June 2011

The pattern for this tunic was a simple diamond border . the main idea is to embellish this pattern with beads. There were no scope for too many stitches or threads – just four straight lines and 1 curved design. I drew this pattern on a centimeter graph paper.
The pattern-

brown tunic - border pattern

If anyone used this pattern, I would be happy to see it. Enjoy!

The embroidery , beadwork and sequins have been completed for the yoke on this brown fabric.
The yoke when placed on the tunic fabric looked like this-

brown tunic -yoke

The tailor as usual did a perfect job of sewing both the tunic and the yoke on it.The completed tunic-

brown tunic -completed

This yoke was a simple one, did take much time to finish it. I wanted it like that.
The fabric and colour of the tunic were so dominant, whatever work done on the yoke might have  been over shadowed by the tunic.

After completing the embroidery in red and gold thread, the sequins and antique golden beads are stitched to the border pattern.
The centre diamond is filled with sequins and beads. The bugle beads are stitched into the gap between the heart shaped curves. Round golden beads are threaded along the borders.
Stitches used are back stitch, chain stitch and stem stitch.-

brown tunic -completed yoke

Yoke sewn on to the tunic on my next post.

This tunic fabric is different from my usual cotton addiction. A family friend suggested this out let , where they sell synthetic fabrics. I too wanted to try my designing on these fabrics. This tunic is brown[ they call it brasso work!] with red and gold print.
I wanted a simple yoke, so the base fabric chosen was brown.
The pattern is a geometrical repeat pattern,the idea was to work the embroidery and add some gold sequins and beads.
The embroidery was done in red and gold colour thread.
It started like this-

brown tunic- yoke WIP

Will continue with the yoke on my next post.

The yoke and sleeves of this tunic are completed. Small sequins and beads are stitched to the centre of the yoke to give the effect of buttons.
The completed yoke and sleeves-

beige and green tunic-yoke 4

The embroidered pieces are sewn to the tunic. It now looks like this-

beige and green tunicthe closeup- beige&green tunic closeup

Choosing a green colour for the yoke and sleeves would have a been a better choice.But I wanted to try this in brown colour to learn the effect. This yoke pattern leaves some empty space , a crowded pattern could have enhanced the look of the tunic. These are just other options to work with.

The beige thread was first worked for the central pattern on the yoke. Then the same was used for the zigzag pattern on the outline and sleeves.
The details of the embroidery on borders –
The outlines were done in back stitch in green and yellow. The round patterns were done in satin stitch[ fearing the surface satin might alter the small rounds into ablong shapes] in majenta thread. small fly stitches were done in the valley in light green thread.
Now the zigzag pattern was worked in phulkari- surface satin stitch.

beige &green tunic -3 yoke


The next post on the completed yoke and tunic.

In this second post, the progress of the phulkari patterns on the brown yoke-
I have done the left over triangles in light green and beige.
The phulkari looks like satin stitch, but it is only surface satin. Geometrical shapes are worked in surface satin stitches. The patterns are spread over a large area, for- bedspreads, cushions, dupattas, tunics, to name a few.
I saw a film’Rab ne banaya jodi’ where the heroine wore fully embroidered phulkari dupattas most of the time, especially during song sequences.
The yoke so far-

beige & green tunic -2 yoke

The beige colour worked on the zigzag border design , on my next post.

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