white blue/green mull tunic


I am still working on the tunics during the past few days. Somehow time seems to run away when we are busy.
The next thread being worked on this neckline for printed blue crepe tunic is gold silk thread, this thread can be used on machine too. The outlines for the triangles are worked with chain stitch.
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The work on aqua blue fabric with white thread continues this week too. After the couching! Stitch, it is back to straight stitches, they are  not technically double running stitch, because the back side does not need to be the same, wherever required short cuts are taken.
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A neck and a design around the neck was drawn for the plum colour fabric this week. This will be a short top. The fabric was left over from a tunic made in 2013.
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This past week was not very productive. It was hard to find time to sit and stitch continuously. The navy blue cotton tunic was completed and is with the tailor now.
In this Aqua green fabric, the main thread is white. After working the upright cross stitches over the aqua green black work motif, short straight stitches were worked along the border.
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These straight stitches are used to work thick white thread through them. It is a combination of Pekinese stitch and Kashmiri couching stitch. Pekinese stitch is worked over back stitch without a stitch to secure the curve, in Kashmiri stitch the thicker thread is couched, in this way, with the thinner thread. I am yet to practice on that couching technique. Hence this short cut method.
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After working the fly stitch variations around the square, short chain stitches are worked with the same thread along the border.
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I can’t take a break from chain stitch I suppose.

Just as expected, I couldn’t spend much time on my stitching. But it was not household work, but other things which were not conducive for stitching.

My brother’s health is not good. he had a mild Heart attack a few days ago. He needs surgery.
I restarted the blue thread on flowers on this cotton navy tunic. Just a few flowers were worked.
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The same colour thread is used for working more double running stitches. Drawing and tracing the design took a long time on this fabric for white printed mull tunic, the stitching definitely would take a long time too.
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If the stitching work is minimum this week, it wouldn’t be a surprise.

This past few days have been good stitch wise. The SSS challenge looks inviting week by week. I do have to set aside some time for this challenge. I lost tracking Beyond TAST for few weeks, really need to check are there any stitches which were not worked before.
Changing the colour of kutchwork on black yoke was completed. Luckily a mangalagiri fabric may go well with this yoke. A black fabric can also be sewn along with it.
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After completing the stems, a different blue thread was used to work the border around the neck. My friend is not sure about this colour, let me see.
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The neutral colour tussar work is still going off and on. This is a part of one completed sleeve. The other sleeve needs to be worked now.
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The black work design on bluish green yoke for printed mull tunic was started with the colours from the fabric print, after this white thread will be used predominantly
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The next few days, it seems I might be busy with other house work, so next week’s progress may not be much.

My PC is being replaced by another one. Still Waiting for the monitor to be set up. This period I am taking a break from Internet. I could have used the phone, but did not.
The stitch challenges are still to be worked. There are many interesting stitches on SSS challenge, but the projects take most of the time. Being summer[very hot for the past few days] the silk fabrics are set aside and cotton fabrics are getting attention.
The towel edgings were completed.
The old dark red yoke which was started a few weeks ago, went to the tailor after attaching the mirrors on it.
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The sewn tunic looks like this, I had thought he would stitch around the shape of the yoke. It was not to be. So another few mirrors can be sewn on it. The markings of the mirror placements are done with white pencil.
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This crepe silk fabric somehow came in the summer season awaiting attention.
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A synthetic fabric [not sure whether it is satin] in gold is chosen to work the embroidery. The design is a border around the neckline.
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When we were in India last month, I bought some fine cotton fabrics for tunics. This fabric is used for blouses for sarees. They come is so many colours. The first colour choice to work next project is navy blue.
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I wanted to do this for my friend, she preferred a lighter colour. I had a dark blue tunic with floral machine embroidery in orange bought in Delhi a few decades ago. After deciding to use the same colour scheme on this tunic, a visit to the parlour changed that idea. The present colours are –
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A medium size yoke pattern is drawn on paper.
That’s the progress during the week. This coming week should be a productive one.