I am working on Beyond TAST, a stitch challenge by SharonB.

Kogin sampler
Time was spent on looking at kogin patterns and pattern darning. There are so many. This blog has lots of kogin patterns. Wonderful work.
I have this long term idea of doing embroidery samplers. This kogin embroidery can be one of them. After looking at the images of kogin, I made small start of drawing some patterns on 5mm graph paper. A sample-
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This pattern drawing can be a continuous process, which starts now. By this way I am easing the pressure of working within a time frame.
The fabric chosen for this Kogin sampler is loose weave towel from India. It is most ideal for our climate, absorbs moisture, used as filtering soaked grains, dries up fast, totally useful even after it is torn actually. Now the new use of doing embroidery. It is not easy to handle this loose fabric, but hoping practice will make it easier. Yet to check the fabric count, but the weave is quite close.
I started the sampler yesterday. The progress-
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Swedish Weaving
This embroidery also comes under running stitch style. Browsing the net  for Swedish weaving or huck embroidery was also part of this week’s occupation. Before even attempting to try the stitch, an idea of working a border on a small towel was implemented today.
The towel-
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Starting the pattern
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The completed towel-
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More clear picture of the embroidery. The work was done with perle cotton.
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Feeling quite satisfied, is all I can say.
Will continue this running stitch journey.

 

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I have been working on the first page of embroidery sampler book.
Today this flower was stitched with stem stitch in two shades of perle cotton # 8. These samples are really interesting.

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6ESBP-1stemst flower

This part is some samples worked in satin stitch, straight stitch, running stitch and french knots.

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7ESBP-1satin,runn,frenchkn,straight

Another fly stitch variation was stitched in the corner.

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ESBP-1fys11

I had seen some printed tussar silk sarees, with running stitch embroidery on them. Wanting to try this, I chose a block printed handloom fabric with zigzag print to work running stitch and mirror work for a tunic.

greenzzagborder-fabric

greenzzagborder-fabric

Simple running stitch embroidery on those zigzag lines. The idea was worked now.

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greenzzagbor-fabric runningst

Moving on to work the ethnic embroidery around the neck and front with herringbone, chain and beck stitches.

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greenzzzagbor-emb

The mirror work in red thread.

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greenzzagbor-mirrorwork

The green striped tunic with  running stitched sleeves, and salwar.

green zigzag border tunic sleeves and salwar

green zigzag border tunic sleeves and salwar

The tunic-

green zigzag border tunic

green zigzag border tunic

The pattern for the neck and front-

green zzag bor-pattern

green zzag bor-pattern

The idea of working the herringbone stitches in yellow was good. But after working them, it was not very appealing, another round mirror arrangement below the big mirror flower might have been better. The ideas for improvisations came after the tunic was sewn. But it gave satisfaction to have tried the idea of running stitch on printed fabric. Sure saves time on pattern making, tracing and working large areas.
Whenever, I had an inspirations like these, I work that on my project. Pondering on the idea of working the inspirations on samplers these days.

Today I finished the last few kantha work motifs. The kantha sampler is completed for the time being. Whenever a different type of kantha work is seen, I ‘ll add those to this sampler. I am happy that I was able to make a start on my goal of doing embroidery samplers.
Motifs d

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Motifs e

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Motifs f

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Motifs g

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Motifs h

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The complete motif sampler-

10.run st2- kan motif sampler

After finishing this kantha work sampler, I felt a sense of satisfaction. As they say, a road to long journey, starts with small steps.

Today I worked on some small kantha work motifs. Showing the few pieces I completed today.
Motifs a

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The motifs were outlined with black thread in running stitch.
Motifs b

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I did not use a lot of colours for these motifs.
Motifs c

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Still working on the last few motif patterns.

I finished kantha work on spiral borders today.
Part –F-

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I had not drawn outlines for any of the borders, but later found that adding outlines made them look better.
Part-G-

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To work on kantha embroidery sampler was a thought for quite some time, this TAST challenge gave the intiative to do that.
Part-H-

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The last few borders-
Part-I –

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With these kantha work on spiral borders is completed.
The kantha work spiral border sampler-

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I am thinking of working kantha work on small motifs tomorrow.

I worked some kantha embroidery today on small spiral border patterns.
Part-A

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These borders can be used separately are with other motifs are borders.
Part-B

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I actually enjoyed working on these border patterns.
Part-C-

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These borders can be combined with some other stitches also.
Part-D-

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These are ideal for small outlines, which will not take the attention from the main embroidery
.Part-E-

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A few more borders , tomorrow.