I am planning to work on leaf stitch sampler on SSS challenge. The stitch looks simple and it is eagerly awaited stitch.
Projects
My tailor informed that he was going to Pakistan for 3 months yesterday. This means for some time the embroidery on tunics can be set aside. This might  be the change I was looking for. Now stitch challenges, UFO’s, new stitches, other ethnic embroideries, may be even some crochet can be looked into.
Blue ikat tunic
Another stitch and thread was started on this motif border for blue ikat tunic.
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Mustard mangalagiri tunic
The embellishing with embroidery and beads was completed on mustard with copper zari tunic.
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The details will be on another post. Now is the time to think of ways to work leaf stitch.

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I can’t say this was a productive week embroidery wise. We had a very long weekend because of National day holidays. The climate is quite cool here. Eating out, watching old movies and just driving around. The days were well spent. It was hard to come near the computer. The SSS challenge is just the way it was last week.
Projects
Blue ikat tunic
The closed herringbone stitch in pink thread was completed on this border, while watching movies. I started with green thread, working the same closed herringbone as filling. The work is quite meditative I suppose.
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Since I have bought too many tunic fabrics, there is personal commitment to work on them. But these days, I feel a tiredness creeping in once in a while. Though there is happiness in designing and working the embroidery, most of my other work are set aside for another time. There is always one new tunic waiting to be designed. The UFOs are not even looked at. May be all these thoughts are because of moving towards the end of the year. Some important thinking, changing, organizing is required.

SSS challenge
40th week Du Vos stitch was used for simple outlining on a tunic. Some samples of thorn stitch was worked as band on matti cloth. I am not spending as much time on exploring these challenge stitches as I should. It is so easy to lose time on the vast ideas on the net and day dreaming about them. It would definitely help to get out of the habit of downloading ideas.
Projects
Green yellow ikat tunic
The work on mirror mandalas for this green yellow ikat tunic was completed.
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Blue grey ikat tunic
After drawing and tracing the design for neck and sleeves on the blue fabric, embroidery was started yesterday with herring bone filling in pink thread.
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The ikat weave on mercerized cotton is a good choice for attire.

 

It was a week in Chennai, India which kept me on my toes these two weeks after Diwali festival. Generally I love rain, may be not so much this time in Chennai. A wedding, visits, waiting times, it was hectic and wet. Hardly any time to even think let alone do some work.
The braid stitch on a string bag was also completed during this time. Time flew, another few more new stitches on SSS challenge are added. Still thinking of ways to work them. There was connection problem in Chennai too. Thorn stitch on SSS challenge slipped through that. Time to get back on track including the SSS challenge posts.
Projects
Red striped tunic
The highlight of this project is the open chain stitch of SSS challenge. This stitch is used for working the leaves. Still working on this project.
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Green yellow ikat tunic
This is simple circular design below the neck worked in cream silk/cotton fabric. This small project has just started.

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The UFOs are piling up. Now there is another interest to embroider on blouses for sarees. This is the influence of Indian festivals and weddings. Hope these ideas are fruitful and don’t vanish. Many years ago I have embroidered blouses. At that time it was quite rare. Nowadays everyone seems to be wearing these blouses with embroidery, beads and sequins. Too grand for my taste but they can be used as inspirations.

 

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.

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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The second part of the cream mirror work yoke starts with the cream tunic being short. It was not matching well with the striped salwar because of the length. An idea of attaching another fabric was considered and rejected. The new fabric might clash with the salwar again. So a decision was made to keep this tunic aside and a lavender colour fabric which will go well with the striped salwar was chosen on the last visit to India. The lavender fabric needed some embroidery. While browsing through the wardrobe, it seemed like a good idea to stitch this cream mirror work on to this lavender fabric. Tailor did a nice job of taking out the embroidered pieces and stitched them on to this lavender tunic. The gold beads had to go.
The sleeves on lavender tunic.
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The tunic with cream mirror work attached to the front.
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Now this piece does not have enough lavender elements. I started with working chain stitch in variegated silk thread inside the curves.
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There was some unworked space near the shoulder. The embroidery was extended to cover the space. It was helpful to have a record of the thread colours worked earlier.
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After working chain stitch with variegated thread, a line of stem stitch and up and down buttonhole stitch combination was worked beside the orange outline in antique violet thread.
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To reduce the cream colour on fabric and enhance the lavender colour, small triangles were worked with herringbone filling.
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The yoke after working these triangles.
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The same idea of triangles worked in herringbone filling was extended to neck border too.
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The completed yoke.
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The tunic set is ready to wear now.