decorative panels


I have progressed on the black work central piece. A continuous border was worked this week with double running stitch.  This border needs to be worked on the other side too.This project is also helping in learning this stitch with a neat back side. The pattern  inspiration is from kasuti embroidery .

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WIPW52-beigebwt-5

Satin stitches are used for filling these small triangles in the blue mirror work project. This yoke provides a good diversion from the long black work piece.

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WIPW52-blmirt-3

I was browsing through the kalamkari images for inspiration this week. There are lots of inspirational images. Idea of drawing these designs occupies the mind. It‘ll be good thing to learn drawing on a sketch book, which can be used later. This exercise can improve the drawing skill and help in embroidery also. This can be another hobby. One mercerized cotton ikat is waiting for a good kalamkari panel!
I am also collecting pictures of my old embroidered tunics to use as samples to explain the procedure of embroidery on wearable. The series started two weeks before.

In this post we’ll see some other options of embroidery on tunics. We have come across embroidered pieces of fabrics on stores. These pieces can be sewn on tunics, blouses, cushions, bed sheets etc. Let us see some choices, If we are interested in making our own embroidered pieces. We can design the pattern, choose the colour of the fabric and determine where it can be sewn.
While designing the pattern- There are pattern books, patterns from the net, used patterns from other sources.
Before using these patterns, they have to be adjusted to our requirement. Best thing would be to enlarge the design on photo copier to A3 or B3 size. If this is not possible. Enlarge parts of the design and paste them together. The design thus enlarged can be copied on to the fabric directly with carbon paper. Embroidery work can be done on this separate fabric and sewn on the tunic.
Choosing the fabric- the fabric used for embroidery can  be of same colour, of contrasting colour or of some colour from the tunic fabric itself, or made of two fabrics. This gives lots of options for creativity. Best places to look for inspiration are the online shopping sites.
Placement of embroidered piece on tunic. The embroidered piece can be kept in front of the tunic below the neckline, on the sleeves, on the shoulders,or around the arm hole or the same motifs can be sewn in front. This placement of the piece also depends on the style of the tunic or blouse.
Now let us see some samples of the tunics with separate embroidered pieces.
This tunic is silk georgette. The embroidery was worked on black cotton fabric. A simple embroidery with wooden beads.

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eonwsy-1

The tunic fabric is synthetic trouser material. The mirror work embroidery was done separately on the same material.

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eonwsy-2

The tunic fabric is silk chiffon. The bead work embroidery on front and sleeves was worked on silk cotton fabric.

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These are some samples where the design includes the neckline.
This tunic is in printed silk. The zardosi work yoke was done on cotton fabric. Since the embroidery covers the whole yoke, the choice of fabric does not have much significance.

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eonwsy-4

This tunic is silk chiffon. The bead work embroidery in the front is worked on handloom cotton fabric.

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The tunic fabric is silk georgette and the stone work embroidery is done handloom cotton fabric. The fabric differences is noticeable when they are of same colour.

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I had worked this embroidery piece on a black mangalagiri tunic. That tunic became too tight [ or I became fat] . I used that piece on this cotton ikat tunic

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eonwsy-7

The fabric is printed cotton. Three embroidered pieces on red cotton fabric were made for the front of the tunic [last one not seen] and the sleeves were also worked on this same red fabric. Enough allowance of fabric to sew the sleeves was given on the red fabric.

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eonwsy-8

All these fabrics were first embroidered and sewn on tunics. The designs were my own. They are all a result of trials and errors. I learnt to contain the errors, before they reached the embroidery stage. So that, the only task was to choose the right colours of thread and the stitches. Still people will have their opinions depending on their taste. These samples are to show that how we can design our own embroidery pieces, which can be sewn on tunics. If any of the steps need elaboration or clarification please ask on the comments.
We’ll see about embroidering directly on the tunics on the next post

We went for a short trip to Edinburgh [Scotland] for Ramadhan festival holidays. On a day trip to Glasgow we saw the Burell collection-the exhibits were the personal collection of William Burell.
I found some very interesting embroidery pieces there. The one here is part of the bedspread

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emb on bedspread1

Embroidery in silk thread and applique work is combined to create this beautiful velvet spread.

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emb on bedspread2

This is a wall hanging done in Suzani embroidery.

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suzani emb1

Chain stitches are worked on cream silk fabric.

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suzani emb2

I first learnt of this type of work during the Muscat festival- where artisans from various countries had participated. There were several wall hangings worked with Suzani embroidery. Couldn’t take pictures because I forgot to take the camera. Then browsed on the net and learnt some aspects of this embroidery. The work is very similar to Kashmiri embroidery. But the Kashmiri embroidery uses wide range of colours on woolen, spun and silk. Suzani embroidery is done on white, cream and beige silk fabrics in silk threads.

The embroidery on borders for this tunic are done on printed orange fabric. the same zigzag lines were guide lines for different threads and stitches. the first treatment was two rows of running stitch, the next one was straight stitch filling in two colours. the first colour was dark orange. It is not seen clearly here, though-

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The same straight stitch filling on yellow thread. This looks much better!

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I found a printed crepe scarf ,which I liked very much. It is in red and has traditional Indian print, with paisleys and florals in a multitude of colours. It was hard to choose a tunic fabric in one colour.and I thought, this cream tunic fabric which was woven ikat in cotton, will be ideal for this scarf.
The embroidery was to be done on sleeves and the front edge. This time, there will be no embroidery on yoke. A machine woven burnt orange fabric,with zigzag lines was chosen for the borders. The lines were the pattern on which the embroidery was done. The colours on the scarf were the guide for threads used for embroidery. Cotton skeins, cone thread and sequins were used for embroidery.
Starting with the first colour, green based variegated thread , zigzag running stitch was worked on the edge of all the borders

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I was busy these few days, and did not have time to write update on this tunic details.
The details of the bead work.
The yoke and the sleeve borders were worked with brown pearl beadss, the yoke-

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And white pearl beads were used for side panels, part of the completed panel-

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The completed yoke, panels, and sleeves , when placed over the tunic fabric.

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The tailor did a wonderful job of sewing this tunic. And the sewn tunic was , just the way I imagined and designed.

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The yoke-

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The sleeves and the panels-

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I wear a cream colour salwar[Indian pants] for this tunic. the chanderi tunic fabric  needed lining, which makes me look  stuffed, only this time, I don’t mind at all!

The embroidery pattern for this yoke came from the inspiration to do mirror work and a pattern to suit the mirrors.
The first plan was to have mirror work border, and a floral pattern which will accommodate mirrors on it.
The tunic fabric is block printed cotton-

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A greyish green fabric was chosen for the yoke.
The embroidery was worked with three strands of cotton skeins.
The stitches used were- chain stitch, herringbone stitch, straight stitch, detached chain stitch, and mirror work.
I did not take pictures from the beginning of the embroidery. The details on my next post.

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