holbein st or kasooti st


We had family visiting from India. They left on Tuesday last week. I was never near the needles or thread or computer during that time to post progress.
The stitches on SSS challenge of the last three weeks are yet to be tackled. The braid stitch is a stitch to be learnt, this might be worked on a string bag. The design is yet to be drawn. Hoping to start the Chinese cross stitch samples today. The method of working the Chinese knots will have to be considered after this.
The TAST challenge has to be visited on Pintangle.
A few borders in Kasuti embroidery was worked on the sampler cloth. This will be a separate post from now on.
WIPW144-Kasuti-sam
Projects
The embroidery with green thread on black fabric for green blouse was completed. The zardosi work on pink fabric for violet matka silk was also completed.
The kutchwork border designs were drawn on cream / half white cotton fabric. This will be long project, so the progress may not be regular. It started with working near the edge.
WIPW144- cream tkutch-1
We had open chain stitch on SSS challenge. This stitch is often used in some Indian ethnic embroidery. To work this stitch for this red striped tunic, is the next project idea.
WIPW144-redstrt-1
Another project idea is also there, which will be shared on next work in progress Wednesday post.

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The earlier weeks randjes were completed. The blog which is running this challenge seems to be well set for 2016. The next year’s challenge is a long sampler including alphabets, which will be posted in parts every week.

WIPW71-RPW2015

WIPW71-RPW2015

This project is a cube ornament. The black work pattern for this ornament is posted on a facebook group. Many people would be familiar with Seba Designs. This is stitch a long. This is my first SAL. Started the outlines with double running stitch. This is done on 14 count Aida.

WIPW71-cube ornament[14]bw1

WIPW71-cube ornament[14]bw1

The second black work border in dark brown thread was worked this week on the aida cloth. It is nearing completion on one side. This border is also worked continuously and completed in the return journey.

WIPW54-beigebwt-7

WIPW54-beigebwt-7

Small straight stitches were worked around the kutchwork motifs on the mirror work yoke.

WIPW54-blmirt-5

WIPW54-blmirt-5

Drawing kalamkari patterns is very interesting. Now I know why some people enjoy zentangles. The repetitive patterns are really relaxing. I listen to some sleep inducing music during this exercise. Working half an hour at night seems ideal now.

WIPW54-kalam-2

WIPW54-kalam-2

The 25th week’s edges are very interesting to work. The main thread I have chosen for working on the edges these past weeks is variegated and is not giving enough contrast to the fabric colour. But this 49th edge brings out the full impact of the thread colours.

RPW2015-49

RPW2015-49

This edge looks very unique and beautiful with the use of two threads. The idea of using the colours together in sequence on these Algerian eyelet stitches was very exciting and I love this edge.

RPW2015-50

RPW2015-50

The free graph for these edges are here.

I have progressed on the black work central piece. A continuous border was worked this week with double running stitch.  This border needs to be worked on the other side too.This project is also helping in learning this stitch with a neat back side. The pattern  inspiration is from kasuti embroidery .

WIPW52-beigebwt-5

WIPW52-beigebwt-5

Satin stitches are used for filling these small triangles in the blue mirror work project. This yoke provides a good diversion from the long black work piece.

WIPW52-blmirt-3

WIPW52-blmirt-3

I was browsing through the kalamkari images for inspiration this week. There are lots of inspirational images. Idea of drawing these designs occupies the mind. It‘ll be good thing to learn drawing on a sketch book, which can be used later. This exercise can improve the drawing skill and help in embroidery also. This can be another hobby. One mercerized cotton ikat is waiting for a good kalamkari panel!
I am also collecting pictures of my old embroidered tunics to use as samples to explain the procedure of embroidery on wearable. The series started two weeks before.

This week’s edges are quite interesting on this challenge. The free graph for these edges are here.

rpw2015-45

rpw2015-45

The interesting part starts with the 46th edge. This edge is worked in double running stitch or Holbein stitch. By working with this stitch, the edge looks the same on both right and wrong sides. The Indian kasuti embroidery is worked this way. Video demonstration of this technique is available on this link.

rpw2015-46

rpw2015-46

I was excited to start this on my own, missing the video. The method of working the ends neatly is shown there. So sad! My untidy version is here. But I have managed to work the cross stitch in double running stitch.

rpw2015-46 reverse

rpw2015-46 reverse

I have stopped worrying that the thread used on these edges is not bright. It feels okay now.

There is a variation on this week’s edges. The second edge is worked in Algerian eye stitch. The free graph for these edges are here.

rpw-2015-41,42

rpw-2015-41,42

When working this Algerian eye stitch, I remembered about kasuti embroidery. This embroidery which is worked mainly in double running stitch, is from Karnataka, India. There are many aspects, regarding the origin, region, types, stitches, names, uses of this embroidery.

This particular stitch is worked as a design in double running stitch, which results in the right and the reverse side of the embroidery being the same. I tried working this edge with this idea in mind. So, the wrong side of this edge which looks like a mirror image of the original one excluding the knots, of course! That problem has to be tackled when working on kasuti embroidery. it was quite interesting to work this edge.

rpw2015-42 reverse

rpw2015-42 reverse

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