Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


This week’s stitch on the TAST challenge is Rice stitch. The working of this simple counted thread stitch is on SharonB’s blog.

I started on my sampler today.
The basic cross stitches are worked with cotton skein. The first row is the basic rice stitch worked with polyester thread, the second row is worked with cotton skein, the third row is worked with cotton perle # 8 and the last row is worked with fine silk thread.

14.108.rice st-1

14.108.rice st-1

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I wanted to part of this WIP Wednesday on SharonB’s blog earlier. There is new challenge on her blog, check it out. I am starting from this post.
I am currently working on a yoke for a tunic. The tunic is white/ grey ikat fabric, a kalamkari Patiala salwar is ready to make it a set. I designed this yoke with an idea of curves and florals. The work done so far-

Wip on Wednesday- black yoke

Wip on Wednesday- black yoke

The tunic fabric is white cotton printed with white motifs. The prints are not seen from far, but looks lovely when looked closely. A white pin tuck cotton fabric with pink floral print was chosen for salwar,

white pink Kashmiri work-salwar

white pink Kashmiri work-salwar

The idea of this pattern was to fill up traditional Indian motif patterns with Kashmiri embroidery. There are three types of Kashmiri embroidery. This type is chain stitch filling. I wanted isolated symmetrical motifs to form this front panel. The pattern in two parts.

white pink Kashmiri work-pat1

white pink Kashmiri work-pat1

The bottom part-

white pink Kashmiri work-pat2

white pink Kashmiri work-pat2

The embroidery as mentioned earlier was chain stitch filling. The darkest pink was the first colour to be used.

white pink Kashmiri work- WIP

white pink Kashmiri work- WIP

The embroidery detail around the neck.

white pink Kashmiri work- embdet1

white pink Kashmiri work- embdet1

The rest of the embroidery details.

white pink Kashmiri work-embdet2

white pink Kashmiri work-embdet2

The tunic set.

white pink Kashmiri work-set

white pink Kashmiri work-set

The sleeves are bordered with salwar fabric.

white pink kshmiri work-tunic

white pink kashmiri work-tunic

I like this idea for two reasons, the embroidery filling and the space between the embroidery, which shows the white fabric. it was not easy to draw this pattern, still it was worth the time and effort put into it.