We had family visiting from India. They left on Tuesday last week. I was never near the needles or thread or computer during that time to post progress.
The stitches on SSS challenge of the last three weeks are yet to be tackled. The braid stitch is a stitch to be learnt, this might be worked on a string bag. The design is yet to be drawn. Hoping to start the Chinese cross stitch samples today. The method of working the Chinese knots will have to be considered after this.
The TAST challenge has to be visited on Pintangle.
A few borders in Kasuti embroidery was worked on the sampler cloth. This will be a separate post from now on.
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Projects
The embroidery with green thread on black fabric for green blouse was completed. The zardosi work on pink fabric for violet matka silk was also completed.
The kutchwork border designs were drawn on cream / half white cotton fabric. This will be long project, so the progress may not be regular. It started with working near the edge.
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We had open chain stitch on SSS challenge. This stitch is often used in some Indian ethnic embroidery. To work this stitch for this red striped tunic, is the next project idea.
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Another project idea is also there, which will be shared on next work in progress Wednesday post.

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The Y stitch sampler on SSS challenge was completed on Saturday. This week is revision of last five stitches. The stitches on TAST challenge were worked earlier.
The cream yoke needed some lavender elements on it. They were worked this week. The details will be on a separate post.
Before starting with zardosi embroidery on this pink silk/cotton fabric, some outlines have to be worked with threads. This week, it is chain stitch with antique violet colour skein.
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After working the border pattern with herringbone filling, a small kutchwork motif with sharp edges was worked with the same blue thread on this cream fabric.
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This week will be spent on the progress of these two projects, the work on benarsi georgette neckline will resume after this.

We are back in Muscat slowly flowing into routine. I am better now.
The SSS challenge and TAST challenge both have new stitches to work. The upright cross stitch is an easy one. I hoping to start on it tomorrow. After that I have to work on beaded oyster stitch on TAST challenge.
Before returning to Muscat, I managed to work on my friend’s saree. A kutch work line along the width of the saree, which could be more than 40 inches.
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The detail of the embroidery.
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The kutchwork line in two colours was worked on the sleeves of the blouse also.
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Nothing else was done other than this project and packing in Chennai, India. I have unpacked the fabrics bought in Chennai. Phew!! Some or most of them would require embroidery, which would be looked into during the next week. Lots of work to do.

I have not fully recovered still. But feeling slightly bored of this heat stroke.
It was hard to work the SSS challenge satin outline stitch well-ordered. Though it was worked with cotton strand, it was not as easy as it seemed.
I started working on mirrors on this mull tunic.
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Since there is no much in progress department, these are some fabrics which are bought here in Chennai.
This fabric is block printed cotton.
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This fabric is synthetic. It is used generally for blouses for sarees. It looked interesting. It can be used to enhance another fabric also.
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The fabric is woven ikat in silk/cotton. The design is lovely. It is of 1 metre length. Can be used for saree blouse or can be combined with other fabric for a tunic.
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This fabric is mangalagiri cotton, block printed. It was a 2 metre piece.
WIPW130-red mangalagiri 2 mtrs wipw
This is tunic set in block printed hand woven cotton.
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The fabrics are from two three shops. Excitement is there in buying fabrics, there is also a worry of completing the embroidery projects. I was so sure of not buying too many fabrics. We have too many shops. It is so easy to go and buy. I am hoping to stitch more this week. The bull’s head stitch on SS challenge seems interesting and easy.

I have been in India for the past few weeks. I could stay here till first week of May. Generally stitching comes to a standstill on a vacation. Browsing the net is minimal. This routine is not working now. Too much laziness is also not good. I might forget everything.
It is hard to work the stitch challenges. They are put on hold.
I have two sewn tunics to be embroidered. The first tunic is mangalagiri with chanderi silk cotton patch.
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I had drawn a kutch work design is Muscat for this. The embroidery on this tunic was started.
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The second tunic in white mull fabric on which mirrorwork needs to be done on the black borders.
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My neighbour is sewing a blouse for her sister. She wanted a simple embroidery on it. We have bought some red and white stones for embellishing. The fabric needs to be marked.
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These information posted here is for motivating me to start doing some embroidery work.

Challenges
On Sunday stitch school challenge last week’s heavy chain stitch was worked on folk design in red thread. This week’s stitch is interlaced running stitch. Expecting to start the sampler today.
TAST challenge continues from today. This week’s stitch is magic chain or checkered chain. The link to the earlier worked sampler was posted on FB group page.
No progress at all on RPW 2016 challenge. Another challenge for 2017 has started on their blog last week.
Never ending sampler SAL is still in stage of  browsing the other people’s work.
Zardosi
Started with green threads on this piece. Some more progress has been made on the curves with a lighter green thread on the curves. The picture will be taken after completing this treatment. Content with the progress on this project this week. It was slightly boring to work the chain stitches. Now working on stem stitch.
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If a change is required, a different project has to be worked, which will take time from this project.

The kasuti yoke was completed after working  with light green thread.

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It took six hours to work this yoke. it was completed in three days. The tailor had given me the centre piece to work this embroidery. He also attached a green lace to the sleeves. The tunic-

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The yoke-

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The pattern –

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This tunic was inspired by chikan work tunics which are widely available in India. They come in pastel colours with chikan work done in the same colour of the fabric or more commonly in white. I wanted explore the effect of kasuti embroidery on a tunic. I am happy to see people interested in this work.
I wear this tunic with a printed[in green, white and brown] readymade Patiala salwar.