Indian embroidery


The works of this week were around tunics. Though the chain stitches on plum cotton tunic are monotonous, still it is interesting to see the growth on these simple border patterns.
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A kutchwork pattern with chain stitch and mirror elements was drawn and traced onto the grey striped tunic after the tailor marked the neck. He doesn’t design the neck, just the dimensions are marked and the front piece is cut by him. This gives me room to design the neck, yoke etc. by cutting the tunic to size, I don’t have to hold the whole fabric while doing embroidery. Started the work with kutchwork elements in bright[ it does not look so bright in the image though!] orange thread.
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In April I had bought a few tunic fabrics on cotton, they are not handloom. A light weight cotton, easy to maintain and cool to wear on hot days, they were used as blouse fabrics for sarees. The navy tunic with Kashmiri work came from this set.
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My friend liked this grey [we call it elephant grey colour] and she wanted chikan work done on it. A motif design which will be repeated was drawn yesterday. The front of the tunic will be filled with this motif. The plan is to draw the whole design on graph paper and then trace it on to the fabric.
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While working on the progress on my tunic fabrics, my friend gave a project of working on a blue tussar silk tunic. Small feather stitches are worked on the marked spots on the tunic front with metallic thread
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Double cross stitches are worked with half white thread on this neck line between the square motifs.
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Two more rows are worked with the same colour thread on this plum cotton tunic.
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While I was working on these projects, SSS challenge started after a break. After finishing these, it is time to work on that

I am still working on the tunics during the past few days. Somehow time seems to run away when we are busy.
The next thread being worked on this neckline for printed blue crepe tunic is gold silk thread, this thread can be used on machine too. The outlines for the triangles are worked with chain stitch.
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The work on aqua blue fabric with white thread continues this week too. After the couching! Stitch, it is back to straight stitches, they are  not technically double running stitch, because the back side does not need to be the same, wherever required short cuts are taken.
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A neck and a design around the neck was drawn for the plum colour fabric this week. This will be a short top. The fabric was left over from a tunic made in 2013.
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This tunic top was worked in 2013.
The tunic fabric was bought to match with the ready to wear Patiala salwar pant.
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A simple pattern to be incorporated with gold beads.
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The embroidery with beads, sequins and mirrors.
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Detail
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The sewn tunic.
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These past few weeks it was hard to get to the computer to post on blog. The progress is also not much when compared to the time lapse.
I am in the last phase on this navy blue tunic. A few more fillings, it should be completed. It does get monotonous to work the chain stitches over and over again.
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White thread is to be used predominantly on this aqua green fabric, after working with green and medium aqua green, white thread was started. Lots more to stitch on this tunic.
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The next colour on the golden synthetic fabric is turquoise blue thread. Fly stitch variations are being worked on this pattern.
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It is really a challenge to catch up with the stitch challenges, hope the following weeks are better.

This tunic was worked in 2012.
This cotton tunic is handloom cotton in golden yellow. The Indian pant is cream and yellow with a wavy pattern.
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the pattern was inspired by a tunic seen in a boutique.
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Starting with kutchwork border in the centre , the other linear stitches are chain in different colours, closed herringbone stitch, zigzag back stitch, fly stitch and its variation, and the last chain stitch boxes are for the mirrors to be worked inside. The detail-
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After working the small square mirrors.
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The detail after working the mirrors.
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The sewn tunic.
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Just as expected, I couldn’t spend much time on my stitching. But it was not household work, but other things which were not conducive for stitching.

My brother’s health is not good. he had a mild Heart attack a few days ago. He needs surgery.
I restarted the blue thread on flowers on this cotton navy tunic. Just a few flowers were worked.
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The same colour thread is used for working more double running stitches. Drawing and tracing the design took a long time on this fabric for white printed mull tunic, the stitching definitely would take a long time too.
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If the stitching work is minimum this week, it wouldn’t be a surprise.

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