Just six letters on this week’s chart on RPW2016 challenge. the chart is here.

RPW2016-W39

RPW2016-W39

The Randje per week chart was completed on Saturday. Lock stitch and double lock stitch are this week’s stitches on TAST challenge. I had worked the samples on two designs earlier. These were posted on FB TAST group page.
Marash Embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
This tunic is with the tailor now. The embroidery on both sleeves are completed. A few diamond motifs were also worked. The rest of the embroidery will be completed after it is sewn.
Orange violet combo tunic
This tunic will be worked in two phases. A small border for the sleeves was started. Just a glimpse of the WIP.

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WIPW104-oraviocombokutch-3

Mirror work
I‘ll work on this tunic during this week. It might take long to complete all the mirrors. Some beads may be incorporated into this design.

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WIPW104-beigemirt-6

Kantha work
Seeing that the mirror work and bead work will be  a long project, I started on the kantha work. This is plain black cloth for the embroidery on sleeves.

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WIPW104-mablaikatkantha-2

While working realized this could also be another long project, decided to keep it in the shelf for the time being.

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WIPW104-marnlaikatkantha-3

Working on these projects, mind keeps thinking  of designs for new projects. Once or twice it started as drawing on paper also. Some webpages are inspiring and addictive and I get carried away by the vast variety of designs. if the time spent on these browsing can be limited, there might be more designs forthcoming. let’s see what this week brings in.

This week’s chart is available on Randje per week blog. This alphabet though big in size was easy to work today.

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RPW2016-W38

I am back on track on Randje per week 2016 challenge. The TAST challenge was totally neglected, which is pity. Yesterday, this blog link was posted on FB TAST group page for this week’s Up and down buttonhole stitch samples. This sampler was worked in July 2012.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The kutchwork on one sleeve was completed, and work on second sleeve started on Monday. This is not taking much time as I had thought before.

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WIPW103-crkalamkaripatkutch-9

A few square motifs in brown thread was worked on tunic front. At this stage, it is better to complete the sleeves and give the fabric to the tailor for sewing. The tunic front can be worked after the tunic is sewn. It won’t be difficult to use embroidery hoop in a larger space. There are space restrictions on sleeves to use hoop on a sewn tunic.

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WIPW103-crkalamkaripatkuch-10

Mirror work
A sample of mirror work was attempted on the sleeve of this beige tunic.

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WIPW103-beigemirt-5

These tunics are marked by the tailor, so they are embroidered in the order of priority. The tailor is available after the Eid hoilidays. With so many projects in different stages, my hands are not able to cope up with the speed of the mind. The inspirations picked up in India have to noted, before they vanish.

This week’s challenge was completed on time this week. I was away for two weeks to India which included three Saturdays. I started on the sampler after returning back. The 34th week-

RPW2016-W34

RPW2016-W34

The one space adjustment on the length was made when starting this week’s chart. Working continuously on this alphabet caused a bit of tiredness which resulted in taking a turn early and deviating from the chart. The mistake is in the letter ’v’. Instead of picking up the extra stitches, I left them as it is.

RPW2016-W35

RPW2016-W35

These letters are bigger but are easier to work.

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RPW2016-W36

The easiness continued this week too. The next space on the length was adjusted with this chart.

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RPW2016-W37

The charts are available on the site.

I am a day late in posting the progress on my projects. The two weeks in Chennai, India was filled with visits, shopping and dental appointments. Actually, there was no time for embroidery at all. I picked up some ideas for tunic designs though.
The randje per week sampler was left in Muscat. It was started on this Sunday. With three charts to catch up, the first chart was completed yesterday. I am presently working on this challenge.

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WIPW102-RPW2016-W34

The TAST challenge of this year is more of posting the old samplers on the Facebook page. This was totally neglected. This needs to be looked into.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
I just worked a small part of the sleeve on this project before leaving for India.

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WIPW102-crkalamkaripatkut-8

The violet fabric of the orange violet combo tunic was taken to India, with the hope of working the small border and finding a proper leggings in violet. The leggings was bought but the fabric came back as it was! I think with this colour combination, the project will have more of Indian ethnic look.

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WIPW102-oraviocombokutch-2

Mirror work
After working the brown thread, the design is outlined with chain stitch in green thread. it is still in progress.

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WIPW102-beigemirt-4

Kantha embroidery
The kantha embroidery design for the sleeves was traced and the fabrics were taken to Chennai, to be brought back in their packed condition.
The embroidery projects will be taken up after catching up on the randje per week challenge. These days the alphabets are getting bolder and bigger, involving a few days of work. Another chart will come on this Saturday. We are having holidays from tomorrow for Eid-Al-Adha- A time for pilgrimage to the holy shrine. I have to wait and see how much time can be allotted for embroidery.

Picked up a page filled with neck designs. My tailor loves these charts. A sample-

WIPW102-neck pat

WIPW102-neck pat

This week’s progress has been mediocre.

The RPW2016 challenge took more time than was expected. The completed chart.

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WIPW101-RPW-W33

I am going to Chennai, India tomorrow for two weeks. For the past few times these trips have been stitch free. Hoping for some embroidery productive days.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The tunic fabric was marked for neck and sleeves by the tailor. The pattern was drawn on the sleeves first. In this transfer also, the fabric to be marked is placed over the design and the pattern is drawn with a pencil. The kutchwork/ interlacing stitch/ marash embroidery commenced with the brown thread. Same colour as the brown fabric.

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WIPW101-cralamkaripatkutch-7

Orange violet combo tunic
The impact of working this kutchwork, the multi colour mirror work on white and blue combo tunic and seeing a kasuti embroidery design – all gave rise to another idea of working kutchwork embroidery in four colours on an orange and violet tunic. I am still in the process of drawing the pattern. The embroidery will be three places- the sleeves, below the neck and a big design on the right hand side of the tunic. I may have more details after the designs are completed.

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WIPW101-oraviocombokutch-1

Mirror work

white and blue combo tunic

The mirror work around the neck and sleeves on this blue white combo tunic was completed.

beige mirror work tunic
After working the sleeves with brown thread, I proceeded with the work on tunic front. The spaces inside the squares will have the mirrors.

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WIPW101-beigemirt-3

Kantha embroidery
The kantha embroidery is drawn and ready to be transferred. With the packing in progress for the trip, If time permits, the tracing can be made on the plain black fabric to be worked in Chennai. Will have to wait and see.

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WIPW101-marblaikatkantha-2