wheels. The inner outlines is worked with two rows of fancy bobbin edging facing each other. The outline in brown is worked with basic buttonhole stitch and the fancy bobbin edging is worked over it. The extra dimension produced in this method is interesting.

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2.31.142.faboed-10

I couldn’t work on this sampler today.

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