decorative stitch


Our PC went for an outing last Wednesday.
After seeing this week’s SSS challenge stitch, which seems like an easy stitch, it is better to bring the sample cloth out again.
Now for the projects in progress-
Two more motifs were worked in shadow work [closed herringbone] or chikan work on this grey cotton tunic.
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Chain stitch lines with lighter orange thread is being worked on this grey striped tunic.
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The work on this navy silk cotton neckline will again be predominantly chain. I think chain stitch is extremely infectious and spreads widely. It does not let any other stitch to come to mind.
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Progress is slow because of the lesser time of natural light during the day. But I am designing some floral patterns for tunics, which is also good use of time.

I am working on this stitch challenge after many months. Somehow got caught up in projects, time just flew away. Going through the files found this stitch could be an easy and swift one to work on. The working of this stitch is on Queenie’s blog
Started the sampler with basic double cross stitch in single perle cotton thread. Followed it with the stitch worked in two colours. The basic cross stitches are worked large and the upright crosses are worked smaller than them in the third row. In the fourth sample, the upright crosses are worked larger than the cross stitches. In the last sample, the stitches are shorter and wider.
SSS.94. smyrna stitch sampler
Feeling satisfied to work on this challenge

While working on the progress on my tunic fabrics, my friend gave a project of working on a blue tussar silk tunic. Small feather stitches are worked on the marked spots on the tunic front with metallic thread
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Double cross stitches are worked with half white thread on this neck line between the square motifs.
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Two more rows are worked with the same colour thread on this plum cotton tunic.
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While I was working on these projects, SSS challenge started after a break. After finishing these, it is time to work on that

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 tunic top was worked in 2013.
The tunic fabric was bought to match with the ready to wear Patiala salwar pant.
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A simple pattern to be incorporated with gold beads.
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The embroidery with beads, sequins and mirrors.
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Detail
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The sewn tunic.
plum and yellow tunic

This past week was not very productive. It was hard to find time to sit and stitch continuously. The navy blue cotton tunic was completed and is with the tailor now.
In this Aqua green fabric, the main thread is white. After working the upright cross stitches over the aqua green black work motif, short straight stitches were worked along the border.
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These straight stitches are used to work thick white thread through them. It is a combination of Pekinese stitch and Kashmiri couching stitch. Pekinese stitch is worked over back stitch without a stitch to secure the curve, in Kashmiri stitch the thicker thread is couched, in this way, with the thinner thread. I am yet to practice on that couching technique. Hence this short cut method.
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After working the fly stitch variations around the square, short chain stitches are worked with the same thread along the border.
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I can’t take a break from chain stitch I suppose.

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