This beaded neck pattern was especially designed for my niece. She [Gayathri] loves maroon colour and antique gold beads.
The pattern-

gbeads on maroon-pattern

gbeads on maroon-pattern

The embroidery – chain stitch outlines, back stitch were worked with antique gold metallic thread and silk threads.

gbeads on maroon-emb

gbeads on maroon-emb

The sequins with round beads detail-

gbeads on maroon-sequins

gbeads on maroon-sequins

Detail of the round beads around the neck

gbead on maroon-round beads

gbead on maroon-round beads

Edging with oval beads details-

gbeads on maroon neck-oval beads

gbeads on maroon neck-oval beads

The neck-

gold beads on maroon neck design

gold beads on maroon neck design

I did not buy the tunic, because she wanted do the matching on her own.

Some more samples of square boss stitch were worked on the sampler.

15.109.square boss st smapler2

15.109.square boss st smapler2

In this part of the sampler, the square boss stitches are combined in this order with other TAST stitches-Rice stitch, double cross stitch, square herringbone and Algerian eye stitch.

15.109.sqboss st-3

15.109.sqboss st-3

Detached chain stitches are worked below square boss stitches in the first sample. The stitch worked over lace along with pistil stitches and beads in the second row, the square boss stitches [at least try to] keep the beads in place over the crosses in the last row.

15.109.sq boss st-4

15.109.sq boss st-4

A lovely stitch to work with on my sampler.

15.109.square boss stitch sampler

15.109.square boss stitch sampler

After starting this yoke, in between I worked on 14th week stitch on TAST 2014 challenge. Completing that sampler, this work was continued. The base colour of the tunic is white. So white threads were incorporated into this yoke. A few sequins were added to the centre.

Black yoke on white ikat2

Black yoke on white ikat2

I  am planning to add silver beads on the border to match with oxidized silver accessories. If the yoke gets finished, it’ll have to be given to the tailor for sewing, which might take a while.

The working of this stitch is on SharonB’s blog. This stitch is similar to last week’s stitch. I started on this stitch sampler today.

15.109.square boss st-sampler1

15.109.square boss st-sampler1

The samples were started with square boss stitch on big crosses, after alternating with same and contrast colours, big and small crosses are alternated in the last row.

15.109.sqboss st-1

15.109.sqboss st-1

First row is a pattern sample, second row, the stitches are worked on upright crosses ,third row is a combination of stitches worked on normal and upright crosses, fourth row a leg of the upright crosses are longer, the fifth row, two legs of the crosses are extended and in  the last row, the stitches are worked in different colours on the same cross. The last row should have had space in between to show the sequence, and it would have been easier for me  too.

15.109.sqboss st-2

15.109.sqboss st-2

After working a broad bagh embroidery border for copper tussar silk tunic, I wanted to work the same on a simple neckline. The embroidery itself is very simple. The pattern for this embroidery around the neck.

bagh emb on blue ikat-pattern

bagh emb on blue ikat-pattern

The embroidery was done on cream cotton fabric in black cotton skeins. The stitches were- arrowhead, double cross and back stitch.

bagh emb on blue ikat-detail

bagh emb on blue ikat-detail

A blue ikat fabric was bought for the tunic to match this neckline embroidery.

bagh emb on blue ikat-fabric

bagh emb on blue ikat-fabric

The embroidery placed on the fabric.

bagh emb on blue ikat-set

bagh emb on blue ikat-set

I gave these to my dear friend Sita, when I was in Chennai. She liked it and wears it quite often too. An happy project!

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

 

 

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