February 2015


The work in progress of these kutchwork border samples based on randje per week 2015 cross stitch edges are posted here.

kutchwork borders- 17,18

kutchwork borders- 17,18

This week’s cross stitch edges are interesting to work with. The free graph for these edges are in this blog.

rpw2015-17,18

rpw2015-17,18

These past few weeks, I have been drawing some kutchwork borders based on these edges. This kutchwork embroidery is very common in Indian Gujarati ethnic embroidery. I enjoy trying new ways to design this embroidery work. These days books are available for these. Earlier, the people [tribal] who did these combined with other embroidery stitches filled the whole cloth [wall hangings, box covers, blouses, bed sheets to name a few] continuously, the placement of the patterns depended on creative mind of the worker. Their inspirations were from nature and the works done previously. The kutchwork borders sample pattern inspired by this week’s edges.

rpw2015-kw-17,18-pattern

rpw2015-kw-17,18-pattern

The work done during this week-
This week’s edges on Randje per week challenge2015 were completed.

rpw2015-15,16

rpw2015-15,16

Based on these cross stitch patterns two kutchwork samples were also worked during this week.

kutchwork borders-15,16

kutchwork borders-15,16

I started chain stitch with golden brown cotton skein on blue/green crepe. This is in progress.

wipw40-blugrencrepet-

wipw40-blugrencrepet-

The pink crepe tunic needs to be worked on, and takes much more time than I anticipated. The flowers were outlined with stem stitches in cotton skein. Now the parallel lines need to be couched.

wipw40-pinkcrepet-3

wipw40-pinkcrepet-3

After drawing some kutchwork samples for the past few weeks, an idea of triangular kutchwork pattern came to mind, which was then made into a square. I have been thinking of alternating  this with a mirror pattern to form a border. There is idea of using it for a  brown linen tunic.

wipw40-redbrownt-1

wipw40-redbrownt-1

These border samples are inspired by cross stitch edges on randje per week challenge 2015. For pattern, instructions, hints visit this page.

kutchwork borders-15,16

kutchwork borders-15,16

This week’s randjes are simple and easy to work on. I found it easy to work the kutchwork borders based on these edges. The free graph for these edges are here.

rpw2015-15,16

rpw2015-15,16

The pattern for the kutch work borders.

rpw-kw-15,16-pattern

rpw-kw-15,16-pattern

Most of this week I was working on the kutch work borders. The samples were small, but taking pictures of and posting the work in progress took three days. For more details see here.

wipw39-rpw-kw-13,14

wipw39-rpw-kw-13,14

I did the couching of polyester thread on blue/green crepe tunic.actually this could have been tried after working the pink crepe too, still I wanted to see whether the thread would go well with the whole embroidery, which it did!

wipw39-blugrencrepet-4

wipw39-blugrencrepet-4

The embroidery on pink crepe is progressing very slowly. The pattern is for the front and sleeves. Some stem stitches were worked in the same green thread and some straight stitches in fine silk variegated thread are started on flowers.

wipw39-pinkcrepe-2

wipw39-pinkcrepe-2

We visited the Muscat festival again this weekend. I also took some pictures of embroidery from Uzbekistan and Thailand, which I will share as soon as possible.

while working on the Randje per week challenge this year, I have this idea of  trying some kutch work borders based on these cross stitch edges. This week’s

borders  –

rpw-kw-13,14

rpw-kw-13,14

The instructions and pattern are here.

In the border # 14 the motifs are tried in three different ways.

The second colour continues on this week’s randjes too. The free graph for these edges  are  available on this blog.

rpw2015-13,14

rpw2015-13,14

It took 2.5 hours to work these two edges. converting these edges into kucthwork borders has become an interesting hobby now.  I could draw only one edge, the possibilities need to be explored on this week’s kutchwork samples. Border pattern inspired by 13th cross stitch edge.

rpw-kw-13-pattern

rpw-kw-13-pattern

After completing the randje per week 2014 challenge, I thought of concentrating more on embroidery on tunics. Satin stitches with cotton skeins were started on the central panel of blue/green crepe tunic.

wipw38-blugrecrepet-3

wipw38-blugrecrepet-3

While working on this my tailor came back from his visit. A pink crepe silk fabric was given to him for marking the centre and sleeves for a tunic, which he marked. I had thought of a simple creeper design for the centre for this tunic [some idea malfunction]. This design required a full front and not just the central panel alone. Now the front panel and sleeves were sitting there. A new pattern was drawn for those. I have a green leggings which does not match any tunic. Matching it with this tunic seems a nice idea now. It is floral pattern. Started the leaf stitches on leaves [what else?] with cotton skein and silk thread. It is hard to use the hoop on this fabric, may be it needs some fusing in back. Where to look for this? Spending time on searching and learning is not practical now. The work started on sleeve-

wipw38-pinkcrepet-1

wipw38-pinkcrepet-1

Have drawn some dots on white paper to try some ideas of chicken scratch on dotted fabric.

wipw38-chicken scratch

wipw38-chicken scratch

On our Hand embroidery lovers group , a picture was posted on which a large circular  kutchwork design was done on a saree pallu. We couldn’t get the pattern for it. Being a circular pattern where the the prominent motif was a kutchwork paisley. I drew 1/8 th of this circle on A4 size paper. This part of the pattern can be repeated eight times to get a full circle. The pattern.

1/8th of a circle

1/8th of a circle

This pattern can be used for cushions, bedspreads too.

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