It was a week in Chennai, India which kept me on my toes these two weeks after Diwali festival. Generally I love rain, may be not so much this time in Chennai. A wedding, visits, waiting times, it was hectic and wet. Hardly any time to even think let alone do some work.
The braid stitch on a string bag was also completed during this time. Time flew, another few more new stitches on SSS challenge are added. Still thinking of ways to work them. There was connection problem in Chennai too. Thorn stitch on SSS challenge slipped through that. Time to get back on track including the SSS challenge posts.
Projects
Red striped tunic
The highlight of this project is the open chain stitch of SSS challenge. This stitch is used for working the leaves. Still working on this project.
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Green yellow ikat tunic
This is simple circular design below the neck worked in cream silk/cotton fabric. This small project has just started.

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The UFOs are piling up. Now there is another interest to embroider on blouses for sarees. This is the influence of Indian festivals and weddings. Hope these ideas are fruitful and don’t vanish. Many years ago I have embroidered blouses. At that time it was quite rare. Nowadays everyone seems to be wearing these blouses with embroidery, beads and sequins. Too grand for my taste but they can be used as inspirations.

 

This week was good in progress on SSS challenge. Three stitches- Rumanian stitch, Hungarian stitch and Bosnian stitch were completed. Braid stitch is the next in line. It is not behaving friendly with me. When I seem to get the slightly familiar, if a break comes, getting back to the rhythm is hard. Should I have chosen a smaller design to try this stitch? Too late now. Just have to keep doing it.
Red striped tunic
I have started with rope stitch on the stems on this red fabric.
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We are having another festival today, Diwali. This time it was preparation of traditional sweets, snacks and some herbal paste to digest these highly heavy things. It was definitely an interesting week. but hard to find time to write a post.

.It was a long weekend for Eid in Muscat and it ended with two Indian festivals. The first one is Onam which celebrates the harvest in the state of Kerala, the second one is a religious one which was today. Our friend from Kerala gave us sumptuous lunch and today I prepared some special dishes.
Stitch challenge samplers were set aside this week.
Projects
Red striped tunic
Open chain stitch of SSS challenge is used on this project. This stitch is often used on ethnic Gujarati and Rajasthani embroideries along with other stitches. Sometimes a whole project is worked in this stitch. In this project, the flower petals [filling] and the lines worked in red variegated thread are open chain stitches. Practicing the stitch is also part of the project. I am learning to maintain uniform working of the stitch through this project.
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After getting the blue jute cotton tunic fabric from the tailor, the tedious job of marking the places to work the embroidery motifs started. 1 inch lines are marked all over the front and sleeves. I have started working fly stitches in darker shade of the same blue. Lot more to go.
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An idea to work wood beads on copper tunic needs to be implemented.
Once these projects become comfortable routine, I might take a break and work on stitch challenges. Till then it is hard to relax to work on samples.