Many days this salwar fabric was lying on my closet without any design ideas. This fabric is kalamkari block printed cotton.

peach kalamkari tunic- salwar

peach kalamkari tunic- salwar

A plain peach mercerized cotton fabric matched with the paisley outlines. A plain tunic gives opportunity for embroidery.

peach kalamkari tunic

peach kalamkari tunic

A simple embroidery pattern for the front of the tunic with an idea of herringbone filling was drawn. The embroidery was worked with cotton skeins. Maroon and shades of green thread were used for herringbone filling stitches. The outlines were done in beige thread [salwar fabric colour] in back stitch. Small wooden beads were used for embellishing the inner border.

peach kalamkari tunic- emb detail

peach kalamkari tunic- emb detail

When I wear this set, the tunic seems to outshine the salwar. The vegetable dyes fabrics tend to look dull, but are really cool [I mean for summer]

The last part of the sampler –

14.108.rice st sampler3

14.108.rice st sampler3

The first row is the variation of rice stitch suggested by Sharon. The rice stitches on two rows of crosses is the variation done by Renee on her blog. The short and long rice stitches are alternated in the third row.

14.108.rice st-4

14.108.rice st-4

The first row of rice stitches are again the version suggested by Sharon. The second version of long and short rice stitches are worked in the second row. The rice stitches are extended in the last row.

14.108.rice st-5

14.108.rice st-5

I enjoyed experimenting with this stitch. The whole sampler-

14.108.rice stitch sampler

14.108.rice stitch sampler

 

 

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.

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