Saturday, 5 May 2012

Lesson 6 & 7 - Chikan SAL


After a month long break from embroidery, I am back with the thread and needle.  I had to appear for a professional exam which is quite tough as the pass mark is 90% .  I have paid this certification money in dollars (I earn in Rupees),  so put my heart , soul , time and effort.. (and everything else too) for the past month in this preparation.  It was an online exam, and after pressing the submit exam and those couple of minutes when I waited for my result , I decided - "If I fail this exam I will never appear for any other exam in my life".... Wow...I cleared the exam with 92% aggregate..and hooray.. All tensions relieved and this even motivated me for a BIG BANG exam.. which I may take within a couple of years.  None in India is certified in this so far, If I clear this BIG BANG exam I will be the first one .. .... (sounds good.. but I am already dreading the hours of effort, preparation, tension, frustration, shouting at children, getting irritated easily....  Its a part and parcel of exam... )

Over this weekend, I focussed on completing this Chikan SAL.But managed to complete only Lesson 6 and Lesson 7.  I could not take separate photos of lesson 6 and lesson 7 as I stitched this while I was waited to pick up my son from his violin class...and forgot to take the camera with me.

I really enjoyed stitching Lesson 6 & 7 as these are new stitches to me - Straight Stitch variation, Over Cast Variation and Satin Stitch Variation.  The Straight stitch variation was really a lovely one.. with this simple stitch you are just creating a unique motif.   I have never tried / liked the idea of stitching with all 6 strands..however this stitch was looking really cool with all 6 strands...

 Over cast stitch variation was appearing like machine embroidery stitch after the finish.  My stitching is not so perfect, as the shapes of the tear drops and straight stitch motifs are not similar, but now that I have completed this I am feeling confident to use them properly in my next project.

So, here is the picture of Lesson 6 and Lesson 7.

I will complete Lesson 8 this week and post the pictures soon.

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