mirror or shisha


The story of this yoke starts with this striped cotton fabric.
cremirt-salwar
Thinking all these colours can be used for embroidery on a cream base, a cream cotton fabric was chosen for the tunic. This cream mangalagiri handloom cotton fabric was given to the tailor for marking the front and sleeves.

And  a simple border design was embroidered on the sleeves.
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The pattern for the same.
cremirt-pats
The embroidery for this mirror work started with green colour skein. The mirror outlines were worked n chain stitch, the curls were worked in stem stitch and the leaves in leaf stitch.
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The second stage was to work the orange colour skein. Chain stitches and buttonhole stitches were worked with this thread.
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Next in line was the antique violet colour skein. The triangles around the neck were worked in buttonhole stitches and the second mirror outlines were worked in chain stitch.
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The last outline around mirrors were worked in polyester gold colour thread.
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The diamond shaped mirrors were outlined with variegated polyester thread.
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The remaining chain stitch outlines were worked in yellow colour skein.
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The same yellow skein was used for working all the mirrors.
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Oval shaped gold bead was the last detail to be worked on this embroidery.
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The pattern for this yoke.
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The completed tunic.
cream mirror work tunic
This was the story of this tunic in 2014. After two and a half years, the same yoke became a part of another tunic. Which will be narrated later.

Stitch challenges
The last two week’s challenge stitches on TAST challenge were worked on earlier challenges. So not much of work is there on it. Yet to start exploring another innovative stitch on SSS challenge.
Projects
Two projects came as a surprise.
The green benarasi georgette tunic came back from the tailor without the inner neckline! He thought it was something to be trimmed out. After getting over this idea of vanishing neckline, I might be able to get on the job of placing the white stones.
Another surprise started in India. I had cream tunic with mirror work on it worked way back in 2014. It was slightly short and did not go well with the salwar. I had a lavender fabric to be matched with the mentioned salwar. Suddenly these two – the cream tunic and the lavender fabrics got together and became one lavender tunic with cream mirror work.
The cream embroidered piece needed some lavender elements on it, the work on it started on Monday.
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More details will be posted in a few days.
Simple embroidery for the blue block printed tunic was started on cream fabric.
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The work on string bag was completed and is with the tailor. I should definitely start sewing again if time permits.
The violet matka silk needs zardosi embroidery border worked in pink silk/ cotton fabric. it started with chain stitch in violet metallic thread.
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It was a productive week.

I have been in India for the past few weeks. I could stay here till first week of May. Generally stitching comes to a standstill on a vacation. Browsing the net is minimal. This routine is not working now. Too much laziness is also not good. I might forget everything.
It is hard to work the stitch challenges. They are put on hold.
I have two sewn tunics to be embroidered. The first tunic is mangalagiri with chanderi silk cotton patch.
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I had drawn a kutch work design is Muscat for this. The embroidery on this tunic was started.
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The second tunic in white mull fabric on which mirrorwork needs to be done on the black borders.
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My neighbour is sewing a blouse for her sister. She wanted a simple embroidery on it. We have bought some red and white stones for embellishing. The fabric needs to be marked.
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These information posted here is for motivating me to start doing some embroidery work.

Cyclone in Chennai
We are planning to go to Chennai, India for a week on Friday. This city was ravaged by cyclone on Monday. The electricity is yet to be restored. The mobile connections are also down. It is limping now. it will be a tough time. The next week would be free from stitching.
Stitch challenges
RPW 2016- this challenge is lagging behind. Previous week’s motifs are started and the motifs and the border can be worked in leisure without the chart now. Yet to do that on this week’s chart.
SSS- This week is a revision of the first five stitches. I am not planning to do anything this week, but will be browsing the other stitchers of this challenge.
TAST- zigzag woven chain is this week’s stitch on this challenge. The link to the samples worked earlier was posted on FB group page yesterday. This is the last stitch for this year. Sharon has hinted that after 100 stitches there might be some change.
Marash embroidery
This is the only project I am working on this embroidery. This needs to be completed before it goes to the tailor.

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WIPW116-yelprinkutch-4

Two projects are awaiting to be designed on this subject. One is the orange tunic with chanderi patch and another is a white linen fabric. A basic idea of the design is ready for the white linen, it is yet to be drawn and traced on to white silk cotton piece, when the time permits! The design has to be created for the orange tunic.

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WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

Mirror work
I picked up this tunic from the tailor yesterday. The black borders will be worked with mirrors, someday I think! At least the tunic and the idea are ready.

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WIPW116-whblamullmirt-1

String bag [1]
After tracing the design on to the linen fabric, initial stitches are made in stem stitch. Three strands of three different threads are used. Expectation was more to see the effect of three colours mixed together. It is less than I expected, still happy with it. Will see this after coming back from India.

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ipw116-sbag’16[1]


Wishing for some really small projects to complete faster. All small projects are on sewn tunics. These days my interests in tunic designs seem bigger and bigger. Lots of time has to be invested for these works. Being bigger the designing also takes time. Too many choices and it is hard to draw a line. It appears the RPW challenge might extend way into 2017. That can be the excuse not to join next year’s RPW challenge.

We went to Dubai for the weekend. The weekend in the Gulf is Friday and Saturday.
Stitch challenges
RPW 2016
This week’s chart is a big one consisting of motifs. On Sunday, thinking it is better to stitch a grid similar to the chart to work these motifs. It took most of Sunday and Monday to do this. I have to start working on it from today.
TAST 2016
This week’s stitch on this challenge is raised cup stitch. This stitch sampler was worked in the earlier challenge. The link to the post was posted on FB group page.
SSS 2016
This week’s stitch on this challenge is Ermine stitch. This stitch was never used before. Looks like an easy stitch. This work might start after the RPW 2016 challenge.
Mirror work tunic.
My friend wanted to learn mirror work and do it on a tunic. This idea and the project started a few months ago. She is leaving for holidays to India. We started to work on this tunic which came back from the tailor on Sunday. Till yesterday evening I was working on it. It is completed now.

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wipw115-bloramirt-1

This project is the only progress I have made this week. Still satisfied that it could be completed. I bought this calendar in Dubai. Months to be coloured!

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wipw115-colcal2017

This week’s Randje per week challenge chart had numerals. They were easy to work. This week’s stitch on TAST challenge is slipped detached chain or tulip stitch. the link to the samples worked earlier was posted on FB group page.
Marash Embroidery
The kutchwork embroidery on Cream kalamkari patch work tunic was completed this week.
Pink kutchwork border on green
The sleeve border design is made of three rows of kutchwork on this green fabric. The part I am working is in pink thread and is in the centre and bigger than the other two rows. The other two rows are to be worked in green thread. This work being intricate is worked in segments. The kutchwork design is quite simple. The central part of the border of one sleeve was completed.

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WIPW-106-whigremajekutch-5

Orange violet combo tunic
The kutchwork elements in four colours constitute the border for the sleeve of this orange and violet combo tunic. This is the first segment of this project. Rest of the embroidery will be done after the tunic is sewn.

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WIPW106-oraviocombokutch-4

Mirror work
The beads are added onto the mirror worked sleeves. Following this, the tunic front will be worked. Now that the tunic is sewn, the embroidery can be done at leisure.

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WIPW106-beigemirt-8

A medium sized yoke design is drawn on graph paper during this week for the beige linen fabric.
I have a red salwar which needed a tunic to make it into a set. I found this printed cotton mull fabric. At this point, there is no idea to embellish this tunic with embroidery. I need some casual wear. Just a desire to share the picture.

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WIPW106-whiredmulltunic

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.

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