I am planning to work on leaf stitch sampler on SSS challenge. The stitch looks simple and it is eagerly awaited stitch.
Projects
My tailor informed that he was going to Pakistan for 3 months yesterday. This means for some time the embroidery on tunics can be set aside. This might  be the change I was looking for. Now stitch challenges, UFO’s, new stitches, other ethnic embroideries, may be even some crochet can be looked into.
Blue ikat tunic
Another stitch and thread was started on this motif border for blue ikat tunic.
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Mustard mangalagiri tunic
The embellishing with embroidery and beads was completed on mustard with copper zari tunic.
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The details will be on another post. Now is the time to think of ways to work leaf stitch.

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Have to confess that there was no progress on SSS challenge. Valuable time which can be used for working this challenge stitches is kidnapped by net browsing with the excuse of looking for new embroidery ideas. It is enjoyable pastime for now. Have to keep it in check before it leads to addiction.
Projects
The embroidery for red striped tunic was completed and it is with the tailor now.
Green yellow ikat tunic
Some more progress has been made on this mirror mandala embellishment project. Hoping to complete it tomorrow.
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Blue grey ikat tunic
This is the next project waiting to be started. The tunic set fabric is mercerized cotton. My love for woven ikat fabric continues. The salwar is also mercerized cotton in grey. The idea is to work the embroidery on neck and sleeves on this blue fabric on the right.
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This is an inspiration from a tunic which had floral printed border on its neck. The fabric and the design were different.

 

Bosnian stitch was 38th stitch on SSS challenge. An easy stitch, which can be a base for decorative seams. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
The first two samples are of the basic Bosnian stitch. I realized after the working the first row there was a mistake and worked it once more.
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Double row of Bosnian stitches are worked in two ways this part of the sampler.
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The angled stitches are long and this is wide version of Bosnian stitch in the first sample. The angled stitches are worked alternatively long and short in the second sample.
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The Bosnian stitches are worked at same height in the first row and they are worked in dvarying heights in the last two samples.
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The whole sampler
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By varying the height, width and working isolated embroidery stitches, this Bosnian stitch is ideal for working decorative seams.

There was no work in progress on SSS challenge this week. Thorn stitch might be started today. The details of finished samplers re waiting to be posted.
Thorn stitch looks easy. Rambler rose stitch needs to be practiced. Moss stitch needs to be learnt first.
Projects
Red striped tunic
Most of the time was spent on working on this tunic. The open chain stitches on leaves was completed. Outlining and filling the space on the border  with metallic thread was started.
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Mustard yellow and copper tunic
After working on the leaves of the red tunic, got bored and started some fly stitch variation on this mustard yellow tunic.
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This tunic is already sewn by the tailor. Ideal project for work when feeling bored. The idea can be contemplated at one time, it can be implemented at another time and can also be shelved for some time.
Green yellow ikat tunic
Worked some open chain stitch inside the buttonhole stitch circle and chain stitch along the outline on this project.
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The progress during this week was initially repetitive, then slowed down to some scattered stitches and moved on to some development of design.

 

It was a week in Chennai, India which kept me on my toes these two weeks after Diwali festival. Generally I love rain, may be not so much this time in Chennai. A wedding, visits, waiting times, it was hectic and wet. Hardly any time to even think let alone do some work.
The braid stitch on a string bag was also completed during this time. Time flew, another few more new stitches on SSS challenge are added. Still thinking of ways to work them. There was connection problem in Chennai too. Thorn stitch on SSS challenge slipped through that. Time to get back on track including the SSS challenge posts.
Projects
Red striped tunic
The highlight of this project is the open chain stitch of SSS challenge. This stitch is used for working the leaves. Still working on this project.
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Green yellow ikat tunic
This is simple circular design below the neck worked in cream silk/cotton fabric. This small project has just started.

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The UFOs are piling up. Now there is another interest to embroider on blouses for sarees. This is the influence of Indian festivals and weddings. Hope these ideas are fruitful and don’t vanish. Many years ago I have embroidered blouses. At that time it was quite rare. Nowadays everyone seems to be wearing these blouses with embroidery, beads and sequins. Too grand for my taste but they can be used as inspirations.

 

The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. After coming across this stitch many times over the years, there was never a thought, that this could be a stitch by itself. It looked like a filling or unfinished filling stitch. After seeing this on SSS challenge, I thought the braid stitch can be learnt later and started with this stitch sampler.
The sampler starts with individual Chinese cross stitches. Two crosses are worked together in the second sample. The crosses are worked continuously in a row in the third sample. It started with two rows of Chinese cross stitches in the fourth sample, but realized it has to be varied to get a flowing pattern.
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The variation was made in the first sample in this part of the sampler. This will make nice filling pattern. Two rows of Chinese cross stitches are worked with space between them. This way other stitches can be incorporated along with this stitch to make a nice border. Upright Chinese crosses are worked in the third sample. The Chinese crosses and upright Chinese crosses are worked together to form a border in the fourth sample. Three Chinese crosses are used as border in the last sample.
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Individual Chinese crosses and upright crosses are worked in the first sample. Two rows of upright crosses are worked in the second sample. Working the Chinese crosses in two colours are tried in the last two samples.
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The completed sampler –
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This Chinese cross can be used for filling and border patterns. Easy to work stitch. This stitch can be used to add texture to otherwise plain fabric too, like Sashiko embroidery. Just pondering over some ideas.

A simple stitch with a long name is on SSS challenge this week. The working is on Queenie’s blog. These stitches were not part of TAST challenge. She has been posting stitches in alphabetical order till last week. It is interesting to learn new stitches and explore them. This week’s stitch is taken from Japanese embroidery book by Sadako Totsuka.
The sampler started with the basic stitch, the way it is worked by Queenie.in the second row, the buttonholed legs are shorter than the simple buttonhole legs. In the third sample the angled buttonholed legs are longer. The buttonholed legs are alternatively long and short in the fourth sample.
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I wanted to combine this stitch with other buttonhole stitch variations. The first row is a combination with closed buttonhole, the second row was worked with the thinking that it is knotted buttonhole, but realized after checking it is actually sailor’s edge stitch with long legs, buttonholed stitches are combined with that. In the third row, this stitch combined with top knotted buttonhole. The fourth sample has crossed buttonhole with this stitch.
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I started with the combination of this stitch with fancy bobbin stitch in the first row, knotted buttonhole stitch in the second row, sailor stitch in the third row and variation of up and down buttonhole stitch in the fourth row.
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The first sample is with picots, it does not look that impressive, still it is a stitch combo. The straight line is whipped [or laced?] in the second sample. I was itching to buttonhole the straight line from the minute I read the name of the stitch, it is done in the last sample.
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It was interesting to study and explore this stitch. The completed sampler.

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