Armenian Marash embroidery


Happy New Year!
After a weeklong vacation in Chennai, India, we went to Dubai for two days last week. Two full weeks of doing everything else but stitching. Meeting family, making plans, shopping… the list is endless. Some fabrics were bought, which will be shared on this category as and when they are designed. Now for the works in stand still.
Challenges
RPW 2016- Some motifs were started four weeks ago. The project is in the same position, though the challenge was completed officially on 31st December. Still a long way to go, hoping to take a picture of the progress this week!
TAST Challenge is taking a break for two weeks.
Sunday Stitch School- I am yet to start the latest- four sided stitch. Queenie who is conducting this challenge, was affected by Influenza, poor thing! Will feel happy if I can manage to start this stitch sampler tomorrow.
Never ending sampler stitch Along
This is a band sampler challenge started by Pamela Kellogg. The details are on her blog. I am still not sure about starting this challenge. But the cross stitch and black work bands are really interesting, and really want to see how the SAL members are treating these bands. Just read about it on Sharon’s Pintangle last week.
Marash embroidery
Yellow printed silk tunic with kutchwork
This project was completed yesterday. The time slot between, coming back from India and leaving for Dubai, was solely used for this project. it is to be given to the tailor.

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WIPW117-yeprinkutch-5

Zardosi work on silk tunic for green Banarasi duppata
I had this green banarasi brocade duppata for quite a long time. Few years ago, a tunic was designed and embroidered. But it didn’t look interesting after some time. This time around, a cream silk fabric is chosen for the tunic and the dark green cotton fabric is for the salwar.

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WIPW117-cresilkbanarasizardosi-1

A simple pattern consisting of linear stitches is drawn on this raw silk fabric. After working the stitches, the piece will also be embellished with green zardosi beads. I took this fabric with pattern drawn to India, in the hope of working on this project. But it came back intact in the box it was taken.

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WIPW117-cresilkbanarasizardosi-2

Cross stitch on blue polyester linen
This project was in mind for some months. I was shillyshallying between working cross stitch on aida cloth or on the fabric itself with waste canvas. There were many indecisive pattern choices. At last a pattern made up of two borders was selected.

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WIPW117-n.bluepolinencross-1

The decision is to work on 11 count Aida. The embroidery will be for the end of the sleeves. The tunic design will be decided later. The Aida on which these borders are to be worked.

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WIPW117-n.blluepolinencross-2

Stitch challenges
RPW 2016 chart of the week was completed on Saturday.
This week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School challenge is Danish knot stitch. I want work the samples as a band sampler. Still in the process of thinking on this sampler.
TAST 2016 week’s stitch is Twisted lattice band. The samples were worked in 2014. The link to the details was posted on Pintangle and TAST FB group.
Marash embroidery
Yellow silk tunic
After completing the pattern in yellow thread, I started with light green thread.

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WIPW114-yelprinkutch-3

Copper mangalagiri tunic has bead work along the border and is now ready to wear.
A design was drawn for embroidery on a string bag. The idea for this embroidery was from Mary’s Needle and thread blog.

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WIPW114-sbag’16-1-1

I also picked up the kantha work on black fabric for maroon black ikat tunic.

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WIPW114-marblaikatkantha-4

This tunic with printed chanderi fabric on the neck, hem and sleeves came from the tailor. This project needs a small motif to be worked below the neck.

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WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

Now to start the Danish knot sampler.

Stitch challenges
The weekly chart on RPW 2016 challenge had motifs this week. These were completed on Sunday
This week’s stitch on the new TAST challenge is top knotted buttonhole stitch. The link to the details of the samples worked earlier was posted yesterday on FB page.
I started a bit late on SSS challenge started by Queenie. The samples of the first two stitches of the challenge were worked during this week. The third stitch is cross stitch. Since, there is a weekly cross stitch challenge, I might skip working it on this challenge. The workings of the stitches and other related details are available on Queenie’s blog.
Marash embroidery.
Yellow silk tunic
Though the orange and violet combo tunic is kept aside for the time being, there is another kutchwork project, which was started this week.

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WIPW113-yelprinkutch-2

The embroidery on brown silk was completed and ready to go to the tailor.
Copper mangalagiri tunic
The motifs worked inside the filling pattern are extended further this week. Some bead work needs to be done on the zari border.

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WIPW113-copatialamant-5

This week was quite interesting mainly due to the SSS challenge. There is definitely some fulfillment in learning and exploring embroidery stitches.
Two more embroidery projects are waiting to be designed this week.

The randje per week chart was an easy one. I could complete it without any mistakes this week. Triangular feather is the stitch of this week on TAST challenge. the link to the samples on the blog was posted on FB group page.
Now moving on to the projects-
Marash embroidery
Pink kutchwork border on green
After working the back stitch outline with white thread on the yoke, the work continued on the sleeves again. I am yet to take the picture.

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WIPW111-whigremajekutch-10

Orange and violet combo tunic
The small corner design was completed with green and dark pink. The domination of green is actually welcome now.

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WIPW111-oraviocombokutch-7

Copper mangalagiri tunic
The space inside the diamond shaped zari enclosure was filled with fly stitch variations in cream and the square herringbone stitches were worked in golden yellow skein.

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WIPW111-coppatialmant-4

Brown silk tunic
I had this brown silk fabric with for quite some time. An idea of coordinating this fabric with pale orange came a few weeks ago. The fabric is with the tailor for the marking of neck and front. This will be a simple embroidery in pale orange with cotton skein.

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WIPW111-brooranget-1

The randje per week challenge chart was completed on Sunday. The link to the TAST challenge stitch samples is yet to be posted on FB group.
Marash embroidery
Pink kutchwork border on green
The border design on the yoke is being worked this week.

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WIPW110-whigremajekutch-9

Orange and violet combo tunic
The orange yellow threads are used on the simple corner design on this tunic. Green is the next colour.

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WIPW110-oraviocombokutch-7

The copper yoke with creative zari border was constantly waving at me. This filling pattern in chain stitch was started with silk/ metallic thread.

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WIPW110-coppatialamant-3

If this project is a quick one, this might be taken to task this week. This fillings work depends on the idea of keeping it simple for a Patiala salwar.

It took some time to work the alphabet chart on RPW 2016 challenge, but it was completed the next day.
We have two week’s stitches on TAST 2016 challenge. Both were worked earlier. Interesting variations of raised chain stitch over straight stitch rows. The link to the samples were posted on FB group.
Marash embroidery
Pink kutchwork border on green
This project is moving quite slow, because of the size of the squares. This pace is fine. The bigger diamonds are being worked with pink thread.

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WIPW109-whigremajekutch-8

Orange and violet combo tunic
The same colour scheme on the sleeves is to be adopted for rest of the embroidery on this orange and violet combo tunic. Starting with orange and yellow on this corner design.

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WIPW109-oraviocombokutch-6

The beadwork on the beige tunic with mirrors was completed.
Last week a copper mangalagiri fabric with zari border was given to the tailor to be sewn as a tunic for a readymade Patiala. It came back with a very creative yoke made of zari borders. This is definitely a surprise. But still not sure whether it is pleasant or unpleasant. Something needs to be done, with an idea- if it works, fine. If it doesn’t, the front can be concealed by the dupatta.

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WIPW109-coppatialamant-2

But the tailor seemed quite thrilled with his innovation.

This week’s progress was very slow. The Navrathri festival was in full swing. The RPW 2016 challenge chart of the week was completed yesterday. Not regular Alphabets characters at all. the chart is here.

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WIPW107-RPW2016-W41

Link to the woven detached chain stitch samples was posted on TAST FB group page.
Marash Embroidery
The orange and violet combo tunic was sewn. The embroidery on this tunic will start after the projects in progress are completed.

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WIPW107-oraviocombokutch-5

A row of single kutchwork border was completed.

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WIPW107-whigremajekutch-6

Mirror work
Just worked a few more mirrors on this beige tunic.

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WIPW107-beigemirt-9

The beige linen fabric is given to the tailor for marking the neck and sleeves. Till now there is no idea of embellishing the sleeves, but will wait and see. A single row of small mirrors could be possible. But everything depends on success in transferring the design on to the fabric and the time taken to work this medium sized yoke.
If there is better progress this following week, I’ll be happy. RPW chart really dragged this week. The kutch work on green was not very easy. maybe these factors are  the cause of restlessness.

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