This running stitch exploration on Beyond TAST by SharonB has been interesting.
I have seen images of Sashiko, Kogin and Swedish weaving on the internet, the idea of working on them was always in the future. By using the scope given by this challenge, stitch samplers have been started.
Sashiko
This style is explored on ready to use table cloth with seven cross stitch panels. The work done during this week. The work in progress on a panel.
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Moving on to the next panel and completing it.
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This is the last panel, which was started earlier.
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With this, Sashiko work on this table cloth was completed.
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The idea of doing a Sashiko embroidery sampler is put aside for the time being. Hubby’s shirt seems like an ideal choice to explore this stitch further!
Kogin
Though it is still hard to work on this loose weave towel, slowly ideas for exploring the pattern have started emerging. Initially I started with the drawn charts.
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Yesterday’s work-
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Pattern changes happened by slightly increasing or decreasing the length of the stitches.
This sampler can be worked whenever possible after this month. I am not keeping a time frame.
Swedish Weaving
Though a huck embroidery towel is available, I decided to start this sampler on matti cloth for now. I enjoy working on this sampler.
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I started with looking at the charts, then started drawing them on paper. I love this embroidery.
Beyond TAST is great. I am happy about starting the embroidery samplers.These samplers will still be worked but at a slow pace from now on.

It seems I have few works in progress this week.
SALS
MMM SAL
Every day I work for half an hour on this month’s mandala. After working back stitch on the outline, design was started with the help of chart posted on the site. I didn’t realise the blurred quality of the picture.
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RPW 2018
Though this a weekly SAL, I haven’t started the cross stitch. But, using the border pattern, a small book mark with Hindu lord’s name in my language is in designing stage.
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Then, I will move on to designing these borders inspired kutchwork pattern. Whether they will be worked, is another story.
Challenges
Beyond TAST
Using the idea of working Sashiko patterns, the embroidery on yellow table cloth was started. The work in progress on the third panel.
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I am looking through Kogin and Swedish weaving techniques for this challenge.
SSS
The band sampler on this week’s stitch on SSS challenge was started yesterday.
I have added a few more mirrors on Blue grey ikat tunic. It gives a necessary change of work.
Some time is allotted for each work every day. Not much time on stitching, but widening the knowledge through other’s work is very interesting. Time passes very swiftly.

 

TAST challenge is started by Sharon again this year. I was really looking forward to this, especially after, Sharon mentioning, there will be a challenge for people who have worked most of the earlier stitches.
Running stitch
I had worked running stitch twice on earlier TAST challenge. The possibilities given by running stitch would have made me work again. But beyond TAST is an opportunity ‘ to explore in depth a family of stitches or stitching styles or an aspect of design’ – to quote Sharon.
The options for running stitches – pattern darning, kogin, sashiko, kantha, Swedish weaving. Kilim, ikat.
Pattern darning was tried on Stitch Explorer challenge by Sharon.
Kantha embroidery of Bengal, was attempted during the TAST challenge. The details of the samples are here.
These two were just starting points. I have not done full justice. It is better to move on and try new things.
This time around, with a month’s time, exploring SashIko embroidery of Japan on table cloth with counted thread panels seems like a good idea.

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Some Sashiko patterns were chosen and started.
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The process of starting the patterns continues.
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There are 7 panels. The shapes are ablong and not square. Anchor perle cotton in mango yellow is used for the working the stitches. Variegated polyester thread was tried and rejected. The central panel with this pattern was worked.
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Yesterday the pattern on second panel was completed.
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Now working on the 3rd panel. Time to explore other styles too.