I could complete one project during this week. Chain stitch was worked around the outline with blue silk thread on this neckline embroidery. With this the piece is ready to go to the tailor.
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Cluster of three small pearl beads are being added to the feather stitches this week on this blue tussar tunic. This is still in progress.
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The work continues on the other side of this plum cotton tunic.
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It is hard set these aside and start working on challenges. May be possible next week. Happy with one finish.

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I am still working on the tunics during the past few days. Somehow time seems to run away when we are busy.
The next thread being worked on this neckline for printed blue crepe tunic is gold silk thread, this thread can be used on machine too. The outlines for the triangles are worked with chain stitch.
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The work on aqua blue fabric with white thread continues this week too. After the couching! Stitch, it is back to straight stitches, they are  not technically double running stitch, because the back side does not need to be the same, wherever required short cuts are taken.
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A neck and a design around the neck was drawn for the plum colour fabric this week. This will be a short top. The fabric was left over from a tunic made in 2013.
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This tunic was worked in 2012.
This cotton tunic is handloom cotton in golden yellow. The Indian pant is cream and yellow with a wavy pattern.
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the pattern was inspired by a tunic seen in a boutique.
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Starting with kutchwork border in the centre , the other linear stitches are chain in different colours, closed herringbone stitch, zigzag back stitch, fly stitch and its variation, and the last chain stitch boxes are for the mirrors to be worked inside. The detail-
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After working the small square mirrors.
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The detail after working the mirrors.
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The sewn tunic.
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This stitch is a combination of twisted chain stitch and shell chain stitch. The working of the stitch on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler is started with basic twisted shell chain stitch. The same stitch is worked in a curve in the second sample. Shorter twisted chains are worked in the next sample. The twisted chains is extended in the fourth sample. The twisted chains are worked on both sides in the last sample.
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In the first sample, the twisted shell chains are alternatively worked with shell chain stitches. The zigzag twisted shell chain stitch is worked in the next sample. The twisted chains are worked on one colour and the shells are worked in lighter colour in the third sample. The twisted shell chain stitch is worked in two colours in the next sample. In the last sample, after working two rows of twisted shell chain stitches, the shell part was whipped with another thread.
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An interesting stitch which combines twisted chain and shell chain. I liked working the samples with 6 strands of cotton skein. The sampler.
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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.

 

For the past few days I was away from the computer, slowly getting back to routine.
The linear stitches are being explored on Beyond TAST this month. While working the earlier TAST challenges, many linear stitches were studied, explored and tried. I am yet to think of ways to work this month’s challenge.
Petal stitch and pearl stitch samplers were worked during this week on SSS challenge. They are small band samplers and easy to work. The details of these will be posted soon.
Another colour thread was started on the yoke for the cream tussar tunic. Paisley design again!
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The colours are ok for leaves and veins, another colour needs to be brought in for flowers, which shouldn’t overshadow the greens. Still working on greens for the time being.

The green yoke for white/pink printed tunic was completed this week. It was easy working along the stripes.

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After completing the embroidery, white sequins were added to these linear stitches.
This ready to wear Patiala salwar was bought on my previous trip to Chennai.

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A dark blue fabric was chosen for the tunic. The pattern is inspired by ethnic Indian embroidery. Lots of spaces to be filled with herringbone stitches! The thread colours are plucked from the Patiala with an addition of white and pink. The embroidery on 3 cm borders for the sleeves and sides are started.

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My kutchwork border designs are moving very slowly, so nothing much to report there.