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This stitch on SSS challenge is the basic stitch with which the Bayeux tapestry was worked. The working is illustrated by Queenie on her blog. Having read about this tapestry on the net, I never would have thought about learning more about the embroidery, if it hadn’t been for Queenie.
Seeing the manner with which the elements of the tapestry were stitched, an idea of attempting the stitches on Indian folk art came to mind. Madhubani is a folk art from Bihar, India. Big tapestries, paintings, wall decorations, floor decorations, cushions, bags, boxes are embellished with this art form. The elements are taken from nature and mythology. If the depicts Krishna, Ganesha or Goddesses with nature elements it is Madhubani. And if the same art form is used for depicting the story of Rama it is Mythila paintings. These folk art forms are used for working Kantha embroidery also.
For this challenge two elements were chosen- lotus and fish. The pattern
Started with the first stitch on lotus and outlining with black thread. at this stage the fillings were worked first and the outlines later.
In this part the outlining preceded the fillings. It seems better this way.
The knowledge of working Kantha embroidery helped in working the curved filllings.
The whole project was worked with cotton skeins. Four strands for fillings, and 3 strands for working the stem stich outlines.
SSS.50.Bayeux sampler
Actually I enjoyed working this embroidery, seeing the fish growing gave sense of satisfaction. The Bayeux stitch and folk art are worth pursuing further.


This leaf stitch was on the ‘to try’ list for a number of years. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. To work the leaf stitch a few times on this sampler, a few leaf patterns were drawn on paper. The leaf stitch will be worked with other stitches also.
The sampler starts with the basic leaf stitch, the second sample has leaf stitch outlined with stem stitch, the stem stitch is again used on the third sample too. The working is done here with polyester thread. Not a very comfortable thread to work with.
Now it is four strands of cotton skein. The first sample has Chinese knots along with leaf stitch in the first sample. The second sample of leaf is worked with two threads, a thread for each side. The third sample had straight stitches worked between leaf lines in two colours.
The other stitches used in this part of the sampler are- buttonhole stitch, pistil stitch and fly stitch.
The picture is not very clear, the first sample has leaf stitch worked over stem stitch, the second sample had detached chain stitch and in the last sample the leaf stitches are worked on leaves with feather stitch stem.
The leaf stitch sampler is complete. I looking forward to use this stitch on my projects.
SSS.45.leaf stitch smapler

After reading that Rumanian stitch on SSS challenge is also named Indian filling stitch, the idea to work this stitch as filling took root. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
This is the fabric- handloom cotton on which this work was done.
The pattern-
The pattern was worked twice- on both sides of the pouch. Same threads were used. The variation was only in the filling. Starting with blue thread-
The other side.
Moving on to pink thread.
The same pink thread.
Next thread is green. All are anchor cotton skeins.
The green on the other side.
Six strands of thread was used work this stitch. The yellow thread.
This is last thread to be used as Rumanian stitch.
The details of the outline stitch, mirrors will be on another post.
I loved working this stitch. An easy stitch for filling wide and long patterns. The thread also behaves well.


The story of this yoke starts with this striped cotton fabric.
Thinking all these colours can be used for embroidery on a cream base, a cream cotton fabric was chosen for the tunic. This cream mangalagiri handloom cotton fabric was given to the tailor for marking the front and sleeves.

And  a simple border design was embroidered on the sleeves.
The pattern for the same.
The embroidery for this mirror work started with green colour skein. The mirror outlines were worked n chain stitch, the curls were worked in stem stitch and the leaves in leaf stitch.
The second stage was to work the orange colour skein. Chain stitches and buttonhole stitches were worked with this thread.
Next in line was the antique violet colour skein. The triangles around the neck were worked in buttonhole stitches and the second mirror outlines were worked in chain stitch.
The last outline around mirrors were worked in polyester gold colour thread.
The diamond shaped mirrors were outlined with variegated polyester thread.
The remaining chain stitch outlines were worked in yellow colour skein.
The same yellow skein was used for working all the mirrors.
Oval shaped gold bead was the last detail to be worked on this embroidery.
The pattern for this yoke.
The completed tunic.
cream mirror work tunic
This was the story of this tunic in 2014. After two and a half years, the same yoke became a part of another tunic. Which will be narrated later.

I have been working on this sewn tunic this week.
The kutchwork pattern was traced onto the tunic with white carbon. Not a very bright idea.
The pattern-
When a time was conducive I started with brown thread. The design was very light after so many weeks. The brown thread in Chennai sunlight did not match so well as in Muscat indoor light. Still eager to start the project, I started with the basic stitches with brown thread. While working on it bought red and yellow threads. After ensuring the points are covered with brown thread, started with the yellow thread.
The basic stitches in brown are interlaced with red thread. This looks much better than the dull brown. Controlling the urge to work mirrors.
The four motifs below the neck was worked in red thread.
The pattern is now is worked with yellow thread.
The centre and other spaces are worked in half white thread. By this time the design from white carbon has completely vanished. This pattern was also drawn on 2mm graph paper.
The project is completed without mirrors.
WIPW127-orange yellow chanderi kutch tunic
The embroidery detail-
WIPW127-orange yellow kutch tunic-det
The tunic looks nice even without the embroidery. An outline stitch around the neck would have been sufficient.
The 17th stitch on SSS challenge seems like an easy stitch. Started working on the sampler today.

I am in Chennai, India for vacation. Embroidery is not part of this routine. Still some small assignments are worked in between other work. This tunic was worked in the summer of 2016.
After working two tunics in lemon green and white combination some pieces of lemon green fabric was lying around. A kutchwork embroidery seemed like a good idea. There was this tunic fabric in half white cotton block printed with the same colour.
I wanted to add another colour to this white. A medium majenta thread was chosen.
Drawing diagonal kutchwork on 2mm graph paper gives a dainty look. The border pattern-
The pattern below the neck-
I started with the first sleeve border.
Making the anchoring stiches was not so difficult. Care was required to work the stitch at the precise point and moving over or under the thread had to be accurate. The interlacing was not so easy, because of the daintiness of the pattern.
This is the same story in the second part of the journey, still it was better to work the outer squares.
Instead of looking for another colour, the single line kutch border was worked in green. An idea of working this border in white was considered and rejected.
I moved on to the yoke at this point. The kutch work in green thread.
The basic kutch squares worked in majenta.
Worked the border in majenta and the back stitch outline was worked in white. This piece was completed.
The border on another sleeve was worked.
The embroidered pieces and the tunic fabric was given for sewing.

white green majenta kutch tunic
The detail.
white green majenta kutch tunic-det
After a while, a cotton fabric with same lemon colour tones was bought for salwar [ Indian  pants].
white green majenta kutch tunic-salwar
I wore this tunic set last week. It was cool.

This is another new stitch for me in this SSS challenge. The working is on Queenie’s blog. This is last week’s stitch, it took a while to complete the sampler.
This mountmellick embroidery is one of the many types of embroidery I have been planning to learn and execute. This challenge is used to work some samplers of new stitches and new embroideries.
After knowing the stitch of the week on this challenge, some browsing for the embroidery began on pinterest board. A few samples of  mountmellick stitch and other stitches were chosen.
Different shapes were drawn to work these combinations.
Transferred to the fabric.
The first sample is outlined with mountmellick stitch and filled with back stitch and French knots. Detached chain stitches were worked around in circle and outlined with mountmellick stitch in the second sample, after filling the third sample with mountmellick stitch rows it is outlined with Portuguese stem stitch, the inner spine of the fourth sample is worked with two rows of buttonhole stitch and the outlie is worked in mountmellick stitch.
After outlining the fifth sample with mountmellick stitch straight stitches are worked. The spine in the sixth sample is worked with mountmellick stitch with detached chain and French knots and outlined with stem stitch. The seventh sample is a combo of fly stitch variation and mountmellick stitch.mountmellick stitch is combined with Danish knots on the eighth sample.
Ninth and tenth samples have french knots, satin stitches and mountmellick stitches.
Three rows of mountmellick stitches are worked with pistil stitches on eleventh sample. The mountmellick spine on twelfth sample is outlined with chain stitch. Mountmellick stitch veins are outlined with feather stitch in the thirteenth sample.wheatear stitch forms the spine of this mountmellick stitched outline of the fourteenth and the last sample.
The whole mountmellick stitch sampler.
SSS.mountmellick stitch sampler
I like the texture produced by this stitch. It is easier to manage than palestrina knot stitch. Since mountmellick embroidery is worked in white threads on white fabric, I wanted a sampler with totally different effect. Perle cotton #8 cooperated very well with the working of this stitch. I understand why I face problems with polyester threads. It is long way to go on this mountmellick embroidery journey, just feeling happy to have started this at this point,

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