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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I was supposed to write this post yesterday evening. But my PC had already made plans for long update.
Two more braids were worked on Beyond TAST challenge. I have decided to try the last few week stitches of SSS challenge and work few samples. This plan is for tomorrow.
The outline on kantha work on black fabric was completed. The sleeves and tunic fabrics are ready to go the tailor.
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And the chain stitch embroidery on cream tussar tunic is building up on the yoke.
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Now the tailor is fairly free after Ramadhan, it is time to design some embroideries on the fabrics which were bought earlier. Maybe time to start with blouses. Will post the progress on them later.

For the past few days I was away from the computer, slowly getting back to routine.
The linear stitches are being explored on Beyond TAST this month. While working the earlier TAST challenges, many linear stitches were studied, explored and tried. I am yet to think of ways to work this month’s challenge.
Petal stitch and pearl stitch samplers were worked during this week on SSS challenge. They are small band samplers and easy to work. The details of these will be posted soon.
Another colour thread was started on the yoke for the cream tussar tunic. Paisley design again!
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The colours are ok for leaves and veins, another colour needs to be brought in for flowers, which shouldn’t overshadow the greens. Still working on greens for the time being.

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!

 

It is a productive week. On Beyond TAST challenge, a few more layered embroidery ideas were attempted.
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Since my tailor is back from vacation, the tunic fabrics which were set aside are getting due attention now.
This tunic is a combo of three fabrics- block printed white cotton, violet handloom cotton and white hakoba for sleeves. I might work some embroidery around the neck on this after it comes from the tailor.
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This fabric is tussar silk. An inspiration to work Kashmiri chain stitch on yoke and sleeves is being implemented. I have seen tunics with  this embroidery, sometimes it is done with aari or tambour needle or with closely worked open chain stitch or sometimes simple chain stitch. The embroidery is started on a silk/cotton fabric of same colour. The pictures of this work needs to be uploaded on the computer.
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Still SSS challenge stitches are waiting to be started. They are easy stitches.

 

I have been working on Beyond TAST challenge this week. A sampler motif with layering the stitches was completed. I borrowed some ideas from crewel embroidery, and incorporated them on my motif. The sampler is being continued with more of this technique with smaller details.
SSS challenge has been beckoning for the past few weeks, I am holding the temptation because of the time factor.
The idea of adding peach colour thread is being implemented on this old yoke. I should be able to complete it tomorrow.
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I will be happy to squeeze in some stitches from SSS challenge this week.