I was in Chennai, India for a week. It was pretty hectic as usual. Only my stitching suffered. The challenges and SALs were kept aside. I had managed to complete February’s Beyond TAST challenge. the details will be on a separate post.
After returning back, I thought I will start laid work on Beyond TAST challenge. Some years ago, while browsing the net, came across some interesting laid work/lattice work on Youtube. To try them a light coloured fabric was chosen and a few designs were drawn on it. With this month’s beyond TAST challenge, this design cloth can be used. I had not started any stitching till now.
Starting the challenge on this pattern.
After working on my stitching during this week, will have more progress to report.


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.
RPW 2018 is totally neglected for the time being. The black work mandala was completed.
The light green on the tree was completed.
The blue on the lake was started.
Red gaada tunic
The embroidery on the front neck is being worked now. Next work is the mirrors.
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.
Lighter green started on the tree two days ago. The work on this kit is quite slow.
Started back stitch on the back of this red gada tunic.WIPW167-rgadamirt-4


Progress was not there on the stitch challenges and SALs this week. Beyond TAST is posing as a real challenge this month. Still on thinking, browsing mode.
Long stitch kit
This flamingo stitch kit is progressing very slowly. I was using tapestry needle #20 when I started this kit, remembering it was really hard to push the needle with six strands doubled over on the needle hole, decided to use tapestry needle # 26 this time around. Pushing the needle is easier this time, but the weave is hard on the eye. Worked on lighter green thread this week on bottom right corner.
Since this kit required complete focus, it was hard to work on it over the weekend. So a saree which needed stabilizer where it touches the ground was taken up.
While working on it, a thought of embellishing the saree with embroidery came to mind. A simple motif which will be repeated was chosen this week.
The tunics are waiting for a break from the flamingo kit!


These past few days the projects were really works in progress.
Beyond TAST
Most time was spent on working the kogin and Swedish weaving samplers. Sashiko embroidery on Yellow table cloth could be completed.
Earlier week’s colonial knot is waiting to be worked. Keeping aside the Beyond TAST samplers for the time being, I am embarking on learning the Bayeux stitch. We have some many folk art in our country, Madhubani painting is one of them. There are human, animal, tree, bird, nature, God elements on it. A small Madhubani element is chosen to work the stitches.
The tunics will be handled after this work.


This was a good week. We had harvest festival of our state- Pongal.
Stitch challenge
The MMM SAL is nearing the end. The photo taken few days ago.
RPW 2018
Last week was more progressive on this SAL. Nothing to report this week.
Stitch Challenges
Beyond TAST
The work of Sashiko patterns on yellow table cloth has moved to fourth panel.
A few kogin patterns were drawn on graph paper, and the Kogin sampler was started on a towel cloth.
Last week’s stitch was completed on time. And waiting for some idea to sprout on this week’s stitch. Some ideas for floral samplers are popping now and then.
The mirrors are blue ikat tunic is also nearing completion. Just a few more mirrors to work.
Maroon and blue ikat combo tunic
I had two fabrics- a blue ikat and a maroon handloom cotton. Before the tailor went on his vacation, a tunic was sewn with these two fabrics.
A small design from ‘Paisleys designs from India’ was taken, scaled and drawn. This will be traced on to the plain maroon fabric in the front of the tunic. The threads and the tunic.
These days I have started writing down ideas, inspirations. This is quite helpful. It is like an idea journal. It also keeps me on track.


It seems I have few works in progress this week.
Every day I work for half an hour on this month’s mandala. After working back stitch on the outline, design was started with the help of chart posted on the site. I didn’t realise the blurred quality of the picture.
RPW 2018
Though this a weekly SAL, I haven’t started the cross stitch. But, using the border pattern, a small book mark with Hindu lord’s name in my language is in designing stage.
Then, I will move on to designing these borders inspired kutchwork pattern. Whether they will be worked, is another story.
Beyond TAST
Using the idea of working Sashiko patterns, the embroidery on yellow table cloth was started. The work in progress on the third panel.
I am looking through Kogin and Swedish weaving techniques for this challenge.
The band sampler on this week’s stitch on SSS challenge was started yesterday.
I have added a few more mirrors on Blue grey ikat tunic. It gives a necessary change of work.
Some time is allotted for each work every day. Not much time on stitching, but widening the knowledge through other’s work is very interesting. Time passes very swiftly.