I had seen some printed tussar silk sarees, with running stitch embroidery on them. Wanting to try this, I chose a block printed handloom fabric with zigzag print to work running stitch and mirror work for a tunic.

greenzzagborder-fabric

greenzzagborder-fabric

Simple running stitch embroidery on those zigzag lines. The idea was worked now.

greenzzagbor-fabric runningst

greenzzagbor-fabric runningst

Moving on to work the ethnic embroidery around the neck and front with herringbone, chain and beck stitches.

greenzzzagbor-emb

greenzzzagbor-emb

The mirror work in red thread.

greenzzagbor-mirrorwork

greenzzagbor-mirrorwork

The green striped tunic with  running stitched sleeves, and salwar.

green zigzag border tunic sleeves and salwar

green zigzag border tunic sleeves and salwar

The tunic-

green zigzag border tunic

green zigzag border tunic

The pattern for the neck and front-

green zzag bor-pattern

green zzag bor-pattern

The idea of working the herringbone stitches in yellow was good. But after working them, it was not very appealing, another round mirror arrangement below the big mirror flower might have been better. The ideas for improvisations came after the tunic was sewn. But it gave satisfaction to have tried the idea of running stitch on printed fabric. Sure saves time on pattern making, tracing and working large areas.
Whenever, I had an inspirations like these, I work that on my project. Pondering on the idea of working the inspirations on samplers these days.

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