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.
 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.
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.

I was juggling with projects this week.
Green gold tunic
All the 31 motifs were completed first in this week. My friend was happy, now we both felt the neck and the sleeves were too plain, instead of attempting a border, we decided to work the same motifs on the neck and sleeves.
I have started on a more leisurely pace on this project now. There are 11 motifs to work- 4 on each sleeve and 5 around the neck.
Green boat neck tunic
The satin stitch circles were completed this week. Next stage is to stitch the diamond mirrors and then the round mirrors. Attaching the mirrors needs more concentration, have to choose the right time.
Blue neck embroidery
I am working chain stitch in the space between the back stitch lines with the same blue skein.
Black and gold tunic
This tunic is marked and cut by the tailor, if I don’t complete it at a reasonable time, he might misplace the rest of the fabric. The work started with the leaves. This may be a big project.

These past two days after the festivities were productive stitch wise.
I started on the Beyond TAST sampler. The earlier stitch samplers have to be looked into for  more stitch ideas.
Today the recent SSS challenge stitch sampler was also started. It is not a complicated stitch is my observation at this point. The possibility of doing it wrong or inventing a new stitch have to be considered!
Keeping aside the Kashmiri embroidery for the time being, a new embroidery project on an aqua green tunic fabric was started. The tailor had marked and given the tunic front. Started with stem stitch. The pattern is floral.

Detailing these embroidery samples on this fabric book is like writing a daily journal. One or two samples are worked and pictures are taken during the day. Evenings are for writing the details. This is the routine. Though the stitches are simple, some focus and dedication are prerequisite for the actual embroidery work. It is really interesting learning like this.
These leaf shapes are worked in satin stitches- with cotton skein and fine silk thread in the centre.



These leaves are worked in satin stitch and stem stitch.

9ESBP-1satin stem

9ESBP-1satin stem

Rambler rose stitch and satin stitches are used on these circles inside the circle.



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.

6ESBP-1stemst flower

6ESBP-1stemst flower

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



Another fly stitch variation was stitched in the corner.



For this stem stitch sampler, I worked on some floral patterns. The sampler-

15.stem stitch sampler

The details, a flower worked in violet and pink-

15.stem st-7a

I added bugle beads-

15.stem st-7b

A leaf pattern done in six colours.

15.stem st-8

Another leaf pattern detail-

15.stem st-9

Another detail with gold beads.


Leaves outlined with stem stitch filled with green bugle beads.


Eagerly waiting for the next stitch in the TAST challenge.

When the 15th week stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge was on SharonB’blog, I was on stitch -free vacation. Now that I have completed this week’s wheatear stitch, thought of working on stem stitch sampler. I don’t see many ideas regarding this stem stitch, though I have used it before on my embroideries. This led to the practicing of stem stitch on some floral designs.
Floral petals worked in three shades-


Paisley pattern in four colours.


Flower in two colours.


A design done in blue and light violet.


Shaded effect with stem stitch filling.


A flower in three colours.