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I am still working on SSS challenge stitches this past week. Two weeks holiday in India starts on this Friday. If a few more stitches are explored before that I would be happy. But stitching without thinking will be an ideal relaxation now. Beyond TAST challenge has one more week.
Cream tussar tunic
I have started working on the last detail of the leaves. After this detail is completed, time to choose the colour for flowers.
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Another design for tunic also was started this week. The tunic is a combination of two purple cotton fabrics, a blue zari border would be attached to the front and sleeves.
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A light green fabric will have kutchwork motifs around which this border will be attached in the front. After designing the motif, the work was started on the green fabric.
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The green fabric is small enough to carry on the trip, if I find time to stitch.

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The parsi embroidery on blue crepe tunic was completed after working the french knots. The fabric is with the tailor now.
I have been working on laid work embroidery for BTAST. After filling a few more motifs, this sampler is completed for the time being. The details will be on a different post.
I have been lagging behind on black work mandala SAL. For the months of March and April, the Aida will have lesser holes per inch. Yesterday the markings were done on this piece. Thinking of using the polyester thread to work these mandalas.
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Then it will be time for the stitches on SSS challenge, which is next week’s work.

These isolated stitch explorations were worked during the first week of this month. iam late in posting the details.
Individual triple chain stitches are worked in a pattern in the first sample. The second sample is an arrangement of Vandyke stitches.
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Starting of Cretan stitch mandala.
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Another circle of overlapping Cretan circle.
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Finished with fly stitches.
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The first sample is a combo of buttonhole stitch and wheat ear stitch and the second sample is an arrangement of sword stitches.
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These detailed motifs on the sampler.
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These are double chain explorations. I didn’t get far.
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Used this double chain on the motif inside the design too.
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Now for some twisted chain arrangements. This twisted chain stitch is a versatile stitch. This stitch was used often on my TAST samplers.
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Isolated Basque stitches.
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Coral stitch arrangements.
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Experimenting with double interlacing on these buttonhole square.
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Another double interlaced sample.
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The detailed samples together on the sampler.
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And it was time to complete this design with stitches. The stitches are coral stitch, twisted chain stitch, fern stitch, half chevron stitch, couching with Vandyke stitches, twisting done on two back stitches.
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The sampler is completed for this challenge. The sampler piece can be used later.
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The design with the stitch experiments.
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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
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Started with the first stitch on lotus and outlining with black thread. at this stage the fillings were worked first and the outlines later.
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In this part the outlining preceded the fillings. It seems better this way.
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The knowledge of working Kantha embroidery helped in working the curved filllings.
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The whole project was worked with cotton skeins. Four strands for fillings, and 3 strands for working the stem stich outlines.
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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.
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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.
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The tunics will be handled after this work.

 

It seems I have few works in progress this week.
SALS
MMM SAL
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.
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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.
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Then, I will move on to designing these borders inspired kutchwork pattern. Whether they will be worked, is another story.
Challenges
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.
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I am looking through Kogin and Swedish weaving techniques for this challenge.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The other stitches used in this part of the sampler are- buttonhole stitch, pistil stitch and fly stitch.
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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.
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The leaf stitch sampler is complete. I looking forward to use this stitch on my projects.
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