January 2011

A traditional Indian motif pattern was chosen for the main yoke.The motif is repeated twice to lengthen the pattern.
For the first time I took photos at different phases of this embroidery.
The outline of the motif- -.I started with dark colours , brown for diamond shape, green for curves

Orange yoke-1


.The flower pattern is done in variegated thread.

Orange yoke-2

The extra details are done in light green thread

orange yoke-3

The herringbone stitches are outlined in back stitch with yellow thread.

Orange yoke-4

I’ ll continue with the details in the next post.

Decorative border-

This decorative seam is part of a sleeve border for the white tunic.I made two border patterns, one in orange with just sequins and this one in golden yellow.

The edging stitch is back stitch, with variegated thread[red/brown]
The square filling stitch is surface satin in orange, green& variegated thread.

decorative border in yellow-1

These squares are outlined with double running stitch.

Decorative border in yellow-2

Sequins and beads are added in between the squares

decorative border in yellow-completed

This part is completed for the sleeves and border for the yoke,
the yoke details on next post.

In this decorative border, I was trying to work on those stitches and colours which will not be tedious to do, and at the same time will not compromise the effect.
Stitches were well chosen, but colours played their part in extending the time.

Sometimes my husband allows me to try embroidery on his shirts. This is one such occasion.This is a store bought shirt in blue.
I chose a simple border repeat pattern for this.
The whole stitching is done in mono colour in back stitch.And further to personalize this shirt,I embroidered a”G”[rather lopsided] over the pocket.

Embroidered blue shirt

Maybe I am a little fond of Roman[ or is it greek?] patterns.

This is closeup of the embroidery.

Embroidered blue shirt- closeup

This handloom cotton fabric is in light pink mixed with beige.
I wanted to do a medium sized motif repeat pattern for a yoke,for quite sometime.
For this set, the salwar[Indian pants] is block printed cotton in dark pink.
The basic pattern is in oval shape, which is repeated all over the yoke.
The colours used were pink& green, apt for creepers,flowers& leaves.
This picture was taken,while I was still working the embroidery-

Pink&green yoke-working

After finishing the embroidery, I added a few zardosi beads at the tips,

Pink & green yoke

Now, the finished yoke with the salwar.

Pink &beige tunic

Though the basic pattern is not very big, by repeating it,we can have a big embroidered yoke.A few years back, I had a store bought tunic, embroidered[machine] with this type of yoke, This tunic is inspired by that.

The tunic is silk chiffon in dark blue[ with violet shades]..The all over paisleys are in dark pink ,golden yellow and light blue. So the fabric on which the embroidery is done is also dark pink. I used dark blue, yellow&light blue colours for embroidery embroidery.
The stitches used are-
Back stitch,chain stitch,fly stitch, arrowhead st, straight stitch.
Some sequins and beads are also used for embellishments.

Blue&pink tunic

A simple pattern is chosen for embroidery.The closeup-

Blue&pink tunic- closeup

Lesson learnt-Choose better quality of sequins and beads for silk fabrics. Only then,it gives a better look.

The tunic is cream[greenish] semi tussar silk fabric.I have a banares silk dupatta in beige and green.This piece was designed to match that
.This was the first time to use stones and zardosi beads together.
I chose a very simple pattern ,the stitches were satin and stem.

light green tunic

The fabric did not lend itself to the embroidery.

light green tunic-closeup

the main attraction in this set is the dupatta[scarf],Iwanted to keep it that way, but still, would have been happier if the embroidered  yoke also looked better than it is now.

This is white linen tunic with pink stripe..
For this ,I chose a dark pink fabric for the embroidery.
The stitches used were-
Herringbone st,chain st, buttonhole st and straight st.
The design was a simple repeat pattern, for sleeves and yoke.
Later this was embellished with beads and sequins.

White&pink linen tunic

The colours used were- shades of pink, green and yellow[ very little imagination]

White&pink linen tunic-closeup

It is just a mixture of decorative seam treatments.

The 23rd week stitch of the stitch challenge by Sharon, TAST2010 is waved chain .
now for the stitchsampler-

This line is stitched in zig-zag pattern.
– Adjacent lines of zigzag waved chain st.

waved chain st-1

-the stitch is done right angled-not perfectly ,ofcourse.
In this the thread went around the needle 3 times[instead of 2],I did 5 stitches as line stitch and did some individual stitches too.
the stitch is done in a curved line.

waved chain st-2

In this line the first stitch is of small width, the next longer width.
One normal chain alternated with waved chain.
One stitch in 3 strands , next one single strand.

waved chain st-3

This line is done in 2 colours,first as a normal line, then the stitch done on one direction.
I added beads to this line, not very eye catching, I know.
The individual waved chain [or]waving chain? are facing away from each other.
This line I stitched first chain stitch vertically,then proceeded to add as many stitches till I got a curve, the next stitch, the same thing in opposite direction.
With all these efforts, this looks like quarter buttonhole wheel.

waved chain st-4

After doing the first chain, I tried varying the placement of the next stitches.
One line of buttonhole stitch,with single waved chain.
Arrowhead stitch, waved chain done on top and bottom.
Variations of single waved chain.

waved chain st-5

I arranged 3 single waved chain as an half flower, and did a line of that.
A set of 3 waved chain stitches, arranged as a line in 2 different colours

waved chain st-6

A bead is added to the basic chain.
One waved chain completed with a straight stitch, done in zigzag manner.
. I varied the height of the stitch in this row.

waved chain st-7

Tried to converge 2 waved chain stitches,.this gave an idea of doing butterflies with this stitch.

waved chain st-8

Did one chain in the middle, went around the needle on both sides
Tried a motif with the individual waved chain.

waved chain st1-10

 the Stitch sampler is completed here.While I  was doing this sampler, I tried to write each and every row, it was quite tedious,but don’t know whether it is useful.But this sure is avery long post.

waved st sampler-1waved chain st sampler-2

waved chain st sampler-3

waved chain st sampler-4

the sampler is 13 inches long. 

The tunic is fawn coloured, hand woven, self checked[is that right?] cotton. I chose red colour for the borders [so that I can use different shades of brown]
About the Pattern-Earlier I thought this as a curved creeper pattern , recently learnt this type of pattern has a name- Arabesque. I getting familiar with this new term.
I made the border for yoke, sleeves, 2 slits. It took a long time.
Drew the borders first , and asked the tailor to attach it to the tunic[when it was sewn]
Then only I started the embroidery

Fawn tunic

.For the stem and leaves, I did not have cut and start over, but the flowers had to be done individually. This experience is always there with me when I choose the pattern and colours. I try to avoid this wherever possible , without compromising the effect.

Fawn tunic closeup

Ten tears ago, the style was to wear long tunics, now it has changed, they are shorter now, but it was destined that I should learn my lesson on this long tunic.

This tunic is in antique pink colour with vertical stripes in cream..The salwar was also the same fabric .
The colours were already decided as cream and dark pink.
I wanted a big motif for the centre.for this I chose a square cross stitch pattern and tilted it to an angle to get a diamond shape
.Drew the pattern on the graph paper and traced it on to the cloth., Then cross stitched the whole pattern.
I did the neckline with feather stitch
.Used 3 strands of cotton skeins throughout.

Cross stitched yoke on pink tunic

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