I am still working on SSS challenge stitches this past week. Two weeks holiday in India starts on this Friday. If a few more stitches are explored before that I would be happy. But stitching without thinking will be an ideal relaxation now. Beyond TAST challenge has one more week.
Cream tussar tunic
I have started working on the last detail of the leaves. After this detail is completed, time to choose the colour for flowers.
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Another design for tunic also was started this week. The tunic is a combination of two purple cotton fabrics, a blue zari border would be attached to the front and sleeves.
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A light green fabric will have kutchwork motifs around which this border will be attached in the front. After designing the motif, the work was started on the green fabric.
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The green fabric is small enough to carry on the trip, if I find time to stitch.

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The treat idea from last week worked. I could work two stitch samplers on SSS challenge- Knotted running stitch and twisted shell chain stitch. The respective posts will follow
Working on these samplers and projects these few days, could not allot any time for Beyond TSST challenge.
The white and violet combo tunic is nearing completion, a few mirrors and the tunic will be ready to wear.
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The work on cream tussar tunic is a lengthy one. It is just chain stitch outlines and chain stitch filling. Generally I take up simple stitches or mono colour on long projects. These save some time. Mind is also calm to learn new things.
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I have seen sarees [length of 5.5 metres] embroidered on borders, and for the embroidery to be seen in front another 2.5 metres will be worked. Earlier it was only, chikan work, kantha work, this Kashmiri work, Persian embroidery, zardosi work, kutchwork… where the stitches are worked by hand. These days we have so many works done commercially. This is a huge industry now. Are they good? That’s a matter of opinion. I am interested in working the older embroideries, I try to work them on tunics, working on sarees will take very long time.

Stitch challenges
An experiment of layered embroidery was attempted over chevron stitch this week. A detail a day was how this sample was worked.
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The interesting stitches of SSS challenge are still waiting this week to be started. It would be better if I start on them today.
Projects
The work on cream tussar tunic –
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The embroidery on violet and white combo tunic started yesterday. Herringbone, kutch work and mirror work will be worked on this.
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I have some more time to work on Beyond TAST challenge, keeping the projects aside for the next few days and to work on SSS challenge will keep my mind fresh and energetic. This routine of working same stitches over and over again, is making me very lethargic.
On the other activity side-I have been trying some pickles! [our south Indian pickles are really hot!!!] Started with gooseberry, then lemon the next one in the agenda is raw mango. If I am successful in preparing mango pickle today, then as a treat will work on SSS challenge!

 

We went to Dubai for the weekend. Progress on Parsi embroidery was stand still for the three days. I am still working on the yellow french knots on these flowers.
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Working on the first sleeve. The tunic front is completed. One more sleeve to go. Then this project will be completed from my end. Then the tailor will do his work. A pink legging and same pink scarf is bought to match this tunic.
After completing this project I will resume the stitch challenges and SALs.

Stitch challenge
Only a few hours were spent on working the stitch challenges.
Two more shapes were filled with laid work on Beyond TAST challenge.
Tramming sampler was completed on SSS challenge.
Projects
My tailor is coming back next week. I was working parsi embroidery on satin fabric for a blue crepe tunic.
Parsi, Resham, Persian or chinese embroidery- are the different names by which this embroidery is called, which is a  padded satin stitch filling. The embroidery is on sleeve borders and tunic front. I was not sure whether this work can ever be completed and was working on it on and off these past few months. Some times even after working five hours a week the progress was very slow. It was demotivating. This was reason this project was not shared on this category. Now I am nearing the end of the project. The progress till today.
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Hoping to complete this project within this week. let us see.

This week was busy stitch wise. It was slow, but interesting too.
Stitch challenges
SSS Challenge
Last week’s stitch was an easy one. This week’s stitch is waiting to be started. Thinking about what fabric to use to learn this stitch.
Beyond TAST
It is hard for me to be creative, being a follower of rules, but I am slowly getting comfortable and have started enjoying the study of stitches. Everyday a stitch is studied on this challenge.
SALs
RPW 2018 is totally neglected for the time being. The black work mandala was completed.
Projects
The light green on the tree was completed.
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The blue on the lake was started.
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Red gaada tunic
The embroidery on the front neck is being worked now. Next work is the mirrors.
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While browsing for embroidery stitches, an inspiration to work Kashmiri embroidery kept coming back. A cream tussar silk fabric is chosen for this tunic project.

 

Beyond TAST
Three days ago, I started experimenting on this month’s beyond TAST challenge. At the moment, trying some possibilities of a stitch is quite engrossing. Whether it looks nice or applicable is not so important. It is like a stitch journal. Thinking about a stitch is interesting, even if a single stitch is not made on the sampler.
SSS challenge.
The progress on this stitch has gone as far as downloading the stitch, reading the information and browsing some images on the net.
In RPW 2018 it was just downloading the chart.
Flamingo long stitch kit.
Light green was added on the right side.
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Lighter green started on the tree two days ago. The work on this kit is quite slow.
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Started back stitch on the back of this red gada tunic.WIPW167-rgadamirt-4