Paisley passion


I could complete the green gold silk fabric for my friend this week. After that I was alternatively working with  these two  projects in progress.
 Green boat neck tunic.

The diamond  shaped mirrors are being stitched on this green boat neck top. I am working 2 or 3 mirrors at a time every day.
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 Black and gold tunic.

The leaves and tendrils are worked in stem stitch with 3 strands. The stems are worked in 4 strands. At this point, I am thinking it is taking more time than expected. The design offers scope for more details. But if I work on them, this project might take time which is not practical. Keeping it simple and just be within the plan will be the best option. I took an aspect of a big paisley design and modified and  drew the size I wanted  from this book, I have.
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Though all designs are interesting, I tend to favour traditional Indian designs. Before being exposed to this embroidery world through the web, I grew up seeing these designs around. Hand embroidery takes time, to work on each and every idea may not be possible. But some of them are very inspiring, calming the mind and gives contentment too.

I was juggling with projects this week.
Green gold tunic
All the 31 motifs were completed first in this week. My friend was happy, now we both felt the neck and the sleeves were too plain, instead of attempting a border, we decided to work the same motifs on the neck and sleeves.
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I have started on a more leisurely pace on this project now. There are 11 motifs to work- 4 on each sleeve and 5 around the neck.
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Green boat neck tunic
The satin stitch circles were completed this week. Next stage is to stitch the diamond mirrors and then the round mirrors. Attaching the mirrors needs more concentration, have to choose the right time.
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Blue neck embroidery
I am working chain stitch in the space between the back stitch lines with the same blue skein.
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Black and gold tunic
This tunic is marked and cut by the tailor, if I don’t complete it at a reasonable time, he might misplace the rest of the fabric. The work started with the leaves. This may be a big project.
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It was New Year day, after deciding to go with the projects in progress, by afternoon, an idea to start a new tunic project came to mind.
The tailor had marked a black silk tunic for embroidery 2 days before 2020 started.
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The gold fabric with black  border lines is a long stole [duppatta] for this black tunic. Earlier, I had drawn and prepared a single paisley design for this. After I  traced the pattern onto the fabric, my friend came with a sewn tunic, which she got from the tailor that day. He had sewn it well, she wanted to incorporate a small  motif all over the front of the tunic, which she had seen somewhere, but couldn’t get hold of it again .I tried some stitching on the inside neck with sample threads to give reality to her idea.
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I started marking the placements of the motif and drew an upright cross[2 cm] on them that night. Next day I worked 2 motifs, and searched my stash also for similar options.
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Her idea when she said I couldn’t interpret in embroidery, after deliberating for some time changing the metallic threads, we could arrive at something common. This is the motif she is happy with.It is worked brown metallic thread, silver metallic thread and same green silk thread.
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Total number of motifs -31. I am still working on them. I completing each and moving onto another. This might be completed by next week.

Somehow time flew away last week before I could write the post on Wednesday. I have been working on some projects. My earlier projects and challenges are set aside for the time being. Few years ago I had made names on towel edgings in cross stitch for my nephews and nieces. Their sons saw these and wanted one for them with their names. They are very young. I thought instead of cross stitch, free style embroidery can be worked. The elder one wanted blue towel.
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The work is started on this one.
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The second towel. the younger one wanted a purple towel. I couldn’t get that colour. Designing is completed. I will start after finishing the first one.

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These fabrics are 1 metre each. A tunic is to be made combining these two fabrics.
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I have an old yoke, which may be matched with these fabrics. I need to attach some mirrors to go with the green fabric.
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This was also an old yoke on black tunic worked with Kashmiri embroidery, this was attached to this variegated tunic fabric.
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The outline does not look good, planning on filling some places to make it look better. Have to wait and see.
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I want to learn buttonholed fly stitch [from last week’s SSS challenge] during this week, Seems like an interesting stitch.

 

I am working only on projects this week.
Another idea is tried out on navy blouse. The paisleys are filled with closed herringbone stitch with variegated metallic thread. The initial idea was to fill these in chain stitch, realizing the time taken for this project, decided to fill with closed herringbone. One motif done! 5 more to go.
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The work on cream chiffon tunic started with tracing of the neck line on cream silk cotton fabric. Circles were drawn to work flowers. 7 detached chains and fly stitches are worked on the circles. This stitch arrangement is still in progress. The picture quality is not very clear.
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I also found a lost project which I was searching for quite some time. This was a saree project. A few motifs were traced on one end of the saree, where it is draped over the left shoulder. This is called the pallu [Hindi] or thalippu [Tamil] of the saree. This saree was hidden in the wardrobe all this time.
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Yesterday I had gone out, so the progress during the week is posted today. Stitch challenges are kept aside this week. The projects are keeping me occupied.
Variegated silk thread is used to work the straight stitches around the centre of each motif.
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After working bluish green silk thread on black fabric, an idea to outline the motifs on the blouse with the same thread occurred, and I started working on it.
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So many things to do this week, with a new stitches on Beyond TAST challenge and SSS challenge.

 

This week the progress is on the projects. This week’s SSS challenge stitch is interesting. It is an Indian stitch, but I don’t know it was. It will be good to study this stitch.
The work on navy blue blouse does take quite a lot of time. Just checking how an idea of stitching a  variegated silk thread which goes with the saree colour  would work out. It seems nice.
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Taking a break from the blouse, the sleeves of the crepe tunic was started on black fabric. The idea is to work the embroidery is silk thread, so this black fabric seems ideal. Started with back stitch outlines and chain stitch with single strand of silk thread.
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Beyond TAST stitches till now have been already worked stitches.

This was a productive week. Project work is moving slowly, but it is moving. I also started working on latest SSS challenge stitches. The Beyond TAST challenge stitches till yesterday, were already  worked before on earlier TAST challenges.
The navy blouse has three medium size motifs on each sleeve. I have few brocade blouses for sarees. These are quite good, but simplicity does not coexist with brocade. So an embroidery which can represent subtle idea of brocade is the theme here. The work so far is slow, but feeling satisfied-
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This is the bluish green crepe fabric, for which a small border was drawn last week, the border pattern was traced on to the black fabric. When this project will be started, depends on the progress of the navy blue blouse, if that work becomes monotonous, I can start on this project. This design has stones and zardosi beads.

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For the past few days I was away from the computer, slowly getting back to routine.
The linear stitches are being explored on Beyond TAST this month. While working the earlier TAST challenges, many linear stitches were studied, explored and tried. I am yet to think of ways to work this month’s challenge.
Petal stitch and pearl stitch samplers were worked during this week on SSS challenge. They are small band samplers and easy to work. The details of these will be posted soon.
Another colour thread was started on the yoke for the cream tussar tunic. Paisley design again!
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The colours are ok for leaves and veins, another colour needs to be brought in for flowers, which shouldn’t overshadow the greens. Still working on greens for the time being.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is Knotted satin stitch. This a broad version of rope stitch. The working of the stitch is explained in Queenie’s blog.
I have been interested in glazig embroidery. The name was known through Pinterest. It is contemporary, and colourful. Lots of room for creativity too. This person- Pascal Jaouen seems to have started this according to my knowledge. I may be wrong.
This Glazig embroidery is so attractive and inspiring. A notion of merging this week’s stitch and this embroidery seemed appealing. The project is for a string bag.
The colours-
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Started working knotted satin stitch on this new peacock.
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Still struggling for neat stitches. It is time to use the rope stitch for eyes and curves.
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While work the stitches realized that, it could take quite a bit of time to complete the whole design. Should have controlled my enthusiasm before starting a medium size project like this. After working the outlines with rope stitch, this project is stopped for this challenge.
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Though the mastering of this stitch is still far away, I am consoling myself with the idea that this is a study of the stitch.
There are two other challenges in Facebook- A year in stitches and Just one stitch. This project can be used for that. A little bit of stitching everyday might get this project completed. It will be good to have a creative project going on the side.

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