Kashmiri work


For the past few days I was away from the computer, slowly getting back to routine.
The linear stitches are being explored on Beyond TAST this month. While working the earlier TAST challenges, many linear stitches were studied, explored and tried. I am yet to think of ways to work this month’s challenge.
Petal stitch and pearl stitch samplers were worked during this week on SSS challenge. They are small band samplers and easy to work. The details of these will be posted soon.
Another colour thread was started on the yoke for the cream tussar tunic. Paisley design again!
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The colours are ok for leaves and veins, another colour needs to be brought in for flowers, which shouldn’t overshadow the greens. Still working on greens for the time being.

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The week the SSS challenge was set aside to work on Beyond TAST challenge. After working on a few more layering ideas, the sampler was completed for the time being.
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The chain stitch embroidery is continued for the Cream tussar tunic. The progress is quite slow, but there is no urgency to make it faster. This project will take time.
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Every week, Queenie is posting interesting and easy stitches on SSS challenge. It is catching up time this week

Stitch challenges
An experiment of layered embroidery was attempted over chevron stitch this week. A detail a day was how this sample was worked.
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The interesting stitches of SSS challenge are still waiting this week to be started. It would be better if I start on them today.
Projects
The work on cream tussar tunic –
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The embroidery on violet and white combo tunic started yesterday. Herringbone, kutch work and mirror work will be worked on this.
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I have some more time to work on Beyond TAST challenge, keeping the projects aside for the next few days and to work on SSS challenge will keep my mind fresh and energetic. This routine of working same stitches over and over again, is making me very lethargic.
On the other activity side-I have been trying some pickles! [our south Indian pickles are really hot!!!] Started with gooseberry, then lemon the next one in the agenda is raw mango. If I am successful in preparing mango pickle today, then as a treat will work on SSS challenge!

 

It is a productive week. On Beyond TAST challenge, a few more layered embroidery ideas were attempted.
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Since my tailor is back from vacation, the tunic fabrics which were set aside are getting due attention now.
This tunic is a combo of three fabrics- block printed white cotton, violet handloom cotton and white hakoba for sleeves. I might work some embroidery around the neck on this after it comes from the tailor.
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This fabric is tussar silk. An inspiration to work Kashmiri chain stitch on yoke and sleeves is being implemented. I have seen tunics with  this embroidery, sometimes it is done with aari or tambour needle or with closely worked open chain stitch or sometimes simple chain stitch. The embroidery is started on a silk/cotton fabric of same colour. The pictures of this work needs to be uploaded on the computer.
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Still SSS challenge stitches are waiting to be started. They are easy stitches.

 

RPW2016
This week’s chart also was completed on time. The alphabets are quite interesting.
Grey crepe tunic
Looks like the work on this tunic will go on forever. The sleeves were embroidered with blue thread during this week.

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WIPW79-greytunickashmiri-5a

Each sleeve has three motifs and a border.
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WIPW79-greytunickashmiri-5b

I am becoming restless to complete the work on this tunic. Started this work knowing fully well it will consume time, knowing and experiencing are to different things. Trying to move around things around the house, reading a book on Lagartera embroidery, are the present diversions from this project. If I get away from this project and work on something else, it will never get completed. What a dilemma!

The pink and blue raw silk tunic was completed. My friend is quite happy and proud. it is a good feeling to see the pleasure in another person’s eyes.

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WIPW79-pink&blue-2

Not much of progress was made on embroidery work, because we went to Chennai India for a few days. My mother is not keeping well and had to undergo surgery for broken hip.
After returning on Saturday, the Randje per week 2016 challenge of this week was completed on Sunday.
This week’s stitch on TAST 2016 challenge, arrowhead stitch was the one I had already worked in 2012. So not much of working required, just some browsing on facebook TAST group to see other members samples.

I had started on the Kashmiri embroidery [chain stitch] on the grey tunic. This motif is on the back of the tunic below the neck. The same motif is repeated ten times more on tunic front and sleeves. A major project.

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WIPW76- greytunickashmiri-2

The tunic fabric is white cotton printed with white motifs. The prints are not seen from far, but looks lovely when looked closely. A white pin tuck cotton fabric with pink floral print was chosen for salwar,

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white pink Kashmiri work-salwar

The idea of this pattern was to fill up traditional Indian motif patterns with Kashmiri embroidery. There are three types of Kashmiri embroidery. This type is chain stitch filling. I wanted isolated symmetrical motifs to form this front panel. The pattern in two parts.

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white pink Kashmiri work-pat1

The bottom part-

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white pink Kashmiri work-pat2

The embroidery as mentioned earlier was chain stitch filling. The darkest pink was the first colour to be used.

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white pink Kashmiri work- WIP

The embroidery detail around the neck.

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white pink Kashmiri work- embdet1

The rest of the embroidery details.

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white pink Kashmiri work-embdet2

The tunic set.

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white pink Kashmiri work-set

The sleeves are bordered with salwar fabric.

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white pink kashmiri work-tunic

I like this idea for two reasons, the embroidery filling and the space between the embroidery, which shows the white fabric. it was not easy to draw this pattern, still it was worth the time and effort put into it.

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