The stitch challenges are not started at all. I really need to work on them.
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The work on cream fabric for the same colour chiffon tunic continued this week too. There are five similar panels in the shape of a long cone. These panels will be attached to the chiffon tunic on two shoulders, neck and sleeves. Stitches are simple -stem, leaf and straight stitches. Stones will also be stitched. At this stage, the first panel is nearing completion.
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The work on the sleeves of neutral tussar tunic progressed a little bit.
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After tracing the border on the cream silk cotton fabric for the striped tussar tunic, the work started with chain stitch outline in dark maroon silk thread. This following week I will be working on this neckline embroidery.
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This was an easy stitch to work. The working is on Queenie’s blog. Seeing the stitch was easy to work, doubts came that I am may not be working this stitch properly, but after seeing Queenie’s samples, I think it is okay.
I started with the basic stitch is the first row, the zigzag stitches are worked closely in the second row, and the stitches are wider in the third row. I like the second sample.
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These are the basic zigzag variations on which the stitches are to be worked.
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After working the sham hem stitches.
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The three ways double zigzag stitches are worked first.
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The sham hem stitches are worked over these stitch rows.
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These are Bosnian stitch, Cretan stitch and Chevron stitch rows. I thought these stitches would be perfect to work sham hem stitches.
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Other than working the legs of Cretan stitches shorter, these stitches are apt for this stitch, may be feather and herringbone stitches  up and  down buttonhole stitches can also be used.
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The sampler.
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This stitch seems like whipping. Queenie’s sample worked in same thread resembles Spanish feather stitch. This stitch shows so many options.

 

We have twisted fly stitch on SSS challenge this week, the working is on Queenie’s blog.
I started learning this stitch in the first row. Working the stitches close together was tried in the second sample, worked the stitches longer and the anchoring stitch shorter in the third sample.
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In the first sample, while working the twisted fly stitches one after another, realized they can be worked in two colours. In the second sample the following twisted fly stitch starts from the midpoint of the previous stitch. This sample looks like herringbone and twisted fly stitch combination. The third sample is a row of inverted twisted fly stitches. This sample looks interesting.
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In the first sample, regular fly stitch and twisted fly stitch are alternated. In the next two samples- two rows of twisted fly stitches are worked together in two ways.
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These two samples are stitch combinations, the first sample it is combined with Cretan stitch and in the second sample it is combined with half chevron stitch
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In the first sample twisted fly stitches are facing each other, the arrangement in the second sample starts with a straight stitch and two twisted fly stitches after that.
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Actually the first sample started with working the twisted fly stitch in zigzag manner, seeing a square pattern evolving, came back and completed the square pattern. If this not written down, I may never know how this was worked later! In the second sample, twisted fly stitch and its inverted version are worked one after another without space in between.
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Tried working this stitch in different ways- shortening one leg, working in lopsided way. And taking inspiration from Queenie, used this stitch as base to work berry stitch, pistil stitch, oyster stitch, quarter buttonhole wheel and French knot flowers.
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The whole sampler.
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When fly stitch was announced on TAST challenge, I never knew it had so much potential. This twisted fly stitch is also so versatile.

 

I think Queenie’s pearl stitches look better than mine.
Started the sampler with the basic pearl stitch as shown on Queenie’s blog. The next row of samples are individual pearl stitches. The pearl stitches are worked closer and apart in the third sample.
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A set of five pearl stitches are worked alternatively up and down in the first sample. The pearl stitches are worked in a curved line in the second sample. Two rows of pearl stitches worked together in the third sample.
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In the last two samples, worked smaller versions of pearl stitches. the narrow version had the tendency to curl.
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The whole sampler.
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An easy stitch to work. Can be worked to add textures too.

Two days ago I started this linear stitch study sampler. Still not sure the way to explore these linear stitches.
Started with back stitch.
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Double back stitch, whipped back stitch, working crosses in between back stitches are the variations here.
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How to fill a shape with free style Cretan stitches was tried in the second sample.
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May be some decorative borders can be tried with these linear stitches.
The linear stitches worked on this sample are- herringbone, buttonhole and chain stitches.
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The centre is worked in coral stitch, with two rows of running stitches and stem stitch outlines are worked  in this sample.
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The base is Cretan stitch, with fly stitches in this sample, after outlining both sides with closed buttonhole stitch variation, worked rope stitches in light blue thread.
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The idea of working decorative borders with linear stitches might work.

 

The treat idea from last week worked. I could work two stitch samplers on SSS challenge- Knotted running stitch and twisted shell chain stitch. The respective posts will follow
Working on these samplers and projects these few days, could not allot any time for Beyond TSST challenge.
The white and violet combo tunic is nearing completion, a few mirrors and the tunic will be ready to wear.
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The work on cream tussar tunic is a lengthy one. It is just chain stitch outlines and chain stitch filling. Generally I take up simple stitches or mono colour on long projects. These save some time. Mind is also calm to learn new things.
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I have seen sarees [length of 5.5 metres] embroidered on borders, and for the embroidery to be seen in front another 2.5 metres will be worked. Earlier it was only, chikan work, kantha work, this Kashmiri work, Persian embroidery, zardosi work, kutchwork… where the stitches are worked by hand. These days we have so many works done commercially. This is a huge industry now. Are they good? That’s a matter of opinion. I am interested in working the older embroideries, I try to work them on tunics, working on sarees will take very long time.

An interesting stitch which resembles the colonial knot, which I wouldn’t have known had I not joined this challenge. The working of the stitch on Queenies blog. Fearing the stitch on top may not hold intact the twist of the thread, I first tried it on a doodle cloth. The stitch was worked in perle cotton
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After this, confidently started on the sampler cloth with cotton skeins. Six strands were used to work these samples.
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I worked these stitches in a cluster and as a linear stitch.I like this stitch
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