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This is another new stitch for me in this SSS challenge. The working is on Queenie’s blog. This is last week’s stitch, it took a while to complete the sampler.
This mountmellick embroidery is one of the many types of embroidery I have been planning to learn and execute. This challenge is used to work some samplers of new stitches and new embroideries.
After knowing the stitch of the week on this challenge, some browsing for the embroidery began on pinterest board. A few samples of  mountmellick stitch and other stitches were chosen.
Different shapes were drawn to work these combinations.
SSS.13.moumst-pat
Transferred to the fabric.
SSS.13.moumst-fpat
The first sample is outlined with mountmellick stitch and filled with back stitch and French knots. Detached chain stitches were worked around in circle and outlined with mountmellick stitch in the second sample, after filling the third sample with mountmellick stitch rows it is outlined with Portuguese stem stitch, the inner spine of the fourth sample is worked with two rows of buttonhole stitch and the outlie is worked in mountmellick stitch.
SSS.13.moumst-1,2,3,4
After outlining the fifth sample with mountmellick stitch straight stitches are worked. The spine in the sixth sample is worked with mountmellick stitch with detached chain and French knots and outlined with stem stitch. The seventh sample is a combo of fly stitch variation and mountmellick stitch.mountmellick stitch is combined with Danish knots on the eighth sample.
SSS.13.moumst-5,6,7,8
Ninth and tenth samples have french knots, satin stitches and mountmellick stitches.
SSS.13.moumst-9,10
Three rows of mountmellick stitches are worked with pistil stitches on eleventh sample. The mountmellick spine on twelfth sample is outlined with chain stitch. Mountmellick stitch veins are outlined with feather stitch in the thirteenth sample.wheatear stitch forms the spine of this mountmellick stitched outline of the fourteenth and the last sample.
SSS.13.moumst-11,12,13,14
The whole mountmellick stitch sampler.
SSS.mountmellick stitch sampler
I like the texture produced by this stitch. It is easier to manage than palestrina knot stitch. Since mountmellick embroidery is worked in white threads on white fabric, I wanted a sampler with totally different effect. Perle cotton #8 cooperated very well with the working of this stitch. I understand why I face problems with polyester threads. It is long way to go on this mountmellick embroidery journey, just feeling happy to have started this at this point,

On this week’s chart on RPW 2016, the motifs in the centre are completed and there are three more motifs and a corner design. The chart is available here.
Made a mistake in calculation on the corner motif, had to remove the stitches and start over again. I like this corner motif.

rpw2016-w48

rpw2016-w48

The sampler we are working on RPW2016 seems to have completed the alphabets and numerals and started with motifs. The chart is available here.
These past weeks it is hard to work on this piece. The fabric is too big, each and every stitch needs to be checked, and only time the work proceeds faster is after making a mistake! Next time, any cross stitch project is going to be a personal challenge and it has to be small.  And this ‘next time’ should be several months later. Phew!

RPW2016-W47

RPW2016-W47

This week’s Randje per week challenge chart had numerals. They were easy to work. This week’s stitch on TAST challenge is slipped detached chain or tulip stitch. the link to the samples worked earlier was posted on FB group page.
Marash Embroidery
The kutchwork embroidery on Cream kalamkari patch work tunic was completed this week.
Pink kutchwork border on green
The sleeve border design is made of three rows of kutchwork on this green fabric. The part I am working is in pink thread and is in the centre and bigger than the other two rows. The other two rows are to be worked in green thread. This work being intricate is worked in segments. The kutchwork design is quite simple. The central part of the border of one sleeve was completed.

WIPW-106-whigremajekutch-5

WIPW-106-whigremajekutch-5

Orange violet combo tunic
The kutchwork elements in four colours constitute the border for the sleeve of this orange and violet combo tunic. This is the first segment of this project. Rest of the embroidery will be done after the tunic is sewn.

WIPW106-oraviocombokutch-4

WIPW106-oraviocombokutch-4

Mirror work
The beads are added onto the mirror worked sleeves. Following this, the tunic front will be worked. Now that the tunic is sewn, the embroidery can be done at leisure.

WIPW106-beigemirt-8

WIPW106-beigemirt-8

A medium sized yoke design is drawn on graph paper during this week for the beige linen fabric.
I have a red salwar which needed a tunic to make it into a set. I found this printed cotton mull fabric. At this point, there is no idea to embellish this tunic with embroidery. I need some casual wear. Just a desire to share the picture.

WIPW106-whiredmulltunic

WIPW106-whiredmulltunic

The randje per week 2016 challenge weekly chart was completed on Saturday. Yesterday I forgot to check Pintangle, so that is to be done today after posting this week’s works in progress here.
Marsh Embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
This tunic is back form the tailor. This project was to be done in two phases. But the embroidery was not completed before sewing the tunic. This is the third phase, hoping to restart tomorrow.

WIPW105-crekalmkaripatkutch-10

WIPW105-crekalmkaripatkutch-10

Pink kutch work border on green
This project was kept aside for some time. A break from shisha work was used to work on this kutchwork border, and it progressed a little. Though a simple pattern, it takes a while to work because of the intricacy produced by using 2mm graph for the design.

WIPW105-whigremajekutch-4

WIPW105-whigremajekutch-4

The sleeves on the orange and violet combo fabric was completed. A corner pattern made of same borders was drawn, keeping in mind the design of the tunic.
Mirror work
After working mirror after mirror after mirror, break was necessary. This tunic fabric along with incomplete work was given for sewing. The remaining mirrors and bead work will be done after it comes back from the tailor.

WIPW105-beigemirt-7

WIPW105-beigemirt-7

A linen in beige is waiting for an embroidery design. I saw a tussar tunic which had ethnic Gujarati embroidery with mirrors. A yoke filled with these type of motifs and small mirrors seems like a good idea. Will have wait and see, how the idea develops into a yoke design.

The Randje per week chart was completed on Saturday. Lock stitch and double lock stitch are this week’s stitches on TAST challenge. I had worked the samples on two designs earlier. These were posted on FB TAST group page.
Marash Embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
This tunic is with the tailor now. The embroidery on both sleeves are completed. A few diamond motifs were also worked. The rest of the embroidery will be completed after it is sewn.
Orange violet combo tunic
This tunic will be worked in two phases. A small border for the sleeves was started. Just a glimpse of the WIP.

WIPW104-oraviocombokutch-3

WIPW104-oraviocombokutch-3

Mirror work
I‘ll work on this tunic during this week. It might take long to complete all the mirrors. Some beads may be incorporated into this design.

WIPW104-beigemirt-6

WIPW104-beigemirt-6

Kantha work
Seeing that the mirror work and bead work will be  a long project, I started on the kantha work. This is plain black cloth for the embroidery on sleeves.

WIPW104-mablaikatkantha-2

WIPW104-mablaikatkantha-2

While working realized this could also be another long project, decided to keep it in the shelf for the time being.

WIPW104-marnlaikatkantha-3

WIPW104-marnlaikatkantha-3

Working on these projects, mind keeps thinking  of designs for new projects. Once or twice it started as drawing on paper also. Some webpages are inspiring and addictive and I get carried away by the vast variety of designs. if the time spent on these browsing can be limited, there might be more designs forthcoming. let’s see what this week brings in.

I am a day late in posting the progress on my projects. The two weeks in Chennai, India was filled with visits, shopping and dental appointments. Actually, there was no time for embroidery at all. I picked up some ideas for tunic designs though.
The randje per week sampler was left in Muscat. It was started on this Sunday. With three charts to catch up, the first chart was completed yesterday. I am presently working on this challenge.

WIPW102-RPW2016-W34

WIPW102-RPW2016-W34

The TAST challenge of this year is more of posting the old samplers on the Facebook page. This was totally neglected. This needs to be looked into.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
I just worked a small part of the sleeve on this project before leaving for India.

WIPW102-crkalamkaripatkut-8

WIPW102-crkalamkaripatkut-8

The violet fabric of the orange violet combo tunic was taken to India, with the hope of working the small border and finding a proper leggings in violet. The leggings was bought but the fabric came back as it was! I think with this colour combination, the project will have more of Indian ethnic look.

WIPW102-oraviocombokutch-2

WIPW102-oraviocombokutch-2

Mirror work
After working the brown thread, the design is outlined with chain stitch in green thread. it is still in progress.

WIPW102-beigemirt-4

WIPW102-beigemirt-4

Kantha embroidery
The kantha embroidery design for the sleeves was traced and the fabrics were taken to Chennai, to be brought back in their packed condition.
The embroidery projects will be taken up after catching up on the randje per week challenge. These days the alphabets are getting bolder and bigger, involving a few days of work. Another chart will come on this Saturday. We are having holidays from tomorrow for Eid-Al-Adha- A time for pilgrimage to the holy shrine. I have to wait and see how much time can be allotted for embroidery.

Picked up a page filled with neck designs. My tailor loves these charts. A sample-

WIPW102-neck pat

WIPW102-neck pat

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