August 2011


Thus the tunic is completed with the different treatments to the mirror worked florals.
Generally I work on symmetrical patterns, this time it was refreshing to work on this pattern.I did not have repeat everything twice, sometimes if I have sleeves to embroider, then it is a four times repeat.
The tunic along with the salwar-

yellow mirrorwork tunic set

The completed tunic-

yellow mirrorwork tunic

The border is partially seen on the sleeves. in this picture.
The treatments around the floral mirrors can be used as decorative stitches too.

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The next part of the embroidery design on this tunic.
The pattern starts from the right shoulder, ends at the waist.
The top part of the embroidery was on my previous post, the rest of the pattern is on this post.

yellow mirrorwork tunic part design-2

This was the first time that I used mirror work as a flower motif, the stitches around the mirrors are worked to enhance that effect. I enjoyed working on this pattern very much.
The tunic on my next post.

The colours used in this embroidery are based on the colours of the salwar print.
The embroidery pattern fills the front of the tunic, till waist length.
The left side , the mirrorwork motifs.
The right side is the pattern, which is made of different flowers.
The flower centre is a mirror, the outline are worked with different embroidery stitches.
The top part of the design-

yellow mirrorwork part design-1

The rest of the design on my next post.

This pink tunic and its salwar are handloom cotton fabrics.
The design for this embroidery was taken from a embroidery design book. there it was on small scale, I enlarged it to suit my requirement.
The colours chosen for the embroidery are from the block printed salwar –

yellow mirrorwork tunic

The salwar fabric also had a border, which I used for the sleeves.
The mirrors worked in this tunic are used as a flower for a small motif-

yellow mirrorwork motif

Other parts of the embroidery on my next post.

After working on the kutchwork tutorials  for woven kutchwork, I got so inspired that I  drew a yoke  design with simple woven kutchwork patterns. I have just started  working  the embroidery. The tutorial for the first pattern is posted here.

 The tutorials for basic kutchwork are available on the net. this tutorial is based on the assumption that, the users are comfortable with the working of basic kutchwork .

So Iam working only on specific patterns .I want to concentrate on woven kutchwork motifs and my own geometrical kutchwork motifs.

 Use this tutorial, and  All the Best!

 I forgot to add link. now it’s fine.

With this detail the yoke design is complete. The length of the yoke is 18 inches. The neck is not part of the design.

Whenever I work on these type of traditional designs, I generally cover the area with embroidery and embellishments . But for this design, embroidery was worked on the traced lines only. Mirrors were the only addition.
The embroidery was used just to enhance the colours on this tunic.
The last part of the yoke-

blue green tunic closeup-3

I wear a light green mercerized cotton salwar [Indian pants] for this tunic.
The full yoke-

blue and green tunic

I am fond of paisley designs, this pattern has 6 paisleys. This pattern would also work for –kashmiri embroidery,bead work ,kantha work and sequin work.

In this tunic, the inspiration for the colours came from a kanjeevaram silk saree. The body of the saree was in blue, the border and pallu[ the part , which hangs over the shouder] were in light green colour. the border and pallu had zari woven all over.
With the blue colour as the tunic fabric, the colour choice was- light green to lemon yellow, from white to medium blue for the embroidery.
The next part of the yoke-

blue&green tunic-closeup2

This tunic is more than five years old, this was the first time I used silk thread for embroidery. I have been using silk threads quite often after this.
The complete yoke on my next post.

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