kutchwork


It is hard to believe this is the 100th post in this topic. It started with linking the posts of works in progress to Pintangle, where SharonB was posting every Wednesday, her works in progress. When Sharon wanted to make some changes on her blog, this category disappeared. There was no reason not to continue sharing my works in progress, these weekly reports are motivating. It has also become an habit.
The randje per week 2016 challenge had a the mirror image of the last week’s border, which was completed on Saturday.
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The first phase of working kutchwork embroidery on brown fabric was completed with the fifth motif. The cream tunic fabric along with this embroidered piece and the kalamkari fabric is with the tailor now for marking the front and sleeves. He has to mark keeping in mind the placement of these two- embroidered brown piece and kalamkari fabric.
Mirror work
The blue and white combo is getting full attention now. The mirrors are being stitched in different colours of thread.

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WIPW100-blwhcombo-2

After tracing the design on the beige tunic, the embroidery started with brown colour thread.

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WIPW100-beigemirt-2

Marash embroidery
The kutchwork border work grew a little bit this week. this project may take a  back seat for a while.

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WIPW100-whigremajekutch-3

Kantha embroidery
A design to work kantha embroidery on sleeves was chosen this week.

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This tunic fabric is cotton. It might be Kanchi or south Indian cotton. It came with a woven  border on it. The embroidery is worked after the tunic is sewn. The tailor stitched the border on the tunic beautifully and neatly.

pinborkut-before emb

pinborkut-before emb

The idea was to work kutchwork borders just below the borders in the front of tunic and use mirrors to further embellish it. Presently the designs I am working on are exclusively kutchwork, without any other stitches, influenced by Armenian Marash embroidery. The small kutchwork borders were drawn free hand with pencil. When I started embroidering on the tunics, this is how the designs were drawn on sewn tunics. Going down the memory lane, the kutchwork embroidery was worked with yellow anchor cotton skein# 304.

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pinbotkut-left

The second border is made of square kutchwork motifs. I was still in the stage of adding mirrors below this border. The detail-

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pinborkut-rightdet

The completed second border. When looking at these two borders, I felt the embroidered borders were quite attractive below the woven borders by themselves, and if the mirrors are stitched, they might take the focus away from the beauty of the woven border.

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pinborkut-right

While buying this fabric, I could get a cotton ikat with similar colour scheme of the woven border for matching salwar [Indian pants].

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pinborkut-salwar

The completed tunic.

pink border kutchwork tunic

pink border kutchwork tunic

Since the patterns were drawn on the tunic itself, the pattern on paper is not available for sharing.

The randje per week challenge chart of the week was completed on Saturday. The TAST challenge break will last till 16th August.
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
Another motif was completed during this week. The pattern is such that, the working on each motif is continuous. Actually I started my kutchwork lesson with the simplest version of this motif. Though it is repetitive, it is also relaxing. But have decided to work one motif per week.

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WIPW98-crkalamkaripatkutch-5

Pink kutch border tunic
This week, another tunic which was sewn earlier took my fancy. So yesterday, a small kutch work border was started below the woven border. Will there be any embellishments such as mirrors or beads? This is still undecided. Thought will go with the flow of the work and decide later.

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WIPW98-pinborderkutch-2

The other kutch work border on green fabric was ignored this week.
There was a kasuti embroidery pattern which gave rise to an idea of a kutchwork pattern. The possibilities are being explored.
Mirror work
The block printed white fabric was picked up from the tailor. It has blue borders around the neck and sleeves. I am happy with his work. The size of the mirror needs to be chosen.
The beige fabric is given to the tailor for marking. The design for sleeves and tunic front was drawn on graph paper. This may not be a small project, with 172 mirrors. Implementing to work a small project seems moving further away.

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The Randje per week 2016 chart was completed on Saturday. SharonB has announced a break of 4 weeks on TAST challenge. The next challenge stitch will be on 16th August. Though I am not working all the stitches during this challenge, it is nice to see the different possibilities of the stitches created by other members.
There are some blogs which host weekly link of the works in progress. We can link our blog weekly to that post. It is interesting and motivating to see the works of other people. These links are more for quilters. This is one such blog where we can post our embroidery works too. Super Mom!
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
I completed two motif patterns on this project. Three more to go in the first phase.

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WIPW97-crkalamkaripatkutch-4

Sometimes while browsing for inspiration, the choices are so many that even after completing a project a longing is there to improvise. This time, while looking at the design for sleeves for this tunic project, an urge to add another design element came to mind. So some changes were made. Hoping to control these urges, at this rate, none of the projects will get completed, and even if they do, the satisfaction may not be there.
White tunic with majenta kutchwork on green
Keeping aside the brown piece for a while, the kutchwork on this green fabric was started. Yes it is the same green fabric from the chikan work tunic. This is continuous border design for sleeves.

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WIPW97-whgremajekutch-2

Gota patti
This is my friend’s tunic project. The design was completed during this week. And my friend traced them on to the fabric.
Mirror work
While looking for inspiration from this book ’3,000 decorative patterns of the Ancient World’ a small geometrical design seemed apt for a mirror work embroidery. The fabric is hand loom cotton.

WIPW97-beigemirt-1

WIPW97-beigemirt-1

This is another soft cotton block printed fabric. The tunic design is to create a combo with this fabric and another white block printed fabric. It is with the tailor, the mirror work embroidery around the neck will commence after that. The main idea is to work a small project, all other projects are time consuming

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WIPW97-blwhcombo-1

This week’s randje per week was completed on Saturday without much fuss. I was feeling tired looking and working at the charts. This week, taking small breaks helped. This week’s TAST 2016 has two stitches- looped cretan stitch and the beaded version. The link to the samples was posted on FB group page.
Lemon green chikan work tunic was completed this week. It’ll go to the tailor during this week for sewing. The embroidery details and pattern will be posted on this blog after the tunic is sewn.
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
I have five motif repeats to work on this project. This is a part of the motif. This will be big project in two phases.

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WIPW96-crekalamkaripatkutch-4

They all are to be worked in three strands of the same red colour anchor skein.
Still in the process of drawing a yoke and sleeves border for gota patti work for my friend.
This week the Marash embroidery designs were more in mind than in actual paper. Sometimes, they are about using the old Marash embroidery seen on pinterest, and at other times they are about adapting other forms of embroidery to this interlacing stitch. At this time, mind seems amazed at the different possibilities. Hoping for a more productive work during this week.

The randje per week challenge was completed on Saturday. This week’s TAST challenge has two stitches. The pintangle link is here. These were also worked in earlier TAST challenge.
Lemon green chikan tunic
Some more progress was made this week on this lemon green tunic. Four strands of anchor white skein are used to work the stitches. This lemon green cotton fabric is ideal to work on.

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WIPW95-lemgrechik-5

Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
This project is enticing me to work on it. Giving in to the temptation, just started on this motif with three strands of red thread.

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WIPW95-crekalamkaripatkutch-3

Holidays for Ramadhan started yesterday. My friends are busy. Their projects are yet to be started. My tailor also needs a break during this period. The brown combo tunic was sewn very well. I had an idea of a strip of the block printed fabric to be used for sleeve borders. Which the tailor forgot. The plain edge gives an unfinished look.

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WIPW92-yelcombo-3

The pink border tunic also needs to be embroidered. This week can be used for taking care of these two works.

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WIPW90-pinbordert-1

Along with the works in progress, some ideas for embroidery are also passing through the mind. I really need to put those ideas on a book before they vanish into thin air. Not all tunics are suitable for Marash embroidery. A Kantha work and a mirror work are waiting for some apt designs.

This is the latest tunic where blue is matched with yellow and orange. In Muscat, Oman, we get oxidized silver accessories. Most of them have beads on them. Different shades of corals are available and they are coordinated with turquoise beads. These are feast for eyes in the souq. Mind slowly started generating patterns for projects built on these inspirations.
This tunic started with the yellow fabric printed with orange motifs. A kutchwork design with allowance for mirrors was drawn along with two other embroidery designs. The choice was to work the embroidery on yellow fabric or orange fabric. With the orange fabric being available yellow was the first colour chosen. The next choice was green. The fly stitches on the leaf pattern.

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yelorbluet-1

Two kutchwork motifs were worked in orange thread which was lighter than the fabric colour.

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yelorbluet-2

Another motif pattern had an option of being worked in two threads, the central diamond are worked in maroon thread.

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yelorbluet-3

Starting with the idea of incorporating blue into this design, the corners of this square motif was worked in blue thread.

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yelorbluet-4

The yellow from the fabric was the next colour, the same motif pattern which was worked in lighter orange was now worked in yellow thread.

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yelorbluet-5

The fly stitches are outlined with buttonhole stitch in lighter green thread.

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yelorbluet-6

Open chain stitches are worked in white thread to outline the mirrors inside the orange and yellow kutchwork motifs. The piece itself was outlined with back stitch.

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yelorbluet-7

Mirrors were worked in the same fabric yellow in the space between the leaf patterns.

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yelorbluet-8

Square mirrors in blue thread are worked inside the square motifs.

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yelorbluet-9

These blue beads are made of wood and dyed in blue.

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yelorbluet-10

The blue handloom cotton fabric with stripes was perfect for this set.

yellow orange patialablue tunic

yellow orange patialablue tunic

Outlining the embroidered piece and the sleeves with the yellow orange fabric was a good choice. Though this idea was mine, I could see the satisfaction in my tailor’s eyes. He is quite stingy with praises.

yeloow orange Patiala blue unic-det

yeloow orange Patiala blue unic-det

The pattern for this embroidery-

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yelorbluet-pattern

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