design sampler


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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Stitch challenges
An experiment of layered embroidery was attempted over chevron stitch this week. A detail a day was how this sample was worked.
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The interesting stitches of SSS challenge are still waiting this week to be started. It would be better if I start on them today.
Projects
The work on cream tussar tunic –
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The embroidery on violet and white combo tunic started yesterday. Herringbone, kutch work and mirror work will be worked on this.
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I have some more time to work on Beyond TAST challenge, keeping the projects aside for the next few days and to work on SSS challenge will keep my mind fresh and energetic. This routine of working same stitches over and over again, is making me very lethargic.
On the other activity side-I have been trying some pickles! [our south Indian pickles are really hot!!!] Started with gooseberry, then lemon the next one in the agenda is raw mango. If I am successful in preparing mango pickle today, then as a treat will work on SSS challenge!

 

This is the last part of laid work embroidery on Beyond TAST challenge. This embroidery was quite interesting because- it was on my ‘to do’ list, the ground work for it was already done [adding the videos], it is a part of crewel work embroidery [which captivates me], the sampler cloth was ready with some designs, just copying the work from videos and the surprises and lessons learnt during the development of each design.
The designs-
Laid work with stranded cotton, and the work in perle cotton.
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Another interesting development of the design.
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Just diagonal weaving.
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Zigzag weaving
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We are back to laid work
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Whipping the threads both ways on this design
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I missed an intersection on this design. And the yellow thread is actually split stitch!
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The sampler cloth looks like this now. The traced designs can be tackled another time.
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Extra time given for this month’s challenge was put to good use. I have worked a few more laid work motifs.
Simple crisscrossing over pink laid thread.
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After laying the pink cotton skein, variegated yellow threads are couched with violet thread. Added a few french knots.
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Worked some weaving with polyester threads and outlined with buttonhole stitch.
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Another sample worked from Yourube video.

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These isolated stitch explorations were worked during the first week of this month. iam late in posting the details.
Individual triple chain stitches are worked in a pattern in the first sample. The second sample is an arrangement of Vandyke stitches.
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Starting of Cretan stitch mandala.
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Another circle of overlapping Cretan circle.
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Finished with fly stitches.
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The first sample is a combo of buttonhole stitch and wheat ear stitch and the second sample is an arrangement of sword stitches.
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These detailed motifs on the sampler.
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These are double chain explorations. I didn’t get far.
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Used this double chain on the motif inside the design too.
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Now for some twisted chain arrangements. This twisted chain stitch is a versatile stitch. This stitch was used often on my TAST samplers.
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Isolated Basque stitches.
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Coral stitch arrangements.
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Experimenting with double interlacing on these buttonhole square.
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Another double interlaced sample.
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The detailed samples together on the sampler.
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And it was time to complete this design with stitches. The stitches are coral stitch, twisted chain stitch, fern stitch, half chevron stitch, couching with Vandyke stitches, twisting done on two back stitches.
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The sampler is completed for this challenge. The sampler piece can be used later.
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The design with the stitch experiments.
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I was in Chennai, India for a week. It was pretty hectic as usual. Only my stitching suffered. The challenges and SALs were kept aside. I had managed to complete February’s Beyond TAST challenge. the details will be on a separate post.
After returning back, I thought I will start laid work on Beyond TAST challenge. Some years ago, while browsing the net, came across some interesting laid work/lattice work on Youtube. To try them a light coloured fabric was chosen and a few designs were drawn on it. With this month’s beyond TAST challenge, this design cloth can be used. I had not started any stitching till now.
Starting the challenge on this pattern.
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After working on my stitching during this week, will have more progress to report.

A stitch a day is the way I have been working on this monthly challenge.
A shape made of cretan stitch and herringbone stitch combo was worked inside the design.
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The detail of the stitched shape.
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The sampler growing with some more stitches.
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A herringbone and cretan combo again.
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First sample is cretan tree shape and the second one is fly and scroll stitch tree shape.
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These tree shapes were worked in triangular cretan, Algerian eye part and fly stitches.
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Another motif worked with cretan stitch and buttonhole centre. the organic design is worked with up and down buttonhole stitch and detached chain stitch.
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The first sample worked with berry stitch leaf with back stitch outline and the second sample is worked with queen stitch leaves.
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The queen stitch is worked around the shape inside the design too.
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A few more stitches to go.

 

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