Encrusted crazy quilting


Most of this week I was working on the kutch work borders. The samples were small, but taking pictures of and posting the work in progress took three days. For more details see here.

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wipw39-rpw-kw-13,14

I did the couching of polyester thread on blue/green crepe tunic.actually this could have been tried after working the pink crepe too, still I wanted to see whether the thread would go well with the whole embroidery, which it did!

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wipw39-blugrencrepet-4

The embroidery on pink crepe is progressing very slowly. The pattern is for the front and sleeves. Some stem stitches were worked in the same green thread and some straight stitches in fine silk variegated thread are started on flowers.

wipw39-pinkcrepe-2

wipw39-pinkcrepe-2

We visited the Muscat festival again this weekend. I also took some pictures of embroidery from Uzbekistan and Thailand, which I will share as soon as possible.

The working of this decorative stitch is on SharonB’ s Pintangle. This sampler is experiment in design and colours with appliqued paisley.
After working the twisted lattice band, fly stitch, closed buttonhole stitches are worked in the bottom sample. Buttonhole stitches laced through the herringbone stitches and buttonhole stitch outline are worked in the top row.

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27.121.twlatband-1

French knots, detached chains and long tailed chains [in fine silk thread] are worked with twisted lattice band filling stitch.

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27.121.twlatband-2

This weekly challenge keeps me in line in working my projects. to see the projects of others visit Pintangle.

I was working on my TAST piece till yesterday morning which did not allow me to work on other things. After a satisfying finish, I worked a little on the hussif. The floral spray is worked with rope stitch stems and straight stitch flowers.

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12.wipwednesdays-fs6

It was easier to choose the seam- twisted lattice band, but I need to practice this stitch, which is next week’s project.

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12.wipwednesdays-s6

The hussif looks like this now-

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12.wipwednesdays-hussif1

I was designing borders [with mirrors] for a tunic. The tunic colour is yellow [mango colour]. The borders are worked in green [the salwar colour] fabric. Both these fabrics are handloom cotton.
A curve pattern was chosen and drawn with provision for round mirrors .Though the design itself may have been greek or Italian, mirrors will turn it into ethnic Indian design. I had seen mirror work borders which can be used for different purposes in shops. I using the same idea and working these borders for sleeves and tunic front. The space below the neck will have geometric kutchwork pattern.
I have started with the main yellow. The curves are worked in herringbone filling. lots of repetitive work to do. Sigh!

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12.wipwednesdays-ytunic1

This post motivates me to work on projects that would otherwise would become UFOs. Visit pintangle  to see how others have made progress on their projects.
I am currently working on a tunic, which was completed and has been given to the tailor. The mirrors have helped in taking the attention from the white thread. Initially it was not in the plan to use these bright colours, later felt this tunic would be very dull even with the embroidery and brought out the colours.

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11.wipwednesdays-lgreentunic3

The stitch on TAST challenge this week is woven trellis. I had worked this stitch sampler on previous challenge. And yet to start on working on it this week. I was also looking for some leaf stitch other than detached chain on my crazy quilted hussif.
I used this stitch on the seam along with stem stitch with two colours and metallic thread. As Sharon suggested, this polyester thread does not bring out the beauty of the stitch.

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11.wipwednesdays-hussif1-seam5

I wanted to work this stitch on feather stitch. Straight stitches were worked on feather stitches.

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11.wednesdays-hussif1.fspray5a

Woven trellis stitches were worked on these after that. The flowers are worked with oyster stitch and french knots were added to the base.

11.wipwednesdays-hussif1- fspray5

11.wipwednesdays-hussif1- fspray5

I have drawn a pattern for embroidery on tunic. It also has mirror worked borders, a simple border to incorporate the mirrors was also drawn this week. Now eager to see what others have been working on this week.

A few more possibilities of working beaded feathered chain stitch are explored.
After working the long tailed chain stitch, a straight stitch was taken to work the bead, before working the next chain stitch in the first sample. The same treatment is repeated in the opposite direction with three beads in the second sample. Two straight stitches with beads, perpendicular to the long tailed beaded chain stitch with bead is repeated in the third sample- an interesting beaded version. Two rows of this stitch are worked together in the fourth sample.

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19.113.beadfeachst-1

I worked the other version of feathered chain and added two beads in the first sample. Ricrac is couched with this version of the stitch, with beads inside the chains in the second sample. Beads are worked on the closed feather stitches worked after the zigzag chain in the last sample. I tried this version with some variations on feathered chain stitch sampler.

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19.113.beadfeachst-2

The beaded feathered chain stitch sampler.

19.113.beaded feathered chain stitch sampler

19.113.beaded feathered chain stitch sampler

I am still floundering on my exercises on the sumptuous surfaces class, so did not explore the possibilities of this stitch much.

This is the first time, I am designing a hussif. I have not designed any fabric piece before. This is a small hussif-12 by 8 inches. Let me start with simple steps. The encrusted crazy quilting class lessons are very useful. That’s reason, I am working crazy quilting this hussif, to practice. I have not made any arrangement for my sewing machine. This hussif is pieced by hand!
The block-

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wip Wednesdays-hussif1

I am learning new things on my sumptuous surfaces class. This week’s TAST stitch sampler is growing very slowly.

I worked a floral spray on this block, the beads will come later. I started with rope stitch for the stem, berry stitches for the big leaves, detached chains for the smaller leaves, satin stitch for the flower and ended the spray with straight stitches along the stem. The seam is made of buttonhole stitches and detached chain stitches.

wip Wednesdays-floralspray and seam1

wip Wednesdays-floralspray and seam1

you can see others progress on SharonB’s blog.

This week’s is beaded version of last week’s stitch. The working of this stitch is on SharonB’s blog. The beads are added at different parts of this stitch in these samples.

13.107.beaded looped Cretan stitch sampler

13.107.beaded looped Cretan stitch sampler

I like working the stitches with beads

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