This week was spent on trying to catch up with the SSS challenge stitches.
Roumanian stitch
This stitch was worked as Indian filling stitch on a square pattern. The pattern is for a pouch. Both sides of the pouch have the same pattern, with same cotton skeins for the embroidery. The filling is worked differently.
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The other side
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I hoping to finish this project today. The details of the embroidery will be on a separate post.
Bosnian stitch
The idea is to work some samples on matti cloth. This work will start after completing the pouch. The stitch looks easy.
Hungarian stitch
Some samples of Hungarian stitch is to be worked on canvas. This will be quite a small sampler.
Braid stitch
This stitch is to be worked on a medium size pouch. The design is ready. The stitch has to be learnt. Practicing can happen on the project!
Granitos
Thinking on how to work this stitch- a sampler or bag or on tunic?
Projects
Red striped tunic
After working the open chain stitches on flowers, it is chain stitches on the spirals.

the progress is from here-

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to here-

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Oh! Yes. this red fabric is being used for the roumanian stitch pouch.
green tunic with yellow ikat border

This double colour green /yellow fabric is for the tunic. The ikat fabric is to be used for sleeve border and below the neck. The simple embroidery will be on half white fabric. The pattern is drawn on it, colours are also chosen. Just waiting to start the work.

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Till 30th September it was festival for ten days in India. Though we live in Oman,  we still follow some of the traditions. The celebrations of the festival of Dussera or Navrathri or Durga puja is different from region to region and culture to culture in India.
We follow the tradition of – Arranging in steps various forms of Gods and Goddesses from Hindu mythology. This is enhanced by daily offerings [food] to Gods and honouring women and children who visit our home during this period, and chanting various slokas – which will give worldly things.
It was hectic for ten days.
Though embroidering was done whenever I could find time it was not much. Taking pictures was also not that prompt. The challenge stitches need to be addressed during this week otherwise, they could pile up. I have an idea of using Roumanian stitch as Indian filling stitch on a pattern for a pouch. That’s how much I have worked on SSS challenge!
Projects
I could complete a small project. Square mirrors were stitched on this brown and block printed combo tunic.
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The whole tunic
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The work on blue jute cotton was completed and ready to go to the tailor.
This another sewn mangalagiri tunic in mustard or fenugreek yellow with copper colour zari border. Small embroidery scattered evenly along the border is the idea for this tunic.
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Hoping to have more progress this week.

 

Stitch challenges
The stitch explorations on stitch challenges have not yet become part of the routine. I have to work on two stitches on TAST challenge. The TAST is over with 100 stitches this time around. It will be restarted in Jan “18 and SharonB has also mentioned that there will be another option called ‘ beyond TAST’ for people who have worked the earlier challenges. More details on Pintangle.
Few of the SSS stitches have to be worked. Some are used on projects- open chain stitch, outline stitch, Chinese knots. How to work  the latest stitch is the thought now, while working on these projects.
Projects
Blue shirt
After working the outline stitch, the flowers are worked in oyster stitches, the flower centre is worked in Chinese knots. These knots are quite easy to work with. Two challenge stitches are worked in this project. When I started learning embroidery, the new stitches were learnt and practiced on tunics and blouses. Brings back memories.
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Blue jute cotton
This project is keeping me totally occupied. The last step in the motif is the stem stitch. It is being worked again and again. Hoping to complete the front tomorrow and start with the first sleeve.
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There is always a thought that mind is held captive by big projects that are marked by the tailor.
Time factor- it has to be completed within reasonable time. Whether the tailor would do a good job and not letting other ideas intrude during the duration of the project and a tiredness which creeps in towards nearing the end. Worries looking at fabrics waiting to be designed. These thoughts are always there in the mind. And mind needs to be fresh to learn and work new stitches.

 

We went to Dubai during the weekend. Maybe we felt the oppressing heat here is not enough, driving through the desert would be more exciting. It was a change from routine. After Wednesday stitching was not done, and I  started working from Monday. So progress was not much on projects. Stitch challenges are on hold.
The zardosi work on pink fabric has to be resumed. The tracing is continuing on cream fabric for the kutchwork border project. It seems like a lengthy project. Better to work the stitch challenges and some small projects while working on it. I have an old readymade blouse in cream, kept because the dress pattern is good, which can be used  for another blouse. A green mangalagiri fabric with border [which will be removed] may be perfect for this.
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The embroidery can be worked in green thread similar to this fabric on black cloth. A floral design for the yoke was drawn yesterday.

Last week’s stitch half bullioned chain stitch on SSS challenge was attempted, struggled and completed on Saturday. This week’s stitch looks a bit difficult, have to try after this weekend.
This week’s stitch on TAST challenge has closed herringbone stitch, which was worked on earlier challenge. This stitch was worked on allover continuous pattern, which did not require any variations. Posting on FB group page may not be necessary.
Project details
Cream linen tunic in kutchwork

The designing is nearing completion. Then begins the process on tracing. The pattern has three parts. Neck, and two borders. These have to be coordinated while tracing the pattern on the cream fabric. This fabric is a light weight soft cotton, easier for this work. The kutchwork design is drawn on 5 mm graph, so the embroidery may not be too thick worked with two strands of thread.
The simple embroidery on bright green tunic was completed. The tiny pleats are used as outlines and two borders were worked – back stitch in dark green and double cross stitch in light green threads.
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Round mirrors were worked on the neck with pink thread. It feels good to work simple embroidery and complete the project in two days work. The green cotton fabric is not very soft, still looks bright. Have to see the effect after washing.
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This week there was not much time to work the zardosi embroidery. I have started filling with the violet zardosi beads on the flowers.

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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After the holidays, this week was fairly productive week on embroidery.
Stitch challenges
This week’s stitch on TAST challenge is woven trellis stitch, the samples of which were worked twice on earlier TAST challenges. The post linking them was uploaded on FB group page.
Today I started working this week’s stitch on SSS challenge. The details of the samples will be posted after the sampler is completed. conclusion- favourite stitch – buttonhole.
Projects
The work on green benarasi georgette was completed. The details will be posted soon.
Two kutchwork borders in red thread were worked on this cream neck pattern. It is ready to go to the tailor.
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After working another chain stitch outline in pink thread, I started to work the stem stitches in green.
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This week’s fascination was rilli applique technique on the net. When the professionals do the work it looks easy, but it needs to be practiced.
We have a few regions in India- Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Rajasthan, Gujarat- where this technique is used. In Uttarpradesh and Bihar it is used on clothing on light colours. In Rajasthan this is used on bridal dresses with metallic ribbons, in Orissa it is worked on home décor, including umbrellas and hall decorations, it gives a totally different look. The colours are bright and eye catching. In Gujarat it used with other embroidery techniques.