speciality stitches


It is a productive week. On Beyond TAST challenge, a few more layered embroidery ideas were attempted.
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Since my tailor is back from vacation, the tunic fabrics which were set aside are getting due attention now.
This tunic is a combo of three fabrics- block printed white cotton, violet handloom cotton and white hakoba for sleeves. I might work some embroidery around the neck on this after it comes from the tailor.
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This fabric is tussar silk. An inspiration to work Kashmiri chain stitch on yoke and sleeves is being implemented. I have seen tunics with  this embroidery, sometimes it is done with aari or tambour needle or with closely worked open chain stitch or sometimes simple chain stitch. The embroidery is started on a silk/cotton fabric of same colour. The pictures of this work needs to be uploaded on the computer.
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Still SSS challenge stitches are waiting to be started. They are easy stitches.

 

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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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I am trying to work at least one sample a day on this challenge. There are so many videos for this embroidery. The seen videos are not in English. Earlier, when these videos were added ‘to watch later’ and to  were to be worked as a  personal challenge, I was thinking of posting the link of each and every design on my blog whenever they were worked. Now that I am working on a time frame, it seems too tedious to post the details. The Youtube channels.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdatLoVNaGQy8CB-2k_AubA/feed
Some more motifs-
Another weaving pattern.
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This pattern was fine till this point, after that it was hard to keep track [maybe I was tired].
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A needle woven diamond. This motif was repeated on the original many times.
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Another treatment for intersections.
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After laying the threads, intersections are woven.
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While working on this stage of this arrangement, realized it was Portuguese border stitch. Better to work it again some other time.
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The needle of the last [straight] stitch, passes through the laid pink thread and lifts it. I like this
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An interesting weaving pattern
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Realizing the polyester thread is the problem creator. Otherwise this was a nice pattern.
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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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A stitch a day is the way I have been working on this monthly challenge.
A shape made of cretan stitch and herringbone stitch combo was worked inside the design.
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The detail of the stitched shape.
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The sampler growing with some more stitches.
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A herringbone and cretan combo again.
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First sample is cretan tree shape and the second one is fly and scroll stitch tree shape.
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These tree shapes were worked in triangular cretan, Algerian eye part and fly stitches.
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Another motif worked with cretan stitch and buttonhole centre. the organic design is worked with up and down buttonhole stitch and detached chain stitch.
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The first sample worked with berry stitch leaf with back stitch outline and the second sample is worked with queen stitch leaves.
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The queen stitch is worked around the shape inside the design too.
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A few more stitches to go.

 

I am working on Beyond TAST, a stitch challenge by SharonB.

Kogin sampler
Time was spent on looking at kogin patterns and pattern darning. There are so many. This blog has lots of kogin patterns. Wonderful work.
I have this long term idea of doing embroidery samplers. This kogin embroidery can be one of them. After looking at the images of kogin, I made small start of drawing some patterns on 5mm graph paper. A sample-
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This pattern drawing can be a continuous process, which starts now. By this way I am easing the pressure of working within a time frame.
The fabric chosen for this Kogin sampler is loose weave towel from India. It is most ideal for our climate, absorbs moisture, used as filtering soaked grains, dries up fast, totally useful even after it is torn actually. Now the new use of doing embroidery. It is not easy to handle this loose fabric, but hoping practice will make it easier. Yet to check the fabric count, but the weave is quite close.
I started the sampler yesterday. The progress-
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Swedish Weaving
This embroidery also comes under running stitch style. Browsing the net  for Swedish weaving or huck embroidery was also part of this week’s occupation. Before even attempting to try the stitch, an idea of working a border on a small towel was implemented today.
The towel-
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Starting the pattern
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The completed towel-
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More clear picture of the embroidery. The work was done with perle cotton.
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Feeling quite satisfied, is all I can say.
Will continue this running stitch journey.

 

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