tunic


This tunic was worked in 2013. The fabric is mangalagiri cotton. We call this colour as sandalwood colour. This fabric was fairly thin for it to be used for chikan work embroidery.
Though generally,  the chikan work embroidery being shadow work, the closed herringbone stitches are worked on the wrong side of the fabric. There are many exceptions to this.
I wanted to work closed herringbone stitches on both sides of the fabric.
The tunic.
sandal-chikan-tunic
The tailor had marked the sleeves and the front of the tunic. The yoke pattern
sanchik-yokepat
The yoke and the sleeve embroidery patterns were traced on to the fabric.
sanchik-sleevepat
The threads used were-
sanchik-threads
Starting with darkest colour, the closed herringbone stitches were worked.
sanchik-1
The next colour was also worked in the same manner.
sanchik-2
The third colour which was very light compared to the other two was worked on the right side of the fabric. This time it was fish bone stitch.
sanchik-3
Cream colour thread was used for outlines and french knots.
sanchik-yokedet
The sleeves were worked in the same manner.
sanchik-sleeve-det
The detail of the tunic.
sandal-chikan-tunic-det
Early 2013, my computer had some problem, and I lost most of the images of the details of the embroidery projects worked after june 2012. This kept me discouraged for quite some time. So there is a backlog of project details from 2013. I am hoping to post these whenever time permits.

The tunic fabric is soft cotton, the dark blue fabric is cotton crepe. the project started in 2015 and completed now in May 2016.This is the first project where these two concepts were tried for the first time. A form of Indian ethnic embroidery and mix of blue and orange.

orawhblgret-fabric

orawhblgret-fabric

It was hard to conceive the idea of mixing orange and blue together. But there were too many eye candies which nurtured this and a time came when I wanted to try this. An ethnic embroidery pattern which was predominantly done in chain stitch and mirror work was seen on a wall hanging. This piece had other forms of ethnic embroidery too. A border was worked with this detail.

orawhblgret-1

orawhblgret-1

The basic floral design was worked completely in chain stitch with green thread.

orawhblgret-2

orawhblgret-2

The outline was worked in dark blue thread. Till this time the dark blue fabric was to be coordinated with this tunic. Eventually it changed,

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orawhblgret-3

With the fabric colour being white, last of the chain stitches were worked in white.

orawhblgret-4

orawhblgret-4

Round mirrors were worked in light blue thread.
At this stage, coordinating the dark blue with this tunic was not looking very good. So the project was kept aside to be given to the tailor later. A light blue Patiala was bought, which coordinated better with this tunic.

orange yoke on white blue green tunic

orange yoke on white blue green tunic

The tailor worked an ideal way of sewing this skewed striped fabric. The result is lovely,

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orawhblgret-det1

The embroidery detail on tunic.

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orawhblgret-det2

The pattern for this embroidery.

orawhblgret-pattern

orawhblgret-pattern

Kutch work embroidery fascinates me. Sometimes it is a motif, or a woven design, or a border. The differences in working each piece is quite absorbing. This is the reason, every now and then, a kutchwork project keeps showing on my posts. This time, an idea of a small kutchwork design worked in different colours came to mind.
This design can be worked as woven kutch work too.
The pattern, as a usual practice the mirrors are also incorporated in this pattern.

blmultiy-pat

blmultiy-pat

The design was drawn on a blue fabric. The embroidery started with choosing these threads. Few more threads were added while working. The kutchwork was worked in three strands of stranded cotton

blmultiy-threads

blmultiy-threads

After working a corner design, started with the repeating design.

blmultiy-1

blmultiy-1

The working was faster than I expected. The thread consumption  for each piece was also very less.

blmultiy-2

blmultiy-2

This particular kutchwork motif can be also be weaved, instead of interlacing. The interlacing leaves space in between the interlaced squares.

blmultiy-3

blmultiy-3

The yellow and orange threads were alternated with a touch of pink, green and blue in between them. The colourful kutchwork embroidery.

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blmultiy-4

The outline in chain stitch with blue thread.

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blmultiy-5

The chain stitches in white are worked after this.

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blmultiy-6

The small square mirrors worked with blue thread.

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blmultiy-7

Three yoke patterns were engineered one after another a while ago. This is the first piece. After completing this embroidery, the tunic for which this was intended, a blue cotton fabric, was not appealing enough. So yesterday, another tunic fabric was picked for this piece.

blue multi col yoke white tunic

blue multi col yoke white tunic

This is ready to go to the tailor.

RPW 2016
This week’s chart on Randje per week 2016 challenge was completed on Saturday, the day it was posted.
Grey crepe tunic
The progress is quite slow on this tunic. Another motif was completed on the front of the tunic. Though it is chain stitch filling in one colour at this time [the stitches in blue thread was worked first], and I work for two hours in a day, the progress is very slow.

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WIPW78-greytunickashmiri-4

We are still working on the pink and blue raw tunic for my friend. Double cross stitch variations with beads are worked over evenly placed marks on the sleeves.

WIPW78-pink&lue-1

WIPW78-pink&bluetunic-1

TAST 2016
The samples of this week’s Vandyke stitch on TAST 2016 was already worked in 2013. This was posted on facebook group page yesterday

RPW2016
This week’s chart on Randje per week 2016 challenge was completed on Saturday. The alphabets had some ‘O and ‘X’ missing on them.
Grey crepe tunic
I completed a motif on this tunic. Anchor # 20 red is the main colour. Blue is used to break the monotony. Now it is time to start on the yoke which is medium sized. After working the motif, an idea came to work the chain stitches really small, resembling the Aari work. The Kashmiri embroidery is worked in open chain stitches in wool I suppose. This idea will be in action on the yoke, thus making this project more time consuming. And I am yet to get used to working without hoop.

WIPW77-greytunickashmiri-3

WIPW 77- grey tunic Kashmiri-3

Designing
It seemed like a good idea to design another embroidery piece for a tunic while working on this tunic. While designing for a narrow border, another design idea popped into mind. Thus two pieces are ready for embroidery. The tunics are finalized and the designs will be traced after the completion of the grey crepe tunic.
My friend wanted a tunic to be designed, so she can learn and work the embroidery on that. The design was ready yesterday. The embroidery is to start today. next week , I can show more light on this joint effort.
TAST 2016
Last week’s and this week’s stitches on TAST 2016 challenge were already worked earlier. So peeking on other’s samples is the general idea.

Not much of progress was made on embroidery work, because we went to Chennai India for a few days. My mother is not keeping well and had to undergo surgery for broken hip.
After returning on Saturday, the Randje per week 2016 challenge of this week was completed on Sunday.
This week’s stitch on TAST 2016 challenge, arrowhead stitch was the one I had already worked in 2012. So not much of working required, just some browsing on facebook TAST group to see other members samples.

I had started on the Kashmiri embroidery [chain stitch] on the grey tunic. This motif is on the back of the tunic below the neck. The same motif is repeated ten times more on tunic front and sleeves. A major project.

WIPW76-greytunickashmiri-2

WIPW76- greytunickashmiri-2

The Mattrah souq in Muscat is filled with oxidized silver jewellery. The inspiration for this tunic is from a turquoise and coral ear piece. When a blue cotton fabric was found for the tunic, the idea of working the embroidery in red fabric rose simultaneously.

b,rkt-fabric

b,rkt-fabric

Indian ethnic kutchwork design was chosen for this project, the kutchwork embroidery in blue on red fabric.

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b,rkt-1

The border in the centre was worked in medium blue. The outline stitch to work the interlacing.

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b,rkt-2

The interlaced border.

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b,rkt-3

The border outline stitches around the centre were worked in lighter blue.

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b,rkt-4

After working the interlacing stitch.

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b,rkt-5

Metallic silver thread is used for working the chain stitch outline,

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b,rkt-6

Blue wooden beads were added to the spaces in the central design,

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b,rkt-detail

The detail of the embroidery.

blue red kutch work tunic

blue red kutch work tunic

The sewn tunic with red yoke. A Patiala salwar in same shade of blue was bought to match with this tunic.

b,rkt-pattern

b,rkt-pattern

The kutchwork pattern

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