For the past few weeks it was hard to find time to post on the blog. I was in India for a week.
The humid heat in Chennai, was difficult this time.
Though the stitch challenges were ignored, the progress on the projects was good.
The work on the neckline of the cream striped tunic is almost completed.
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The sleeves of the neutral tussar tunic were also completed. Today, drew markings on tunic front. This will be simple embroidery with beads and sequins.
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Work on cream chiffon tunic also was fairly good. I am working on the third panel.
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This is a new project. The fabric is tussar. The embroidery will be done around the neck with gold metallic thread and stones and beadsWIPW214-aqgreetusts-1

 

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Yesterday I had gone out, so the progress during the week is posted today. Stitch challenges are kept aside this week. The projects are keeping me occupied.
Variegated silk thread is used to work the straight stitches around the centre of each motif.
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After working bluish green silk thread on black fabric, an idea to outline the motifs on the blouse with the same thread occurred, and I started working on it.
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So many things to do this week, with a new stitches on Beyond TAST challenge and SSS challenge.

 

Project work seems to be increasing. The routine is to buy fabrics from India, design and work the embroideries, then they are given to the tailor to be sewn as tunic sets or blouses. This was going well till the projects were small or medium.
Now the projects are taking more time, the stitch challenges were not started for the past few weeks.
Some thinking and planning are in order. A new year resolution may be?
After swapping the border onto another tunic, a small border of triangles made of herringbone stitches with chain stitch was worked very near to the attached border.
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This is another tunic in satin silk, which came from the tailor yesterday. Small heart shaped pearl beads can be put to use.
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The bluish green fabric is some type of tussar silk saree bought from FabIndia during this recent trip. The navy fabric is raw silk for the blouse. The embroidery work will be on the sleeves of the blouse.
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I am still working on SSS challenge stitches this past week. Two weeks holiday in India starts on this Friday. If a few more stitches are explored before that I would be happy. But stitching without thinking will be an ideal relaxation now. Beyond TAST challenge has one more week.
Cream tussar tunic
I have started working on the last detail of the leaves. After this detail is completed, time to choose the colour for flowers.
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Another design for tunic also was started this week. The tunic is a combination of two purple cotton fabrics, a blue zari border would be attached to the front and sleeves.
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A light green fabric will have kutchwork motifs around which this border will be attached in the front. After designing the motif, the work was started on the green fabric.
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The green fabric is small enough to carry on the trip, if I find time to stitch.

For the past few days I was away from the computer, slowly getting back to routine.
The linear stitches are being explored on Beyond TAST this month. While working the earlier TAST challenges, many linear stitches were studied, explored and tried. I am yet to think of ways to work this month’s challenge.
Petal stitch and pearl stitch samplers were worked during this week on SSS challenge. They are small band samplers and easy to work. The details of these will be posted soon.
Another colour thread was started on the yoke for the cream tussar tunic. Paisley design again!
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The colours are ok for leaves and veins, another colour needs to be brought in for flowers, which shouldn’t overshadow the greens. Still working on greens for the time being.

This is a very new stitch on SSS stitch challenge. The working is explained on Queenie’s blog. I have a good respect for bullion stitch by not attempting it often. Sometimes these stitch challenges don’t help. This is one such time.
Starting the sampler, each and every twist on bullion had a mind of its own. During the earlier days of learning bullion stitches [most times the trials were abandoned] it seemed to prove that bullions are not my friends. After attempting and working some bullion stitches on TAST, a long distance relationship has emerged. Meaning- Looking at bullion stitches does not scare me. Their beauty is well appreciated.
A wretched attempt this time around-
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Another row was tried again, during half way some of the half bullioned chain stitches looked passable. May be it is possible to work this stitch. The second row is a version long and short version of the stitch. The alternate stitches are chain stitches in the third row. The zigzag version is worked in the fourth row.
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The plain part of this stitch is whipped in the first sample. I tried working the bullions alternatively on bottom and top in the second sample. Some detached chains, long tailed detached chains, twisted chains and Q stitches are worked with half bullions in the last sample.
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The sampler is done!SSS.28.half bullioned chain stitchsampler

Going to Dubai for the weekend was fantastic, but it did not help in the progress of my projects!

RPW2016

This week’s chart on this challenge was worked on Sunday.

Grey crepe tunic

The border on the sleeve was completed yesterday. With this the left sleeve is ready. Hoping to start on the right sleeve today.

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TAST 2016

We have a new stitch on TAST 2016 challenge. It is a decorative variation of buttonhole stitch which goes by the name ‘fancy bobbin edging’ the working of this stitch is on Pintangle. In two minds to work the samples as band sampler or on a design. Anyway looking forward to work this stitch.