May 2015


This week’s edges are interesting to work. The first edge can be used for kutchwork border. Will make a delightful edge. The kutchwork ideas are kept at a bay for the past few weeks. The embroidery on tunics are taking up most of the time. The free patterns for these edges are available here.

RPW2015-43,44

RPW2015-43,44

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The different sized mirrors are fixed with shisha stitch on the red yoke. The heart shaped mirrors in the centre are fixed with double chain stitch which is whipped on the inner side to secure the mirror. This stitch has some other names too. It is used in Hungarian, Kashmiri embroideries. It is thicker than the normal chain. By working this way, the cloth around the mirrors is pulled tight and the mirror sits snugly in the space created by this pulling. I was concerned when it distorted the shape of the fabric, later decided it would not matter because this yoke gets attached to the tunic. This yoke requires some silver beads now to complete the ethnic look.

wipw49-whiteredmirt-5

wipw49-whiteredmirt-5

Sneaking another break from the red yoke, two more black work motifs were worked on the aida cloth. WIPW49-beigebwt-3

There is a variation on this week’s edges. The second edge is worked in Algerian eye stitch. The free graph for these edges are here.

rpw-2015-41,42

rpw-2015-41,42

When working this Algerian eye stitch, I remembered about kasuti embroidery. This embroidery which is worked mainly in double running stitch, is from Karnataka, India. There are many aspects, regarding the origin, region, types, stitches, names, uses of this embroidery.

This particular stitch is worked as a design in double running stitch, which results in the right and the reverse side of the embroidery being the same. I tried working this edge with this idea in mind. So, the wrong side of this edge which looks like a mirror image of the original one excluding the knots, of course! That problem has to be tackled when working on kasuti embroidery. it was quite interesting to work this edge.

rpw2015-42 reverse

rpw2015-42 reverse

I have made some progress on the red mirror work tunic. Square kutch motifs were worked in brown cotton skein. The herringbone outlines and the central crosses were worked in peach thread. Except for the black thread I am not moving far from red colour base.

WIPW48-whiteredmirt-4

WIPW48-whiteredmirt-4

The heart shaped mirrors have been started, the picture will be taken after they are completed. Needing to get a bit away from this mirror work, I started the black work on aida for this beige and cream tunic.

WIPW48-beigebwt-1

WIPW48-beigebwt-1

The aida will be the central panel for this tunic. The pattern is a combination of motifs in the centre and two borders on either side. Just started with the motif.

WIPW48-beigebwt-2

WIPW48-beigebwt-2

After scratching the itch, I am back to mirrors now. Will restart again after the red yoke is completed.

This yoke which was done in 2013 was inspired by ready made mirror work borders available in the Indian market. These borders are actually made with round sequins or discs called mica. The embroidery on them is done with fine silk threads and beads. They are attached to sarees, tunics in India.
This yoke is worked with mirrors. The tunic fabric is block printed, vegetable dyed, handloom cotton in black.

pink mirror yoke tunic

pink mirror yoke tunic

The embroidery other than mirror work is done with silk threads, the pink thread for herringbone filling on triangles and golden colour silk thread for chain stitch.

pinkmirykt-1

pinkmirykt-1

Gold metallic thread is used for outlines in chain stitch.

pinkmirykt-2

pinkmirykt-2

The inner mirror outlines are done with pink silk thread.

pinkmirykt-3

pinkmirykt-3

The small mirrors are outlined in chain stitch with white thread.

pinkmirykt-4

pinkmirykt-4

The detail of the inner outline made with golden thread.

pinkmirykt-5

pinkmirykt-5

Another outline around the central mirrors made with medium pink thread.

pinkmirykt-6

pinkmirykt-6

The inner mirrors are fixed with shisha stitch.

pinkmirykt-7

pinkmirykt-7

The final step was to work the small mirrors with shisha stitch.

pinkmiryt-8

pinkmiryt-8

The yoke on tunic.

pink mirroryoke tunic -det

pink mirroryoke tunic -det

The pattern for this mirror work yoke.

pinkmiryt-pattern

pinkmiryt-pattern

I match this tunic with black trousers. The handloom fabrics feel cool in summer season. A sample of the border available in the markets.

pinkmirykt-border sample

pinkmirykt-border sample

The second colour takes over this week on randje per week challenge. I started the edges with second colour and followed with the first colour. The edges look brighter now on this bright yellow handloom matti cloth. The free graph is here.

RPW2015-39,40

RPW2015-39,40

The mirror work was completed on the black multi coloured yoke. The yoke is quite heavy now with so many big mirrors!

wipw47-blackikatt-5

wipw47-blackikatt-5

The pattern of the red yoke also has mirrors on it, but that’ll come later. I have started with herringbone filling of the small triangles and back stitching of the outlines.

wipw47-whiteredmirt-3

wipw47-whiteredmirt-3

I drew a small black work pattern yesterday for a beige tunic. The idea is to work this on cream aida, which can be attached to the tunic by the tailor. But starting of this project depends on my progress on the red yoke this week. I would definitely need a break from mirror work!

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