kashmiri couching stitch


This past week was not very productive. It was hard to find time to sit and stitch continuously. The navy blue cotton tunic was completed and is with the tailor now.
In this Aqua green fabric, the main thread is white. After working the upright cross stitches over the aqua green black work motif, short straight stitches were worked along the border.
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These straight stitches are used to work thick white thread through them. It is a combination of Pekinese stitch and Kashmiri couching stitch. Pekinese stitch is worked over back stitch without a stitch to secure the curve, in Kashmiri stitch the thicker thread is couched, in this way, with the thinner thread. I am yet to practice on that couching technique. Hence this short cut method.
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After working the fly stitch variations around the square, short chain stitches are worked with the same thread along the border.
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I can’t take a break from chain stitch I suppose.

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Thanks Diane, for your wonderful suggestion, it has helped in reducing my anxiety .
Today also I tried working on this Kashmiri couching stitch. The art of twisting the thread still keeps eluding me. Just have to keep working on it.
8- I tried alternating three twists with single twist of the thread in this row.

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9- top row worked in single twist couching and the bottom is worked with two twists. Need lots of practice.

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10- the centre was worked in large spiral couching, around it some small spirals.

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11- after working a spiral couching in the centre, couching with a single twist was worked around the centre. They are worked in a line to form a border.

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I might try working this couching technique for fillers, tomorrow

After the trials of the couching stitch yesterday, an idea of working this stitch as spirals came to mind. This is not my original idea. This couching stitch is used widely in Kashmiri embroidery. A thick skein of thread or wool is couched on to the fabric with a same colour thread. It is done in mono colour. Spirals form the basic pattern. I had not tried this before, thought , for this week ‘s stitch, I’ll try to work this stitch.
2- A. I tried zig zag couching in this row.
b. I started with the first row of spirals. Both these rows are worked on wool.

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3-a. drew a straight line and tried two spirals together in this row[ not satisfied again!]
b. tried different spirals by couching, [ this experiment is ok]

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4-in this row continuous spirals were worked in a line.

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5- a row of long spirals are worked in this row.

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6-I tried alternating the previous two rows.

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7-I tried working three spirals together in this row [ either, I need loads of practice or I am not doing this right]

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Quite frustrated to see the effects, though!