kutchwork


The Randje per week chart was completed on Saturday. Lock stitch and double lock stitch are this week’s stitches on TAST challenge. I had worked the samples on two designs earlier. These were posted on FB TAST group page.
Marash Embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
This tunic is with the tailor now. The embroidery on both sleeves are completed. A few diamond motifs were also worked. The rest of the embroidery will be completed after it is sewn.
Orange violet combo tunic
This tunic will be worked in two phases. A small border for the sleeves was started. Just a glimpse of the WIP.

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WIPW104-oraviocombokutch-3

Mirror work
I‘ll work on this tunic during this week. It might take long to complete all the mirrors. Some beads may be incorporated into this design.

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WIPW104-beigemirt-6

Kantha work
Seeing that the mirror work and bead work will be  a long project, I started on the kantha work. This is plain black cloth for the embroidery on sleeves.

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WIPW104-mablaikatkantha-2

While working realized this could also be another long project, decided to keep it in the shelf for the time being.

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WIPW104-marnlaikatkantha-3

Working on these projects, mind keeps thinking  of designs for new projects. Once or twice it started as drawing on paper also. Some webpages are inspiring and addictive and I get carried away by the vast variety of designs. if the time spent on these browsing can be limited, there might be more designs forthcoming. let’s see what this week brings in.

I am a day late in posting the progress on my projects. The two weeks in Chennai, India was filled with visits, shopping and dental appointments. Actually, there was no time for embroidery at all. I picked up some ideas for tunic designs though.
The randje per week sampler was left in Muscat. It was started on this Sunday. With three charts to catch up, the first chart was completed yesterday. I am presently working on this challenge.

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WIPW102-RPW2016-W34

The TAST challenge of this year is more of posting the old samplers on the Facebook page. This was totally neglected. This needs to be looked into.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
I just worked a small part of the sleeve on this project before leaving for India.

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WIPW102-crkalamkaripatkut-8

The violet fabric of the orange violet combo tunic was taken to India, with the hope of working the small border and finding a proper leggings in violet. The leggings was bought but the fabric came back as it was! I think with this colour combination, the project will have more of Indian ethnic look.

WIPW102-oraviocombokutch-2

WIPW102-oraviocombokutch-2

Mirror work
After working the brown thread, the design is outlined with chain stitch in green thread. it is still in progress.

WIPW102-beigemirt-4

WIPW102-beigemirt-4

Kantha embroidery
The kantha embroidery design for the sleeves was traced and the fabrics were taken to Chennai, to be brought back in their packed condition.
The embroidery projects will be taken up after catching up on the randje per week challenge. These days the alphabets are getting bolder and bigger, involving a few days of work. Another chart will come on this Saturday. We are having holidays from tomorrow for Eid-Al-Adha- A time for pilgrimage to the holy shrine. I have to wait and see how much time can be allotted for embroidery.

Picked up a page filled with neck designs. My tailor loves these charts. A sample-

WIPW102-neck pat

WIPW102-neck pat

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.

I am linking these blogs.

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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

WIPW97-blwhcombo-1

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.

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