This was a good week. We had harvest festival of our state- Pongal.
Stitch challenge
The MMM SAL is nearing the end. The photo taken few days ago.
RPW 2018
Last week was more progressive on this SAL. Nothing to report this week.
Stitch Challenges
Beyond TAST
The work of Sashiko patterns on yellow table cloth has moved to fourth panel.
A few kogin patterns were drawn on graph paper, and the Kogin sampler was started on a towel cloth.
Last week’s stitch was completed on time. And waiting for some idea to sprout on this week’s stitch. Some ideas for floral samplers are popping now and then.
The mirrors are blue ikat tunic is also nearing completion. Just a few more mirrors to work.
Maroon and blue ikat combo tunic
I had two fabrics- a blue ikat and a maroon handloom cotton. Before the tailor went on his vacation, a tunic was sewn with these two fabrics.
A small design from ‘Paisleys designs from India’ was taken, scaled and drawn. This will be traced on to the plain maroon fabric in the front of the tunic. The threads and the tunic.
These days I have started writing down ideas, inspirations. This is quite helpful. It is like an idea journal. It also keeps me on track.



It has been more than two weeks since I came to India. It is hard to find time to do embroidery. Another Sunday has come and gone and next stitch was also announced. At last a few samples of Norwich stitch could be worked. The working of this 14th stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
To understand the stitch, the first row of samples were worked. The next row of samples are worked over five holes with a hole left untouched, still in the mode of familiarising  with the stitch. The third row has Norwich stitch worked over four holes.
It was time to try the upright version of this stitch on the first set of samples. What if two colour threads are used alternatively? The basic crosses are worked in one colour and the overlapping crosses are worked in another colour. The third row has bigger Norwich stitch samples worked in two colours. A few trials of Norwich stitch were done in the last row.
The whole sampler. It is hard to think about variations in Chennai with so many activities.SSS.14.norwich stitch sampler

I had bought this long stitch kit from Anchor, last year.this was a medium size picture, with a single kingfisher,
Once in a while I enjoy working on these kits- saves time,effort on designing, calculating.Only hassle is , after some the right index finger starts aching[all the pushing into the tight canvas].
This was my journey.
I started with the dark colours from the centre of the picture.This area was done with cotton skeins[came along with the kit] in 6 strands


The background in 4 strands.And the immediate foreground [yellow] in 6 strands.


Stitched the clouds in white, working the brown[8 strands] on the frame pattern.



Completed picture


Framed picture

kingfisher picture

 Didn’t know how to avoid the flash on the picture! LOL!