November 2015


The Mattrah souq in Muscat is filled with oxidized silver jewellery. The inspiration for this tunic is from a turquoise and coral ear piece. When a blue cotton fabric was found for the tunic, the idea of working the embroidery in red fabric rose simultaneously.

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b,rkt-fabric

Indian ethnic kutchwork design was chosen for this project, the kutchwork embroidery in blue on red fabric.

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b,rkt-1

The border in the centre was worked in medium blue. The outline stitch to work the interlacing.

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The interlaced border.

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b,rkt-3

The border outline stitches around the centre were worked in lighter blue.

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After working the interlacing stitch.

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Metallic silver thread is used for working the chain stitch outline,

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b,rkt-6

Blue wooden beads were added to the spaces in the central design,

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The detail of the embroidery.

blue red kutch work tunic

blue red kutch work tunic

The sewn tunic with red yoke. A Patiala salwar in same shade of blue was bought to match with this tunic.

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b,rkt-pattern

The kutchwork pattern

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This past week was very hectic with embroidery on two saree blouses. A black work design was chosen for the second blouse in peach silk. After working on the black work pattern. Certain elements were worked in metallic thread similar to Aari work. Gold beads were added as embellishments.
A few more colour threads were used on black silk blouse. Totally there are 8 colours on the black blouse. The peach silk was completed yesterday. The black blouse was completed today.
We are leaving for India for a week. Our friend’s daughter is getting married. My mother is not feeling well.
This year Oman is celebrating its 45th national day. Starting from 18th this whole week will be a festival. If time permits, blogging on earlier worked tunics may be done.

I have started embroidering on black silk blouse. These blouse projects are for a friend. I can share some of the details, the design which are for the sleeves is a simple geometric filling. Cotton skeins are used throughout the work. The fabric being delicate silk, it is not possible to use hoop. For an earlier project, the hoop was used on crepe silk fabric, the fabric yarn was giving away at some places, which was realized at a later stage. So, maintaining the thread tension is the most difficult part in this project.

Randje per week 2015

This project was not touched from Saturday when the new edges were posted on the site. The free graph is available here.

UFO’s

The blue tunic with ethnic embroidery is also kept on hold for the time being.

The kutchwork borders also waiting in the queue. Yesterday was Diwali festival. The routine is to prepare various sweets and savoury snacks and share them with friends. The past three evenings were for Diwali routine. Blogging did not feature at all. Searching for the appropriate design for the second blouse is continuing.

Last week I was thinking of starting the cross stitch edges on the Randje per week 2015 challenge and completing them in the next year. This week’s edges were continuous and they were completed the same day.
The time saved on this project was utilized on the ethnic embroidery borders on blue tunic. After getting tired of cutting and starting with the same thread, a small patch of border was worked in rest of the colours. The spaces will have square mirrors. That work will be on a later date.

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WIPW66-blugreenpatiala5

Started drawing few more kutchwork border designs on graph sheet in the evenings.

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WIPW66-kutchborders4

A friend had asked for embroidered sleeves on silk blouse fabrics. All my other projects including the randjes will be kept on hold till these projects are completed. As usual there is a time limit. Need to go and see some designs for inspiration. This was a productive week.