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.

Stitch challenges
This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is knotted satin stitch. This stitch is a new one to learn. It looks interesting, but whether it is an easy or difficult stitch I will know only after trying it. Still pondering over the workable designs for this stitch.
This week’s stitch on TAST challenge is Basque stitch. The samples of this stitch were worked on earlier challenges. I have noticed search for the word ‘Basque’ leads to my post of this stitch samples.
I don’t need to mention about other challenges. They aren’t happening.
Cross stitch
The cross stitches are being worked on the Aida fabric for the sleeves of navy blue polyester linen tunic.
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Zardosi
A benarasi georgette tunic fabric was in the wardrobe for some months. This week a pattern around the neck was drawn for zardosi embroidery with stones. The embroidery will commence after SSS challenge and cross stitch on sleeves project.
It was quite a relaxed week of embroidery. looking forward to learn this knotted satin stitch.

Stitch challenges
SSS challenge does not have any new stitch this week. Queenie is using last five weeks stitches on a project. At present I am not planning to do anything this week. But eager to see how all these stitches are used by Queenie.
Last week’s TAST challenge stitch sampler was completed and the link was posted. This week’s stitch is alternating up and down buttonhole stitch. The samples were worked during earlier TAST challenge. The link to the post was posted on FB group page yesterday.
The other challenges are yet to be part of weekly routine.
Zardosi
The embroidery on cream raw silk was completed and the tunic fabric along with the embroidered piece is given to the tailor. The silk fabrics with lining are ideal for cool weather. I had bought some silk fabrics in India on my earlier trips. They are brought out now to be embroidered. Though a general idea was there when these fabrics were bought, it is only at the time of making them into a project the ideas are coming into shape. Another dark green fabric is in queue for zardosi embroidery.
Cross stitch
Some progress was made on the sleeves of the navy blue polyester linen tunic.
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After working on current project during the day, the evenings are spent browsing the net for ideas. Focus is on zardosi embroidery. The zardosi beads look grand on silk fabrics. Most of the designs involve all over embroidery or heavy work on sarees and blouses. Not suitable for my requirement. Still looking around. yesterday some browsing was done on Parsi embroidery too. The idea of parsi embroidery was implemented on a few tunics some years ago. It was trial error at that time. may be it is time to try it again.

Challenges
On SSS challenge there is a new stitch- Japanese darning stitch. A sampler was worked yesterday.
On TAST 2017 also has a new stitch this week, fancy herringbone stitch, which was not part of earlier TAST challenges. Hoping to start this stitch sampler today or tomorrow.
The NESSAL and RPW2016 were not started or touched this week.
Zardsosi
After working the stem and arrowhead stitches, green zardosi beads are used for filling the paisleys and the space between the arrowhead stitches. I have started working the beads on the last outline, but yet to take the picture.
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Cross stitch
The sleeves of a navy blue polyester linen tunic will have cross stitch borders on them. Two borders were chosen from files downloaded on the internet.
After securing the edges of the Aida with buttonhole stitches, the borders were started. Three shades of blue and one dark red are to be used on this project. Work on this project will be after the completion of the zardosi embroidery.

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This Japanese darning stitch is the tenth stitch on Sunday stitch school challenge by Queenie. The working of the stitch is on her blog. This is the first time I have seen or heard of this stitch. SSS challenge is a very good idea. So many new stitches to learn and explore.
Started the sampler with the basic stitch. Queenie had worked this stitch in two colours to explain the working of the stitch. The treatment was tried in the second sample.
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The samples in this part of the sampler are worked with two rows of running stitch instead of three. First is the simple version. In the second sample, the running [?] stitches on the second row are worked in different heights. In the third sample, after skipping every second stitch on the bottom row, the running stitches are worked short and long alternatively. It was easier to work this sample than to write about it.
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The Japanese darning stitch with three rows of running stitches sandwiched between the two rows of running stitch version in the first sample. The Japanese darning stitch is worked as filling stitch in the last two samples, last one is an attempt to work the stitch diagonally. The last two were worked in stranded cotton and the rest of the sampler was worked with polyester thread.
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The whole sampler.
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Japanese darning stitch and its half version will lend themselves to lots of seam options. Browsing for this stitch led to Sashiko embroidery. That goes to To Do list. This stitch is used mostly to repair or embellish textiles.
This challenge is giving an opportunity to open new doors in embroidery.