I  gave a break for the past few weeks on this challenge. Events have a way of getting into routine. These two weeks I have been catching up. The chart for these samples are here.

RPW2016-W14

RPW2016-W14

This was the first Saturday after my mother’s death.

RPW2016-W15

RPW2016-W15

I was still in India participating in the 13 days rituals during this Saturday.

RPW2016-W16

RPW2016-W16

I was back in Muscat, started catching up on the previous weeks charts. There was no new chart on Saturday morning, it was posted later in the day. This chart was worked on Sunday.

RPW2016-W17

RPW2016-W17

This chart was worked on the day it was posted. It was hard to come to the computer and write the details

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RPW2016-W18

I think I am ready to be back to my routine now. This was worked yesterday.

The sampler after working the 18th week chart.

RPW2016-Till 18th week

RPW2016-Till 18th week

My mother passed away on the evening of 30th March. She was 85 years old. She was ailing for the past four months. Death is a fact of life. Along with the knowledge that she will not suffer anymore, comes a feeling of loss.

Amma

Amma

She did embroidery in the late forties. She also enjoyed looking and touching my embroidery. She is from the era where they don’t praise their own children, but the feeling of pride will always be there. I am the youngest of three children and lost my father 23 years ago.

I am coping with this event in my life.

 

 

The chart on RPW 2016 challenge was completed on Saturday.

The stitch of the week on TAST 2016 is threaded cable chain. This was the last stitch on earlier TAST challenge. I had worked the samples then.

Dark blue mirror work yoke

The work on this fabric was completed with the mirror work and sequins. The details of the embroidery is posted here.

WIPW85-whblchanderi-2

WIPW85-whblchanderi-2

Yellow red khadi tunic

This tunic is sewn now. The next segment is designing the embroidery. A notion of using paisley shaped mirrors is lurking in the mind.

Kutch and mirror work on blue tunic with yellow orange patiala

This the last in the set of three yokes designed in February, the tunic fabric is blue with stripes. The Indian pants, this time is a Patiala salwar in yellow with orange print.

WIPW85-blyelorapatiala-1

WIPW85-blyelorapatiala-1

The pattern was drawn on an orange cotton fabric. The embroidery is kutch work and mirror work together. Started with fly stitches in green thread on the leaves and moved on to the orange kutch work motifs.

WIPW85-blyelorapatiala-2

WIPW85-blyelorapatiala-2

Cream and black chanderi tunic

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WIPW85-crblachanderi-1

This is the next project. A small border in black fabric with mirror discs and embroidery with gold and silk thread is the idea. The search for the pattern is on. This will be small border.

I am happy with the progress made this week. Posting details while the project is still fresh in mind is motivating and energizing.

I had designed three pieces for embroidery on tunics in February when working on a long project. This is the second piece. After completing the work on this blue silk cotton fabric, the piece suited a white chanderi silk cotton tunic fabric and I found the embroidery done around the mirror was worth sharing .
It started with the pattern-

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mirblue-pat

Buttonhole stitch variations are worked over the pattern drawn.

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mirblue-1

The small oval shapes were intended for detached chain stitches. I felt oyster stitch was  a better choice. It so happened while working on this stitch, SharonB announced oyster stitch on this week’s TAST 2016 challenge. These oyster stitches were worked in four strands of cotton skein.

mirblue-2

mirblue-2

The triangular space around the mirror pattern was worked in herringbone filling.

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mirblue-det1

The space between the two outlines was worked in herringbone and fly stitch combination in pink and green.

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mirblue-det2

Zigzag back stitch was worked around the inner round. This was not part of the pattern.

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mirblue-3

Long tailed chain stitches in white thread were worked in between the buttonhole stitches. this detail was also not in the pattern.

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mirblue-4

The whole piece after working back stitches with white thread.

mirblue-det3

mirblue-det3

A medium size round mirror was attached to the centre with shisha stitch.

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mirblue-5

Small square mirrors were attached with shisha stitch between the two outlines.

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mirblue-det4

After working the mirrors, small silver sequins with silver beads were stitched on to this piece. The mirror detail-

mirror work on blue detail

mirror work on blue detail

The piece with completed embroidery.

mirror work on blue

mirror work on blue

This week’s chart on this challenge is also completed. The graph is here. They have mentioned that the larger alphabets and figurines will come at the later stage of the sampler.

RPW2016-W13

RPW2016-W13

RPW2016

This week’s chart on RPW 2016 was completed on Saturday, the day it was posted.

TAST 2016

This week’s stitch on TAST 2016 challenge is Oyster stitch, which was worked in earlier TAST challenge. The sampler was posted on facebook group page with a link.

Blue multi coloured kutch work yoke

This yoke was completed with mirrors this week. The tunic for which it was intended and this yoke do not match well. So, the tunic fabric was changed to white block printed cotton fabric. it is yet to go to the tailor. The details are here.

WIPW84-bluemultico kutyoke-2

WIPW84-bluemultico kutyoke-2

Dark blue mirrorwork yoke

The second yoke designed along with the multi coloured kutchwork piece is for a mirror work embroidery. The work on this was started yesterday.

WIPW84-whblchanderi-1

WIPW84-whblchanderi-1

Yellow red khadi tunic

This ready to sew Khadi salwar suit set was a gift. It is with the tailor now. The embroidery designing will be done after the set is sewn.

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WIPW84-yelredkhadi-1

The details on the blue mirror work yoke will be posted after the project is completed. It is interesting to post the details immediately after the completion of the project

Kutch work embroidery fascinates me. Sometimes it is a motif, or a woven design, or a border. The differences in working each piece is quite absorbing. This is the reason, every now and then, a kutchwork project keeps showing on my posts. This time, an idea of a small kutchwork design worked in different colours came to mind.
This design can be worked as woven kutch work too.
The pattern, as a usual practice the mirrors are also incorporated in this pattern.

blmultiy-pat

blmultiy-pat

The design was drawn on a blue fabric. The embroidery started with choosing these threads. Few more threads were added while working. The kutchwork was worked in three strands of stranded cotton

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blmultiy-threads

After working a corner design, started with the repeating design.

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blmultiy-1

The working was faster than I expected. The thread consumption  for each piece was also very less.

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blmultiy-2

This particular kutchwork motif can be also be weaved, instead of interlacing. The interlacing leaves space in between the interlaced squares.

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blmultiy-3

The yellow and orange threads were alternated with a touch of pink, green and blue in between them. The colourful kutchwork embroidery.

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blmultiy-4

The outline in chain stitch with blue thread.

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blmultiy-5

The chain stitches in white are worked after this.

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blmultiy-6

The small square mirrors worked with blue thread.

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blmultiy-7

Three yoke patterns were engineered one after another a while ago. This is the first piece. After completing this embroidery, the tunic for which this was intended, a blue cotton fabric, was not appealing enough. So yesterday, another tunic fabric was picked for this piece.

blue multi col yoke white tunic

blue multi col yoke white tunic

This is ready to go to the tailor.

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