Embroidery is now part of daily schedule. The fasting during the day for Ramadhan started on Saturday. And the summer is in full swing. It is s hardship for people who are fasting this year.
I worked on vault stitch on SSS challenge and didn’t have to work on TAST challenge, because it was worked earlier.
Projects
The cross stitch pattern on sleeves for this polyester linen tunic was completed and the fabrics are with the tailor.
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After working the white stones, I started with green and gold zardosi beads for green benarasi georgette tunic. Cutting the zardosi beads and working the embroidery takes a little time.
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Being summer, Designing embroidery for some cotton tunics would be better. So that they can be worn this summer itself.
Had written this post on Wednesday. But could post it only today.
Update- I have just started working on whipped running stitch sampler

Stitch challenges
Last week’s stitches on TAST and SSS challenges were completed and the details were posted on the blog. I have to start on this week’s SSS stitch. This week’s TAST stitch was worked earlier.
Tunic project
Some of the projects were left in Muscat, while leaving for India. The embroidery was restarted around the neck for this green Benarasi georgette fabric.
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Working with green thread and gold metallic thread was completed before the vacation. I started with gold zardosi beads and small white stones.
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Another project which needs to be worked is the cross stitch on Aida cloth for blue polyester linen tunic. Presently working on this project, picture is yet to be taken .
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Lots of work to be done. Eager to work them all

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.

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

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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.