July 2013


I have been seeing a trend of two or three fabrics mixed and matched to be sewn together as a tunic top. Some are really attractive, especially the handloom cotton fabrics in bright colours. With this idea in mind, I very cautiously bought two cotton fabrics in brown.
This fabric is handloom cotton with squares similar to gingham fabric.

brown fabric1

brown fabric1

The other one is soft hand woven cotton with yellow and copper lines crossing each other.

brown fabric2

brown fabric2

I wanted to embellish this tunic with antique gold sequins and beads. For that, this yoke pattern was drawn. I chose a pink block printed mangalagiri fabric with zari border for yoke. the zari border was  ideal for the sleeves.

piykbrown tunic-pattern

piykbrown tunic-pattern

I had this hand woven ikat fabric in navy blue colour with black stripes and small white lines on it. The fabric by itself  did not need any embroidery on it. while going through a book of traditional Indian designs, I came across some geometrical designs, which I thought might go well with this fabric. So I drew a yoke pattern based on some of these designs with my twist.
The pattern

piykbltunic-pattern

piykbltunic-pattern

This pattern was traced on to a dark pink mangalagiri cotton fabric with stripes .the whole embroidery was done in double running stitch and back stitch with two strands of white cotton skeins. This work can be categorized as kasauti embroidery.

piykbltunic-yoke

piykbltunic-yoke

The tailor used the same pink fabric as sleeve border. I like the neckline.

pink  yoke on blue tunic

pink yoke on blue tunic

The pattern can be used for phulkari embroidery by filling the shapes  and the same pattern can be worked on a larger scale too.

Zigzag chain stitch was worked with some line stitches in this part of the sampler.

2674.zigzag chain st-sampler3

2674.zigzag chain st-sampler3

7. Zigzag chain stitch is worked over Cretan stitch in the first row, over half chevron stitch in the second row and over buttonhole variation in the third row.

26.74.zzchainst-7

26.74.zzchainst-7

8. Zigzag stitch is worked over chain stitch in the first row, v-shaped chain stitches are worked one over the other in the second row. Wrapped coral stitch in blue thread is worked under zigzag chain in the third row. The Pekinese stitch variation goes through zigzag chain in the fourth row.

26.74.zzchainst-8

26.74.zzchainst-8

9. I tired combining this stitch with other TAST stitches
1.Buttonhole variation
2.breton stitch
3.basque stitch

26.74.zzchainst-9

26.74.zzchainst-9

The sampler was completed with these stitch combinations. Browsing the net, I find that this stitch is widely used. I enjoyed working on this sampler. The whole sampler-

26.74.zigzag chain stitch sampler

26.74.zigzag chain stitch sampler

The second part of the zigzag chain stitch sampler-

26.74.zigag chain st-sampler2

26.74.zigag chain st-sampler2

4. The wide and narrow versions of zigzag chain stitches are alternated in the first row. The three step zigzag chain stitches are worked one after another in the second row. V-shaped chain stitches in very light green [not clear at all] are worked on both sides of the zigzag chain stitch in the third row.

26.74.zchainst-4

26.74.zchainst-4

5. I worked some isolated stitches with zigzag chain stitch in these samples-
Row 1-pistil stitches and Italian border stitch
Row 2- detached chain stitches and Algerian eye variation.
Row 3- buttonhole wheel variation and triangular feather [this version of feather is commonly used to decorate some Indian ethnic embroideries] stitches.

26.74.zzchainst-5

26.74.zzchainst-5

6. Continuing on the same theme-
Row 1-oyster stitch and french knots.
Row 2-bullion knots and slipped detached chain stitches
Row 3- fly stitches and twisted chain stitches [ just thought looking at the seam ,wheat ear can also be worked like this]

2674.zchainst-6

2674.zchainst-6

This week’s zigzag chain stitch is very simple and decorative stitch on the TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB. I have often tried zigzag version of possible stitches on my samplers. Today I did some samples on this sampler.

26.74.zigzag chain st-sampler1

26.74.zigzag chain st-sampler1

1.I tried this stitch in the first row, did a long and short version in the second row and tried a pattern in the third row.

26.74.zzchainst-1

26.74.zzchainst-1

2.Another pattern is worked with zigzag chain stitch in the first row. Two rows of the stitch is worked in the second sample. One chain stitch is straight and next one is worked at angle in the third row, the chains kept slipping with this thread here, so the method is not seen clearly.

26.74.zzchainst-2

26.74.zzchainst-2

3.v-shaped chains are worked in the first row. Two rows of zigzag chain stitches are worked to form diamonds in the second sample. V-shaped chain stitches are worked one after another in the last row.

26.74.zzchainst-3

26.74.zzchainst-3

I worked this stitch with another two stitches and completed this sampler.
7.The first row is with wrapped coral stitch and the next row is with sheaf stitch.

20.68.sldechainst-7

20.68.sldechainst-7

The sampler-

20.68.slipped detached chain stitch sampler

20.68.slipped detached chain stitch sampler

I really enjoyed working on these sample stitches. It is a lovely stitch.

Slipped detached chain stitch sampler  worked with other stitches.

20.68.slipped detached chain-sampler2

20.68.slipped detached chain-sampler2

4. The leaves are worked with detached chain stitch in the first sample, woven chain stitch leaves are worked in the second sample. Half chevron stitch, curved chain stitch are worked with this stitch in the next sample. Buttonholed herringbone and french knots are combined to form the last sample.

20.68.sldechainst-4

20.68.sldechainst-4

5. The other stitches in this part of the sampler are-
1. buttonhole stitch variation
2. Cretan, chain stitches.
3. bullion knot
4. Italian border stitch
5. pistil stitches

20.68.sldechainst-5

20.68.sldechainst-5

6.The slipped detached chain stitches are worked in the spaces of these stitches-
1.closed and up and down buttonhole stitch
2.basque stitch
3.crested chain stitch

20.68.sldechainst-6

20.68.sldechainst-6

This week’s stitch was not announced because Sharon was not feeling  well enough to post the details of the stitch. I think she is better now. I had missed a few stitches when I had gone to India for my nephew’s wedding.
This stitch was the 68th week stitch on this TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB. I had done this stitch sampler during the earlier TAST challenge. I am trying to incorporate this stitch with other TAST stitches this time.

20.68.slipped detached chain st-sampler1

20.68.slipped detached chain st-sampler1

1.Started with working this stitch in different ways and moved on to varying the stitches in the middle – double square herringbone, laced herringbone, square herringbone, woven cross stitch, arrowhead stitch- and working slipped detached chain stitches around them .The last motif is worked with individual fly stitches

20.68.sldechainst-1

20.68.sldechainst-1

2.The stitch combinations are- herringbone, Algerian eye variation and another Algerian eye variation.

20.68.sldechainst-2

20.68.sldechainst-2

Portuguese stem stitch, feather stitch, fly stitch and pistil stitches are worked in these samples.

20.68.sldechainst-3

20.68.sldechainst-3

I have a fondness for  ethnic woven scarfs and dupattas which are available in some shops in Chennai, India. The range of these type of accessories is endless. Once in a while, overcome by temptation, I pick up a few pieces. This is one such  tussar silk dupatta.

pink-whcr-dupatta

pink-whcr-dupatta

I bought a white silk crepe fabric with satin flowers as tunic fabric to be matched with this dupatta.

pink-whcr-fabric

pink-whcr-fabric

A simple pattern inspired by the design on the dupatta was drawn for neck and sleeves. The embroidery was done a white cotton fabric.

pink-whcr-neck pattern

pink-whcr-neck pattern

The pattern for sleeves-

pink-whcr-sleeve pattern

pink-whcr-sleeve pattern

Pink shaded silk threads and pink stones were used for the embroidery.

pink whcr-wip1

pink whcr-wip1

The neck and sleeves

pink-whcr-wip2

pink-whcr-wip2

The tunic with the details of the neck and sleeves. Light gold zari thread and pink stones were also used for this work.

pink-whcr-tunic detail

pink-whcr-tunic detail

The tunic-

pink stone emb on white crepe tunic

pink stone emb on white crepe tunic

This brown striped tunic is handloom cotton. I liked the neck pattern on this tunic and was hoping for some simple idea to pop up to embroider. Then I bought a jeggings in pink. The idea of matching these two, led to a small kutchwork motif design.

br-pink-kw-pattern

br-pink-kw-pattern

This was traced on to the tunic below the neck pattern in the centre. Pink cotton skein was used to embroider  the kutch work motif  with pointed corners.  this motif can be used for woven kutch work too.

br-pink-kw-motif

br-pink-kw-motif

The tunic

brown tunic with pink kutchwork

brown tunic with pink kutchwork

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