Project work seems to be increasing. The routine is to buy fabrics from India, design and work the embroideries, then they are given to the tailor to be sewn as tunic sets or blouses. This was going well till the projects were small or medium.
Now the projects are taking more time, the stitch challenges were not started for the past few weeks.
Some thinking and planning are in order. A new year resolution may be?
After swapping the border onto another tunic, a small border of triangles made of herringbone stitches with chain stitch was worked very near to the attached border.
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This is another tunic in satin silk, which came from the tailor yesterday. Small heart shaped pearl beads can be put to use.
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The bluish green fabric is some type of tussar silk saree bought from FabIndia during this recent trip. The navy fabric is raw silk for the blouse. The embroidery work will be on the sleeves of the blouse.
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Another late post. It was hard to sit in front of the computer during the holidays. Stitch wise it was okay. I could work on an idea and started on the next stitch sampler on SSS challenge.

After working awhile with peach thread, had this notion it might outdo the green, so started working with a golden colour thread inside the flower. It looks better for the time being. The next three days are filled with tradition based religious activities. Hoping to restart stitching from Tuesday.
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Weekend before last we returned from Chennai, India. It was not possible to do any embroidery there.
After returning, I restarted with the SSS challenge stitches. Since it is catching up mode, the explorations are quite short. Once the details of the stitch samplers are posted on the blog, I might start with this month’s Beyond TAST challenge.

 

The parsi embroidery on blue crepe tunic was completed after working the french knots. The fabric is with the tailor now.
I have been working on laid work embroidery for BTAST. After filling a few more motifs, this sampler is completed for the time being. The details will be on a different post.
I have been lagging behind on black work mandala SAL. For the months of March and April, the Aida will have lesser holes per inch. Yesterday the markings were done on this piece. Thinking of using the polyester thread to work these mandalas.
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Then it will be time for the stitches on SSS challenge, which is next week’s work.

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.

The stitch challenges were on working list this week.
I have completed this laid work pattern and moving on to the next design.
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54th stitch on SSS challenge is trammed gros point. The sampler was started today.
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This month’s chart on MMM SAL was drawn on graph paper and is ready to be stitched, may be after working SSS challenge sampler.

 

This week the challenges and projects have kept the needles sticking to my hand.
Stitch challenges
Beyond TAST
We have something new to explore this month on Beyond TAST challenge. I need time to think on it.
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Completed the Bayeux stitch sampler with satisfaction.
SALs
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I am yet to start a single border on this SAL. Saving the weekly charts is the only progress on this cross stitch SAL.
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February motif is posted on the site. The boundary was worked in Holbein stitch.
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Projects
Red gaada tunic
The sleeves were worked this week with running stitch in pink thread.
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Maroon and blue ikat combo
The folk flowers are being worked with Romanian stitch.
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After working on the tunics, a long time UFO- A large long stitch kit has to be restarted. The work on it was started long time ago!
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It was quite an interesting week on the whole.