August 2012

The yoke and the fabric were given to the tailor . he did a very good job. The tunic-


Gold and blue colour lace was attached to the sleeves-


The close up picture of the yoke-


This fabric in handloom cotton, is very comfortable to wear. I have worn this tunic with – jeans ,tights and jeggings . A very easy pattern to embroider.

The embroidery for this yoke is done in chain stitch. After the blue and white threads, small triangles were worked with chain stitch filling in antique gold. Thread s used were cotton skeins.


The completed yoke placed on the tunic fabric-


This block printed blue tunic has a simple yoke done in beige fabric. the thread colours are chosen from the tunic fabric. the next thread is light blue-


Out lining with white thread-


This tunic fabric is handloom cotton, vegetable dyed and block printed in indigo. The fabric did not require any embellishments at all for it to be worn as a tunic, any new neckline would have been sufficient. But a simple pattern with curves was chosen for the yoke. the pattern-

a.indigo pattern

This pattern was worked in beige cotton fabric. the thread colours were chosen from the printed indigo fabric, shades of blue and white.
The first thread in medium blue-


The embellished borders placed over the tunic fabric-


After this the borders and the tunic fabric were given to the tailor for the final step of the tunic . the sewn tunic-

orange&cream tunic1

The borders on the tunic-

orange&cream tunic-2

It is nice change to have just embroidery borders on a tunic instead of yoke. I wear this tunic and scarf with orange/red jeans. The idea to use printed fabric for embroidery border was also very practical. Totally a satisfying experience.
I am posting these details from India,and the tunic and scarf are in the scarf cannot be shown here.

The colours used for embroidery on the borders of this tunic are based on the colours on the scarf for which this tunic is designed. The tunic was cream colour ikat cotton, and the next colour was cream on the border. The back stitches in cream thread were worked between the running stitch rows done in green done earlier in this project.


Variegated cone thread was couched on the outer edges of these borders-


Bright gold sequins were added on to these borders, completed borders for sleeves and the front edge-


Three thread colours were used on this zigzag patterned border fabric. the next treatment was set of three detached chain stitches, which was worked in maroon thread, between two rows of straight stitches, in orange and yellow.


The three borders in this stage-


A row of back stitch was worked in light green thread between these detached chain stitches-


The embroidery on borders for this tunic are done on printed orange fabric. the same zigzag lines were guide lines for different threads and stitches. the first treatment was two rows of running stitch, the next one was straight stitch filling in two colours. the first colour was dark orange. It is not seen clearly here, though-


The same straight stitch filling on yellow thread. This looks much better!


I found a printed crepe scarf ,which I liked very much. It is in red and has traditional Indian print, with paisleys and florals in a multitude of colours. It was hard to choose a tunic fabric in one colour.and I thought, this cream tunic fabric which was woven ikat in cotton, will be ideal for this scarf.
The embroidery was to be done on sleeves and the front edge. This time, there will be no embroidery on yoke. A machine woven burnt orange fabric,with zigzag lines was chosen for the borders. The lines were the pattern on which the embroidery was done. The colours on the scarf were the guide for threads used for embroidery. Cotton skeins, cone thread and sequins were used for embroidery.
Starting with the first colour, green based variegated thread , zigzag running stitch was worked on the edge of all the borders


I have come to India . With all the travelling and visiting, this week’s sampler is not growing much. A few samples done so far.


Some additions made later


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