week-8 fly

We get wonderful range of handloom cotton fabrics in Madras.I buy most of my wearables from there.I feel cotton is the best for the summer heat. so many colours, designs,combinations-imagination can run riot here.This time I designed 2 kurthas for my Hubby-

G's red kurtha

G's red kurtha

The colour dosen’t show well in this picture,It’s a blood red  mercerised cotton fabric.,the pattern is typical Indian kurtha design,I wanted to attach some beads,which raised very strong objection. So, no beads !

G's white kurtha

G's white kurtha

The fabric is cotton,self block printed white. I like this particular fabric very much. I didn’t work too much on the pattern, just simple curves,and ‘fly’  stitched withanchor  cotton skein. These kurthas were custom made[not upto the mark]. Next time I want to try on readymade kurthas.

I have completed my sampler of fly stitch.The variations  have been on even weave fabric. Iam still postponing the idea of doing the same  stitches on normal fabrics, thinking, I’ll be stuck with the same stitch for a long time, which might turn boring. I want to be fresh, open to new styles,while working on the samplers.Iam still in the thinking mode for choosing  the next stitch.now to see my finished sampler of fly stitch-fly-8










A few more of my variations on this fly stitch

I seem to have exhausted my red combinations.Another few lines I’ll be done with this stitch.

Monday was our festival of Deepavali.Here we don’t have fire crackers. I made 2 sweets-cashew khova and mysore pak.I also made the traditional medicine paste.Lots of exchange of sweets and greetings.I wore a red crepe silk saree.

 Iam also working on my yoke- this is taking too much of my time. I thought I’ll finish this fast, but Iam using 6 colours,Iam also planning to add some sequins and beads, which I bought yesterday.

I have reached  the end of Fly stitch.It’s a very easy stitch, I have been itching to try the variations. Iam happy I have completed this stitch.I have done only a simple method of varying this stitch,I haven’t ventured into the world of making this into an  artform.  Iam an novice in that field, when I see the pictures of other people’s work, I feel very inadequate, Bit I am sticking to my goal of making stitch samplers.my next  detail of fly stitch



I have started working on a new yoke design. I ‘ll show the picture,when its half way through.

I am doing this TAST  stitches as a sampler because, I want refer to them at a later date. I never realised I ‘ll have so many variations to do.  I draw the ideas on a paper,then stitch through each and every one of them. some times I do more,and other times I leave out certain variations.Most of my work are on evenweave cloth.sometimes the experiment I want to do is feasible only on normal fabric,I haven’t started on those.I don’t know whether I want to do them now or later.Stitches look neat on even weave.I have also started working on another yoke for my tunic[surely afflicted by fashion show].This is my next detail of FLY stitch

I worked on few more variations of fly stitch.this is a very interesting stitch.It can used as a line stitch andalso as a motif.I don’t have to think about combining colours,since Iam using   predominantly red colour.I made a mistake of not cutting the cloth properly, the sampler doesn’t look so good. I have to stop here, and continue on another piece.

For the past few days I have been feasting my eyes on WILLS INDIA FASHION WEEK . .I love apparells with  embroidery. WIFW was full of it.Most of the designs were wearable .Wonderful range of colours and materials.Very beautiful designs too.

I also started on the next TAST stitch -fly.I thought I’ll do it red colour.I am working on the experiments.this time I’ll post the pictures on my blog daily,depending on my progress.

Other than red I am also using golden yellow, brown, and light green to break the monotony. This stitch is also versatile, let’s see how many variations I can think of.