Kashmiri work

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.



Each sleeve has three motifs and a border.



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.




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.


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,

white pink Kashmiri work-salwar

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.

white pink Kashmiri work-pat1

white pink Kashmiri work-pat1

The bottom part-

white pink Kashmiri work-pat2

white pink Kashmiri work-pat2

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

white pink Kashmiri work- WIP

white pink Kashmiri work- WIP

The embroidery detail around the neck.

white pink Kashmiri work- embdet1

white pink Kashmiri work- embdet1

The rest of the embroidery details.

white pink Kashmiri work-embdet2

white pink Kashmiri work-embdet2

The tunic set.

white pink Kashmiri work-set

white pink Kashmiri work-set

The sleeves are bordered with salwar fabric.

white pink kshmiri work-tunic

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.

With these attempts I am completing this trial of Kashmiri couching. As suggested by another member of TAST , I’ll have to approach this stitch in other ways too. Initially, this couching should be done on drawn pattern and not lines, this will help to practice this stitch, later , after mastering the technique, it will be easier. I want to continue this learning process, but will do so at a later date.
12-in this motif, three circles are worked in couching stitch with three twists added in between.

9.cou st-12

13-I tried the same twisted couching in this shape.

9.cou st-13

14-small paisley worked in circular couching in the centre and single twist couching around it.

9.cou st-14

Though I haven’t done as much as required for this Kashmiri couching, starting this gave me some satisfaction. I can continue, where this was left, at a later date.

Thanks Diane, for your wonderful suggestion, it has helped in reducing my anxiety .
Today also I tried working on this Kashmiri couching stitch. The art of twisting the thread still keeps eluding me. Just have to keep working on it.
8- I tried alternating three twists with single twist of the thread in this row.

9.COU ST-8

9- top row worked in single twist couching and the bottom is worked with two twists. Need lots of practice.

9.cou st-9

10- the centre was worked in large spiral couching, around it some small spirals.

9.cou st-10

11- after working a spiral couching in the centre, couching with a single twist was worked around the centre. They are worked in a line to form a border.

9.cou st-11

I might try working this couching technique for fillers, tomorrow

After the trials of the couching stitch yesterday, an idea of working this stitch as spirals came to mind. This is not my original idea. This couching stitch is used widely in Kashmiri embroidery. A thick skein of thread or wool is couched on to the fabric with a same colour thread. It is done in mono colour. Spirals form the basic pattern. I had not tried this before, thought , for this week ‘s stitch, I’ll try to work this stitch.
2- A. I tried zig zag couching in this row.
b. I started with the first row of spirals. Both these rows are worked on wool.

9.cou st-2

3-a. drew a straight line and tried two spirals together in this row[ not satisfied again!]
b. tried different spirals by couching, [ this experiment is ok]

9.cou st-3

4-in this row continuous spirals were worked in a line.

9.cou st-4

5- a row of long spirals are worked in this row.

9.cou st-6

6-I tried alternating the previous two rows.

9.cou st-6

7-I tried working three spirals together in this row [ either, I need loads of practice or I am not doing this right]

9.cou st-7

Quite frustrated to see the effects, though!

I have always had a fascination of Indian embroideries. This led me to buy a book-Ethnic embroidery of India by Usha Shrikant. Expensive and also very informative.
There was this kashmiri couching stitch.I had seen tunics with this embroidery,it is done in monocolour with thick thread.
Following the instructions from the book, I made some trials on a sampler.Itching to do it on a project[ what else but, a tunic?],I worked this stitch on neck and sleeves of this tunic-

Kashmiri couching on tunic-1kashmiri couching on tunic-2

First row is version of chain stitch variation[ I don’t remember which one] in dark blue
After that a row of simple couching in light blue.
The third row is one of the kashmiri couching stitches-

kashmiri couching on tunic-neck&sleeves

The embroidery was done after the tunic was sewn, the beige piece looked neglected, and invited me to try some thing there.I was cautious , just drew three lines and worked these three stitches. Actually the tunic [blue ikat weave , mercerized cotton] looked fabulous even without this embroidery.This was an opportunity to try something new.

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