TAST 2012


RPW2016
This week’s chart on Randje per week 2016 challenge was completed on Saturday. The alphabets had some ‘O and ‘X’ missing on them.
Grey crepe tunic
I completed a motif on this tunic. Anchor # 20 red is the main colour. Blue is used to break the monotony. Now it is time to start on the yoke which is medium sized. After working the motif, an idea came to work the chain stitches really small, resembling the Aari work. The Kashmiri embroidery is worked in open chain stitches in wool I suppose. This idea will be in action on the yoke, thus making this project more time consuming. And I am yet to get used to working without hoop.

WIPW77-greytunickashmiri-3

WIPW 77- grey tunic Kashmiri-3

Designing
It seemed like a good idea to design another embroidery piece for a tunic while working on this tunic. While designing for a narrow border, another design idea popped into mind. Thus two pieces are ready for embroidery. The tunics are finalized and the designs will be traced after the completion of the grey crepe tunic.
My friend wanted a tunic to be designed, so she can learn and work the embroidery on that. The design was ready yesterday. The embroidery is to start today. next week , I can show more light on this joint effort.
TAST 2016
Last week’s and this week’s stitches on TAST 2016 challenge were already worked earlier. So peeking on other’s samples is the general idea.

These embroidery exercises are very interesting. I started on the second page on the embroidery sampler book.
The first detail was worked in detached chain stitches and french knots.

1ESBP-2d.chain,french knots

1ESBP-2d.chain,french knots

After working a few rows of satin stitches on this leaf motif, back stitches are used to work the outline and the lines on satin stitches.

2ESBP-2satin,back, stem

2ESBP-2satin,back, stem

Back stitch is used on this small leaf motif.

3ESBP-2back

3ESBP-2back

The 25th week’s edges are very interesting to work. The main thread I have chosen for working on the edges these past weeks is variegated and is not giving enough contrast to the fabric colour. But this 49th edge brings out the full impact of the thread colours.

RPW2015-49

RPW2015-49

This edge looks very unique and beautiful with the use of two threads. The idea of using the colours together in sequence on these Algerian eyelet stitches was very exciting and I love this edge.

RPW2015-50

RPW2015-50

The free graph for these edges are here.

There is a variation on this week’s edges. The second edge is worked in Algerian eye stitch. The free graph for these edges are here.

rpw-2015-41,42

rpw-2015-41,42

When working this Algerian eye stitch, I remembered about kasuti embroidery. This embroidery which is worked mainly in double running stitch, is from Karnataka, India. There are many aspects, regarding the origin, region, types, stitches, names, uses of this embroidery.

This particular stitch is worked as a design in double running stitch, which results in the right and the reverse side of the embroidery being the same. I tried working this edge with this idea in mind. So, the wrong side of this edge which looks like a mirror image of the original one excluding the knots, of course! That problem has to be tackled when working on kasuti embroidery. it was quite interesting to work this edge.

rpw2015-42 reverse

rpw2015-42 reverse

I have not made  much progress on my UFOS  to write. to see others progress visit Pintangle.

We were on vacation to Chennai, India for two weeks. We visited Bangalore and some temples around our village with our family. Our family Deity [ AngallaParameswari], Avanivanallur, Alankudi [ Guru], SriVancheeyam [ Yamadharma], Ramaswamy[ Kumbakonam], Pattiswaram[ Durga], Suryanar Koil[ Sun], Vaitheeswaran Koil- were the temples . All the temples are centuries old, makes us feel and both proud to be a part of these and humble that how insignificant we are. This trip was more of a pilgrimage to offer thanks to God for looking after us during my hubby’s emergency surgeries. We also had Navarathri Festival during which we refrain from stitching. So lots of excuses for stitchfree vacation.
SharonB had asked about the length of my TAST samplers. The sampler are of 4 inches width. They are still individual pieces, which I am hoping to assemble together one day.
TAST sampler details– I started stitching TAST sampler in 2009, when the TAST challenge was restarted on stitchinfingers. I worked 16 of the challenge stitches. The total length of these 2009 year sampler is 14. 4 feet.
In 2010, I joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and worked 28 of the challenge stitches. the length of 2010 sampler is 23. 5 feet.
In 2012, joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and completed all the stitches. The length of 2012 sampler is over 40 feet.
In 2013 , joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and completed all the stitches. The length of 2013 samplers is 32. 5 feet.
This year too, I started working the stitches as band samplers which is 15 feet in length. And after 22 weeks moved on to working the challenge stitches on some designs, these design samplers are of varying length and width. I have got the sampler fever again and plan to work the stitches which need catching up as samplers. The total length of all these samplers cross 125 feet at present.

Thank you, Sharon.
After returning to Muscat, deciding to catch up on Randje per week challenge and started these six edges,

22-wipw-rwp-79to84-started

22-wipw-rwp-79to84-started

The outlining in chain stitch[green] for mirrors to be attached later  was worked on the cream tunic before I left for India.

22-wipw-ct-1

22-wipw-ct-1

I had two dupattas, a plain green in cotton and brown printed in chanderi cotton.

greebrokwyk-tunic fabric

greebrokwyk-tunic fabric

I was not using this green.

greebrokwyk-dupatta

greebrokwyk-dupatta

This piece is a stole and not technically a dupatta. when the green fabric is made into a tunic with a light brown embroidery piece, it might match this brown printed scarf. With this idea a small kutch work design was drawn on graph paper.

greebrkwyk-pattern

greebrkwyk-pattern

The embroidery was done with three colours.

greekwyk-embroidery

greekwyk-embroidery

The tunic after sewn by the tailor-

green brown tunic kutchwork yoke

green brown tunic kutchwork yoke

The tunic with dupatta-

greebrokwyk-tunic with dupatta

greebrokwyk-tunic with dupatta

With this lovely tunic, I need a salwar to go with this set, How about it?

The final part of this sampler was worked today.

51.knotted cable st2-sampler2

51.knotted cable st2-sampler2

3.Again this stitch is worked vertically in the first row,, the starting point of the knot is taken from the centre of the previously worked knotted cable stitch. Arrow stitch variation and knotted cable stitches are worked in the second row. Two feather stitches are worked after knotted cable stitches in the third row.

51.kncablest2-3

51.kncablest2-3

4.Rimjim thread is laced through the individual knotted cable stitches in the first row. This stitch is worked over straight stitches in the second row,[ I was hoping for butterfly chain effect here, but the twisted chain was tricky]. The last row of this stitch is worked with pistil stitches.

51.kncablest2-4

51.kncablest2-4

I seem to have been working only on TAST challenge these past few weeks. Still I am looking forward to TAST2013 challenge. I never thought, I’ll work all the stitches of this year’s challenge, but slowly I made progress and today the total length of my TAST 2012 stitch samplers is 43 FEET!
I did not aim for anything in particular, just hoped I’ll complete all the stitches.
Though some stitches were repeated and was worked again, I always learnt something new. To give a life to an idea was an uplifting experience. After looking at the new sample, a new idea formed again. This was a wonderful learning process.
The way other people shared their creative endeavours also motivated me.my heartfelt thanks to SharonB for making all these things possible.
Eager to start TAST 2013!

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