On Sunday stitch school challenge last week’s heavy chain stitch was worked on folk design in red thread. This week’s stitch is interlaced running stitch. Expecting to start the sampler today.
TAST challenge continues from today. This week’s stitch is magic chain or checkered chain. The link to the earlier worked sampler was posted on FB group page.
No progress at all on RPW 2016 challenge. Another challenge for 2017 has started on their blog last week.
Never ending sampler SAL is still in stage of browsing the other people’s work.
Started with green threads on this piece. Some more progress has been made on the curves with a lighter green thread on the curves. The picture will be taken after completing this treatment. Content with the progress on this project this week. It was slightly boring to work the chain stitches. Now working on stem stitch.
If a change is required, a different project has to be worked, which will take time from this project.
January 25, 2017
January 18, 2017
There was very little progress on this project this week. During the last week of the challenge a framed border and alphabets were posted on the blog. Instead of working the same alphabets, we can design some other words also inside this frame. Initial idea was to work the alphabets, after seeing the chart, idea of designing either my name and year or some simple words like ‘God Bless’ or ‘Give Thanks’ and the year are going through the mind. It would be better to work one quarter of the frame for the time being and complete the work without looking at the chart later.
Last week’s gate stitch sampler was completed, detailed and posted on the blog. This week’s stitch is heavy chain stitch. This stitch can be worked on –
Kashmiri embroidery [multi colour]
European folk embroidery [mono colour – red]
Embroidery design for cord work [mono colour]
The learning of the stitch will commence after making the design choice.
At last I decided to work on the silk tunic. The selection was made keeping in mind the season in Muscat. Till March it will be cool in Muscat. If the embroidery on this tunic is completed, it can be worn now. The kantha work is on cotton fabric, which would be ideal for summer. Phew! May be if it is hard to make choices between projects, bring in another new factor! So after the completion of this project, the cross stitch on Aida for navy blue polyester fabric might be the next.
The main colour in this zardosi embroidery is green. The gold metallic thread is used for the glitter. A fine silk thread in wine red colour is brought in this week. The work in progress-
I have to post details of some tunics completed last year. Really need to make some time for it.
January 11, 2017
This was not touched this whole week, except for the taking a picture of the work left stand still. There is a fear that if this is not attended soon this will become an unfinished project.
January 17th is the next date for the stitch of the week to be announced on newest TAST challenge.
Four sided stitch was SSS stitch in December. This stitch sampler was completed this week. The latest stitch is gate stitch. Seems like a simple stitch and the samples could be worked on canvas.
All my embroidery projects were not worked for some time. I am in a dilemma whether to embark on a new project [being new year and all that] or try tackling the neglected ones. To get over this , both options were tried.
The kantha work on sleeves of this maroon and ikat tunic was restarted. This time it was anchor skein. Still working on the sleeve.
Leaf stitches or fishbone stitches are started on the linen string bag. Anchor cotton skein in three colours are combined to create these leaves.
Started chain stitches with gold metallic thread on this raw silk piece. This is a new project.
Though it has been a busy week stitching wise, I am not able to decide on one project. May be, after starting on SSS sampler, this can be decided.
April 29, 2015
The zardosi work on the pink tussar was completed with further stone embellishments this week.
I had bought a chanderi dupatta [long scarf]. The scarf seemed to match with the pink tussar fabric, so a decision was made to incorporate a paisley and work the zardosi embroidery.
After the completion of the embroidery, the scarf looks withdrawn from the tunic. The embroidery goes well with the tunic. So, the scarf is left hanging, literally. The tunic has gone to the tailor.
After returning from vacation, I have been designing yokes with the influence of Indian Gujarathi embroidery. This is the first piece. The fabric is block printed handloom cotton fabric in white.
This has mirror work. Just started on the embroidery on this piece. The idea of working this yoke in contrasting bright colours is in mind. Result of seeing some bohemian décor on pinterest , I am sure!
April 23, 2015
This post was neglected for the past few weeks because of some intrusions. I am falling back to routine. The work on red kutchwork yoke for brown linen tunic was completed. The yoke worked with beige colour thread.
The completion of kutchwork and mirror work.
This yoke is long and narrow.
I was inspired by a pattern from an old book downloaded from the net. The pattern was drawn on a blue fabric. This was also completed this week. Should this post be- Work completed Wednesdays?
Now for the actual work in progress. I am presently working on a pattern for a pink striped tussar silk fabric
This design has two paisleys. I want to work the outlines with silk threads and incorporate them with zardosi tubes. Just started the outlining with pink threads.
March 4, 2015
I am taking a break from blue/green crepe tunic to work on the pink crepe tunic. zardosi tubes are worked into the petals. These beads are bought from India. Better choice of colour of zardosi tube was not available. So started with the same colour tube. I picked up the idea of cutting the tubes with nail cutter, from a Thai embroiderer at Muscat festival. The detail of the front panel. This is the first time attention is given to the varying length of the tubes. Earlier they were all cut together and worked into the project without much care. Another step in the right direction.
Just to get a breather in between, the kutchwork/ mirror work pattern was traced on to maroon cotton fabric for the brown linen tunic. I started with the kutchwork inside the mirror pattern in brown thread.