The Alphabet set that started last week was completed this week on this week’s RPW 2016 challenge. The chart is available on this site.
May 25, 2016
The chart could be completed on the day it was posted on this challenge.
I am yet to post the samples of fern stitch worked during earlier TAST challenge on FB group. This week we have another stitch -buttonhole wheel cup. I just posted the sampler on FB.
Black border tunic
The border on this tunic is woven with metallic yarn. It came back half sewn from the tailor, for working the embroidery. After tracing the pattern, I started the chain stitch outlines with gold metallic thread. A paisley pattern was also traced on this tunic front.
After the Dubai, I was itching to do some simple embroidery on light weight fabric. This white cotton kota fabric with block prints in green is ideal. Pattern is drawn. Have to start the work.
These two fabrics are cotton, one has stripes and the other one has prints. The printed fabric will be the front of the tunic and the striped fabric will decorate the back. Pattern drawing for embroidery is in progress. This is for a simple Indian ethnic embroidery.
While browsing the pinterest yesterday. I was ensnared by Maarash embroidery from Armenia. This is similar to kutchwork. Eager to study this work more.
May 22, 2016
This is the latest tunic where blue is matched with yellow and orange. In Muscat, Oman, we get oxidized silver accessories. Most of them have beads on them. Different shades of corals are available and they are coordinated with turquoise beads. These are feast for eyes in the souq. Mind slowly started generating patterns for projects built on these inspirations.
This tunic started with the yellow fabric printed with orange motifs. A kutchwork design with allowance for mirrors was drawn along with two other embroidery designs. The choice was to work the embroidery on yellow fabric or orange fabric. With the orange fabric being available yellow was the first colour chosen. The next choice was green. The fly stitches on the leaf pattern.
Two kutchwork motifs were worked in orange thread which was lighter than the fabric colour.
Another motif pattern had an option of being worked in two threads, the central diamond are worked in maroon thread.
Starting with the idea of incorporating blue into this design, the corners of this square motif was worked in blue thread.
The yellow from the fabric was the next colour, the same motif pattern which was worked in lighter orange was now worked in yellow thread.
The fly stitches are outlined with buttonhole stitch in lighter green thread.
Open chain stitches are worked in white thread to outline the mirrors inside the orange and yellow kutchwork motifs. The piece itself was outlined with back stitch.
Mirrors were worked in the same fabric yellow in the space between the leaf patterns.
Square mirrors in blue thread are worked inside the square motifs.
These blue beads are made of wood and dyed in blue.
The blue handloom cotton fabric with stripes was perfect for this set.
Outlining the embroidered piece and the sleeves with the yellow orange fabric was a good choice. Though this idea was mine, I could see the satisfaction in my tailor’s eyes. He is quite stingy with praises.
The pattern for this embroidery-
May 18, 2016
This week’s chart on this cross stitch sampler challenge was completed on Sunday 15th may.
This week’s stitches are fern stitch and the beaded version of fern stitch. These two have been worked earlier, the link to my blog needs to be posted on facebook group.
Yellow red khadi tunic
The sewn yellow khadi cotton tunic was embroidered and embellished with mirrors this week. Khadi is hand woven fabric made with hand woven yarn.
Cream and black chanderi tunic
Some progress was made on this small piece this week. The sequin were attached with silk thread. the stitch worked is different from the usual mirror stitch. Holding on to the sequin was easier and keeping the thread in its place was difficult. I thought differently when this work started.
This project was lying in a bag, till it was coordinated with a ready sewn Patiala.
I have another project to start. The fabric is with the tailor. This is black cotton fabric with threadwork border. The tailor will give the front piece of the tunic to be embroidered. More details next week.
May 17, 2016
The tunic fabric is soft cotton, the dark blue fabric is cotton crepe. the project started in 2015 and completed now in May 2016.This is the first project where these two concepts were tried for the first time. A form of Indian ethnic embroidery and mix of blue and orange.
It was hard to conceive the idea of mixing orange and blue together. But there were too many eye candies which nurtured this and a time came when I wanted to try this. An ethnic embroidery pattern which was predominantly done in chain stitch and mirror work was seen on a wall hanging. This piece had other forms of ethnic embroidery too. A border was worked with this detail.
The basic floral design was worked completely in chain stitch with green thread.
The outline was worked in dark blue thread. Till this time the dark blue fabric was to be coordinated with this tunic. Eventually it changed,
With the fabric colour being white, last of the chain stitches were worked in white.
Round mirrors were worked in light blue thread.
At this stage, coordinating the dark blue with this tunic was not looking very good. So the project was kept aside to be given to the tailor later. A light blue Patiala was bought, which coordinated better with this tunic.
The tailor worked an ideal way of sewing this skewed striped fabric. The result is lovely,
The embroidery detail on tunic.
The pattern for this embroidery.