Challenges
On SSS challenge there is a new stitch- Japanese darning stitch. A sampler was worked yesterday.
On TAST 2017 also has a new stitch this week, fancy herringbone stitch, which was not part of earlier TAST challenges. Hoping to start this stitch sampler today or tomorrow.
The NESSAL and RPW2016 were not started or touched this week.
Zardsosi
After working the stem and arrowhead stitches, green zardosi beads are used for filling the paisleys and the space between the arrowhead stitches. I have started working the beads on the last outline, but yet to take the picture.
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Cross stitch
The sleeves of a navy blue polyester linen tunic will have cross stitch borders on them. Two borders were chosen from files downloaded on the internet.
After securing the edges of the Aida with buttonhole stitches, the borders were started. Three shades of blue and one dark red are to be used on this project. Work on this project will be after the completion of the zardosi embroidery.

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On this week’s chart on RPW 2016, the motifs in the centre are completed and there are three more motifs and a corner design. The chart is available here.
Made a mistake in calculation on the corner motif, had to remove the stitches and start over again. I like this corner motif.

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The sampler we are working on RPW2016 seems to have completed the alphabets and numerals and started with motifs. The chart is available here.
These past weeks it is hard to work on this piece. The fabric is too big, each and every stitch needs to be checked, and only time the work proceeds faster is after making a mistake! Next time, any cross stitch project is going to be a personal challenge and it has to be small.  And this ‘next time’ should be several months later. Phew!

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RPW2016-W47

We completed the numerals on this week’s chart of the RPW 2016 challenge along with the mirror image of the border worked last week. The chart is here.

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RPW 2016-W46

This week’s chart was definitely easier to work than the past few weeks. I managed to work without making mistakes. Phew! The chart is available on the RPW 2016 blog.

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RPW2016-W45

The fourth part of this alphabet is posted on the RPW 2016 page here. While working the chart there have been some missing rows and miscalculations of the number of stitches this week. It takes around four hours to work them, by two hours tiredness creeps in, this leads to these mistakes. At this point, I am not interested in rectifying them. My sampler might not be one of the many!
The chart worked so far-

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RPW2016-W44

We are still continuing with the same alphabets on this week’s chart on RPW 2016 challenge. the chart is here. I think we don’t need to use codes to write with this style! Each and every letter if seen individually does not bear a resemblance to the real English letters. Seen together here, we can see some similarity, I suppose.

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