This is the last part of laid work embroidery on Beyond TAST challenge. This embroidery was quite interesting because- it was on my ‘to do’ list, the ground work for it was already done [adding the videos], it is a part of crewel work embroidery [which captivates me], the sampler cloth was ready with some designs, just copying the work from videos and the surprises and lessons learnt during the development of each design.
The designs-
Laid work with stranded cotton, and the work in perle cotton.
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Another interesting development of the design.
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Just diagonal weaving.
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Zigzag weaving
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We are back to laid work
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Whipping the threads both ways on this design
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I missed an intersection on this design. And the yellow thread is actually split stitch!
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The sampler cloth looks like this now. The traced designs can be tackled another time.
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The parsi embroidery on blue crepe tunic was completed after working the french knots. The fabric is with the tailor now.
I have been working on laid work embroidery for BTAST. After filling a few more motifs, this sampler is completed for the time being. The details will be on a different post.
I have been lagging behind on black work mandala SAL. For the months of March and April, the Aida will have lesser holes per inch. Yesterday the markings were done on this piece. Thinking of using the polyester thread to work these mandalas.
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Then it will be time for the stitches on SSS challenge, which is next week’s work.

I am trying to work at least one sample a day on this challenge. There are so many videos for this embroidery. The seen videos are not in English. Earlier, when these videos were added ‘to watch later’ and to  were to be worked as a  personal challenge, I was thinking of posting the link of each and every design on my blog whenever they were worked. Now that I am working on a time frame, it seems too tedious to post the details. The Youtube channels.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdatLoVNaGQy8CB-2k_AubA/feed
Some more motifs-
Another weaving pattern.
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This pattern was fine till this point, after that it was hard to keep track [maybe I was tired].
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A needle woven diamond. This motif was repeated on the original many times.
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Another treatment for intersections.
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After laying the threads, intersections are woven.
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While working on this stage of this arrangement, realized it was Portuguese border stitch. Better to work it again some other time.
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The needle of the last [straight] stitch, passes through the laid pink thread and lifts it. I like this
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An interesting weaving pattern
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Realizing the polyester thread is the problem creator. Otherwise this was a nice pattern.
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Extra time given for this month’s challenge was put to good use. I have worked a few more laid work motifs.
Simple crisscrossing over pink laid thread.
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After laying the pink cotton skein, variegated yellow threads are couched with violet thread. Added a few french knots.
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Worked some weaving with polyester threads and outlined with buttonhole stitch.
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Another sample worked from Yourube video.

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The work on this month’s Beyond TAST sampler started late because of my trip to India.
Laid work embroidery was on ‘to do’ list for a few years. This interest started with seeing some videos on youtube.
These few days I have been working these samples. The source of this sample is pinterest.
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This simple laid work design seems to pop out quite often.
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This laid work pattern was taken from A-Z crewel embroidery book.
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This couching worked on surface satin stitch was also taken from A-Z crewel embroidery.
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I need to practice this embroidery well before venturing into new ideas. May be a few more designs can be worked during this last week of this challenge.

I was in Chennai, India for a week. It was pretty hectic as usual. Only my stitching suffered. The challenges and SALs were kept aside. I had managed to complete February’s Beyond TAST challenge. the details will be on a separate post.
After returning back, I thought I will start laid work on Beyond TAST challenge. Some years ago, while browsing the net, came across some interesting laid work/lattice work on Youtube. To try them a light coloured fabric was chosen and a few designs were drawn on it. With this month’s beyond TAST challenge, this design cloth can be used. I had not started any stitching till now.
Starting the challenge on this pattern.
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After working on my stitching during this week, will have more progress to report.