This week was spent on trying to catch up with the SSS challenge stitches.
Roumanian stitch
This stitch was worked as Indian filling stitch on a square pattern. The pattern is for a pouch. Both sides of the pouch have the same pattern, with same cotton skeins for the embroidery. The filling is worked differently.
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The other side
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I hoping to finish this project today. The details of the embroidery will be on a separate post.
Bosnian stitch
The idea is to work some samples on matti cloth. This work will start after completing the pouch. The stitch looks easy.
Hungarian stitch
Some samples of Hungarian stitch is to be worked on canvas. This will be quite a small sampler.
Braid stitch
This stitch is to be worked on a medium size pouch. The design is ready. The stitch has to be learnt. Practicing can happen on the project!
Granitos
Thinking on how to work this stitch- a sampler or bag or on tunic?
Projects
Red striped tunic
After working the open chain stitches on flowers, it is chain stitches on the spirals.

the progress is from here-

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to here-

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Oh! Yes. this red fabric is being used for the roumanian stitch pouch.
green tunic with yellow ikat border

This double colour green /yellow fabric is for the tunic. The ikat fabric is to be used for sleeve border and below the neck. The simple embroidery will be on half white fabric. The pattern is drawn on it, colours are also chosen. Just waiting to start the work.

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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.

 

Stitch challenges
This week I could work on one stitch sampler on SSS challenge- Chinese cross stitch. Three more stitches to be tackled on this five stitch session- braid stitch, Chinese knot and Japanese stitch.
There was a combination of feather and chain stitch on TAST challenge last week which I have been too busy to work.
There was no progress on kasuti sampler.
Projects
A pattern was drawn for the red striped tunic. The embroidery will be around the arm hole in the front starting from the shoulders. After drawing and tracing the pattern on red fabric, chain stitch borders were started with dark violet thread.
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This fabric is jute cotton. Yet to gather information about this. It is not too pricey, bought in Chennai, India, have seen this fabric in outlets like FABINDIA. But the durability and comfort factor needs to be seen.  Implementing an idea to have embroidery in the front and sleeves, the fabric is with the tailor to be marked.
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Now I have tunics made of two fabrics. The first one is a combo of plain brown and black block printed fabric.
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The second tunic is a combination of two printed fabrics.
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How to embellish these two tunics is the next thing in the agenda.

The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. After coming across this stitch many times over the years, there was never a thought, that this could be a stitch by itself. It looked like a filling or unfinished filling stitch. After seeing this on SSS challenge, I thought the braid stitch can be learnt later and started with this stitch sampler.
The sampler starts with individual Chinese cross stitches. Two crosses are worked together in the second sample. The crosses are worked continuously in a row in the third sample. It started with two rows of Chinese cross stitches in the fourth sample, but realized it has to be varied to get a flowing pattern.
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The variation was made in the first sample in this part of the sampler. This will make nice filling pattern. Two rows of Chinese cross stitches are worked with space between them. This way other stitches can be incorporated along with this stitch to make a nice border. Upright Chinese crosses are worked in the third sample. The Chinese crosses and upright Chinese crosses are worked together to form a border in the fourth sample. Three Chinese crosses are used as border in the last sample.
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Individual Chinese crosses and upright crosses are worked in the first sample. Two rows of upright crosses are worked in the second sample. Working the Chinese crosses in two colours are tried in the last two samples.
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The completed sampler –
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This Chinese cross can be used for filling and border patterns. Easy to work stitch. This stitch can be used to add texture to otherwise plain fabric too, like Sashiko embroidery. Just pondering over some ideas.

The name of the stitch is really long. I was intimidated first by the name and the working. But while trying to work the stitch, with the right thread, it is not so complicated. The working is on Queenie’s blog.
This short sampler starts with learning of the stitch, alternatively worked long and short loops in the second row, the zigzag version in the third row, loops are worked hanging down with back stitch in the last row.
SSS.29.Madame Totsuka's loop stitch sampler
The loops are not very neatly worked. Still happy to learn this stitch, any time a seam needs extra element, the loops can be incorporated.

Stitch challenges
By starting the SSS challenge stitch early, I had time work more stitch combinations on the sampler.
The TAST stitch was worked on earlier challenge, just posting the link on FB group was the only thing to do.
Projects
Last year I had seen a half white tunic on pinterest. The is tunic had geometric borders around the neck
and front in black. It was hard to determine whether the design was printed or embroidered. An idea to
convert the borders into kutchwork designs was on mind. Found that, it is easier to convert the borders
to kutchwork design, but drawing them on paper is taking a long time. After the designing part is
completed, this pattern has to be traced on cream colour cotton fabric and after that the embroidery
work will begin. Seems like a long and tedious project, still having waited this long to start on the idea, it
is better not to postpone it any further.
A block printed fabric was bought some years ago. When it was matched with a dark green fabric and small patch of mirror work, my previous tailor made this block printed fabric into a salwar[ Indian pants],  and the dark green fabric into a tunic. The dark green fabric was thick , synthetic  fabric and was not comfortable to wear and it was disregarded after some time.
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This printed fabric underwent another change of trying match with a brown/pink fabric with medium size embroidery. At that time it seemed a like a good idea to work the embroidery in light colours, but the fabric which had grains on it was not showing the embroidery properly. I don’t seem to have the picture of the tunic. This was also disregarded at a later date and the printed salwar was hiding in the closet. This time on my Chennai trip, I decided to play safe by buying a plain green fabric. This was given to the tailor last week.
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A simple embroidery has to be worked in between the pleats and five mirrors have to stitched on the neck. Planning to start the work tomorrow. A simple embroidery is required at this time.
I moved on to lighter green thread on this pink silk cotton fabric for the violet matka silk tunic. the stitch is leaf stitch.

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After the holidays, this week was fairly productive week on embroidery.
Stitch challenges
This week’s stitch on TAST challenge is woven trellis stitch, the samples of which were worked twice on earlier TAST challenges. The post linking them was uploaded on FB group page.
Today I started working this week’s stitch on SSS challenge. The details of the samples will be posted after the sampler is completed. conclusion- favourite stitch – buttonhole.
Projects
The work on green benarasi georgette was completed. The details will be posted soon.
Two kutchwork borders in red thread were worked on this cream neck pattern. It is ready to go to the tailor.
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After working another chain stitch outline in pink thread, I started to work the stem stitches in green.
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This week’s fascination was rilli applique technique on the net. When the professionals do the work it looks easy, but it needs to be practiced.
We have a few regions in India- Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Rajasthan, Gujarat- where this technique is used. In Uttarpradesh and Bihar it is used on clothing on light colours. In Rajasthan this is used on bridal dresses with metallic ribbons, in Orissa it is worked on home décor, including umbrellas and hall decorations, it gives a totally different look. The colours are bright and eye catching. In Gujarat it used with other embroidery techniques.