The band sampler of last week’s lace stitch along with a few NESSAL black work borders was completed. This week’s stitch is mount mellick stitch. I have not worked this stitch before. I have always wanted to learn other embroidery techniques. This mount mellick embroidery is one of them. Taking the opportunity given by this challenge, an idea of working a sampler of some stitches of this embroidery along with this week’s stitch as come up. The shapes are drawn on paper and traced on a beige fabric. Hoping to start the work tomorrow.
This week’s stitch is a beautiful stitch with a long name- buttonholed cable chain stitch. The samples were worked on earlier challenge. The link was posted on FB group page yesterday.
I have started the embroidery with gold metallic thread on this green fabric.
I am going to India for a whole month on this Saturday. Four weeks is too long to be without stitching. Just sorting through the projects to take at least two of them to India. Really hoping not to buy tunic fabrics for embroidery.
March 1, 2017
May 12, 2014
This tunic fabric had all the aspects I wanted- crepe material, black and red colours, traditional Indian pattern print all over. I couldn’t resist buying it.
The neck pattern for embroidery was also drawn in the same theme, traditional Indian design.
I chose black satin fabric for working this embroidery. It was hard taking a clear picture without the satin sheen. The embroidery was done with chain stitch, resembling aari work with zardosi beads and stones. It is easy to work Indian embroidery styles on traditional Indian designs.
The completed tunic-
Embroidery and embellishment detail-
I wear this tunic with black silk salwar. But It is so hot now, I feel I am melting, at the thought of wearing this outfit!
April 24, 2014
This beaded neck pattern was especially designed for my niece. She [Gayathri] loves maroon colour and antique gold beads.
The embroidery – chain stitch outlines, back stitch were worked with antique gold metallic thread and silk threads.
The sequins with round beads detail-
Detail of the round beads around the neck
Edging with oval beads details-
I did not buy the tunic, because she wanted do the matching on her own.
January 18, 2014
This tunic fabric is printed chanderi silk cotton in maroon colour.
I wanted to work zardosi embroidery with stones on a golden colour fabric. This tunic was ideal for my design. A neckline based on traditional Indian design with scope for zardosi beads, stones and novelty beads was drawn on paper.
After embroidering with silk [maroon] and metallic [gold] threads, embellishments – round and soft rectangular gold beads, white stones, gold zardosi beads- were added to this pattern on golden colour synthetic fabric. The detail-
I wear a maroon salwar and dupatta for this tunic. This tunic actually does not need any value addition at all. Still I enjoyed embroidering this piece, I like the subdued effect of the embellishments.
August 1, 2013
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The medium pink printed fabric has zari border and some gold dots [they called it mica print]. For embroidery I used gold metallic thread and a cotton skein which closely resembled the gold metallic thread. The same cotton thread was used to work the sequins and beads.
Antique gold sequins, small and medium sized dull gold beads were used for embellishing this neck design.
A plain cotton fabric of the same base pink colour was bought for the salwar[Indian pants].the tunic
With the neckline like this, who needs any other neck accessory? LOL!
July 31, 2013
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I have been seeing a trend of two or three fabrics mixed and matched to be sewn together as a tunic top. Some are really attractive, especially the handloom cotton fabrics in bright colours. With this idea in mind, I very cautiously bought two cotton fabrics in brown.
This fabric is handloom cotton with squares similar to gingham fabric.
The other one is soft hand woven cotton with yellow and copper lines crossing each other.
I wanted to embellish this tunic with antique gold sequins and beads. For that, this yoke pattern was drawn. I chose a pink block printed mangalagiri fabric with zari border for yoke. the zari border was ideal for the sleeves.
January 14, 2013
The tailor had given me the centre piece of the tunic fabric to work the yoke. I was eager to start the embroidery, but forgot to take picture after each thread. The threads used were cotton skeins and metallic threads in green and copper and gold. The yoke-
The yoke after completion with beads and sequins.
The pattern for the yoke-
I wear this tunic with same yellow fabric of the borders. This kind of colour combination is typical of south Indian silk sarees. I love this tunic and enjoyed working on this.