This was an exhibit that was part of the textiles at Burrell collection, Glasgow, Scotland. We were on a short visit.
There were these mirrors with embroidered frames. I think the embroidery was done on satin silk and never have I seen or read anything like that before. I was quite enchanted with it.
The top portion of the mirror-

Burrell collection-emb on mirror1

Burrell collection-emb on mirror1

Castle, plants, animals, trees and people were all embroidered on to this.

Burrell collection-emb on mirror2

Burrell collection-emb on mirror2

The bottom part of the mirror, which also had animals, garden and plants.

Burrell collection-emb on mirror3

Burrell collection-emb on mirror3

Another view of the same mirror.
This definitely inspired me, now all I need is the motivation!

This tunic embroidery design is a combination of inspirations.
I was fascinated by bead work on the net.
Iam also interested in traditional Indian designs.
I had seen some people doing jewelry patterns on frames based on Tanjore painting style.
So with the above combinations, the result was few lines of jewelry inspired beadwork.
I used small gold beads only, no stones.
The pattern was just lines , where I worked the line stitches to go with the necklace theme.Except where I wanted something hanging down, I used a small curved motif.
I used gold and red colour threads.
I did not plan the list of stitches, but just went along with the basic idea.
I am posting pictures of the completed tunic-

green necklace tunic

The first closeup-

green necklace tunic closeup-1

The second closeup-

green necklace tunic

I took step by step working of this embroidery and beadwork , If somebody wants I can post those pictures also

This fabric is self checked tussar silk tunic. I[means my tailor] made into a short tunic[kurti] .
The pattern –, I took a part of a corner pattern from a neck design book, and made it into a long diamond shape. The three medallion shapes are adapted from this shape. The filling stitch was an after thought, done by using the checks on the fabric.
The colours used are peach and green, the whole embroidery is done in two strands of anchor cotton skeins[I had not started using silk threads back then].
Now for the tunic-

Cream tunic-1

The close up-

Cream tunic- close up

The length of the tunic was too short, so later, a eyelet embroidered fabric in peach colour was attached to the base of the tunic. The salwar[Indian pants] was sewn with the same colour to make it into a set.

When I visited Sharon’s blog, I came to know of this site, which has scanned pictures of patterns dating back to 1885. Enjoy them!
1885- India was under British rule.Even My grandfather was not even born.

In this there were so many hand painted tiles on display and sale .Dear Hubby was so impressed, kept on clicking!
There were painted trays, pictures, cups, vases.These were also from Syria.
The patterns were so inspiring for me, I don’t mind having these pictures.

Painted tiles, pictures-1

Painted tiles,cups-2

Painted tiles,trays-3

painted tiles,trays-4

painted tiles.coasters-5

painted tiles,vases-6

If  I use the same colour combinations  and embroider on a white tunic, will I also look like a tile?

We are both heavy- idea considered and postponed for another time!

A few more of handicrafts…

One of the stalls in the Muscat festival had squares pieces made in cross stitch. I had an opportunity to see the artist working on a piece.
That is another important aspect of this festival, where we can see the artists working with their creations.
The squares are even weave cloth in light or black colours, the designs are [as far as I could see] were textile patterns or background patterns. The squares are then stitched as cushions or framed as pictures. The patterns were beautiful and very intricate. It would take a long time to complete on square. I was amazed at the patience of the stitcher.
Have a look at the picture-

Cross stitch squares

I did not take any close-ups, to respect the stitcher.  As  seen,  some large embroidered wall hangings were also on display.

More posts on handicrafts….