Indian embroidery


The story of this yoke starts with this striped cotton fabric.
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Thinking all these colours can be used for embroidery on a cream base, a cream cotton fabric was chosen for the tunic. This cream mangalagiri handloom cotton fabric was given to the tailor for marking the front and sleeves.

And  a simple border design was embroidered on the sleeves.
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The pattern for the same.
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The embroidery for this mirror work started with green colour skein. The mirror outlines were worked n chain stitch, the curls were worked in stem stitch and the leaves in leaf stitch.
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The second stage was to work the orange colour skein. Chain stitches and buttonhole stitches were worked with this thread.
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Next in line was the antique violet colour skein. The triangles around the neck were worked in buttonhole stitches and the second mirror outlines were worked in chain stitch.
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The last outline around mirrors were worked in polyester gold colour thread.
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The diamond shaped mirrors were outlined with variegated polyester thread.
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The remaining chain stitch outlines were worked in yellow colour skein.
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The same yellow skein was used for working all the mirrors.
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Oval shaped gold bead was the last detail to be worked on this embroidery.
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The pattern for this yoke.
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The completed tunic.
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This was the story of this tunic in 2014. After two and a half years, the same yoke became a part of another tunic. Which will be narrated later.

Stitch challenges
The last two week’s challenge stitches on TAST challenge were worked on earlier challenges. So not much of work is there on it. Yet to start exploring another innovative stitch on SSS challenge.
Projects
Two projects came as a surprise.
The green benarasi georgette tunic came back from the tailor without the inner neckline! He thought it was something to be trimmed out. After getting over this idea of vanishing neckline, I might be able to get on the job of placing the white stones.
Another surprise started in India. I had cream tunic with mirror work on it worked way back in 2014. It was slightly short and did not go well with the salwar. I had a lavender fabric to be matched with the mentioned salwar. Suddenly these two – the cream tunic and the lavender fabrics got together and became one lavender tunic with cream mirror work.
The cream embroidered piece needed some lavender elements on it, the work on it started on Monday.
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More details will be posted in a few days.
Simple embroidery for the blue block printed tunic was started on cream fabric.
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The work on string bag was completed and is with the tailor. I should definitely start sewing again if time permits.
The violet matka silk needs zardosi embroidery border worked in pink silk/ cotton fabric. it started with chain stitch in violet metallic thread.
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It was a productive week.

Stitch challenges
This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is to be started tomorrow. TAST challenge stitch sampler was worked in 2012. Yet to upload the link on FB group page.
This picture shows green zardosi tube with beading needle and cotton skein. The tube will be cut into desired length with nail cutter, and will be sewn with the help of beading needle and thread. This kind of zardosi beads along with other embroidery stitches, stones and sequins constitute zardosi embroidery. This embroidery on grand scale is common on bridal outfits. Incidentally, zardosi tubes in few colours  were  bought during this trip to India.
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Projects
The zardosi bead work on green benarasi georgette tunic with stones is yet to be completed. While working the stones near the neck outline, a thought came to mind that the stones might hinder the tailor’s work. Now the tunic and the unfinished neck embroidery piece are with the tailor. The embroidery can be worked after the tunic is sewn.
I was working on this string bag project during the end of 2016. The embroidery on this was resumed this week.
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Projects to start
I have these two tunic fabrics.
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The cream floral print is to be sewn without any embroidery. The blue fabric would have a simple embroidery. A design was drawn yesterday. Once the embroidery is completed, both will be given to the tailor for sewing. These fabrics are  cotton with kalamkari prints.
I had seen a Matka silk tunic in Chennai. It looked elegant and cool on that person. With this my understanding of Matka silk halts. While shopping for it, realized there are two varieties of Matka silks. This fabric was bought, it needs backing. An idea of a small floral border in zardosi embroidery is yet to reach the design stage.
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With these projects to work and a stitch sampler to be started, this week will be busy.

Embroidery is now part of daily schedule. The fasting during the day for Ramadhan started on Saturday. And the summer is in full swing. It is s hardship for people who are fasting this year.
I worked on vault stitch on SSS challenge and didn’t have to work on TAST challenge, because it was worked earlier.
Projects
The cross stitch pattern on sleeves for this polyester linen tunic was completed and the fabrics are with the tailor.
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After working the white stones, I started with green and gold zardosi beads for green benarasi georgette tunic. Cutting the zardosi beads and working the embroidery takes a little time.
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Being summer, Designing embroidery for some cotton tunics would be better. So that they can be worn this summer itself.
Had written this post on Wednesday. But could post it only today.
Update- I have just started working on whipped running stitch sampler

Stitch challenges
Last week’s stitches on TAST and SSS challenges were completed and the details were posted on the blog. I have to start on this week’s SSS stitch. This week’s TAST stitch was worked earlier.
Tunic project
Some of the projects were left in Muscat, while leaving for India. The embroidery was restarted around the neck for this green Benarasi georgette fabric.
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Working with green thread and gold metallic thread was completed before the vacation. I started with gold zardosi beads and small white stones.
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Another project which needs to be worked is the cross stitch on Aida cloth for blue polyester linen tunic. Presently working on this project, picture is yet to be taken .
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Lots of work to be done. Eager to work them all

We are back in Muscat slowly flowing into routine. I am better now.
The SSS challenge and TAST challenge both have new stitches to work. The upright cross stitch is an easy one. I hoping to start on it tomorrow. After that I have to work on beaded oyster stitch on TAST challenge.
Before returning to Muscat, I managed to work on my friend’s saree. A kutch work line along the width of the saree, which could be more than 40 inches.
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The detail of the embroidery.
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The kutchwork line in two colours was worked on the sleeves of the blouse also.
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Nothing else was done other than this project and packing in Chennai, India. I have unpacked the fabrics bought in Chennai. Phew!! Some or most of them would require embroidery, which would be looked into during the next week. Lots of work to do.

I am a day late in posting again. There was not much stitching done during this week also. Heat is playing games on my body it seems. I am better now. We are leaving for Muscat this Saturday.
The work on silk blouse was completed. My neighbour loved this embroidery. Says she is also getting inspired.
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Seeing this, my friend also wanted some embroidery on her unstitched blouse. She gave me the saree and the blouse. The saree and the blouse already had machine embroidered elephants.
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This is the pallu of the saree, which is draped over the shoulder, either in the back or front, depending on the culture. The same six yards saree is worn in so many ways not only in India but also Srilanka, Egypt and some parts of Africa. In India and Srilanka, the heavily woven or worked pallu is shown in decorative ways. Saree draping is a whole different art form.
The blouse sleeve also has elephants. I have drawn a line over the red elephant, to work songle kutch work.
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I am working a row of single kutch work on the pallu now. It doesn’t require any embroidery, but still a line would differentiate the pallu and the body of the saree. After that, the work on the sleeves will start. Simple embroidery, still takes time.

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