hand embroidery


It has been more than two weeks since I came to India. It is hard to find time to do embroidery. Another Sunday has come and gone and next stitch was also announced. At last a few samples of Norwich stitch could be worked. The working of this 14th stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
To understand the stitch, the first row of samples were worked. The next row of samples are worked over five holes with a hole left untouched, still in the mode of familiarising  with the stitch. The third row has Norwich stitch worked over four holes.
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It was time to try the upright version of this stitch on the first set of samples. What if two colour threads are used alternatively? The basic crosses are worked in one colour and the overlapping crosses are worked in another colour. The third row has bigger Norwich stitch samples worked in two colours. A few trials of Norwich stitch were done in the last row.
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The whole sampler. It is hard to think about variations in Chennai with so many activities.SSS.14.norwich stitch sampler

Stitch challenges
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The band sampler of last week’s lace stitch along with a few NESSAL black work borders was completed. This week’s stitch is mount mellick stitch. I have not worked this stitch before. I have always wanted to learn other embroidery techniques. This mount mellick embroidery is one of them. Taking the opportunity given by this challenge, an idea of working a sampler of some stitches of this embroidery along with this week’s stitch as come up. The shapes are drawn on paper and traced on a beige fabric. Hoping to start the work tomorrow.
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This week’s stitch is a beautiful stitch with a long name- buttonholed cable chain stitch. The samples were worked on earlier challenge. The link was posted on FB group page yesterday.
I have started the embroidery with gold metallic thread on this green fabric.
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I am going to India for a whole month on this Saturday. Four weeks is too long to be without stitching. Just sorting through the projects to take at least two of them to India. Really hoping not to buy tunic fabrics for embroidery.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is lace stitch or three sided stitch. This stitch comes under pulled thread embroidery. The working is on Queenie’s blog. Earlier in this challenge we had four sided stitch. The samples of four sided stitch were worked as any counted thread stitch and not as pulled thread work. Needing to expand my skill, I have decided to work this stitch as pulled thread work.
Started to learn this stitch on mati cloth. The fabric is far more accommodative than I expected.
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Then tried the stitch on a linen bought from IKEA. This is not the effect I want.
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Mati cloth it is.
An idea to work the samples along with some borders seems like a good one at this point. Maybe it is better to work within a specified area. Then what about looking for some frames which can be used for this?
The frame
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Measured the area to be worked and started with the first sample.
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The pattern for this. It is the basic three sided stitch. The black dots are were the fabric is pulled and create holes.
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Two rows of three sided stitch worked together looks like this-
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The pattern
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The idea for this sample occurred while learning the stitch on matti cloth.
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The pattern. Each hexagon need not be connected. That’ll make another variation.
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Three sided stitch worked on both sides of this black work pattern.
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The pattern
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These squares are not connected.
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The pattern
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The stitches are worked diagonally.

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The pattern
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The sampler is completed. A picture of the sampler was also taken. It was not easy to insert the sampler inside the frame. The problem was not foreseen. After uploading the images, noticed that the sampler image was blurred. I did not want to take it out and insert it again. The framed sampler-
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It was very exciting to work on this sampler. I had tried pulled thread work when working on sumptuous surfaces class. But three sided stitch was tried for the first time on this challenge.
The matti cloth cooperated well.
The stitch itself is versatile.
I could work on another Stitch A Long in this project which was not happening for quite some time.
It was interesting learning process to fit the sampler within  the frame.
I could complete the work.

It was a good pastime to see designed stitch samplers on the net. Even though this is small piece I am happy to do this.

Stitch challenges
The knotted satin stitch of last week on SSS challenge was started on a peacock design on linen fabric. This will take a while to be completed. This week’s stitch on this challenge is lace stitch or three sided stitch on pulled thread embroidery. The samples are to be worked on small area within a frame. It’s started today.
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NESSAL
Some bands will be taken from this stitch along to work with lace stitch.
TAST
This week Algerian eye stitch is on TAST challenge. The samples were worked on earlier challenge. The link to the samples on this blog was posted today morning on FB group page.
The stitch challenge stitches are taking up most of the time this week. The cross stitch borders were completed on Aida fabric for navy blue polyester linen tunic.
This fabric is benarasi georgette in green.
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Benarasi means a type of weaving on different fabrics. Silk, tussar, cotton, georgette , chiffon, crepe, wool are all woven in this type. It is from Varanasi [in northern India] or Benaras as it is called.
An embroidery with stones and zardosi beads will be worked around the neckline on dark green fabric. The design is ready to be traced.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is Knotted satin stitch. This a broad version of rope stitch. The working of the stitch is explained in Queenie’s blog.
I have been interested in glazig embroidery. The name was known through Pinterest. It is contemporary, and colourful. Lots of room for creativity too. This person- Pascal Jaouen seems to have started this according to my knowledge. I may be wrong.
This Glazig embroidery is so attractive and inspiring. A notion of merging this week’s stitch and this embroidery seemed appealing. The project is for a string bag.
The colours-
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Started working knotted satin stitch on this new peacock.
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Still struggling for neat stitches. It is time to use the rope stitch for eyes and curves.
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While work the stitches realized that, it could take quite a bit of time to complete the whole design. Should have controlled my enthusiasm before starting a medium size project like this. After working the outlines with rope stitch, this project is stopped for this challenge.
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Though the mastering of this stitch is still far away, I am consoling myself with the idea that this is a study of the stitch.
There are two other challenges in Facebook- A year in stitches and Just one stitch. This project can be used for that. A little bit of stitching everyday might get this project completed. It will be good to have a creative project going on the side.

Stitch challenges
SSS challenge does not have any new stitch this week. Queenie is using last five weeks stitches on a project. At present I am not planning to do anything this week. But eager to see how all these stitches are used by Queenie.
Last week’s TAST challenge stitch sampler was completed and the link was posted. This week’s stitch is alternating up and down buttonhole stitch. The samples were worked during earlier TAST challenge. The link to the post was posted on FB group page yesterday.
The other challenges are yet to be part of weekly routine.
Zardosi
The embroidery on cream raw silk was completed and the tunic fabric along with the embroidered piece is given to the tailor. The silk fabrics with lining are ideal for cool weather. I had bought some silk fabrics in India on my earlier trips. They are brought out now to be embroidered. Though a general idea was there when these fabrics were bought, it is only at the time of making them into a project the ideas are coming into shape. Another dark green fabric is in queue for zardosi embroidery.
Cross stitch
Some progress was made on the sleeves of the navy blue polyester linen tunic.
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After working on current project during the day, the evenings are spent browsing the net for ideas. Focus is on zardosi embroidery. The zardosi beads look grand on silk fabrics. Most of the designs involve all over embroidery or heavy work on sarees and blouses. Not suitable for my requirement. Still looking around. yesterday some browsing was done on Parsi embroidery too. The idea of parsi embroidery was implemented on a few tunics some years ago. It was trial error at that time. may be it is time to try it again.

We have a new decorative stitch on TAST challenge. The working is explained by SharonB here. It is nice to be learning new applications of stitches on this challenge.
I started with the basic fancy herringbone stitch as shown by Sharon in the first sample. It is easy to see how the stitch is worked from this sample, but felt it didn’t look neat, so decided to decrease the height and width of the herringbone stitch row in the second sample. It looked like a braid. Tried increasing the height in the third sample.
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Worked closed herringbone stitch and worked the interlacing on that in the first sample. In the second sample, a version of double herringbone stitch was worked and the interlacing is done only on the shorter herringbone stitches.
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In this sample the upright crosses are worked slightly closer to the centre and the interlacing is done on the inner vertical stitches.
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After working double herringbone stitch rows, the interlacing is done continuously around the crosses in the first sample. After working upright crosses on one side of the herringbone stitch row, individual fly stitches are worked on that side. And the interlacing is done around the crosses and fly stitches. This way so many other stitches can be used like- detached chain, wheat ear, pistil, Danish knot -to name a few. Even other linear stitches can be worked alongside and interlacing can be worked on them. Fancy stitches open so many possibilities.
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The sampler-

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The last five rows before starting fancy interlacing.1-70-fanh-bonest-b

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