August 2009


The inspiration for this design is from a magazine.The fabric is handloom mangalagiri cotton with stripes.

Green tunic

Green tunic

The tailor drew the neck for me.I then traced  the pattern  for yoke and sleeves. for sleeves it was easy  because, the pattern was geometrical. The salwar is in  dark pink.The thread colours ranged from dark to light pink ,adark green and lemon yellow.A few pearl beads  here and there to embellish the tunic.

green tunic closeup-1

green tunic closeup-1

This is the closeup of the neckline.

green &pink close up

green &pink close up

I used  surface satin stitch mostly,but liked doing it on the wavy line pattern, it looked like it was woven.I was not so sure about the green that was used, after completing the piece.

I have been working on designing tunics these days. Iam very fond of handloom cotton fabric available in Madras.Whenever I go there[ which is quite often] I tend to indulge  on a shopping spree. Having bought fabric  for tunics, I start to search for designs,models,types of embroidery.After choosing, I start to work on the pieces, It takes from 3 to 15 days to complete the design, depending on the work involved, then it is given for sewing.On some pieces the embroidery is done after the tunic is made. this is one such piece-

blue with blue beads

blue with blue beads

This is the top of a salwar set. the salwar[loose pant] is a hand woven cotton in blue and black. The top is plain blue, with black buttons[just embelleshment] The embroidery is in light blue thread with blue beads.the stitches are feather and stem.The tunic is in very bright blue, I felt if I use black, it may contrast with the base colour too much, so the lighter shade of the same blue was chosen.

These are the few pouches made in satin cloth,

satin-1 Akka

satin-1 Akka

I felt satin cloth would be a ideal fabric for lingerie pouch, This peach satin, was fot my sister[Akka], the pattern is from an old embroidery pattern book,  which I modified to suit the pouch template. the monogram “V'”for Veena,was from antique pattern library .But I made a mistake [the letter is reversed], which I found out only after the piece was completed.I used the same colour lace for all the pouches, I also used some beads of same colour.

Satin-2 Manni

Satin-2 Manni

This pouch was for my sister in law[Manni], brother’s wife. “R” is for Revathi, She always likes thick embroidery, I used mostly satin stitch  for this piece Floral pattern modified from old embroidery book,and the monogram fron APL.

satin-3 chitra

satin-3 chitra

This was the pouch I  made for myself .I just changed the laces to differentiate  the pouches, My tailor of course made a very good job of these pieces, It was not easy to embroider on satin with a embroidery hoop, the tension of the hoop distorts the satin, it is more so in light colours.Handloom cotton was used for lining.After browsing through the net for personalised embroidery gifts I hit on these ideas of lingerie pouches and towel edgings. The towel edgings will be on my next post,I better grind some batter for  ‘vada’   for tomorrow ‘s festival – Vinayaga chadhurthi’.

I embroidered few more lingerie pouches  last month.The pouches were made in satin for ladies and cotton and linen  for men.

blue-1 bala

blue-1 bala

This was done for my younger nephew, He loves blue colour, the fabric is cotton with white polka dots, His name is Balaji, thus, the letter”B”.I did a small border in chicken scratch,with pearl cotton.

linen pouch Anna

linen pouch Anna

This I did for my brother[anna] on linen. His name is Sekar,so,”S”. The design was modified from  a pattern on antique pattern library.the thread used for this is  anchor cotton skein.I safely used only one colour[less thinking]

blue-2 Gangadharan

blue-2 Gangadharan

This one is for my Dear Hubby, The cloth is the same blue cotton,same threads,the border design alone I changed . The pouches were sewn by my tailor[ I am scared to start sewing, hoping for some divine intervention I suppose]

I’ ll give the details and pictures of the satin lingerie pouches on my next post

Today .Sharon has given details of” for the loving of stitching sampler band 112″. I was surprised becauseI was also working on curves today.I filled it with chain stitch,Once the piece is completed, I ‘ll post it on my blog.

Most of the days  I spend some time browsing the net  – embroidery related.There are so many blogs on this needle craft.These blogs are individually and collectively very good.Each and every person is so talented in their unique way.And there are so many blogs too.I control myself and  browse  only an hour every day.All of them inspire me.It’s like an  ocean- and Iam  looking  for fishes.For quiet some I wanted to write about  this.I like how they make such cute small scale embroidery,most of the blogs I don’t even understand the language- this craft goes beyond languages.Some people are so generous-they share their  patterns.

Iam new to  blogging- I don’t know so many things on it, my typing is very slow, these are only few of the obstacles. but today I made some   progress and have added a  f ew links on my blog roll, I ‘ll try and continue with this task regularly.

We get wonderful range of handloom cotton fabrics in Madras.I buy most of my wearables from there.I feel cotton is the best for the summer heat. so many colours, designs,combinations-imagination can run riot here.This time I designed 2 kurthas for my Hubby-

G's red kurtha

G's red kurtha

The colour dosen’t show well in this picture,It’s a blood red  mercerised cotton fabric.,the pattern is typical Indian kurtha design,I wanted to attach some beads,which raised very strong objection. So, no beads !

G's white kurtha

G's white kurtha

The fabric is cotton,self block printed white. I like this particular fabric very much. I didn’t work too much on the pattern, just simple curves,and ‘fly’  stitched withanchor  cotton skein. These kurthas were custom made[not upto the mark]. Next time I want to try on readymade kurthas.

My nephew is very fond of  cars. He wanted me to embroider a car motif for him.Which he said he’ll stick to his shirt.

It made me think various methods of embroidering car motifs,Then hit upon the idea of doing a car sampler. His name is Deepak,I chose different cars patterns for each letter-

D-red car

D-red car

 The monogram -chosen from antique pattern library E-book .

For the cars,I searched for the images of trendy cars, with the help of cross stitch software, made the patterns.

E green car

E green car

I used metalic silver for the metal plate on the tyre.I don’t know anything about  the parts of the car!

E golden brown car

E golden brown car

After completing half the letters, I felt the letters were too tall for the car motifs, but felt too lazy to change.

P sports car

P sports car

My nephews liked this car the best.

l pouch022

This is very small car.I finished this sampler , but did not take photos after this. The picture was framed with hooks for keyrings. I ‘ll remember to take  photos, when I visit my nephew, It is hanging in his room in Madras.