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
Started with the first stitch on lotus and outlining with black thread. at this stage the fillings were worked first and the outlines later.
In this part the outlining preceded the fillings. It seems better this way.
The knowledge of working Kantha embroidery helped in working the curved filllings.
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.
Beyond TAST
Most time was spent on working the kogin and Swedish weaving samplers. Sashiko embroidery on Yellow table cloth could be completed.
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.
The tunics will be handled after this work.


It seems I have few works in progress this week.
Every day I work for half an hour on this month’s mandala. After working back stitch on the outline, design was started with the help of chart posted on the site. I didn’t realise the blurred quality of the picture.
RPW 2018
Though this a weekly SAL, I haven’t started the cross stitch. But, using the border pattern, a small book mark with Hindu lord’s name in my language is in designing stage.
Then, I will move on to designing these borders inspired kutchwork pattern. Whether they will be worked, is another story.
Beyond TAST
Using the idea of working Sashiko patterns, the embroidery on yellow table cloth was started. The work in progress on the third panel.
I am looking through Kogin and Swedish weaving techniques for this challenge.
The band sampler on this week’s stitch on SSS challenge was started yesterday.
I have added a few more mirrors on Blue grey ikat tunic. It gives a necessary change of work.
Some time is allotted for each work every day. Not much time on stitching, but widening the knowledge through other’s work is very interesting. Time passes very swiftly.


This leaf stitch was on the ‘to try’ list for a number of years. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. To work the leaf stitch a few times on this sampler, a few leaf patterns were drawn on paper. The leaf stitch will be worked with other stitches also.
The sampler starts with the basic leaf stitch, the second sample has leaf stitch outlined with stem stitch, the stem stitch is again used on the third sample too. The working is done here with polyester thread. Not a very comfortable thread to work with.
Now it is four strands of cotton skein. The first sample has Chinese knots along with leaf stitch in the first sample. The second sample of leaf is worked with two threads, a thread for each side. The third sample had straight stitches worked between leaf lines in two colours.
The other stitches used in this part of the sampler are- buttonhole stitch, pistil stitch and fly stitch.
The picture is not very clear, the first sample has leaf stitch worked over stem stitch, the second sample had detached chain stitch and in the last sample the leaf stitches are worked on leaves with feather stitch stem.
The leaf stitch sampler is complete. I looking forward to use this stitch on my projects.
SSS.45.leaf stitch smapler

I am planning to work on leaf stitch sampler on SSS challenge. The stitch looks simple and it is eagerly awaited stitch.
My tailor informed that he was going to Pakistan for 3 months yesterday. This means for some time the embroidery on tunics can be set aside. This might  be the change I was looking for. Now stitch challenges, UFO’s, new stitches, other ethnic embroideries, may be even some crochet can be looked into.
Blue ikat tunic
Another stitch and thread was started on this motif border for blue ikat tunic.
Mustard mangalagiri tunic
The embellishing with embroidery and beads was completed on mustard with copper zari tunic.
The details will be on another post. Now is the time to think of ways to work leaf stitch.

This braid stitch is definitely a tough stitch to learn. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
This stitch was on to learn list for a long time. When Queenie posted on SSS challenge, I decided after a long time, to practice on a pattern. The project was a string bag. The pattern was isolated from a circle pattern on the internet.
After the tracing the pattern on to the cloth, I started with the flower. Not being satisfied with the work, outlined it with back stitch.
Moving on to the next part with light green thread,
Till now the area was small for embroidery, now the stem was so long, that the project was kept on hold for some time. While taking it up again, suddenly realized, the working rhythm was forgotten. After looking at the tutorial, continued with the stitching. This stitch may not be my friend thought was reinforced at this point.
Chinese knot
This is the 33rd stitch on SSS challenge. The working can be found on Queenie’s blog. I loved working this stitch.
The completed design.
SSS.31.braid stitch bag

SSS challenge
40th week Du Vos stitch was used for simple outlining on a tunic. Some samples of thorn stitch was worked as band on matti cloth. I am not spending as much time on exploring these challenge stitches as I should. It is so easy to lose time on the vast ideas on the net and day dreaming about them. It would definitely help to get out of the habit of downloading ideas.
Green yellow ikat tunic
The work on mirror mandalas for this green yellow ikat tunic was completed.
Blue grey ikat tunic
After drawing and tracing the design for neck and sleeves on the blue fabric, embroidery was started yesterday with herring bone filling in pink thread.
The ikat weave on mercerized cotton is a good choice for attire.


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