January 2014


SharonB has been detailing some of her works in progress on Wednesdays for the past one year on her blog. Others have also been following on her steps in detailing their works in progress there. I want to join and give sample of the project I am doing now.

cream tunic with applique

cream tunic with applique

This is my current project, applique and embroidery on cream tunic fabric. This is an orange colour block printed fabric over which I have embroidered. I want to applique this piece on the cream fabric, I have stitched the mirror on the orange and cream base together [ this is to avoid sticking the embroidered fabric with glue] , the next step is to stitch it around the edges.

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In 2006 SharonB, had detailed over hundred seam treatments for 100 days on her blog. the link-

http://pintangle.com/category/challenges/100-details-for-100-days/

whenever I visit her blog, these entries kept luring me. when these detailing was going on, a few people also joined and started detailing their own seam treatments. I was also interested in working these seams. when I knew of her blog in 2007, and was waiting for an opening . This happened in stitchinfingers community-

http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/

Some people formed a group in 2009, and revisited this as a group challenge. it is again revived now. I don’t know when the idea originated, but officially it started from yesterday on this group. I just counted myself in. I am still in the thinking stage. it may not be everyday, but my personal challenge would be to work all the seams, this way I am hoping learn some new things.

I want continue with TAST 2014 challenge too.

once I start working, I ‘ll post the pictures and their links to SharonB’ blog.

 

This tunic fabric is  printed chanderi silk cotton in maroon colour.

maroon chanderi zardosi-fabric

maroon chanderi zardosi-fabric

I wanted to work zardosi embroidery with stones on a golden colour fabric. This tunic was ideal for my design. A neckline based on traditional Indian design with scope for zardosi beads, stones and novelty beads was drawn on paper.

maroon chanderi zardosi-pattern

maroon chanderi zardosi-pattern

After embroidering with silk [maroon] and metallic [gold] threads, embellishments – round and soft rectangular gold beads, white stones, gold zardosi beads- were added to this pattern on golden colour synthetic fabric. The detail-

maroon chanderi ardosi-embroidery detail

maroon chanderi ardosi-embroidery detail

I wear a maroon salwar and dupatta for this tunic. This tunic actually does not need any value addition at all. Still I enjoyed embroidering this piece, I like the subdued effect of the embellishments.

maroon chanderi zardosi-tunic

maroon chanderi zardosi-tunic

The tunic fabric is woven ikat in tussar silk.

phulkari on blue ikat-fabric

phulkari on blue ikat-fabric

I liked the fabric design and colour. It also has a Florentine border, commonly referred to as temple border. It is ideal for saree, blouse and tops. To go with this geometrical theme, I drew a pattern on graph paper.

phulkari on blue ikat-pattern

phulkari on blue ikat-pattern

I wanted the embroidery to look like weave, so I chose phulkari embroidery, embroidery from Punjab, a state in India. In phulkari embroidery, the geometrical designs are filled with surface satin stitches. This embroidery is done on stoles, tunics, shawls, sarees and furnishings.
A light green fabric was chosen to do this work. The tunic-

phulkari on blue ikat-tunic

phulkari on blue ikat-tunic

These extra elements were added –chain stitch outline in pink, back stitch outlines in white to differentiate the degrees of the blue colour, and small white pearls for embellishment.

phulkari on blue ikat-embroidery detail

phulkari on blue ikat-embroidery detail

The border of the tunic fabric was sewn on the sleeves and the front part of the tunic. The fillings were not easy to work, if looked closely, the embroidery does not look very neat. Still it was fine as a project.

This tunic is made of two fabrics, pink /yellow striped fabric for the tunic front and back

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-tunic fabric

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-tunic fabric

And block printed and pin tuck fabric for the sleeves.

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-sleeves fabric

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-sleeves fabric

I have seen sewn tunics made of two or more fabrics, embellished with printed or embroidered borders. A kutch pattern made of small and broad borders was drawn on graph paper for this tunic.

pink yellow kutchwork printed  sleeves-pattern

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-pattern

The embroidery was worked with the colours of the block printed fabric. to enhance the yellow, colour gold beads were also worked into this design. The yoke-

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-yoke detail

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-yoke detail

With the body of the tunic in pink and yellow, I felt it is better to use green as the prominent colour. The pink/yellow fabric was mangalagiri cotton which had a zari border. The borders were also sewn to this tunic. The yoke and sleeve detail-

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-yoke sleeves detail

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-yoke sleeves detail

The tunic-

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-tunic

pink yellow kutchwork printed sleeves-tunic

Salwar in the same yellow shade is worn with this tunic.

The colour of the silk tunic is a mixture of blue and green. This combination is a favourite of people fond of kanjeevaram silk. I had a silk saree in this combination with maroon/pink border. The tunic-

peacock blue silk-tunic

peacock blue silk-tunic

The pattern was drawn with the idea of incorporating sequins and beads on it. The pattern for yoke-

peacock blue silk-yoke pattern

peacock blue silk-yoke pattern

Silk threads in dark pink and medium blue, gold metallic threads were used for the embroidery. The embroidered yoke-

peacock blue silk-yoke

peacock blue silk-yoke

The pattern for the sleeves-

peacock blue silk-sleeves pattern

peacock blue silk-sleeves pattern

Sequins and gold beads were added to the embroidery. The sleeves

peacock blue silk-sleeves

peacock blue silk-sleeves

The tailor had cut and given me the central panel and sleeves to work the embroidery. After I finished the pattern, the tailor made it into a tunic. Actually I bought this colour for a stole, but the tunic does not match with the stole now. I had worn this tunic with leggings, but I want to wear a pink patiala salwar for this.
Since the embroidery was done with silk threads, it resembles the aari work done on blouses. The aari work on blouses are more intricate and more number of beads are also worked on the projects. It is fashionable to wear these blouses.

It is getting harder to name the tunics for reference. This tunic fabric is block printed cotton. I am not sure whether it is handloom or not.

majenta mirror work neck-fabric

majenta mirror work neck-fabric

I was inspired  seeing some neck patterns with simple shapes filled in one or many colours on some dresses.  To this idea,I also wanted to incorporate mirrors as another element. The result was this neck pattern.

majenta mirror work neck-pattern

majenta mirror work neck-pattern

The embroidery was done on black. Cotton strand, silk and metallic threads of same colour was used for embroidery and black thread was used to fix the mirrors. I had one spool of metallic thread of this colour which I started to use, then realized that the spool had given an illusion of lengthy thread. This created an anxiety and doubt of finishing this project with that thread. But it was just sufficient and it also taught me lesson about that particular style of threads. The tunic

majenta mirror work neck-tunic

majenta mirror work neck-tunic

The neck detail

majenta mirror work neck-detail

majenta mirror work neck-detail

I like this tunic.

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