I have made some progress on the red mirror work tunic. Square kutch motifs were worked in brown cotton skein. The herringbone outlines and the central crosses were worked in peach thread. Except for the black thread I am not moving far from red colour base.

WIPW48-whiteredmirt-4

WIPW48-whiteredmirt-4

The heart shaped mirrors have been started, the picture will be taken after they are completed. Needing to get a bit away from this mirror work, I started the black work on aida for this beige and cream tunic.

WIPW48-beigebwt-1

WIPW48-beigebwt-1

The aida will be the central panel for this tunic. The pattern is a combination of motifs in the centre and two borders on either side. Just started with the motif.

WIPW48-beigebwt-2

WIPW48-beigebwt-2

After scratching the itch, I am back to mirrors now. Will restart again after the red yoke is completed.

This yoke which was done in 2013 was inspired by ready made mirror work borders available in the Indian market. These borders are actually made with round sequins or discs called mica. The embroidery on them is done with fine silk threads and beads. They are attached to sarees, tunics in India.
This yoke is worked with mirrors. The tunic fabric is block printed, vegetable dyed, handloom cotton in black.

pink mirror yoke tunic

pink mirror yoke tunic

The embroidery other than mirror work is done with silk threads, the pink thread for herringbone filling on triangles and golden colour silk thread for chain stitch.

pinkmirykt-1

pinkmirykt-1

Gold metallic thread is used for outlines in chain stitch.

pinkmirykt-2

pinkmirykt-2

The inner mirror outlines are done with pink silk thread.

pinkmirykt-3

pinkmirykt-3

The small mirrors are outlined in chain stitch with white thread.

pinkmirykt-4

pinkmirykt-4

The detail of the inner outline made with golden thread.

pinkmirykt-5

pinkmirykt-5

Another outline around the central mirrors made with medium pink thread.

pinkmirykt-6

pinkmirykt-6

The inner mirrors are fixed with shisha stitch.

pinkmirykt-7

pinkmirykt-7

The final step was to work the small mirrors with shisha stitch.

pinkmiryt-8

pinkmiryt-8

The yoke on tunic.

pink mirroryoke tunic -det

pink mirroryoke tunic -det

The pattern for this mirror work yoke.

pinkmiryt-pattern

pinkmiryt-pattern

I match this tunic with black trousers. The handloom fabrics feel cool in summer season. A sample of the border available in the markets.

pinkmirykt-border sample

pinkmirykt-border sample

The second colour takes over this week on randje per week challenge. I started the edges with second colour and followed with the first colour. The edges look brighter now on this bright yellow handloom matti cloth. The free graph is here.

RPW2015-39,40

RPW2015-39,40

The mirror work was completed on the black multi coloured yoke. The yoke is quite heavy now with so many big mirrors!

wipw47-blackikatt-5

wipw47-blackikatt-5

The pattern of the red yoke also has mirrors on it, but that’ll come later. I have started with herringbone filling of the small triangles and back stitching of the outlines.

wipw47-whiteredmirt-3

wipw47-whiteredmirt-3

I drew a small black work pattern yesterday for a beige tunic. The idea is to work this on cream aida, which can be attached to the tunic by the tailor. But starting of this project depends on my progress on the red yoke this week. I would definitely need a break from mirror work!

The second colour is back again. After changing the first colour for the past few weeks, I was looking forward to use the second colour. Here it is on this week’s edges-

RPW2015-37,38

RPW2015-37,38

The free graph for these edges are here.

There has been some progress on this black yoke. A few more colours were added. After working the white thread, the mirrors will be stitched with shisha stitch. This yoke has big mirrors.

wipw46-blackikatt-3

wipw46-blackikatt-3

A thought came to choose another fabric as tunic for this yoke, instead of the white printed fabric and wouldn’t budge from the mind. So the base fabric is changed to base fabrics- a combo of black and black ikat.

wipw46-blackikatt-4

wipw46-blackikatt-4

I always wanted to combine white with red. This printed white fabric seems ideal to use red fabric on it. Hope I don’t abandon this fabric again.

wipw46-whiteredmirt-1

wipw46-whiteredmirt-1

The pattern was drawn yesterday. This yoke also has mirrors, rather I should say it has other stitches along with mirrors!

wipw46-whitemirt-2

wipw46-whitemirt-2

This embroidery around the neck of this cream and yellow printed cotton tunic was done in the fourth quarter of the year 2013.

creyelneckt-fab

creyelneckt-fab

The embroidery was on bright yellow cotton fabric, which was also the salwar fabric. The pattern had two parts, a medium size kutchwork border and a curved design. Both were worked with cotton skeins. I tried to bring an assissi effect, by working the background with herringbone filling and outlining with back stitch. The tunic-

cream&yellow neck tunic

cream&yellow neck tunic

The embroidery detail-

cream yellow neck tunic detail

cream yellow neck tunic detail

The pattern.

creyelneckt-pattern

creyelneckt-pattern

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