This week the challenges and projects have kept the needles sticking to my hand.
Stitch challenges
Beyond TAST
We have something new to explore this month on Beyond TAST challenge. I need time to think on it.
SSS
Completed the Bayeux stitch sampler with satisfaction.
SALs
RPW 2018
I am yet to start a single border on this SAL. Saving the weekly charts is the only progress on this cross stitch SAL.
MMM SAL
February motif is posted on the site. The boundary was worked in Holbein stitch.
WIPW165-mmmsalfeb-1
Projects
Red gaada tunic
The sleeves were worked this week with running stitch in pink thread.
WIPW165-rgadamirt-3
Maroon and blue ikat combo
The folk flowers are being worked with Romanian stitch.
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After working on the tunics, a long time UFO- A large long stitch kit has to be restarted. The work on it was started long time ago!
WIPW165-flamkit-1
It was quite an interesting week on the whole.

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RPW2016
This week’s chart was completed on Saturday. The cross stitch alphabets are really interesting to work with variegated thread.

RPW2016-W8

RPW2016-W8

Grey crepe tunic
I managed to work the three motifs on one sleeve during this week. Now started on the border. Though the project is a long one, making some progress has brought back the enthusiasm, which was at the beginning of this project.

WIPW80-greytunickashmiri-6

WIPW80-greytunickashmiri-6

TAST 2016
Yesterday on TAST 2016 challenge SharonB has combined two week’s stitches into one- Long tail chain plain, beaded and whipped. These samples were worked in 2014. The links to the details are here.

plain and beaded long tail chain

whipped long tail chain

In the meantime, I am just toying with some ideas on the next project.

RPW2016
This week’s chart on Randje per week 2016 challenge was completed on Saturday. The alphabets had some ‘O and ‘X’ missing on them.
Grey crepe tunic
I completed a motif on this tunic. Anchor # 20 red is the main colour. Blue is used to break the monotony. Now it is time to start on the yoke which is medium sized. After working the motif, an idea came to work the chain stitches really small, resembling the Aari work. The Kashmiri embroidery is worked in open chain stitches in wool I suppose. This idea will be in action on the yoke, thus making this project more time consuming. And I am yet to get used to working without hoop.

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WIPW 77- grey tunic Kashmiri-3

Designing
It seemed like a good idea to design another embroidery piece for a tunic while working on this tunic. While designing for a narrow border, another design idea popped into mind. Thus two pieces are ready for embroidery. The tunics are finalized and the designs will be traced after the completion of the grey crepe tunic.
My friend wanted a tunic to be designed, so she can learn and work the embroidery on that. The design was ready yesterday. The embroidery is to start today. next week , I can show more light on this joint effort.
TAST 2016
Last week’s and this week’s stitches on TAST 2016 challenge were already worked earlier. So peeking on other’s samples is the general idea.

Sometime ago, I had this idea of working the same pattern on two fabrics and combine them to use as tunic embellishment. The tunic chosen for this purpose was an ikat cotton fabric.

2ykblikatt-fab

2ykblikatt-fab

The pattern was simple with mirror work, that which can be worked with Aari needle too. I worked with the normal # 9 crewel needle. The pattern for the yoke and the sleeves.

2yblikatt-pat

2yblikatt-pat

The patterns were traced on these two fabrics.

2ykblikatt-yel

2ykblikatt-yel

The sleeve pattern traced on green fabric.

2ykblikatt-gree

2ykblikatt-gree

The pieces after working the embroidery and mirrors.

2ykblikatt-emb

2ykblikatt-emb

The two fabrics sewn on tunic.

2 yoke on blue ikat tunic

2 yoke on blue ikat tunic

The tunic with sleeves. The embroidery was quite simple on the sleeve border.

2ykblikatt-det

2ykblikatt-det

Few more edges were completed on last year’s Randje per week challenge. I had started them during the course of last year, when they were posted on their site. These edges are available on the site till March this year.

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wipw36-rpw2014-64to71

I started with metallic thread on the embroidery on dark blue fabric to be sewn on blue green crepe tunic fabric later. The design is traditional Indian. Some elements of a border from a design book by artist K.Prakash were the inspiration for this pattern. This embroidery will have stitches in gold colour threads and bluish green threads. Embellishments are also part of this project.

wipw36-blugrencrepet-2

wipw36-blugrencrepet-2

I have two long stitch kits, one of which I started a while ago. Thinking if it is included in this post, it might start moving forward. Even an half an hour work every week on this project would help it a bit. It needs encouragement. That’s for next week.