November 2012

The embroidered fabric and the tunic were of the same colour, I felt it needed some more orange or red to give them some distinction.

brw&orange- emb&pipin fabric

I asked the tailor to attach a small piping made of this bright orange fabric to the neck and sleeves, which he did beautifully.


The tunic set with dupatta.

brw&orange-tunic set

This tunic may not look as appealing as the cream tunic I saw at the shop, but I am happy!

After working the fly stitches in three strands of green cotton floss, the mid line was worked in back stitch with red thread.


The embroidery is completed on this tunic. the embroidered border-


The border and the dupatta together-


The alike kutch motifs on the neckline borders were worked in two shades of orange alternatively, after working with medium orange thread , the motifs were worked with light orange thread, I did not choose to weave these motifs, though weaving was possible.


The designs in between the motifs were worked in fly stitches with green thread,


The embroidery was worked with cotton floss and silk threads
After tracing the pattern on to a striped brown/yellow/green fabric, the outlines were worked in chain stitches first. Pictures were not taken at this stage, so a smaller version. The threads


The geometrical pattern was worked in back stitch with red thread. Another small picture. the outline was done in chain stitch with variegated silk thread.


After this , the embroidery process was recorded. The kutch motifs were worked in two shades of orange, chosen from the dupatta. Kutch motif with medium orange-


The other motif was worked in light[peach] orange.

In India we get this kind of dupattas [long stoles] block printed on soft cotton fabric. I bought one such dupatta –

brw&orange- dupatta

The dupatta was on display on the shop, along with plain cream salwar set[tunic]. It was quite attractive. I took the dupatta alone and thought of embroidering a small border around the neck on a cream tunic. later thought that this combination was too common and discarded it and bought a plain brown[?] mangalagiri cotton.

brw&orange-tunic fabric

The idea of small border around the neckline remained. The neck pattern with kutch motif evolved-


The embroidery on my next post…

This week’s open base needle woven picot of the stitch challenge by SharonB is very similar to last week’s stitch.  I thought, the variations would be very similar,So this stitch sampler was done  tomaintain the rhythm of the challenge.
Details- the samples on the left are combinations of open base needle woven picot with bullion, Cretan and buttonhole stitches.
The sample on the right are combinations with closed base needle woven picot, stem stitch and cross stitch . base needle woven picot

I was away on holiday, when this stitch was announced on the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB. I had worked this stitch sampler during the previous TAST challenge, the details are here.
This time buttonhole wheel cup stitch was worked with other TAST stitches. Before working the buttonhole wheel cup, the other stitches were worked in cotton floss.

43.buttonwheel cup2-samp1

The completed sampler-

43.buttonhole wheel cup st- sampler

The details-
1. The other stitches are detached chain , fly , herringbone, pistil, feather and cast on stitches.


2 . Basque , Algerian eye, crossed and normal buttonhole variation, in the first row. The second row has- zigzag chain, two buttonhole wheel cups with wheat ear and Italian border stitch variation with French knots. And in the third row, Italian border stitch, running stitch and knotted loop stitch.


3.In the first row, bullions are worked in the centre, buttonhole open wheel cup is the  sample in the middle  and in the third sample green beads are added around this stitch. Running stitch is worked around three buttonhole wheel cup stitches and buttonhole wheel variations are worked with stem stitch in the last sample.


This sampler was more about working of this stitch with other stitches to form different decorative arrangements. The idea was drawn on paper –


Then later incorporated with appropriate embroidery.

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