kalamkari


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.
WIPW135-zardosi tube
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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WIPW135- blubot-kutch-1
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.

The randje per week 2016 challenge weekly chart was completed on Saturday. Yesterday I forgot to check Pintangle, so that is to be done today after posting this week’s works in progress here.
Marsh Embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
This tunic is back form the tailor. This project was to be done in two phases. But the embroidery was not completed before sewing the tunic. This is the third phase, hoping to restart tomorrow.

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WIPW105-crekalmkaripatkutch-10

Pink kutch work border on green
This project was kept aside for some time. A break from shisha work was used to work on this kutchwork border, and it progressed a little. Though a simple pattern, it takes a while to work because of the intricacy produced by using 2mm graph for the design.

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WIPW105-whigremajekutch-4

The sleeves on the orange and violet combo fabric was completed. A corner pattern made of same borders was drawn, keeping in mind the design of the tunic.
Mirror work
After working mirror after mirror after mirror, break was necessary. This tunic fabric along with incomplete work was given for sewing. The remaining mirrors and bead work will be done after it comes back from the tailor.

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WIPW105-beigemirt-7

A linen in beige is waiting for an embroidery design. I saw a tussar tunic which had ethnic Gujarati embroidery with mirrors. A yoke filled with these type of motifs and small mirrors seems like a good idea. Will have wait and see, how the idea develops into a yoke design.

I am back on track on Randje per week 2016 challenge. The TAST challenge was totally neglected, which is pity. Yesterday, this blog link was posted on FB TAST group page for this week’s Up and down buttonhole stitch samples. This sampler was worked in July 2012.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The kutchwork on one sleeve was completed, and work on second sleeve started on Monday. This is not taking much time as I had thought before.

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WIPW103-crkalamkaripatkutch-9

A few square motifs in brown thread was worked on tunic front. At this stage, it is better to complete the sleeves and give the fabric to the tailor for sewing. The tunic front can be worked after the tunic is sewn. It won’t be difficult to use embroidery hoop in a larger space. There are space restrictions on sleeves to use hoop on a sewn tunic.

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WIPW103-crkalamkaripatkuch-10

Mirror work
A sample of mirror work was attempted on the sleeve of this beige tunic.

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WIPW103-beigemirt-5

These tunics are marked by the tailor, so they are embroidered in the order of priority. The tailor is available after the Eid hoilidays. With so many projects in different stages, my hands are not able to cope up with the speed of the mind. The inspirations picked up in India have to noted, before they vanish.

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.

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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.

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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-

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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.

Linking this post to this blog

 

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.

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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

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WIPW97-blwhcombo-1

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