I am back on track on Randje per week 2016 challenge. The TAST challenge was totally neglected, which is pity. Yesterday, this blog link was posted on FB TAST group page for this week’s Up and down buttonhole stitch samples. This sampler was worked in July 2012.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The kutchwork on one sleeve was completed, and work on second sleeve started on Monday. This is not taking much time as I had thought before.

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WIPW103-crkalamkaripatkutch-9

A few square motifs in brown thread was worked on tunic front. At this stage, it is better to complete the sleeves and give the fabric to the tailor for sewing. The tunic front can be worked after the tunic is sewn. It won’t be difficult to use embroidery hoop in a larger space. There are space restrictions on sleeves to use hoop on a sewn tunic.

WIPW103-crkalamkaripatkuch-10

WIPW103-crkalamkaripatkuch-10

Mirror work
A sample of mirror work was attempted on the sleeve of this beige tunic.

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WIPW103-beigemirt-5

These tunics are marked by the tailor, so they are embroidered in the order of priority. The tailor is available after the Eid hoilidays. With so many projects in different stages, my hands are not able to cope up with the speed of the mind. The inspirations picked up in India have to noted, before they vanish.

The last set of samples of woven chain bars. Colours are changed on alternate v- shapes in one paisley, one side of the chains are woven in different colour thread in running stitch filled paisley, pistil stitches and cretan circles are added to other two woven chain bars.

woven chbar-3

woven chbar-3

The sampler-

woven chain bar sampler

woven chain bar sampler

There is lot of space between these paisleys. Sometime later they may be filled. With this stitch sampler TAST 2014 challenge is completed. I  ammissing the challenge already. Till SharonB comes back to start this challenge, I am pondering on some ideas.
Work on some lattice filling stitches available on the internet.
Explore some stitch combinations.

I could work woven chain bars on some of the paisleys. Polyester threads are used to work these woven chain bars. The chains get twisted quite often, which is slightly irritating. The zigzag chains are worked individually to minimize this twisting.

wovenchbar-1

wovenchbar-1

The working of this stitch is on SharonB ’s pintangle. The idea to work this band on paisleys came during the period I was experimenting the TAST stitches on paisley designs. The basic pattern of paisleys to work the bars –

woven ch band- pattern

woven ch band- pattern

The paisleys are worked in green threads. Apart from satin stitch variations, the other stitches used for filling are- buttonhole variations, stem stitch, chain stitch, herringbone, running stitch, weaving.

woven chain band-b

woven chain band-b

After completing the fillings,  today, I started working the woven chain bars. It is time consuming.

Another few more randjes on Randje per week 2014 challenge were completed this week.

rpw2014-55 to 59

rpw2014-55 to 59

There was one more stitch on TAST challenge, which was not attempted, 123 rd week stitch-woven chain band. Started with filling some paisley motifs. When these are filled with few filling stitch variations, woven chain will be worked on them.

woven chst-a

woven chst-a

I am catching up on TAST challenge stitches. This stitch was  earlier worked TAST 2010 challenge, the link is here. The tutorial for this stitch is on Pintangle.
Some variations of this stitch were tried on the earlier sampler, this sampler was started with triple chain stitch with pistil stitches. The second sample is triple chain stitch worked between zigzag coral stitches. Two rows of this stitch is the third sample.

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39.133.trchst2-1

These three samples of triple chain stitches are worked with chain stitch variations. The first sample was started with berry stitch worked alternatively up and down and ended with berry stitches on top. Twisted chain stitches are worked one side in the second sample. This is one example of polyester thread having a twist of its own, which gives a scalloped look. Slipped detached chains are worked on one side in the third sample.

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39.133.trichst2-2

The central chain gets attention in these two samples, the central chain in the first sample is oyster stitch and in the second sample is cable chain stitch.

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39.133.trichst2-3

In the first sample the central chains  are worked in zigzag manner. The chain stitches are worked  on one side in the second sample.

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39.133.trichst2-4

Triple chain stitches are worked on feathered chain stitch variation in the first sample and worked on buttonhole stitch variation in the last sample.

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39.133.trichst-5

the whole sampler-

39.133.triple chain stitch sampler2

39.133.triple chain stitch sampler2

I liked working with this variegated thread on this stitch sampler. Some variations with beads was in mind, but thought SharonB might introduce it on next year’s challenge . Some motif ideas also floated, which were dashed with catching up wave.

This is the last stitch for this year. The working of the stitch is on Pintangle.
I started with threading both sides of the cable stitch on this sampler. The threading is done twice in same direction in the second sample. The threading is done on another row of cable chain on its return journey in the third sample.my cable chains need improvement.

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46.140.threadcablechst-1

Threaded cable chain stitch is worked on a curve in the first sample. The second sample is of threaded zigzag cable chain stitch. Two rows of cable chain are threaded together in the third sample.

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46.140.threadcablechst-2

I copied ideas from laced running stitch on these three samples. I like the last sample.

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46.140.threadccableshct-3

The threading is done differently in the first sample, instead of going around the side of the cable chain, it is twisted on detached chain stitches-chains hanging from chains! The cable chains have french knots in the second sample. Alternate cable chains are woven in the third sample. The last sample is a trial of combining cable chain and butterfly chain, which failed, but working the threaded cable chain over straight stitches was possible.

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46.140.threadcablechst-4

The sampler with its gold threading, apt for the season I suppose.

46.140.threaded cable chain stitch sampler

46.140.threaded cable chain stitch sampler

I completed this sampler today. I have four more stitches to catch up on TAST 2014.