This past week was quite busy. I am yet to get back to the stitch challenge routine. Generally working the stitch sampler starts on Friday. One weekend of Dubai trip, meant there was no time to work the new stitch during that week. So this week two stitches needed to be tackled on SSS challenge.
Yesterday, I tried the Madame Totsuka’s loop stitch. It was not as difficult as it looked. It is just hard to get a neat look. A small sampler can be worked.
The Holbein stitch is the next stitch. After looking at the embroidery on internet for so many years, an idea to learn, practice, work, getting familiar with types of embroideries has been taking root on my mind. It is a long process. Procrastinating, finding excuses that there are so many UFO’s, not having enough time, involves lot of planning and hard work – all these facts will be always be there. It has to start somewhere. So seeing this Holbein stitch on SSS challenge, I decided to start on Kasuti embroidery sampler. This embroidery from Karnataka, India predominantly uses Holbein stitch or double running stitch. I bought three books on this embroidery two years ago. Planning to start working the kasuti border patterns available on the second book.
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The  week’s TAST challenge stitches were worked on previous challenges.

Projects
Violet matka silk tunic
The leaves worked on pink fabric for violet matka silk tunic are also embellished with zardosi beads. Detached chain stitch with the green zardosi in the middle is the detail I am working now.
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Green blouse
The embroidery is worked on black fabric for this blouse. Stem stitches and detached chain stitches are worked in cotton skein, the same colour as the green fabric.
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This is the progress made during the week.

We went to Dubai during the weekend. Maybe we felt the oppressing heat here is not enough, driving through the desert would be more exciting. It was a change from routine. After Wednesday stitching was not done, and I  started working from Monday. So progress was not much on projects. Stitch challenges are on hold.
The zardosi work on pink fabric has to be resumed. The tracing is continuing on cream fabric for the kutchwork border project. It seems like a lengthy project. Better to work the stitch challenges and some small projects while working on it. I have an old readymade blouse in cream, kept because the dress pattern is good, which can be used  for another blouse. A green mangalagiri fabric with border [which will be removed] may be perfect for this.
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The embroidery can be worked in green thread similar to this fabric on black cloth. A floral design for the yoke was drawn yesterday.

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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We are having Ramadhan holidays now. It is a leisurely routine this past week. It is a day late to post this week’s progress.
It was revision week on SSS challenge. The new stitch of this week is yet to be explored. The TAST challenge stitches were worked earlier.
Projects
After working the outline stitches in chain stitch with various violet threads, outlining the flower started this week. These flowers will later be filled with zardosi tubes.
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On the kutchwork and other embroidery stitches on the neck line for this blue block printed tunic, some progress was made. The outlines were worked in black thread. the triangles are outlined in back stitch with dark red thread.
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I am hoping to complete the bead work around the neck on green benarasi georgette tunic this week.
Many tunic projects are there to be designed, still my evenings are spent browsing the net for tatting patterns. An idea of designing kutchwork patterns based on kolams [decorative designs drawn with powder on floor during festivals] has been brewing in mind for some time. This is an interesting project, but will consume a lot of time. Still dreaming about the possibilities gives pleasure.

The story of this yoke starts with this striped cotton fabric.
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Thinking all these colours can be used for embroidery on a cream base, a cream cotton fabric was chosen for the tunic. This cream mangalagiri handloom cotton fabric was given to the tailor for marking the front and sleeves.

And  a simple border design was embroidered on the sleeves.
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The pattern for the same.
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The embroidery for this mirror work started with green colour skein. The mirror outlines were worked n chain stitch, the curls were worked in stem stitch and the leaves in leaf stitch.
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The second stage was to work the orange colour skein. Chain stitches and buttonhole stitches were worked with this thread.
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Next in line was the antique violet colour skein. The triangles around the neck were worked in buttonhole stitches and the second mirror outlines were worked in chain stitch.
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The last outline around mirrors were worked in polyester gold colour thread.
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The diamond shaped mirrors were outlined with variegated polyester thread.
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The remaining chain stitch outlines were worked in yellow colour skein.
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The same yellow skein was used for working all the mirrors.
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Oval shaped gold bead was the last detail to be worked on this embroidery.
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The pattern for this yoke.
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The completed tunic.
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This was the story of this tunic in 2014. After two and a half years, the same yoke became a part of another tunic. Which will be narrated later.

Stitch challenges
The last two week’s challenge stitches on TAST challenge were worked on earlier challenges. So not much of work is there on it. Yet to start exploring another innovative stitch on SSS challenge.
Projects
Two projects came as a surprise.
The green benarasi georgette tunic came back from the tailor without the inner neckline! He thought it was something to be trimmed out. After getting over this idea of vanishing neckline, I might be able to get on the job of placing the white stones.
Another surprise started in India. I had cream tunic with mirror work on it worked way back in 2014. It was slightly short and did not go well with the salwar. I had a lavender fabric to be matched with the mentioned salwar. Suddenly these two – the cream tunic and the lavender fabrics got together and became one lavender tunic with cream mirror work.
The cream embroidered piece needed some lavender elements on it, the work on it started on Monday.
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More details will be posted in a few days.
Simple embroidery for the blue block printed tunic was started on cream fabric.
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The work on string bag was completed and is with the tailor. I should definitely start sewing again if time permits.
The violet matka silk needs zardosi embroidery border worked in pink silk/ cotton fabric. it started with chain stitch in violet metallic thread.
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It was a productive week.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is Knotted satin stitch. This a broad version of rope stitch. The working of the stitch is explained in Queenie’s blog.
I have been interested in glazig embroidery. The name was known through Pinterest. It is contemporary, and colourful. Lots of room for creativity too. This person- Pascal Jaouen seems to have started this according to my knowledge. I may be wrong.
This Glazig embroidery is so attractive and inspiring. A notion of merging this week’s stitch and this embroidery seemed appealing. The project is for a string bag.
The colours-
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Started working knotted satin stitch on this new peacock.
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Still struggling for neat stitches. It is time to use the rope stitch for eyes and curves.
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While work the stitches realized that, it could take quite a bit of time to complete the whole design. Should have controlled my enthusiasm before starting a medium size project like this. After working the outlines with rope stitch, this project is stopped for this challenge.
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Though the mastering of this stitch is still far away, I am consoling myself with the idea that this is a study of the stitch.
There are two other challenges in Facebook- A year in stitches and Just one stitch. This project can be used for that. A little bit of stitching everyday might get this project completed. It will be good to have a creative project going on the side.