September 2011

The embroidery stitches part of the design is completed.
Small hanging motif pattern which was done in back stitch was embellished with beads-

detail 7 neckline

The medallion and the hanging motifs together , with beads –

detail 8 completed neckline

The other lines had more hanging motifs than the neckline, the working of the motifs with gold and red beads.

detail 9 gold& red beads

This is the close up of the medallion design with beads.

detail 10 medallion with beads

The work on this necklace pattern is fully completed. On my next post , the pictures of the completed yoke and sewn tunic will be uploaded.
When I was working on this embroidery, I thought of detailing the progress of this project.So , I took pictures. I also learnt something else – I have the record of the progress, which can be used for reference , if I want. I could see how the pattern looked without the gold beads,without the motifs.
Sometimes when we use more than two colours, it is very interesting, how each colour affect the developing pattern.
These days I take pictures after working each and every colour.

In this necklace pattern in embroidery, I have done detailing the green thread in my last post.
As I have mentioned earlier, I had not taken pictures of all the details . there could be jumps here and there.
After the green thread I started with the golden yellow thread. At that time I was working only with anchor cotton skeins. Whoever wants to use this idea can incorporate the silk and metallic threads instead of cotton skeins.

wherever  two lines of chain stitches done in red and green, they are headed with a line of buttonhole stitch in yellow.And on the lines where single line of chain stitch is done in red , a variation of buttonhole stitch[ long and short] is worked in yellow and green colour joined together. For the neck, straight stitches are done in green, over that a line of chain stitch is worked in yellow.
The picture-

detail4 yellow thread

The same yellow thread was used for working the back stitch for the small hanging motifs too. On the neck pattern, two rows of button hole stitches [in yellow] are worked facing each other.

detail5 yelow back st

And this is the detail of the medallion from the necklace pattern-After working buttonhole stitch in a circle, a line of  butoonhole stitch variation is done in red thread.

detail6 medallion

This was the first time , I took pictures of the WIP of a project. I did not take all necessary pictures.
Now for the details, After tracing the pattern , I started with red thread.
The chain stitches worked in red thread-

detail1 chain st in red

With the same red thread, pattern on the neckline was worked in zigzag back stitch.

detail2 zigzag back st in red

Another line of chain stitch in green is worked on alternate line patterns adjacent to already worked chain stitch in red.

detail3 chain st in green

I did this embroidery in 2009, all that I remember about this project was to use gold beads to form a necklace design, now I am able to relive the whole project once again through these posts.
More details on my next post.

Meena wanted the details of this necklace pattern on tunic. The tunic picture was posted earlier here.
I wanted to use line stitches and gold beads to give the effect of necklace .
The basic drawing for this design was-


Another view of the pattern-

pattern another view

The pattern was traced on to the fabric with white carbon, the pattern to be embroidered-

pattern on fabric

The salwar fabric was chosen as a guideline for choosing the thread colours-

threads and salwar

Though I chose cream colour thread here,It was not used , thought it will take away the effect from gold and red colours.
More details on my next post.

While I worked on this blouse,I thought I’ll do something in lagartera embroidery for myself, I haven’t done so far.
After working the squares on the motif with satin stitch in orange thread[ the picture I had not taken] , I started with yellow thread. In this thread the bottom border pattern was worked in back stitch, and then the whole embroidery was outlined with the same yellow thread .I had initially ,tried with a deep yellow, which did not go well with the other colours and the fabric, so I changed to this shade of yellow.
The completed border-

lagartera blouse-3

The closeup-

lagartera blouse-closeup

The top part of the border-

border pattern top lagarterathe motif-lagartera motif

The border with curved pattern-

lagartera border

The embroidery is fully completed, I have given it back to the lady. I enjoyed working on it. Hoping to do a similar one in the future.

The motif-

Till now I have not received any informative feedback on , the work I have been posting under the heading’Lagartera’.So , may be this is lagartera embroidery. I have doubts because, the pattern is not taken from the lagartera embroidery book, its my own.
Continuing with the details,
After filling the shapes in satin stitch, and curved lines in back stitch with green thread,the alternate diamonds on the top border pattern is filled in satin stitch in dark red colour.
The centre of motif repeat pattern , is done in Rhodes stitch.
The back stitch outlines are also done with the same red thread.

lagartera blouse-2

After this,the squares on the motif are filled with satin stitch in orange thread- which I forgot to picture.
The colours were all chosen by the lady , for whom I did this embroidery.

further details on my next post.

I have come back from Chennai vacation. Too many activities in two weeks. Did not have time to post any new pictures too.
I have seen a few samples of lagartera embroidery on net. The original work Iam yet to see.then found a book of lagartera embroidery, from that deduced that it can be worked on even weave,consists of satin stitch, cross stitch and back stitch.With this background information, I wanted to work this embroidery.
At this time someone wanted me to embroider a border on blouse [saree] sleeves. She
chose the colours, and agreed to my suggestion of lagartera embroidery .
The blouse material was handloom cotton in dark orange and did not have even weave.
So the patternwas drawn on graphand copied with white carbon paper on to the fabric.
The pattern and the first colour[green]-

lagartera blouse-detail 1

Further details on my next post.


This tunic embroidery design is a combination of inspirations.
I was fascinated by bead work on the net.
Iam also interested in traditional Indian designs.
I had seen some people doing jewelry patterns on frames based on Tanjore painting style.
So with the above combinations, the result was few lines of jewelry inspired beadwork.
I used small gold beads only, no stones.
The pattern was just lines , where I worked the line stitches to go with the necklace theme.Except where I wanted something hanging down, I used a small curved motif.
I used gold and red colour threads.
I did not plan the list of stitches, but just went along with the basic idea.
I am posting pictures of the completed tunic-

green necklace tunic

The first closeup-

green necklace tunic closeup-1

The second closeup-

green necklace tunic

I took step by step working of this embroidery and beadwork , If somebody wants I can post those pictures also

The embroidery on the maroon fabric for the brocade yoke was then embellished with sequins. That is the reason I used gold colour thread for the embroidery.

In the picture the background fabric is the tunic-

The brocade fabric is placed in the middle-

The completed embroidered border is also seen here-

maroon yoke

the picture of the tunic is not available.

Last year I bought a few synthetic fabrics to be sewn as tunics. This is one of them.

The material was double coloured  chiffon. I had also bought some brocade fabric  at that time.

 The idea was to embroider a small  u-shaped border pattern which will  go around the brocade yoke .

 The tunic colour was a mixture of pink and maroon.

 So the embroidery was done on maroon cloth. The colours used were pink and gold.

maroon yoke-1


The close up of the embroidery-

maroon yoke-cl;ose up


The completed border on my next post.