This weekly challenge keeps me in line in working my projects. to see the projects of others visit Pintangle.

I was working on my TAST piece till yesterday morning which did not allow me to work on other things. After a satisfying finish, I worked a little on the hussif. The floral spray is worked with rope stitch stems and straight stitch flowers.

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12.wipwednesdays-fs6

It was easier to choose the seam- twisted lattice band, but I need to practice this stitch, which is next week’s project.

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12.wipwednesdays-s6

The hussif looks like this now-

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12.wipwednesdays-hussif1

I was designing borders [with mirrors] for a tunic. The tunic colour is yellow [mango colour]. The borders are worked in green [the salwar colour] fabric. Both these fabrics are handloom cotton.
A curve pattern was chosen and drawn with provision for round mirrors .Though the design itself may have been greek or Italian, mirrors will turn it into ethnic Indian design. I had seen mirror work borders which can be used for different purposes in shops. I using the same idea and working these borders for sleeves and tunic front. The space below the neck will have geometric kutchwork pattern.
I have started with the main yellow. The curves are worked in herringbone filling. lots of repetitive work to do. Sigh!

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12.wipwednesdays-ytunic1

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The idea of posting the work in progress regularly is great motivator to progress on our projects. To see the others progress visit Sharon’s Blog.
I completed [!] my sumptuous class project. I feel it is not completed because. I went through the lessons, the work of other students and wanted to learn, try so many things, but practical side took over, I completed the two projects with the limited developed skill. Sharon is a wonderful teacher, I feel blessed to have taken her class. Now, I have to keep myself moving in new areas- free form embroidery, study textural embroideries, embellishing the work, to name a few. I would like to share my journey on this blog. I have a weakness of getting too comfortable in known spheres. This prevents me from trying new things, I gratify myself by looking other people extending their abilities. This class was an eye opener. Still I have to stay on course and not slip back to my routine.
My monotone project-

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10.wipwednesdays-monotone textures

Textures in colour-

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10.wipwednesdays- colour textures

I worked a little bit on my hussif. The seam-
This lace seam is worked with detached chains[ not seen clearly, wrong choice of green] , straight stitches[ dark pink over the circles] and pistil stitches in light green

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10.wipwednesdays-seam4

Started with feather stitch, worked detached chains[ I need more choice for leaves , too much repletion of detached chains] . The flowers- buttonhole wheel, chain stitch and buttonhole edging. These will be embellished later.

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10.wipwednesdays-florals4

The hussif looks –

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10.wipwednesdays-hussif1

I worked some more on this embroidery on tunic. Though not very sure about the white, I am not pulling it out, moving on to another colour. this pattern has mirrors.

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10.wipwednesdays-lgreentunic-2

I had a stitch free week in India. So did not have anything to report. Our PC did not pair with the data card. So it was also internet free week.
I caught up with TAST stitches after coming back. Toying with too many half baked ideas for sumptuous surfaces class colour exercises. Now that my tailor has returned from his vacation, should I commit myself on the progress of the embroidery on tunic? I have to start it first. Progress on my hussif-

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wipwednesdays8-hussif1

Stem stitch stems in perle cotton#8, straight stitch flowers [will have white pearls later] in perle cotton#8 and buttonhole leaves in polyester thread. The inspiration for this design was from plants seen in the park.

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wipwednesdays8-florals3

Quarter buttonholes stitches seam in polyester thread.

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wipwednesdays8-seam3

the progress made by Sharon and others can be seen here.

This is the first time, I am designing a hussif. I have not designed any fabric piece before. This is a small hussif-12 by 8 inches. Let me start with simple steps. The encrusted crazy quilting class lessons are very useful. That’s reason, I am working crazy quilting this hussif, to practice. I have not made any arrangement for my sewing machine. This hussif is pieced by hand!
The block-

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wip Wednesdays-hussif1

I am learning new things on my sumptuous surfaces class. This week’s TAST stitch sampler is growing very slowly.

I worked a floral spray on this block, the beads will come later. I started with rope stitch for the stem, berry stitches for the big leaves, detached chains for the smaller leaves, satin stitch for the flower and ended the spray with straight stitches along the stem. The seam is made of buttonhole stitches and detached chain stitches.

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wip Wednesdays-floralspray and seam1

you can see others progress on SharonB’s blog.

This week is was stitching busy. Sumptuous surfaces online classes by SharonB started this week. I am trying to absorb the lessons on designing and looking at other students work till now.
I have progressed some more on my border. The zigzag lines between the kutch work need to be worked with chain stitch. Other than kutchwork and chain stitches, the other stitches are herringbone filling, rope stitch from TAST challenge in the centre, arrow head stitch, cross stitch variation in the centre of the flowers [?].

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wip Wednesdays- peach and cream tussar border3

After choosing the colours I have started piecing the block for the first hussif.

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wip Wednesdays- hussif piecing the block

I started with TAST challenge stitch feathered chain sampler. I‘ll post my progress.
Others progress can be seen on SharonB’s blog here. It is worth seeing Sharon’s progress on her hussif sewing caddy.

I am still working on embroidery on this border. I completed the kutch work with anchor cotton skein # 341 and have started the herringbone stitch with silk thread on the four petal flowers in the centre.

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WIP Wednesdays- peach and cream tussar border2

I am planning do the hussif in crazy quilting. The pieces are chosen. In this week, I‘ll probably do the board cutting and start with the piecing of the block.
I working on building seams with this week’s zigzag coral stitch.

This black yoke was completed.  I added round silver beads on the border  and oval beads in between the feather stitches. the sequins are added inside the flowers, one piece is glittering!and I am waiting for the tailor to return from his vacation in Pakistan. That will take another two weeks.

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wip Wednesdays- blackykonwhiteikat3

I am working on rope stitch sampler now. I am still in the thinking stage of the hussif project. I have started another tunic project. This time there are only borders, the design is based on ethnic Indian embroidery . It has kutch work motifs on border. A time consuming project.

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wip Wednesdays-peach and cream tussarborders1