I am two days late in posting the works in progress. It is hard to remember the days in Chennai. After completing the Q stitch on SSS challenge, a project on silk blouse was done during this week. This blouse fabric had a wide gold border. My neighbour wanted some simple embroidery with stones and beads. Started the embroidery work with chain stitch in green silk thread.
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Another chain stitch row with gold thread.
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The saree is also the same peach silk with gold border. We could get dark red stone, the medium red stones did not match well with the richness of the silk fabric. Therefore chain stitches in red silk thread was worked on the semi circles created by green chain stitch row. The dark red stones were to be stitched here. I was hoping to subdue the colour of the stone to match with the fabric.
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A small motif in gold was scattered here and there on the saree. I tried work a motif in gold thread and beads. After working the red stones and gold beads.
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My friend who was sewing this blouse for her sister, wanted white stones on this project. I started with the white stones hoping it would go well with the beads, red stones and embroidery.
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Embroidery completed on both the sleeves of this peach silk blouse.
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Another blouse is also there which needs to be embroidered.
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Before starting the work on this blouse, I want to work whipped spoke stitch sampler for TAST challenge.

After completing the randje per week 2014 challenge, I thought of concentrating more on embroidery on tunics. Satin stitches with cotton skeins were started on the central panel of blue/green crepe tunic.

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wipw38-blugrecrepet-3

While working on this my tailor came back from his visit. A pink crepe silk fabric was given to him for marking the centre and sleeves for a tunic, which he marked. I had thought of a simple creeper design for the centre for this tunic [some idea malfunction]. This design required a full front and not just the central panel alone. Now the front panel and sleeves were sitting there. A new pattern was drawn for those. I have a green leggings which does not match any tunic. Matching it with this tunic seems a nice idea now. It is floral pattern. Started the leaf stitches on leaves [what else?] with cotton skein and silk thread. It is hard to use the hoop on this fabric, may be it needs some fusing in back. Where to look for this? Spending time on searching and learning is not practical now. The work started on sleeve-

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wipw38-pinkcrepet-1

Have drawn some dots on white paper to try some ideas of chicken scratch on dotted fabric.

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wipw38-chicken scratch

This challenge offers lot of support from fellow WIPW stitchers. Thank you All. Do visit SharonB’s blog to see other’s WIPs.
Hussif-
I have not been a good girl with hussif work for the second week. It was not touched for a whole week. This week when I started working on it on Monday, it was to use waste canvas to work a black work filling [this is going to take too much time!]
We are having ten days holidays for Ramdhan. This will be spent in India, meaning stitch free ten days.
Border on tunic-
This was completed with mirrors and green/gold sequins.  the outlines for the herringbones were done in back stitch with cone thread. the chain stitch outline was done with fine metallic thread.The anticipation to see this embroidered border has turned to satisfaction.

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14.wipwednesdays-ytunic5-border

The kutch work also got some attention, with working the motif cluster in green [the border and salwar green]. It is creating too much contrast with the yellow fabric, still no further changes are waiting to happen! Time to work towards completing this project. This gives an ideas of working with two colour threads, may be in another project.

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14.wipwednesdays-ytunic4-kutch

Randje per week
This project is added to WIPW now. A cross stitch challenge started early this year [2014] on this site. Two borders are posted every Saturday. At that time TAST hadn’t resumed, very enthusiastically I decided to join this challenge, thinking allotting some time every Saturday would be very easy. Even before starting this challenge, on 26th Jan my husband needed emergency treatment and postoperative care. In February , a matty cloth[ an [un]even cloth with holes] with 8 inches width was prepared for this challenge. Slowly whenever I had time small samples were worked from the site. Now these borders have to be worked full 8 inches. Last week was 60th border. This week’s WIP is first three borders-

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14.wipwednesdays-randje 1,2,3

Studio journal class starts from today. Hoping I‘ll have time and proper lighting to work next week. This week’s TAST stitch is still in idea stage.

The second part of the sampler-

7.101.triangular buttonhole st sampler2

7.101.triangular buttonhole st sampler2

1.In these samples this stitch is combined with other variations of buttonhole stitches.
First row- with three buttonhole stitches.
Second row-with crossed buttonhole.
Third row-with up and down buttonhole
Fourth row-with half buttonhole wheel
Fifth row-with bullion buttonhole
Sixth row- with knotted buttonhole
Seventh row-with basque stitch

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7.101.tribholest-4

2.Triangular buttonhole stitch is used for couching satin ribbon in the first row. The stitch worked over lace in the last row.

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7.101.tribholest-5

The whole sampler-

7.101.triangular buttonhole stitch sampler

7.101.triangular buttonhole stitch sampler

The 101thweek stitch on the TAST 2014 stitch challenge is a variation of buttonhole stitch called triangular buttonhole stitch. The method of working this stitch is on SharonB ’s blog. The sampler

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7.101.triangular buttonhole st sampler1

1.These first few rows are variations of this stitch, the variations are in height, width and angles.

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7.101.tribholest-1

2.two or more rows of this stitch are worked in various ways in these samples.

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7.101.trbholest-2

3.The stitch is worked in a curve in the first row. Both sides are worked in the second row. The triangles are worked alternatively in two heights in the third row. The buttonhole stitches are worked at an angle in the fourth row. I like this row.

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7.101.trbholest-3

I wanted mix and match two different fabrics on a tunic. The tunic was orange and yellow woven ikat fabric, to match with this a block printed cotton fabric was chosen. After this step, there was no design idea forthcoming to do what I wanted. An idea in the form of plain maroon fabric, which could be used for the borders and the salwar [Indian pants] came into mind.
Then I drew a very simple geometrical pattern for the borders and yoke on a graph paper and traced them on to the maroon fabric. I did not have look far for the colours  for embroidery, they were taken from the two tunic fabrics. A light beige colour thread was added to give contrast.
The tunic-

orange, yellow ikat printed sleeves-tunic

orange, yellow ikat printed sleeves-tunic

The stitches used were- fly stitch, herringbone filling, straight stitches and back stitch. The yoke-

orange yellow, ikat printed sleeves- yoke

orange yellow, ikat printed sleeves- yoke

The tailor made a good job of sewing everything together. The sleeve with the embroidered border.

orange yellow ikat printed sleeves-sleeves

orange yellow ikat printed sleeves-sleeves

The tunic being cotton is very comfortable to wear during summer, which is 9 months in a year!
The printed fabric looks dull compared to the ikat. That was the reason why this tunic needed an embroidery on maroon fabric. Another way of enhancing this tunic would be to embroider over the block prints. The idea is late for this tunic, maybe I‘ll use this for another fabric.

The working of this stitch is on SharonB ’s blog as a part of TAST 2013 stitch challenge. After working the crossed feather stitch ideas for this stitch were not many. The sampler-

45.93.plaited feather stitch sampler

45.93.plaited feather stitch sampler

1.The details on this part of the sampler- the basic plaited feather stitch is worked on the first row, the stitch was worked in two colours in the second row, the feather stitches on one side are shorter than the other side, making an open and closed plaited feather stitch variation in the third row.

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45.93.plfeatherst-1

2.Plaited feather stitch is laced with blue thread in three ways in these samples.

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45.93.plfeatherst-2

3.The other stitches combined with plaited feather stitch in these rows are – cross stitch, fly stitch, chain stitch and pistil stitch.

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45.plfeatherst-3

I liked this stitch because of the braided effect and the width of the stitch. It will be lovely to work borders with this stitch.