tunic


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.

 

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Project work seems to be increasing. The routine is to buy fabrics from India, design and work the embroideries, then they are given to the tailor to be sewn as tunic sets or blouses. This was going well till the projects were small or medium.
Now the projects are taking more time, the stitch challenges were not started for the past few weeks.
Some thinking and planning are in order. A new year resolution may be?
After swapping the border onto another tunic, a small border of triangles made of herringbone stitches with chain stitch was worked very near to the attached border.
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This is another tunic in satin silk, which came from the tailor yesterday. Small heart shaped pearl beads can be put to use.
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The bluish green fabric is some type of tussar silk saree bought from FabIndia during this recent trip. The navy fabric is raw silk for the blouse. The embroidery work will be on the sleeves of the blouse.
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The daylight is getting shorter these days. I am not able to work for more time. The progress on projects is slow. Maybe due to dark colours being used. The challenge stitches are kept aside for a while.
The mirrors were stitched on this black border. Feeling the white open chain stitch gives too much of a contrast to the black mirrors. Initially wanted to work some silver beads over them, a friend suggested a red colour option. Trying that option, dark red stones are being stitched on the open chain stitches.
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I started working on the cross stitch project, which is birthday gift. It is specifically designed to fit a square frame from IKEA. I had already presented a printed card which fitted this frame to his wife two years ago. Project might take longer than I anticipated. The pictures will be posted after the frame has been gifted. The challenges will be started after this project.

I went to India for a week, returned 3 days ago. I am working on Beyond TAST challenge now.
Mirror work will start on this embroidered border. Open chain stitch is worked in white thread and the chain stitch outline in silver thread.
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This stitch is a combination of twisted chain stitch and shell chain stitch. The working of the stitch on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler is started with basic twisted shell chain stitch. The same stitch is worked in a curve in the second sample. Shorter twisted chains are worked in the next sample. The twisted chains is extended in the fourth sample. The twisted chains are worked on both sides in the last sample.
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In the first sample, the twisted shell chains are alternatively worked with shell chain stitches. The zigzag twisted shell chain stitch is worked in the next sample. The twisted chains are worked on one colour and the shells are worked in lighter colour in the third sample. The twisted shell chain stitch is worked in two colours in the next sample. In the last sample, after working two rows of twisted shell chain stitches, the shell part was whipped with another thread.
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An interesting stitch which combines twisted chain and shell chain. I liked working the samples with 6 strands of cotton skein. The sampler.
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It was hectic two weeks. We went to Sur [4 hrs drive] previous weekend and it was Ramadhan holidays last weekend.it was break from stitch challenges. Thinking about the challenges cannot be counted as active working.
But catching up the kantha work on ikat tunic started. I was working on one sleeve, before setting it aside.
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Fillings have been completed on both sleeves as of now.
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The sleeves of cream tussar have also started blooming this week.
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Now on the mission to complete the kantha work. Then the time for Beyond TAST and SSS starts.

The story of this yoke starts with this striped cotton fabric.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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