I could complete the green gold silk fabric for my friend this week. After that I was alternatively working with  these two  projects in progress.
 Green boat neck tunic.

The diamond  shaped mirrors are being stitched on this green boat neck top. I am working 2 or 3 mirrors at a time every day.
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 Black and gold tunic.

The leaves and tendrils are worked in stem stitch with 3 strands. The stems are worked in 4 strands. At this point, I am thinking it is taking more time than expected. The design offers scope for more details. But if I work on them, this project might take time which is not practical. Keeping it simple and just be within the plan will be the best option. I took an aspect of a big paisley design and modified and  drew the size I wanted  from this book, I have.
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Though all designs are interesting, I tend to favour traditional Indian designs. Before being exposed to this embroidery world through the web, I grew up seeing these designs around. Hand embroidery takes time, to work on each and every idea may not be possible. But some of them are very inspiring, calming the mind and gives contentment too.

It was New Year day, after deciding to go with the projects in progress, by afternoon, an idea to start a new tunic project came to mind.
The tailor had marked a black silk tunic for embroidery 2 days before 2020 started.
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The gold fabric with black  border lines is a long stole [duppatta] for this black tunic. Earlier, I had drawn and prepared a single paisley design for this. After I  traced the pattern onto the fabric, my friend came with a sewn tunic, which she got from the tailor that day. He had sewn it well, she wanted to incorporate a small  motif all over the front of the tunic, which she had seen somewhere, but couldn’t get hold of it again .I tried some stitching on the inside neck with sample threads to give reality to her idea.
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I started marking the placements of the motif and drew an upright cross[2 cm] on them that night. Next day I worked 2 motifs, and searched my stash also for similar options.
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Her idea when she said I couldn’t interpret in embroidery, after deliberating for some time changing the metallic threads, we could arrive at something common. This is the motif she is happy with.It is worked brown metallic thread, silver metallic thread and same green silk thread.
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Total number of motifs -31. I am still working on them. I completing each and moving onto another. This might be completed by next week.

Our PC went for an outing last Wednesday.
After seeing this week’s SSS challenge stitch, which seems like an easy stitch, it is better to bring the sample cloth out again.
Now for the projects in progress-
Two more motifs were worked in shadow work [closed herringbone] or chikan work on this grey cotton tunic.
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Chain stitch lines with lighter orange thread is being worked on this grey striped tunic.
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The work on this navy silk cotton neckline will again be predominantly chain. I think chain stitch is extremely infectious and spreads widely. It does not let any other stitch to come to mind.
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Progress is slow because of the lesser time of natural light during the day. But I am designing some floral patterns for tunics, which is also good use of time.

I completed the plum cotton project. This past week was more on ideas of designing and drawing some of them.
The grey chikan work tunic lies as it was on last Wednesday. This is a long project, with the same herringbone stitch and back stitch, so I am not in a hurry.
I started embroidery around the neck line on this grey striped tunic. The kutchwork motifs are worked in the same thread, so planning to add more shades of orange on this border pattern.
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I had bought this fabric in Muscat. They said it was linen, it didn’t look so. Still I liked the colour and the way it draped. It is like a soft burlap fabric in cream colour.
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I had this navy silk/cotton fabric. Some simple border designs were interesting. A round neckline, with these simple curves and peaks was drawn and traced onto the navy fabric. My friend also finds it interesting! Let us wait for it to develop.
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The works of this week were around tunics. Though the chain stitches on plum cotton tunic are monotonous, still it is interesting to see the growth on these simple border patterns.
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A kutchwork pattern with chain stitch and mirror elements was drawn and traced onto the grey striped tunic after the tailor marked the neck. He doesn’t design the neck, just the dimensions are marked and the front piece is cut by him. This gives me room to design the neck, yoke etc. by cutting the tunic to size, I don’t have to hold the whole fabric while doing embroidery. Started the work with kutchwork elements in bright[ it does not look so bright in the image though!] orange thread.
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In April I had bought a few tunic fabrics on cotton, they are not handloom. A light weight cotton, easy to maintain and cool to wear on hot days, they were used as blouse fabrics for sarees. The navy tunic with Kashmiri work came from this set.
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My friend liked this grey [we call it elephant grey colour] and she wanted chikan work done on it. A motif design which will be repeated was drawn yesterday. The front of the tunic will be filled with this motif. The plan is to draw the whole design on graph paper and then trace it on to the fabric.
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This week was a productive.
Except for a few earlier stitches, I have caught up with SSS challenge.
The current Beyond TAST challenge is yet to be taken for consideration. Hope it starts next week.
Red and black tunic
The work on this tunic is nearing completion. Red oval stones were stitched onto the yoke. In the picture it is not clear. I am working on the sleeves now.
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Cream tussar tunic
I am in the last phase on this project. After working on peach thread, the final detail is the yellow thread for the flower centre. The sleeves are ready, the work is continuing on the tunic front.
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Two other projects are still in thinking mode.

 

After reading that Rumanian stitch on SSS challenge is also named Indian filling stitch, the idea to work this stitch as filling took root. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
This is the fabric- handloom cotton on which this work was done.
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The pattern-
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The pattern was worked twice- on both sides of the pouch. Same threads were used. The variation was only in the filling. Starting with blue thread-
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The other side.
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Moving on to pink thread.
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The same pink thread.
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Next thread is green. All are anchor cotton skeins.
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The green on the other side.
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Six strands of thread was used work this stitch. The yellow thread.
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This is last thread to be used as Rumanian stitch.
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The details of the outline stitch, mirrors will be on another post.
I loved working this stitch. An easy stitch for filling wide and long patterns. The thread also behaves well.

 

Stitch challenges
The stitch explorations on stitch challenges have not yet become part of the routine. I have to work on two stitches on TAST challenge. The TAST is over with 100 stitches this time around. It will be restarted in Jan “18 and SharonB has also mentioned that there will be another option called ‘ beyond TAST’ for people who have worked the earlier challenges. More details on Pintangle.
Few of the SSS stitches have to be worked. Some are used on projects- open chain stitch, outline stitch, Chinese knots. How to work  the latest stitch is the thought now, while working on these projects.
Projects
Blue shirt
After working the outline stitch, the flowers are worked in oyster stitches, the flower centre is worked in Chinese knots. These knots are quite easy to work with. Two challenge stitches are worked in this project. When I started learning embroidery, the new stitches were learnt and practiced on tunics and blouses. Brings back memories.
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Blue jute cotton
This project is keeping me totally occupied. The last step in the motif is the stem stitch. It is being worked again and again. Hoping to complete the front tomorrow and start with the first sleeve.
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There is always a thought that mind is held captive by big projects that are marked by the tailor.
Time factor- it has to be completed within reasonable time. Whether the tailor would do a good job and not letting other ideas intrude during the duration of the project and a tiredness which creeps in towards nearing the end. Worries looking at fabrics waiting to be designed. These thoughts are always there in the mind. And mind needs to be fresh to learn and work new stitches.

 

Though the challenge stitches are not worked as band samplers, the outline stitch on SSS challenge was used on a blue shirt project. This is a work in progress.
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The blue jute was marked and the embroidery is consuming most of my time. Simple stitches worked over and over again. This week, I started with knots inside the fly stitches.
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Some wooden beads were worked in a pattern on the copper printed tunic also.
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Focus will be on blue jute cotton tunic during the week, because it has to go to the tailor. If possible, the work on blue shirt can be squeezed in between. Working on the copper tunic and blue shirt is stimulating. Small projects take less time to complete. And working on sewn clothing is satisfying too, they become ready to wear after the completion of the embroidery.

For the past few weeks, this challenge was kept aside to work on some tunic projects. The 35th week outline stitch of SSS challenge was worked on a blue striped shirt. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
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The outline stitch was worked in six strands of cotton skein.

The next step of working the flowers in oyster stitch has been started on this project.