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Today I finished the last few kantha work motifs. The kantha sampler is completed for the time being. Whenever a different type of kantha work is seen, I ‘ll add those to this sampler. I am happy that I was able to make a start on my goal of doing embroidery samplers.
Motifs d

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Motifs e

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Motifs f

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Motifs g

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Motifs h

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The complete motif sampler-

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After finishing this kantha work sampler, I felt a sense of satisfaction. As they say, a road to long journey, starts with small steps.

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Today I worked on some small kantha work motifs. Showing the few pieces I completed today.
Motifs a

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The motifs were outlined with black thread in running stitch.
Motifs b

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I did not use a lot of colours for these motifs.
Motifs c

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Still working on the last few motif patterns.

I finished kantha work on spiral borders today.
Part –F-

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I had not drawn outlines for any of the borders, but later found that adding outlines made them look better.
Part-G-

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To work on kantha embroidery sampler was a thought for quite some time, this TAST challenge gave the intiative to do that.
Part-H-

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The last few borders-
Part-I –

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With these kantha work on spiral borders is completed.
The kantha work spiral border sampler-

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I am thinking of working kantha work on small motifs tomorrow.

I worked some kantha embroidery today on small spiral border patterns.
Part-A

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These borders can be used separately are with other motifs are borders.
Part-B

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I actually enjoyed working on these border patterns.
Part-C-

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These borders can be combined with some other stitches also.
Part-D-

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These are ideal for small outlines, which will not take the attention from the main embroidery
.Part-E-

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A few more borders , tomorrow.

I have done a few more borders in kantha embroidery.
These borders are inspired by woven ikat patterns.

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I had tried a few on pattern darning also, earlier.

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They look similar to phulkari embroidery.

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An dull border can be made brighter by adding these simple borders.

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I‘ll try some this running stitch on some spiral borders tomorrow.

This kantha embroidery sampler is not of the same width as my other TAST stitch samplers, I want to work some borders, outlines, and some motifs together on kantha embroidery on this sample cloth. The fabric being cream, wide range of colours can be used for the samples. These are some more kantha border samples.
4-running stitch on curved line, and stitch worked on a border pattern.

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5-tried this border with two colours, a combination of filling stitch and line stitch.

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6-two more kantha borders-

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7- generally mono colour or shades of same colour are used in kantha work, sometimes contrasting colours are also used. The curved row, I had worked this on a medium size fish pattern years ago, liked it very much, but that work is not with me to be shown now.

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A few more borders are  still in the idea stage.

The tenth week stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB is running stitch. I had worked some running stitch samples during the previous TAST challenge. It was worked on even weave cloth.
I had also worked on some pattern darning samples for stitch explorer challenge.
A long time thought was to work some samplers on Indian embroideries.
With this week’s running stitch, I think it is the right time to do a kantha embroidery[running stitch] sampler.
I ‘ll start with some kanthawork borders,
1- 1st set of four borders-

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2- 1st and the 3rd row- the direction of the stitch is alternated. Running stitch combined with cross stitch in the middle row.

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3- Running stitch is done in two colours in the top row, and a kantha border is worked in the second row.

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Try and work some more borders tomorrow.

This is the last past of the series in hand embroidery on wearable. In this post we’ll consider some ideas of designing embroidery on tunics which are marked for necklines and sleeves. By this method it is possible to work any type of embroidery of our choice on wearable. Ready to wear tunics are made this way on large scale.
The fabrics are marked for necklines, sleeves, slits, shoulders, borders. The chosen embroidery designs are transferred on to the fabrics. These fabrics are secured on big rectangular embroidery frames. The embroidery is done by embroiderers trained for this. After the embroidery is completed, the fabrics are taken away from the frames and sewn by tailors.
But we can do it on a small scale. After choosing the embroidery design, we can ask the tailor [or if a person is good tailor, then help themselves] to mark the places on the fabric to work the embroidery. Using these markings as guidelines, we can transfer the pattern on the fabrics. After completing the embroidery, the fabrics can be sewn into tunics, blouses, shirts… as the case may be.
Here are few samples of embroidered tunics, which were marked, embroidered and sewn into tunics.
This mangalagiri cotton tunic with stripes was marked with neckline. This was in early days when I was trying this idea. Though it was marked, the pattern chosen for this kutchwork embroidery was set apart from the actual neck line. After embroidering on the pattern, I added some small kutchwork motifs below the neck.

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The shirt fabric is linen and the idea was to work white work on this. The markings were made according to the pattern, which was to be worked on both sides in the front. Crochet edging was worked later on the sleeve. This embroidery was a tough project, linen fabric did not help.

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This yellow tunic is cotton. The pattern was transferred on to the front, where a marking was made for the neck. White and yellow carbons were ruled out on this colour. Green carbon paper was used to transfer the pattern. The marking is still on the neck to show the difference between the neck line on pattern and the actual neckline!

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This mangalagiri cotton tunic has kantha embroidery on it. The tailor had marked a simple round neck. The pattern transfer and embroidery were worked on front and sleeves based on that. Seeing the work, he changed the neckline to this beautiful one. Sometimes it is better to leave some small space around the neck, to facilitate these kind of surprises. There is also a possibility of the tailor cutting off a small part of embroidery during his course of work.

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The pattern for this kutchwork embroidery was drawn with this neck design. It was transferred on to the marked fabric. This tunic sample is a proof of a good coordination of pattern neckline and the tunic neckline.

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The embroidery design for this cotton mangalagiri tunic was picked from a salwar design magazine. The tailor had this magazine with him. When I wanted to do this project, he not only marked but also explained where each and every element should be placed. Based on the inspiration and the guidance, this pattern was drawn and embroidered. Around the neck I had to draw the elements by hand to get the same effect. Still it was worth it. This embroidery has surface satin stitch on it.

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Each and every design on these samples was chosen for that particular tunic in mind and they were all worked with the help of the markings made by the tailor.
We can work any embroidery on the tunic fabric in this manner. Important thing to note is to check whether the fabric is suitable for that embroidery. It is not just designing the embroidery, the tunic style is also kept in mind. It is a very interesting work. Practice, perseverance, eye for colours, basic calculations and understanding of fabrics and embroidery are the tools.
Enjoy designing and embroidering on wearable.

I saw a plain tunic with broad woven border. The border was in cream or half white and woven in black. The shop said it was a Bagh border which was attached to the tunic. They had also done some kantha embroidery in black on the border. This inspired me to design a border with geometric patterns which can be worked with kantha embroidery.
Thought a plain tussar fabric would be ideal for this.

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bagh border on coptunic-fabric

The yoke pattern

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bagh border on coptunic-yoke pattern

The sleeve pattern, it is really broad!

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bagh border on coptunic-sleeve pattern

These patterns were traced on to cream cotton fabric with yellow carbon. The embroidered yoke-

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I wanted a black border around the yoke. The embroidered yoke along with black fabric placed on tunic fabric.

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bagh border on coptunic-y2

The embroidered sleeves.

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bagh border on coptunic-emb on sleeves

The embroidery was done in black cotton skeins. I used the running stitch on the kantha embroidery to obtain the woven effect. For the fly stitches on both ends of the borders I used four strands and rest of the embroidery was done with two strands.
The tailor added some pin tucks on both sides of the yoke. The detail of the yoke-

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bagh border on coptunic-yoke detail

The tunic-

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bagh border on copper tunic

The crosses done with dull gold cotton skein were worked with running stitch filling in dark pink thread.

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The medium shade blue thread was used for lining the oval shapes over the dark pink circles. These  were worked in stem stitch. light blue thread was worked on other part of the triangles on the squares and the border lines.

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Tiny antique beads were added inside the oval shapes. The picture is out of focus here.

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After completing the embroidery on the sleeves, they were placed on the printed light blue fabric which will the border the sleeves.

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