Continuing with the variations of crosses, upright crosses were worked on the sampler-

14.108.rice st-3

14.108.rice st-3

Rice stitch worked over upright cross stitches in these samples. I like the middle sample where the rice stitches are worked on two rows of upright crosses-

14.108.ricest-3a

14.108.ricest-3a

Rice stitches over, double cross stitches in metallic thread and another cross stitch variation.

14.108.ricest-3b

14.108.ricest-3b

Rice stitch sampler now-

14.108.rice st sampler1

14.108.rice st sampler1

In these samples I varied the cross stitches over which the rice stitches are worked. Before working the samples, the cross stitches-

14.108.ricest-2

14.108.ricest-2

Rice stitches on cross and ablong crosses in the first row, large and small crosses in the second row, one large cross and two crosses in the third row.

14.108.ricest-2a

14.108.ricest-2a

Crosses are worked at two levels in the first row. Rice stitches are alternatively worked with green [cotton skein] and pink [polyester] threads in the second row.

14.108.ricest-2b

14.108.ricest-2b

 

This week’s stitch on the TAST challenge is Rice stitch. The working of this simple counted thread stitch is on SharonB’s blog.

I started on my sampler today.
The basic cross stitches are worked with cotton skein. The first row is the basic rice stitch worked with polyester thread, the second row is worked with cotton skein, the third row is worked with cotton perle # 8 and the last row is worked with fine silk thread.

14.108.rice st-1

14.108.rice st-1

I wanted to part of this WIP Wednesday on SharonB’s blog earlier. There is new challenge on her blog, check it out. I am starting from this post.
I am currently working on a yoke for a tunic. The tunic is white/ grey ikat fabric, a kalamkari Patiala salwar is ready to make it a set. I designed this yoke with an idea of curves and florals. The work done so far-

Wip on Wednesday- black yoke

Wip on Wednesday- black yoke

The tunic fabric is white cotton printed with white motifs. The prints are not seen from far, but looks lovely when looked closely. A white pin tuck cotton fabric with pink floral print was chosen for salwar,

white pink Kashmiri work-salwar

white pink Kashmiri work-salwar

The idea of this pattern was to fill up traditional Indian motif patterns with Kashmiri embroidery. There are three types of Kashmiri embroidery. This type is chain stitch filling. I wanted isolated symmetrical motifs to form this front panel. The pattern in two parts.

white pink Kashmiri work-pat1

white pink Kashmiri work-pat1

The bottom part-

white pink Kashmiri work-pat2

white pink Kashmiri work-pat2

The embroidery as mentioned earlier was chain stitch filling. The darkest pink was the first colour to be used.

white pink Kashmiri work- WIP

white pink Kashmiri work- WIP

The embroidery detail around the neck.

white pink Kashmiri work- embdet1

white pink Kashmiri work- embdet1

The rest of the embroidery details.

white pink Kashmiri work-embdet2

white pink Kashmiri work-embdet2

The tunic set.

white pink Kashmiri work-set

white pink Kashmiri work-set

The sleeves are bordered with salwar fabric.

white pink kshmiri work-tunic

white pink kashmiri work-tunic

I like this idea for two reasons, the embroidery filling and the space between the embroidery, which shows the white fabric. it was not easy to draw this pattern, still it was worth the time and effort put into it.

I like working Indian ethnic embroidery on traditional Indian designs. The motifs are ideal for working zardosi work, chikan work, kantha work, Kashmiri work. I worked zardosi embroidery on this tunic. The pattern-

cream violet crepe zardosi tunic-pattern

cream violet crepe zardosi tunic-pattern

Cotton skeins were used to work the embroidery. Stitches worked were, stem, chain and french knots.

cream violet crepe zardosi tunic- embroidery

cream violet crepe zardosi tunic- embroidery

After attaching the zardosi beads and stones-

cream violet crepe zardosi tunic- zardosi work

cream violet crepe zardosi tunic- zardosi work

Yoke detail on tunic-

cream violet crepe zardosi tunic

cream violet crepe zardosi tunic

I wear a salwar on deep violet [same as the yoke fabric] with this tunic. A synthetic crepe dupatta in violet completes the outfit.
The fabric and print did not require any embroidery. when I was in a mood for some zardosi work, this tunic got hit!

cream violet crepe zardosi tunic

cream violet crepe zardosi tunic

I had this lovely plain blue linen tunic. Though the colour and the fabric was good, it was too plain. I wanted an embroidery which will not subdue the blue.
I had heard that, when mirrors are worked with lighter tint of the base colour, it adds elegance to the piece.
Merging these two ideas, a pattern for using small square mirrors was drawn on graph paper [76 mirrors]. The mirror fitted exactly within 1 cm square.

mirror on blue linen-pattern

mirror on blue linen-pattern

The outlines were worked in light blue silk thread, and the mirrors were stitched in cotton skeins.the embroidery details.

mirror on blue linen-emb detail

mirror on blue linen-emb detail

The tunic-

mirror on blue linen tunic

mirror on blue linen tunic

I recently bought a printed white salwar with blue[same blue] and light green florals. The tunic and the salwar match well.
I did not post the details of some of these tunics when they were worked. The details of the work when it was in progress are not available for these tunics. I am sharing the pattern and the completed tunics.

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