lemon green chikan tunic


This is the second tunic with lemon green and white combination. This summer these two colours were predominant in the tunic embroidery projects.
The fabric is handloom cotton and the embroidery was done with white cotton skein and some details worked in white perle cotton #8. There are two design elements. The first element is borders which were worked on the sleeves.

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lemgrechi-sleeves

The same border design was worked around the neck.

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lemgrechi-neck

These designs were drawn by hand with a foot ruler. The pattern was drawn on the wrong side of the cloth and embroidery was also worked on the wrong side. The fabric being see-through, was placed on the pattern and the floral design was traced with a pencil.
Started the embroidery in the centre.

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lemgrechi-1

The work in progress of the floral design. The shadow work/ chikan work/ closed herringbone was worked with four strands of cotton skein. I felt the thickness of the thread will make the embroidery more prominent.

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lemgrechi-wip

After working the herringbone stitches in cotton skein, white perle cotton# 8 was used to work the straight stitches inside the petals. These straight stitches were worked on the right side of the fabric.

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lemgrechi-2

The last detail of French knots worked on the flowers.

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lemgrechi-3

After the completion of the embroidery the fabric was given to tailor for sewing. The tunic

lemon green chikan tunic

lemon green chikan tunic

The detail.

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lemon green chikan-det

It has been a while since I have done chikan work embroidery. It is easy to work, that’s a blessing. The embroidery needs to cover fairly a large area because of the subtlety of the work and the colours used. The pattern-

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lemgrechi-pattern

This tunic does not have lining. If required a slip can be used. I have one in this green. Sometimes it is hard to get lining fabric in cotton in this place. Since a polyester fabric will take away the comfort factor, it is better to go without a lining.

The randje per week challenge was completed on Saturday. This week’s TAST challenge has two stitches. The pintangle link is here. These were also worked in earlier TAST challenge.
Lemon green chikan tunic
Some more progress was made this week on this lemon green tunic. Four strands of anchor white skein are used to work the stitches. This lemon green cotton fabric is ideal to work on.

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WIPW95-lemgrechik-5

Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
This project is enticing me to work on it. Giving in to the temptation, just started on this motif with three strands of red thread.

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WIPW95-crekalamkaripatkutch-3

Holidays for Ramadhan started yesterday. My friends are busy. Their projects are yet to be started. My tailor also needs a break during this period. The brown combo tunic was sewn very well. I had an idea of a strip of the block printed fabric to be used for sleeve borders. Which the tailor forgot. The plain edge gives an unfinished look.

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WIPW92-yelcombo-3

The pink border tunic also needs to be embroidered. This week can be used for taking care of these two works.

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WIPW90-pinbordert-1

Along with the works in progress, some ideas for embroidery are also passing through the mind. I really need to put those ideas on a book before they vanish into thin air. Not all tunics are suitable for Marash embroidery. A Kantha work and a mirror work are waiting for some apt designs.

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.

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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.

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.

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WIPW93-crekalamkaripatkutch-1

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

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 weekly challenge RPW2016 was worked on Saturday.
TAST 2016 challenge stitch is Portuguese border stitch. The samples of this stitch were worked on earlier TAST challenge. The link to the post was put on FB group.
Black border tunic
There was time to make good progress on this tunic. A sample of this project.

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WIPW91-blborder-3

Pink border tunic
Two small kutchwork patterns were drawn below the borders on this sewn tunic.
Yellow combo tunic
A design was drawn on brown cotton fabric for sleeves and the front of the tunic for this yellow printed and orange striped tunic. The embroidery work started on it today.

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WIPW91-yelcombo-2

Lemon green tunic
This is another summer special tunic. It is with the tailor for marking the neck and sleeves. The idea is- chikan/ shadow work embroidery worked in white thread.

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WIPW91-lemgrechik-1

Regarding Marash embroidery study and implement, this progress has slowed down a bit. Designing is progress for a tunic. The idea for another project with this embroidery is still simmering.