I could complete the green gold silk fabric for my friend this week. After that I was alternatively working with  these two  projects in progress.
 Green boat neck tunic.

The diamond  shaped mirrors are being stitched on this green boat neck top. I am working 2 or 3 mirrors at a time every day.
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 Black and gold tunic.

The leaves and tendrils are worked in stem stitch with 3 strands. The stems are worked in 4 strands. At this point, I am thinking it is taking more time than expected. The design offers scope for more details. But if I work on them, this project might take time which is not practical. Keeping it simple and just be within the plan will be the best option. I took an aspect of a big paisley design and modified and  drew the size I wanted  from this book, I have.
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Though all designs are interesting, I tend to favour traditional Indian designs. Before being exposed to this embroidery world through the web, I grew up seeing these designs around. Hand embroidery takes time, to work on each and every idea may not be possible. But some of them are very inspiring, calming the mind and gives contentment too.

I was juggling with projects this week.
Green gold tunic
All the 31 motifs were completed first in this week. My friend was happy, now we both felt the neck and the sleeves were too plain, instead of attempting a border, we decided to work the same motifs on the neck and sleeves.
Green
I have started on a more leisurely pace on this project now. There are 11 motifs to work- 4 on each sleeve and 5 around the neck.
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Green boat neck tunic
The satin stitch circles were completed this week. Next stage is to stitch the diamond mirrors and then the round mirrors. Attaching the mirrors needs more concentration, have to choose the right time.
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Blue neck embroidery
I am working chain stitch in the space between the back stitch lines with the same blue skein.
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Black and gold tunic
This tunic is marked and cut by the tailor, if I don’t complete it at a reasonable time, he might misplace the rest of the fabric. The work started with the leaves. This may be a big project.
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Happy New Year!
This year’s starts on a Wednesday, best time to make a resolution to post regularly on blog.
The projects are in progress, so nothing to start for new year, just continue working on these ones. Christmas was  a surprise with my friends being here instead of their usual vacation, which I will share on another post.
Green boat neck blouse progress is gradual on this neck borders, I enjoy the variety given by this pattern.
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Red cotton
Actually my friend has this idea of embroidery in black on red fabric. The red Egyptian cotton was bought to work this idea, I could draw and trace floral clusters on this fabric. When I started to work, both of us realized, the contrast could be more. Still having started it, I am planning to work on it, there might be left over fabric for another short tunic, which can also be used to bring this idea in a better way.
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Blue neckline while working on navy neckline embroidery, I worked only with cream threads, this time it will be a combination of blue and cream. Started the project after tracing the design.
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Stitching time seems to have reduced during this year, stitch challenges were not done much at all. Have to evaluate and bring some changes, otherwise after some time, even new ideas might diminish.
More stitching this year!

 

Still working on tunic projects this week.
Completed the mirrors on grey striped tunic. And it is with the tailor now.
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Navy neckline
This neckline embroidery also was completed. The finished piece is given to my friend.
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Inspired again by this dark and light contrast idea, I designed another neckline for a cream chiffon tunic .The embroidery will be done on dark blue silk cotton fabric.
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Yellow green boat neck
This border will have diamond mirrors later. The triangles were worked with closed Cretan stitch.
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Red cotton
This fabric is Egyptian cotton. I had planned to start work on this tunic, the dark blue neckline embroidery idea intruded. Have to see if I‘ll find time this week to work on a design for this tunic.
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The progress was quite interesting this week. I think sometimes it is better to work on 2 or more small projects at a time. Three tunic projects were worked this week.
Green boat neck blouse
This project started off with chain stitch and buttonhole stitch lines. More yellow will be added during this project
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The grey cotton blouse
The eight motifs were completed, today started with the neckline.
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Navy neckline
After completing the chain stitch scallops, it is straight stitches and back stitch time on these cone shapes. I love this half white on navy silk /cotton.
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I found an interesting past time with Youtube a few days ago. There is a channel– the videos are long, the embroidery is meditative, a good companion to work with. I am not working on any of the work shown there, it will  be good to work like that though.

 

This sampler was filled with some other TAST stitches. Some people find it easy to work this kind of embroidery. Evidently I am not one of them. It is hard to work without any marking, and the mind becomes blank to choose the stitches, so many doubts, whether to fill the whole thing or just some parts. With all these the piece got finished.

33.127.beaded alternating up&down buttonhole

33.127.beaded alternating up&down buttonhole

The working of this stitch with very long name is on SharonB ‘s blog. I chose to work this between two back stitch rows on a traditional Indian pattern. This is a part of a border.
The back stitch lines-

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33.127.beadaltup&downbholest-1

The beads are in the middle and on one side.

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33.127.beadaltup&downbholest-2

The beads are worked on both sides.

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33.127.beadaltup\7downbholest-3

The stitch worked with two beads.

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33.127.beadaltup7downbholest-4

The basic beaded version shown by SharonB and with two beads on both sides.

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33.127.beadaltup&downbholest-5

The centre worked with gold beads , beads on zigzag version, beads on both buttonholes[ the beads were worked on alternating double buttonhole stitch, since , it was not possible to work two beads on up and down buttonholes]

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33.127.beadaltup&downbholest-6

The beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitches.

33.127.beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitch sampler

33.127.beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitch sampler

Thinking of working some freeform embroidery to fill the spaces.

I used the same variegated cone thread to work some more samples of this stitch.

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43.91.straight feather st-sampler2

4.Two rows of straight feather stitch are worked together in these samples.

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43.91.stfeatherst-4

5.After working a wider version of this in the first row, herringbone stitch is worked over it. Buttonhole stitch was worked over the straight feather stitch line in the second row. The inner skeleton [?] is whipped in the third row. This last row looked like a braid, to remember the working, I took pictures.

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43.91.stfeatherst-5

The working of the last row is done this way. Going back with the needle once-

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43.91.stfeatherst-5wip1

again going back with the needle under the next one .. The same treatment was continued to get this braid.

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43.91.stfeatherst-5wip2

6.Detached chain stitches and french knots are worked over straight feather stitch rows in these samples.

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43.91.stfeatherts-6

7.A narrow version of the stitch worked over the wider version. The place for this sample would have been appropriate on crossed feather stitch sampler I suppose. One side of the straight feather stitch was twisted in the second row. Getting too adventurous I tried twisting both the feather stitches in the last row. Not a good idea. Still when I wonder how this row was worked in future, reading this might help.

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43.91.stfeatherst-7

I stopped here. A simple stitch which can enhance many embroidery pieces. The complete sampler

43.91.straight feather stitch sampler

43.91.straight feather stitch sampler

I started with 91st week stitch on TAST 2013 stitch challenge by SharonB. This a variation of feather stitch, pop in to know this stitch on Sharon’s blog. When I was working feather stitch sampler some of the samples were straight feather stitch, which I am trying not to repeat here. The first part of the sampler-
 

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43.91.straight feather st-sampler1

1.The first sample is the basic straight feather stitch , the second and the third ones are the wider and narrower versions of the same.
 

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43.91.stfeatherst-1

2.After working the closed version of this stitch in the first row, the straight feather stitches are whipped on both sides in the second row and laced in the third row.
 

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43.91.stfeatherst-2

3.Straight feather stitch  is closed on one side and open on the other side in the first row, the stitches are worked in varying heights on one side in the second row. Two step straight feather stitches are worked on one side in the third row.
 

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43.91.stfeatherst-3