motif sampler


This stitch was not an easy to work. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. Her samples are lovely.
Two things could have helped- a fixed hoop and perle cotton thread.
I was using a hand hoop and cotton skein to work this stitch. The result-
SSS. 76. Looped flower stitch
The past week was stitch free week, being Navrathri festival. This stitch was learnt on the tenth day, hoping for successful use of this stitch in the future.

I started on this challenge quite  late thinking it was an easy one. But it was different in reality. the details of this challenge is here.
First it gave too many choices, I couldn’t decide which stitches to use for filling.
The shapes within which these stitches can be experimented. Random shapes or shapes as part of a design. I started with random shapes.
The fabric to work the challenge. A pink colour striped handloom fabric was chosen [thinking the lines can be used as marking]
The indecision went on and on, at last I started on the sampler last week.
The sampler
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Arrow head stitches worked in two directions are used to fill the first shape.
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Lacing the chain stitch rows started on the second motif.
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After lacing the rows, running stitch rows are worked between them.
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The third motif starts with herringbone squares.
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Squares made of arrow head stitches are worked in the spaces between herringbone squares.
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Vertical threads are stitched down with chain stitch rows.
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Lock stitches are worked over straight stitches on this 4th shape.
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Closed herringbone filling in two colours was worked on this zizzag shape.
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Double herringbone stitch rows are worked to fill the 6th motif.
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Still working on this sampler.

 

The week the SSS challenge was set aside to work on Beyond TAST challenge. After working on a few more layering ideas, the sampler was completed for the time being.
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The chain stitch embroidery is continued for the Cream tussar tunic. The progress is quite slow, but there is no urgency to make it faster. This project will take time.
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Every week, Queenie is posting interesting and easy stitches on SSS challenge. It is catching up time this week

I have been working on this challenge whenever possible during these past weeks, just realized the details of samples were never posted after the first one.
The second sample is also a flower. The filling is with buttonhole stitches.
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Outlining with chain stitch.
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Trellis stitch.
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Rope stitch
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Straight stitches worked in angles on top of each other.
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Again buttonhole.
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Completed with straight stitches and pistil stitches. Another fantasy flower.BTAST18-4-2

This time also it is an interesting concept on Beyond TAST challenge. The idea of layering the stitches is a new thing for me. Kutch work, mirror work, couching – on all these a certain amount of interlacing, layering were worked. But to work a piece with the main purpose of layering with stitches is different.
Sharon had started the flow with Rice stitch. I am keeping aside the possibilities of rice stitch and square boss stitch for the time being. Crewel embroidery details seems like a good place to start.
A linen bought from IKEA was prepared to work this sampler.
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The flower started with flat stitch in two shades of pink.
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Pistil stitches in blue worked over the petals.
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Outlined with chain stitch. The completed flower.
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Feather stitch and Satin stitches worked with basic stem stitch outline.
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Again outlining with chain stitch
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Buttonhole stitch around the feather stitch.
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After filling one half of the leaf with coral stitch, satin stitches are layered.
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Worked padded satin for the other part of the top leaf.
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After working the stem stitch, this sample is completed.
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Layering with stitches is a different angle which needs to be explored further.

 

This was a productive week.
The March and April black work mandala on MMM SAL was completed. The details and pictures will be posted later.
Some samples of Figure 8 knot stitch on SSS challenge was also tried during this week.
I had bought a ready to wear  printed Patiala salwar from FABINDIA. An ikat fabric was bought for the tunic. The combo.
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A yoke was embroidered and the tunic was also sewn. This was in 2014. This was also worn a few times in India, but when I wore this time, the tunic felt loose and short. This was brought back to Muscat.
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The idea of detaching the yoke and sewing it on to a peach fabric was implemented by the tailor. Now I want to work a buttonhole stitch  in peach colour around the inner circle, to match the peach tunic.
This linen fabric was bought in Dubai, IKEA. This fabric is to be used to work this month’s Beyond TAST challenge. It was cut to workable width and hemmed around the edges.
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The sampler started with a small flower.
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This is the last part of laid work embroidery on Beyond TAST challenge. This embroidery was quite interesting because- it was on my ‘to do’ list, the ground work for it was already done [adding the videos], it is a part of crewel work embroidery [which captivates me], the sampler cloth was ready with some designs, just copying the work from videos and the surprises and lessons learnt during the development of each design.
The designs-
Laid work with stranded cotton, and the work in perle cotton.
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Another interesting development of the design.
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Just diagonal weaving.
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Zigzag weaving
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We are back to laid work
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Whipping the threads both ways on this design
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I missed an intersection on this design. And the yellow thread is actually split stitch!
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The sampler cloth looks like this now. The traced designs can be tackled another time.
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