June 2016


The RPW 2016 challenge could be completed on Saturday itself.

The link to the posts related to knotted feather stitch, this week’s  stitch on TAST  challenge, which was worked in 2013 was added to the TAST FB group .
Lemon green chikan tunic
A small motif in the centre is being worked first. I would like to share a tip which I used to copy the design on the green fabric. The white and yellow carbons were too light to be used on green. Red carbon would leave lots red and working with white thread, red was clearly out of question. After darkening the design with black pen, when the green fabric was positioned onto the design, the fabric being semi see-through, it was easier to draw on the fabric with a pencil. This design being chikan work/ shadow work also helped. The whole pattern was drawn on the wrong side of the fabric.

WIPW94-lemgrechik-4

WIPW94-lemgrechik-4

Marash embroidery
Marash embroidery on cream tunic with kalamkari patch. After working for some time on chikan embroidery. The Kutch/ Marash embroidery motifs were copied on to the brown fabric. It definitely took a while to complete this work. This is the first phase. After working the embroidery on the brown fabric, this embroidered piece, the cream tunic fabric and the kalamkari fabric patch will be given to the tailor, who would have to mark the neck and the sleeves on the cream fabric. Then the second phase will start. A small teaser of the Kutch/Marash design for this tunic.

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WIPW94-crekalamkaripatkutch-2

The drawing of borders on sleeves and the tunic front  on 2mm  graph paper was completed for this white printed tunic. The idea is to work embroidery on green fabric with this thread.

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WIPW94-whigremajekutch-1

Other projects
Two of my friends are interested in hand embroidery. Some embroidery design engineering was in progress this week for their respective projects. More details next week.

We have numbers on this week’s chart on RPW 2016 cross stitch challenge. The chart is available here. We are half way in the challenge, which started on January 2016. I thought we would be half way into the chart too. No, it is not to so. It seems they have just reached 1/3rd of the sampler. Then it would mean, either the work done on each week might be more or might increase.

RPW2016-W26

RPW2016-W26

The RPW 2016 weekly chart was completed on Saturday evening. This week’s TAST challenge is chained cross stitch. The link to the samples are posted on FB TAST group page.
Yellow combo tunic.
Small round mirrors were attached to the embroidery on this tunic and is ready to go to the tailor.
Lemon green chikan tunic
The sleeves on the lemon green tunic was worked on the wrong side with closed herringbone stitch. I am working on the neckline now. The next stage is  work on the pattern below the neck,

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WIPW93-lemgrechik-3

Marash embroidery
Drawing was completed for the first project. The three part design is for a cream tunic with the hemline in brown fabric and a kalamkari patch. The first part which is the hemline, is to work on the brown fabric, the other two parts are for the tunic front and sleeves.

WIPW93-crekalamkaripatkutch-1

WIPW93-crekalamkaripatkutch-1

The drawing for the next project consist of borders on sleeves and tunic front. More details on the next post.

I thought yesterday’s chart was completed on RPW2016 challenge, till I saw gap on ’w’ left unstitched. So deleted the image and promptly worked on it last evening. The completed image. The chart is on their blog.

RPW2016-W25

RPW2016-W25

This chanderi fabric either in cotton or silk is available in Chennai, as running materials or sarees or dupattas or stoles. The patterns and colours are pleasing to the eyes. the cream printed fabric is chanderi silk.

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crblchanderi-fabric

The embroidery design was a small border to be worked in chain stitch. I am used to working with mirrors. We get numerous borders worked with mirror like discs which are light weight and can be attached to the fabric with silk threads. This design was inspired by a design on an antique pattern book.

crblchanderi-pattern

crblchanderi-pattern

Started the project with chain stitch in metallic gold thread.

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cblchanderi-1

Two chain stitch rows and the small triangular shape fillings in herringbone stitches were worked with red fine silk thread.

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crblchanderi-2

Another chain stitch outline and leaf stitches were worked with cream colour anchor skein.

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crblchanderi-3

Generally these discs are held with glue and the securing stitches are worked around the edge. Instead of using the glue the disc was held tightly to work the securing stitch in red fine silk thread. It did not pose a problem in this case.

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crblchanderi-4

Some gold beads were then attached to this embroidered piece.

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crblchanderi-5

The tunic

cream black chanderi silk tunic

cream black chanderi silk tunic

The tailor did a neat job. The detail-

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crblchanderi-detail

A cream cotton fabric was used for lining this tunic.

The chart on Randje per week was completed on Saturday. Just had a look at TAST challenge. It is Berry stitch. The working of the stitch is on Pintangle.
Yellow combo tunic
This project is nearing completion. Mirrors are to be stitched on this piece.

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WIPW92-yelcombo-3

Lemon green tunic
This project was started yesterday, before completing the mirrors, too much excitement to work chikan embroidery, I suppose. Started with the sleeve border.

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WIPW92-lemgrechik-2

Marash embroidery
Still wavering between three ideas- to draw the motifs from the old samplers or take the inspiration and build over those old designs or choose a tunic project and start designing according to the requirement. Presently the last idea is being implemented.
The focus is on building the interlacing motifs without other kind of embroidery stitches. The design is a broad border made of kutch motif pattern along the hemline. The drawing was accomplished last night.

The bigger alphabets surely take more time to work. Today’s chart on RPW2016 challenge is available here.

RPW2016-W24

RPW2016-W24

Looking at the image, I realize that two extra stitches are worked on ‘K’ they need to be removed. Tomorrow’s work.

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