The week the SSS challenge was set aside to work on Beyond TAST challenge. After working on a few more layering ideas, the sampler was completed for the time being.
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The chain stitch embroidery is continued for the Cream tussar tunic. The progress is quite slow, but there is no urgency to make it faster. This project will take time.
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Every week, Queenie is posting interesting and easy stitches on SSS challenge. It is catching up time this week

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While looking for inspiration, tried a sample of string art.
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Straight stitches in light blue worked over dark blue thread rows.
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The inner row of thread lifted with green thread. Saw this on youtube.
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Herringbone square variation, fly stitch and upright cross over cross stitch.
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Started with chevron stitch row,  worked 3 rows of chain stitches.
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Returning back to this sample after some days and completed it by adding some c hain sticthes and straight stitches.
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I have been working on this challenge whenever possible during these past weeks, just realized the details of samples were never posted after the first one.
The second sample is also a flower. The filling is with buttonhole stitches.
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Outlining with chain stitch.
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Trellis stitch.
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Rope stitch
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Straight stitches worked in angles on top of each other.
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Again buttonhole.
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Completed with straight stitches and pistil stitches. Another fantasy flower.BTAST18-4-2

Started with basic knotting over running stitch, decreased the length between the running stitches in the second sample.
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The knots are worked over two rows of running stitches, the size of the knots is slightly bigger. In the fourth sample, the knots are worked alternatively over two running and single running stitch, again the knots are more prominent.
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The running stitches are worked in an angle and the knots are worked over them in the first sample. The knots are worked over running stitch curve.
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Are multiple knots possible over running stitch? This was tried in the first sample. Two rows of knotted running stitches are facing each other in the last sample.
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The working of this stitch is on Queenie’s blog.The sampler-
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The treat idea from last week worked. I could work two stitch samplers on SSS challenge- Knotted running stitch and twisted shell chain stitch. The respective posts will follow
Working on these samplers and projects these few days, could not allot any time for Beyond TSST challenge.
The white and violet combo tunic is nearing completion, a few mirrors and the tunic will be ready to wear.
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The work on cream tussar tunic is a lengthy one. It is just chain stitch outlines and chain stitch filling. Generally I take up simple stitches or mono colour on long projects. These save some time. Mind is also calm to learn new things.
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I have seen sarees [length of 5.5 metres] embroidered on borders, and for the embroidery to be seen in front another 2.5 metres will be worked. Earlier it was only, chikan work, kantha work, this Kashmiri work, Persian embroidery, zardosi work, kutchwork… where the stitches are worked by hand. These days we have so many works done commercially. This is a huge industry now. Are they good? That’s a matter of opinion. I am interested in working the older embroideries, I try to work them on tunics, working on sarees will take very long time.

Stitch challenges
An experiment of layered embroidery was attempted over chevron stitch this week. A detail a day was how this sample was worked.
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The interesting stitches of SSS challenge are still waiting this week to be started. It would be better if I start on them today.
Projects
The work on cream tussar tunic –
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The embroidery on violet and white combo tunic started yesterday. Herringbone, kutch work and mirror work will be worked on this.
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I have some more time to work on Beyond TAST challenge, keeping the projects aside for the next few days and to work on SSS challenge will keep my mind fresh and energetic. This routine of working same stitches over and over again, is making me very lethargic.
On the other activity side-I have been trying some pickles! [our south Indian pickles are really hot!!!] Started with gooseberry, then lemon the next one in the agenda is raw mango. If I am successful in preparing mango pickle today, then as a treat will work on SSS challenge!

 

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.