Sashiko embroidery

This running stitch exploration on Beyond TAST by SharonB has been interesting.
I have seen images of Sashiko, Kogin and Swedish weaving on the internet, the idea of working on them was always in the future. By using the scope given by this challenge, stitch samplers have been started.
This style is explored on ready to use table cloth with seven cross stitch panels. The work done during this week. The work in progress on a panel.
Moving on to the next panel and completing it.
This is the last panel, which was started earlier.
With this, Sashiko work on this table cloth was completed.
BTAST-1-Sashiko project-table cloth
The idea of doing a Sashiko embroidery sampler is put aside for the time being. Hubby’s shirt seems like an ideal choice to explore this stitch further!
Though it is still hard to work on this loose weave towel, slowly ideas for exploring the pattern have started emerging. Initially I started with the drawn charts.
B TAST-1-s-5
Yesterday’s work-
B TAST-1-Kogin sampler2
Pattern changes happened by slightly increasing or decreasing the length of the stitches.
This sampler can be worked whenever possible after this month. I am not keeping a time frame.
Swedish Weaving
Though a huck embroidery towel is available, I decided to start this sampler on matti cloth for now. I enjoy working on this sampler.
huck S-1
I started with looking at the charts, then started drawing them on paper. I love this embroidery.
Beyond TAST is great. I am happy about starting the embroidery samplers.These samplers will still be worked but at a slow pace from now on.


This week was a stitch busy week. Without making a proper plan to work on embroidery samplers, somehow the project seems to have started.
Stitch challenges
SSS challenge
Last week’s stitch was colonial knot, which was  never worked before. This knot was tried with the help of instructions on Queenie’s blog. Yet to have an idea of how to use this knot. This week’s stitch is Bayeux stitch. I have read a little about Bayeux tapestry, but have not thought about the embroidery stitches on it. An idea to use this stitch on Indian folk design is in mind.
Beyond TAST
I am still working on Sashiko project and Kogin sampler on this challenge. Swedish weaving sampler is yet to be started. These embroidery samplers have been a dream for me. Instead of consciously starting this mega project, these attempts to learn and work new embroidery styles may help in seeing the realism of this idea.
RPW 2018
Randjes are being posted on the blog. A few of them are inspiration for kutch embroidery too. This is the progress on this challenge this week.
The black work motif of this month was completed. it will be posted soon on the blog.
Maroon and blue ikat combo tunic
This tunic project started with two shades of grey cotton skeins used for stitching- Cretan, buttonhole and leaf stitches on this motif, this week.
Red gaada
Closed cretan stitches are used to work the half circles on neck of this red /black tunic.
I do seem have fingers on too many embroidery work, but this is quite interesting. Whenever it gets boring, I can either shift to the next one, or write about the various ideas on my journal or set them aside and do something else.


It has been my dream to work samplers of various embroideries. This Beyond TAST challenge, can be made use of for this purpose. The idea is to incorporate these two activities together. It is a long term project, but I need to take the first step now. This week was spent continuing the projects which were started last week.
This is taking up more time than expected. These things are also part of the learning process. The third panel-
This panel took more time because of the mistakes, which needed to be rectified.
The pattern moved fast, so it was quite peaceful to work on this panel.
Kogin sampler
It is still hard on eyes to work on this loose weave towel. The progress on this sampler is not bound by this challenge. The eyes need to rest periodically after working the sampler. It is growing very slowly.
I am yet to ease up.
Instead of rectifying the mistake, which will damage the fabric, I‘ll leave it as it is.
This part of the sampler seems fine, eyes getting tired, will stop and pick it up tomorrow.
The sampler so far
BTAST-1-Kogin sampler1
Swedish weaving
After browsing the Swedish weaving last week, I did not follow it up with drawing charts. Once the charting of the designs start, it will help in understanding the rhythm of stitches, then it is possible to start the sampler. I am thinking of working the stitches on matti cloth.


This was a good week. We had harvest festival of our state- Pongal.
Stitch challenge
The MMM SAL is nearing the end. The photo taken few days ago.
RPW 2018
Last week was more progressive on this SAL. Nothing to report this week.
Stitch Challenges
Beyond TAST
The work of Sashiko patterns on yellow table cloth has moved to fourth panel.
A few kogin patterns were drawn on graph paper, and the Kogin sampler was started on a towel cloth.
Last week’s stitch was completed on time. And waiting for some idea to sprout on this week’s stitch. Some ideas for floral samplers are popping now and then.
The mirrors are blue ikat tunic is also nearing completion. Just a few more mirrors to work.
Maroon and blue ikat combo tunic
I had two fabrics- a blue ikat and a maroon handloom cotton. Before the tailor went on his vacation, a tunic was sewn with these two fabrics.
A small design from ‘Paisleys designs from India’ was taken, scaled and drawn. This will be traced on to the plain maroon fabric in the front of the tunic. The threads and the tunic.
These days I have started writing down ideas, inspirations. This is quite helpful. It is like an idea journal. It also keeps me on track.


It seems I have few works in progress this week.
Every day I work for half an hour on this month’s mandala. After working back stitch on the outline, design was started with the help of chart posted on the site. I didn’t realise the blurred quality of the picture.
RPW 2018
Though this a weekly SAL, I haven’t started the cross stitch. But, using the border pattern, a small book mark with Hindu lord’s name in my language is in designing stage.
Then, I will move on to designing these borders inspired kutchwork pattern. Whether they will be worked, is another story.
Beyond TAST
Using the idea of working Sashiko patterns, the embroidery on yellow table cloth was started. The work in progress on the third panel.
I am looking through Kogin and Swedish weaving techniques for this challenge.
The band sampler on this week’s stitch on SSS challenge was started yesterday.
I have added a few more mirrors on Blue grey ikat tunic. It gives a necessary change of work.
Some time is allotted for each work every day. Not much time on stitching, but widening the knowledge through other’s work is very interesting. Time passes very swiftly.


TAST challenge is started by Sharon again this year. I was really looking forward to this, especially after, Sharon mentioning, there will be a challenge for people who have worked most of the earlier stitches.
Running stitch
I had worked running stitch twice on earlier TAST challenge. The possibilities given by running stitch would have made me work again. But beyond TAST is an opportunity ‘ to explore in depth a family of stitches or stitching styles or an aspect of design’ – to quote Sharon.
The options for running stitches – pattern darning, kogin, sashiko, kantha, Swedish weaving. Kilim, ikat.
Pattern darning was tried on Stitch Explorer challenge by Sharon.
Kantha embroidery of Bengal, was attempted during the TAST challenge. The details of the samples are here.
These two were just starting points. I have not done full justice. It is better to move on and try new things.
This time around, with a month’s time, exploring SashIko embroidery of Japan on table cloth with counted thread panels seems like a good idea.

Some Sashiko patterns were chosen and started.
The process of starting the patterns continues.
There are 7 panels. The shapes are ablong and not square. Anchor perle cotton in mango yellow is used for the working the stitches. Variegated polyester thread was tried and rejected. The central panel with this pattern was worked.
Yesterday the pattern on second panel was completed.
Now working on the 3rd panel. Time to explore other styles too.