Madhubani Art


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
SSS.50.Bayx-pat
Started with the first stitch on lotus and outlining with black thread. at this stage the fillings were worked first and the outlines later.
SSS.50.Bayx-1
In this part the outlining preceded the fillings. It seems better this way.
SSS.50.Bayx-2
The knowledge of working Kantha embroidery helped in working the curved filllings.
SSS.50.Bayx-3
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.

These past few days the projects were really works in progress.
Challenges
Beyond TAST
Most time was spent on working the kogin and Swedish weaving samplers. Sashiko embroidery on Yellow table cloth could be completed.
SSS
Earlier week’s colonial knot is waiting to be worked. Keeping aside the Beyond TAST samplers for the time being, I am embarking on learning the Bayeux stitch. We have some many folk art in our country, Madhubani painting is one of them. There are human, animal, tree, bird, nature, God elements on it. A small Madhubani element is chosen to work the stitches.
WIPW164-SSS.50.Bayx-1
The tunics will be handled after this work.