cream ethnic tunic


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.
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.

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These two edges were completed this week on Randje per week challenge. These took more time than usual.

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I completed attaching mirrors on the cream ethnic tunic. Small oval gold beads were also added the outline stem stitch pattern. This tunic is completed and ready to go to the tailor.

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I drew a pattern for embroidery for another tunic. The tunic is yellow and gray tussar silk with stripes. The sleeves of this tunic will have embroidered border in black fabric with mirrors [yeah, Again]. My mirrors want to serve higher purpose instead of being stored in small cardboard boxes.

I took  longer time than I expected to complete last week’s TAST sampler. I need to start beaded barb stitch samples.

This post is on the progress of the projects during this week. To see others progress visit Pintangle.
I have posted 1000 posts on my blog in 5 five years. It all started with needing platform to post the TAST stitches and sharing my embroidery experiences. the motivation- SharonB. I have been regularly posting since 2011.
I am lagging behind on TAST challenge, still working on beaded knotted buttonhole band sampler.
These two edges were completed on Randje per week challenge.

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I have stitched the petals with mirrors on my tunic. Counted the total mirrors this yoke requires, came up with 75. The front is going to be quite heavy. LOL! What was I thinking? Is there any embroidery which will  reduce the fabric weight? And mine too? The border would also have some gold beads before going to the tailor, which I am hoping will happen this week.

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26.WIPWednesdays-ct-5

This post on work in progress helps in work on the projects grow steadily. To see others progress visit pintangle.
Yesterday I was downloading some files from antique pattern library. Totally forgot to write this post. I completed two more cross stitch edges on randje per week challenge.

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The work on tunic also progressed a little. Two features of this ethnic embroidery are – use of five six colours and repetition of stitches, patterns. After some time it gets monotonous. After the work on this project this week, it is ready for stitching the mirrors.

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These two projects took precedence and TAST challenge was not touched this week!

I have not made  much progress on my UFOS  to write. to see others progress visit Pintangle.

We were on vacation to Chennai, India for two weeks. We visited Bangalore and some temples around our village with our family. Our family Deity [ AngallaParameswari], Avanivanallur, Alankudi [ Guru], SriVancheeyam [ Yamadharma], Ramaswamy[ Kumbakonam], Pattiswaram[ Durga], Suryanar Koil[ Sun], Vaitheeswaran Koil- were the temples . All the temples are centuries old, makes us feel and both proud to be a part of these and humble that how insignificant we are. This trip was more of a pilgrimage to offer thanks to God for looking after us during my hubby’s emergency surgeries. We also had Navarathri Festival during which we refrain from stitching. So lots of excuses for stitchfree vacation.
SharonB had asked about the length of my TAST samplers. The sampler are of 4 inches width. They are still individual pieces, which I am hoping to assemble together one day.
TAST sampler details– I started stitching TAST sampler in 2009, when the TAST challenge was restarted on stitchinfingers. I worked 16 of the challenge stitches. The total length of these 2009 year sampler is 14. 4 feet.
In 2010, I joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and worked 28 of the challenge stitches. the length of 2010 sampler is 23. 5 feet.
In 2012, joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and completed all the stitches. The length of 2012 sampler is over 40 feet.
In 2013 , joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and completed all the stitches. The length of 2013 samplers is 32. 5 feet.
This year too, I started working the stitches as band samplers which is 15 feet in length. And after 22 weeks moved on to working the challenge stitches on some designs, these design samplers are of varying length and width. I have got the sampler fever again and plan to work the stitches which need catching up as samplers. The total length of all these samplers cross 125 feet at present.

Thank you, Sharon.
After returning to Muscat, deciding to catch up on Randje per week challenge and started these six edges,

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22-wipw-rwp-79to84-started

The outlining in chain stitch[green] for mirrors to be attached later  was worked on the cream tunic before I left for India.

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22-wipw-ct-1

To see the wonderful progress made by SharonB on her hussif and by others on their respective projects visit Pintangle.
I know it is not related to embroidery, but I have joined a thrice weekly exercise session with my neighbour. This is also progressively working out the unused stiff muscles.
Two edges were completed on Randje per week challenge. these edges were started in March, they are being completed now. The 18th edge has some back stitches.

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I think the sleeves are complete on this cream tunic with ethnic embroidery. This is a small border design which started with buttonhole stitch variation in antique violet cotton skein.

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Stem stitches in green cotton skein on these hearts.

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Chain stitch in yellow.

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Running stitches done in orange perle cotton# 8

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21.wipw-ctunics-4

If there are no ideas of bead additions to this border, the sleeves are completed. The tunic front has a big design, need to start on that. We are leaving for India tonight for two weeks. As usual, stitching time will be zero. The stitch will be quenched by looking at others progress