Have to confess that there was no progress on SSS challenge. Valuable time which can be used for working this challenge stitches is kidnapped by net browsing with the excuse of looking for new embroidery ideas. It is enjoyable pastime for now. Have to keep it in check before it leads to addiction.
Projects
The embroidery for red striped tunic was completed and it is with the tailor now.
Green yellow ikat tunic
Some more progress has been made on this mirror mandala embellishment project. Hoping to complete it tomorrow.
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Blue grey ikat tunic
This is the next project waiting to be started. The tunic set fabric is mercerized cotton. My love for woven ikat fabric continues. The salwar is also mercerized cotton in grey. The idea is to work the embroidery on neck and sleeves on this blue fabric on the right.
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This is an inspiration from a tunic which had floral printed border on its neck. The fabric and the design were different.

 

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Bosnian stitch was 38th stitch on SSS challenge. An easy stitch, which can be a base for decorative seams. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
The first two samples are of the basic Bosnian stitch. I realized after the working the first row there was a mistake and worked it once more.
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Double row of Bosnian stitches are worked in two ways this part of the sampler.
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The angled stitches are long and this is wide version of Bosnian stitch in the first sample. The angled stitches are worked alternatively long and short in the second sample.
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The Bosnian stitches are worked at same height in the first row and they are worked in dvarying heights in the last two samples.
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The whole sampler
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By varying the height, width and working isolated embroidery stitches, this Bosnian stitch is ideal for working decorative seams.

This week was good in progress on SSS challenge. Three stitches- Rumanian stitch, Hungarian stitch and Bosnian stitch were completed. Braid stitch is the next in line. It is not behaving friendly with me. When I seem to get the slightly familiar, if a break comes, getting back to the rhythm is hard. Should I have chosen a smaller design to try this stitch? Too late now. Just have to keep doing it.
Red striped tunic
I have started with rope stitch on the stems on this red fabric.
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We are having another festival today, Diwali. This time it was preparation of traditional sweets, snacks and some herbal paste to digest these highly heavy things. It was definitely an interesting week. but hard to find time to write a post.

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.

 

Though the challenge stitches are not worked as band samplers, the outline stitch on SSS challenge was used on a blue shirt project. This is a work in progress.
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The blue jute was marked and the embroidery is consuming most of my time. Simple stitches worked over and over again. This week, I started with knots inside the fly stitches.
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Some wooden beads were worked in a pattern on the copper printed tunic also.
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Focus will be on blue jute cotton tunic during the week, because it has to go to the tailor. If possible, the work on blue shirt can be squeezed in between. Working on the copper tunic and blue shirt is stimulating. Small projects take less time to complete. And working on sewn clothing is satisfying too, they become ready to wear after the completion of the embroidery.

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.

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.