Stitch challenges
SSS
The band sampler of last week’s lace stitch along with a few NESSAL black work borders was completed. This week’s stitch is mount mellick stitch. I have not worked this stitch before. I have always wanted to learn other embroidery techniques. This mount mellick embroidery is one of them. Taking the opportunity given by this challenge, an idea of working a sampler of some stitches of this embroidery along with this week’s stitch as come up. The shapes are drawn on paper and traced on a beige fabric. Hoping to start the work tomorrow.
TAST
This week’s stitch is a beautiful stitch with a long name- buttonholed cable chain stitch. The samples were worked on earlier challenge. The link was posted on FB group page yesterday.
I have started the embroidery with gold metallic thread on this green fabric.
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I am going to India for a whole month on this Saturday. Four weeks is too long to be without stitching. Just sorting through the projects to take at least two of them to India. Really hoping not to buy tunic fabrics for embroidery.

Stitch challenges
This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is knotted satin stitch. This stitch is a new one to learn. It looks interesting, but whether it is an easy or difficult stitch I will know only after trying it. Still pondering over the workable designs for this stitch.
This week’s stitch on TAST challenge is Basque stitch. The samples of this stitch were worked on earlier challenges. I have noticed search for the word ‘Basque’ leads to my post of this stitch samples.
I don’t need to mention about other challenges. They aren’t happening.
Cross stitch
The cross stitches are being worked on the Aida fabric for the sleeves of navy blue polyester linen tunic.
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Zardosi
A benarasi georgette tunic fabric was in the wardrobe for some months. This week a pattern around the neck was drawn for zardosi embroidery with stones. The embroidery will commence after SSS challenge and cross stitch on sleeves project.
It was quite a relaxed week of embroidery. looking forward to learn this knotted satin stitch.

Stitch challenges
SSS challenge does not have any new stitch this week. Queenie is using last five weeks stitches on a project. At present I am not planning to do anything this week. But eager to see how all these stitches are used by Queenie.
Last week’s TAST challenge stitch sampler was completed and the link was posted. This week’s stitch is alternating up and down buttonhole stitch. The samples were worked during earlier TAST challenge. The link to the post was posted on FB group page yesterday.
The other challenges are yet to be part of weekly routine.
Zardosi
The embroidery on cream raw silk was completed and the tunic fabric along with the embroidered piece is given to the tailor. The silk fabrics with lining are ideal for cool weather. I had bought some silk fabrics in India on my earlier trips. They are brought out now to be embroidered. Though a general idea was there when these fabrics were bought, it is only at the time of making them into a project the ideas are coming into shape. Another dark green fabric is in queue for zardosi embroidery.
Cross stitch
Some progress was made on the sleeves of the navy blue polyester linen tunic.
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After working on current project during the day, the evenings are spent browsing the net for ideas. Focus is on zardosi embroidery. The zardosi beads look grand on silk fabrics. Most of the designs involve all over embroidery or heavy work on sarees and blouses. Not suitable for my requirement. Still looking around. yesterday some browsing was done on Parsi embroidery too. The idea of parsi embroidery was implemented on a few tunics some years ago. It was trial error at that time. may be it is time to try it again.

This tunic was worked in 2013. The fabric is mangalagiri cotton. We call this colour as sandalwood colour. This fabric was fairly thin for it to be used for chikan work embroidery.
Though generally,  the chikan work embroidery being shadow work, the closed herringbone stitches are worked on the wrong side of the fabric. There are many exceptions to this.
I wanted to work closed herringbone stitches on both sides of the fabric.
The tunic.
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The tailor had marked the sleeves and the front of the tunic. The yoke pattern
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The yoke and the sleeve embroidery patterns were traced on to the fabric.
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The threads used were-
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Starting with darkest colour, the closed herringbone stitches were worked.
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The next colour was also worked in the same manner.
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The third colour which was very light compared to the other two was worked on the right side of the fabric. This time it was fish bone stitch.
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Cream colour thread was used for outlines and french knots.
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The sleeves were worked in the same manner.
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The detail of the tunic.
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Early 2013, my computer had some problem, and I lost most of the images of the details of the embroidery projects worked after june 2012. This kept me discouraged for quite some time. So there is a backlog of project details from 2013. I am hoping to post these whenever time permits.

Stitch challenges
RPW 2016
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.
SSS
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]
Or
European folk embroidery [mono colour – red]
or
Embroidery design for cord work [mono colour]
The learning of the stitch will commence after making the design choice.
Project
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.
Zardosi
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-
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I have to post details of some tunics completed last year. Really need to make some time for it.

Stitch Challenges
RPW 2016
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.

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WIPW118-rpw2016

January 17th is the next date for the stitch of the week to be announced on newest TAST challenge.
SSS
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.
Kantha work
The kantha work on sleeves of this maroon and ikat tunic was restarted. This time it was anchor skein. Still working on the sleeve.

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WIPW118-marblaikatkantha-5

Leaf stitches or fishbone stitches are started on the linen string bag. Anchor cotton skein in three colours are combined to create these leaves.

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WIPW118-sbag’16 [1]


Zardosi
Started chain stitches with gold metallic thread on this raw silk piece. This is a new project.

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WIPW118-cresilkbanrasizardosi-3

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.

Happy New Year!
After a weeklong vacation in Chennai, India, we went to Dubai for two days last week. Two full weeks of doing everything else but stitching. Meeting family, making plans, shopping… the list is endless. Some fabrics were bought, which will be shared on this category as and when they are designed. Now for the works in stand still.
Challenges
RPW 2016- Some motifs were started four weeks ago. The project is in the same position, though the challenge was completed officially on 31st December. Still a long way to go, hoping to take a picture of the progress this week!
TAST Challenge is taking a break for two weeks.
Sunday Stitch School- I am yet to start the latest- four sided stitch. Queenie who is conducting this challenge, was affected by Influenza, poor thing! Will feel happy if I can manage to start this stitch sampler tomorrow.
Never ending sampler stitch Along
This is a band sampler challenge started by Pamela Kellogg. The details are on her blog. I am still not sure about starting this challenge. But the cross stitch and black work bands are really interesting, and really want to see how the SAL members are treating these bands. Just read about it on Sharon’s Pintangle last week.
Marash embroidery
Yellow printed silk tunic with kutchwork
This project was completed yesterday. The time slot between, coming back from India and leaving for Dubai, was solely used for this project. it is to be given to the tailor.

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WIPW117-yeprinkutch-5

Zardosi work on silk tunic for green Banarasi duppata
I had this green banarasi brocade duppata for quite a long time. Few years ago, a tunic was designed and embroidered. But it didn’t look interesting after some time. This time around, a cream silk fabric is chosen for the tunic and the dark green cotton fabric is for the salwar.

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WIPW117-cresilkbanarasizardosi-1

A simple pattern consisting of linear stitches is drawn on this raw silk fabric. After working the stitches, the piece will also be embellished with green zardosi beads. I took this fabric with pattern drawn to India, in the hope of working on this project. But it came back intact in the box it was taken.

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WIPW117-cresilkbanarasizardosi-2

Cross stitch on blue polyester linen
This project was in mind for some months. I was shillyshallying between working cross stitch on aida cloth or on the fabric itself with waste canvas. There were many indecisive pattern choices. At last a pattern made up of two borders was selected.

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WIPW117-n.bluepolinencross-1

The decision is to work on 11 count Aida. The embroidery will be for the end of the sleeves. The tunic design will be decided later. The Aida on which these borders are to be worked.

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