Kantha embroidery


Stitch challenges
RPW 2016 chart of the week was completed on Saturday.
This week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School challenge is Danish knot stitch. I want work the samples as a band sampler. Still in the process of thinking on this sampler.
TAST 2016 week’s stitch is Twisted lattice band. The samples were worked in 2014. The link to the details was posted on Pintangle and TAST FB group.
Marash embroidery
Yellow silk tunic
After completing the pattern in yellow thread, I started with light green thread.

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WIPW114-yelprinkutch-3

Copper mangalagiri tunic has bead work along the border and is now ready to wear.
A design was drawn for embroidery on a string bag. The idea for this embroidery was from Mary’s Needle and thread blog.

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WIPW114-sbag’16-1-1

I also picked up the kantha work on black fabric for maroon black ikat tunic.

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WIPW114-marblaikatkantha-4

This tunic with printed chanderi fabric on the neck, hem and sleeves came from the tailor. This project needs a small motif to be worked below the neck.

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WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

Now to start the Danish knot sampler.

This is a stitch which I have been wanting to explore on a sampler. The working of the stitch, the tips to work are provided by Queenie, who is doing this Sunday stitch school, on her blog.
This is a versatile stitch. This stitch is used in so many ways over the years on my various embroidery projects. This was first stitch to be taught on our needle class in school to sew two pieces of cloth.
Now the details of the sampler-
The samples are worked in even weave cloth. It is easier to work this stitch on this cloth. The first is the basic back stitch, the second sample is back stitches worked with space between them. Looks like running stitch, but because of the way thread moves below the surface, it is more secure. The third sample are long and short back stitches worked alternatively.

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SSS2016.2.backst-1

This sample is zigzag back stitch. This version was used many times on my embroidery projects.

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SSS2016.2.backst-2a

The zigzag back stitch looks like this on the back, this makes another linear stitch, may not be as secure as two rows of back stitch, but will save some thread!

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SSS2016.2.backst-2b

The first sample is variation of zigzag back stitch. The second is the sample to show how the back stitch works on curves. This is the reason this stitch is used in  red work, black work, kantha work, cross stitch embroideries. There are countless possibilities to work this stitch.

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SSS2016.2.backst-3a

The back side looked interesting for these two samples too.

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SSS2016.2.backst-3b

Now starting with two rows of back stitch worked together.
After working two rows of back stitch in the first sample, the starting point of the second row in the second sample is the midpoint of the back stitch worked in the previous row. The second sample is called cable stitch, when there is no space between the rows and both rows are worked together as single linear stitch. In the third sample the back stitch rows are whipped together from left to right. The two rows of back stitch is laced in the fourth sample. Detached cretan stitch  is worked over the back stitch in the fifth sample. The sixth sample is the beaded back stitch.

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SSS2016.2.backst-4

The sampler is completed with these experiments, I have been itching to work back stitch samples from the time of TAST challenge.

SSS2016.2.Back stitch sampler

SSS2016.2.Back stitch sampler

The Randje per week chart was completed on Saturday. Lock stitch and double lock stitch are this week’s stitches on TAST challenge. I had worked the samples on two designs earlier. These were posted on FB TAST group page.
Marash Embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
This tunic is with the tailor now. The embroidery on both sleeves are completed. A few diamond motifs were also worked. The rest of the embroidery will be completed after it is sewn.
Orange violet combo tunic
This tunic will be worked in two phases. A small border for the sleeves was started. Just a glimpse of the WIP.

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WIPW104-oraviocombokutch-3

Mirror work
I‘ll work on this tunic during this week. It might take long to complete all the mirrors. Some beads may be incorporated into this design.

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WIPW104-beigemirt-6

Kantha work
Seeing that the mirror work and bead work will be  a long project, I started on the kantha work. This is plain black cloth for the embroidery on sleeves.

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WIPW104-mablaikatkantha-2

While working realized this could also be another long project, decided to keep it in the shelf for the time being.

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WIPW104-marnlaikatkantha-3

Working on these projects, mind keeps thinking  of designs for new projects. Once or twice it started as drawing on paper also. Some webpages are inspiring and addictive and I get carried away by the vast variety of designs. if the time spent on these browsing can be limited, there might be more designs forthcoming. let’s see what this week brings in.

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

This week’s progress has been mediocre.

The RPW2016 challenge took more time than was expected. The completed chart.

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WIPW101-RPW-W33

I am going to Chennai, India tomorrow for two weeks. For the past few times these trips have been stitch free. Hoping for some embroidery productive days.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The tunic fabric was marked for neck and sleeves by the tailor. The pattern was drawn on the sleeves first. In this transfer also, the fabric to be marked is placed over the design and the pattern is drawn with a pencil. The kutchwork/ interlacing stitch/ marash embroidery commenced with the brown thread. Same colour as the brown fabric.

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WIPW101-cralamkaripatkutch-7

Orange violet combo tunic
The impact of working this kutchwork, the multi colour mirror work on white and blue combo tunic and seeing a kasuti embroidery design – all gave rise to another idea of working kutchwork embroidery in four colours on an orange and violet tunic. I am still in the process of drawing the pattern. The embroidery will be three places- the sleeves, below the neck and a big design on the right hand side of the tunic. I may have more details after the designs are completed.

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WIPW101-oraviocombokutch-1

Mirror work

white and blue combo tunic

The mirror work around the neck and sleeves on this blue white combo tunic was completed.

beige mirror work tunic
After working the sleeves with brown thread, I proceeded with the work on tunic front. The spaces inside the squares will have the mirrors.

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WIPW101-beigemirt-3

Kantha embroidery
The kantha embroidery is drawn and ready to be transferred. With the packing in progress for the trip, If time permits, the tracing can be made on the plain black fabric to be worked in Chennai. Will have to wait and see.

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WIPW101-marblaikatkantha-2

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 2016 sampler chart has a border with letter ’Z’. It was completed on Saturday.
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
After working another motif on this project, some simple kutchwork squares were worked in cream thread.

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wipw99-crkalamkaripatkucth-6

Pink border tunic
The kutchwork borders were worked during the week. And decision was made not to add any embellishments on this project.

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WIPW99-pinboderkutch-3

Mirror work
Today I have started stitching the mirrors around the neck of the blue/ white block printed tunic. Yet to take the picture. It is quite hard to push and pull the needle through the 1 inch border.
The beige tunic was picked up with markings. The working on the embroidery will start after tracing the design.
Kantha work
This project is in the designing stage. The fabrics are maroon striped mangalagiri cotton and ikat cotton. The tunic is the combination of these two fabrics. Simple kantha designs are being screened now.

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WIPW99-marblaikatkantha-1

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