saree blouse

Yesterday I had gone out, so the progress during the week is posted today. Stitch challenges are kept aside this week. The projects are keeping me occupied.
Variegated silk thread is used to work the straight stitches around the centre of each motif.
After working bluish green silk thread on black fabric, an idea to outline the motifs on the blouse with the same thread occurred, and I started working on it.
So many things to do this week, with a new stitches on Beyond TAST challenge and SSS challenge.


Project work seems to be increasing. The routine is to buy fabrics from India, design and work the embroideries, then they are given to the tailor to be sewn as tunic sets or blouses. This was going well till the projects were small or medium.
Now the projects are taking more time, the stitch challenges were not started for the past few weeks.
Some thinking and planning are in order. A new year resolution may be?
After swapping the border onto another tunic, a small border of triangles made of herringbone stitches with chain stitch was worked very near to the attached border.
This is another tunic in satin silk, which came from the tailor yesterday. Small heart shaped pearl beads can be put to use.
The bluish green fabric is some type of tussar silk saree bought from FabIndia during this recent trip. The navy fabric is raw silk for the blouse. The embroidery work will be on the sleeves of the blouse.

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.
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.
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.
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.

This past week was very hectic with embroidery on two saree blouses. A black work design was chosen for the second blouse in peach silk. After working on the black work pattern. Certain elements were worked in metallic thread similar to Aari work. Gold beads were added as embellishments.
A few more colour threads were used on black silk blouse. Totally there are 8 colours on the black blouse. The peach silk was completed yesterday. The black blouse was completed today.
We are leaving for India for a week. Our friend’s daughter is getting married. My mother is not feeling well.
This year Oman is celebrating its 45th national day. Starting from 18th this whole week will be a festival. If time permits, blogging on earlier worked tunics may be done.

I have started embroidering on black silk blouse. These blouse projects are for a friend. I can share some of the details, the design which are for the sleeves is a simple geometric filling. Cotton skeins are used throughout the work. The fabric being delicate silk, it is not possible to use hoop. For an earlier project, the hoop was used on crepe silk fabric, the fabric yarn was giving away at some places, which was realized at a later stage. So, maintaining the thread tension is the most difficult part in this project.

Randje per week 2015

This project was not touched from Saturday when the new edges were posted on the site. The free graph is available here.


The blue tunic with ethnic embroidery is also kept on hold for the time being.

The kutchwork borders also waiting in the queue. Yesterday was Diwali festival. The routine is to prepare various sweets and savoury snacks and share them with friends. The past three evenings were for Diwali routine. Blogging did not feature at all. Searching for the appropriate design for the second blouse is continuing.

I am posting this border pattern which I had designed for sleeves of a blouse the details of which are here..

I don’t seem to find the original drawing. This is basic border which was repeated for the required length.

lagartera border pattern

lagartera border pattern

The continuous borders can be used for kasauti embroidery also.

While I worked on this blouse,I thought I’ll do something in lagartera embroidery for myself, I haven’t done so far.
After working the squares on the motif with satin stitch in orange thread[ the picture I had not taken] , I started with yellow thread. In this thread the bottom border pattern was worked in back stitch, and then the whole embroidery was outlined with the same yellow thread .I had initially ,tried with a deep yellow, which did not go well with the other colours and the fabric, so I changed to this shade of yellow.
The completed border-

lagartera blouse-3

The closeup-

lagartera blouse-closeup

The top part of the border-

border pattern top lagarterathe motif-lagartera motif

The border with curved pattern-

lagartera border

The embroidery is fully completed, I have given it back to the lady. I enjoyed working on it. Hoping to do a similar one in the future.

The motif-

Till now I have not received any informative feedback on , the work I have been posting under the heading’Lagartera’.So , may be this is lagartera embroidery. I have doubts because, the pattern is not taken from the lagartera embroidery book, its my own.
Continuing with the details,
After filling the shapes in satin stitch, and curved lines in back stitch with green thread,the alternate diamonds on the top border pattern is filled in satin stitch in dark red colour.
The centre of motif repeat pattern , is done in Rhodes stitch.
The back stitch outlines are also done with the same red thread.

lagartera blouse-2

After this,the squares on the motif are filled with satin stitch in orange thread- which I forgot to picture.
The colours were all chosen by the lady , for whom I did this embroidery.

further details on my next post.

I have come back from Chennai vacation. Too many activities in two weeks. Did not have time to post any new pictures too.
I have seen a few samples of lagartera embroidery on net. The original work Iam yet to see.then found a book of lagartera embroidery, from that deduced that it can be worked on even weave,consists of satin stitch, cross stitch and back stitch.With this background information, I wanted to work this embroidery.
At this time someone wanted me to embroider a border on blouse [saree] sleeves. She
chose the colours, and agreed to my suggestion of lagartera embroidery .
The blouse material was handloom cotton in dark orange and did not have even weave.
So the patternwas drawn on graphand copied with white carbon paper on to the fabric.
The pattern and the first colour[green]-

lagartera blouse-detail 1

Further details on my next post.


This is the last one in this series old kutchwork projects.
I had a plain orange Bengal cotton saree with zari border.For this, I co-ordinated with plain green blouse.
Few similar shades of orange , light green and red thread were chosen for the kutchwork embroidery on sleeves.
The pattern was two kutchwork borders intercepted by single row of kutchwork.
A wide motif was done in the centre- a few common motifs added together.
The mirror image of the two borders are added at the bottom.
The whole pattern was drawn on inch graph paper.
Along with kutchwork, rows of chain stitches were also done.

Green& orange kutch- blouse

The top-

green&orange kutch-top

the centre-

green&orange kutch-motif

The bottom-

green&orange kutch- bottom

This was a big project for me,earlier, I just did small motifs are borders- these pieces I don’t have them with me
. The unavailability of kutchwork designs and ignorance of the sources led me to design my own kutchwork patterns. I did not even have similar samples to compare them with.
I am so happy to share with you all these projects . It brought back so many memories-
While designing, transferring,embroidering,sewing[tailor] and wearing them.
After writing so many posts on kutchwork, Iam itching to do kutchwork now!

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