I have been working on this sewn tunic this week.
The kutchwork pattern was traced onto the tunic with white carbon. Not a very bright idea.
When a time was conducive I started with brown thread. The design was very light after so many weeks. The brown thread in Chennai sunlight did not match so well as in Muscat indoor light. Still eager to start the project, I started with the basic stitches with brown thread. While working on it bought red and yellow threads. After ensuring the points are covered with brown thread, started with the yellow thread.
The basic stitches in brown are interlaced with red thread. This looks much better than the dull brown. Controlling the urge to work mirrors.
The four motifs below the neck was worked in red thread.
The pattern is now is worked with yellow thread.
The centre and other spaces are worked in half white thread. By this time the design from white carbon has completely vanished. This pattern was also drawn on 2mm graph paper.
The project is completed without mirrors.
The embroidery detail-
The tunic looks nice even without the embroidery. An outline stitch around the neck would have been sufficient.
The 17th stitch on SSS challenge seems like an easy stitch. Started working on the sampler today.
April 12, 2017
I have been working on this sewn tunic this week.
May 17, 2016
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.
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.
The basic floral design was worked completely in chain stitch with green thread.
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,
With the fabric colour being white, last of the chain stitches were worked in white.
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.
The tailor worked an ideal way of sewing this skewed striped fabric. The result is lovely,
The embroidery detail on tunic.
The pattern for this embroidery.
November 4, 2015
Last week I was thinking of starting the cross stitch edges on the Randje per week 2015 challenge and completing them in the next year. This week’s edges were continuous and they were completed the same day.
The time saved on this project was utilized on the ethnic embroidery borders on blue tunic. After getting tired of cutting and starting with the same thread, a small patch of border was worked in rest of the colours. The spaces will have square mirrors. That work will be on a later date.
Started drawing few more kutchwork border designs on graph sheet in the evenings.
A friend had asked for embroidered sleeves on silk blouse fabrics. All my other projects including the randjes will be kept on hold till these projects are completed. As usual there is a time limit. Need to go and see some designs for inspiration. This was a productive week.
October 14, 2015
The week’s work was quite slow. The herringbone filling with dark aqua green thread [anchor-189] on the borders was completed. More filling stitches with other colours are to be started. It takes long because, for each and every square the working thread has to be cut and restarted again.
This week’s randjes are large. My third sampler cloth couldn’t accommodate both borders. The second one has to be started on another cloth. The sampler looks-
Yesterday Navrathri festival started. This is festival which is celebrated for nine days. Clay figurines depict the various Gods and significant mythological scenes are kept on display. I have done this every year, when I lived in India. Many rituals are also performed glorifying the female Gods. Women are invited. I need to go for a visit. Our traditional saree is the dress code. I bought this cotton kota saree designed by Arundati Menon. I had to attach falls [a five inch strip of fabric which is attached to the saree border, where it touches the ground, to protect the saree] on this saree. After working the second randje, the embroidery on the borders will resume.
October 7, 2015
The green yoke for white/pink printed tunic was completed this week. It was easy working along the stripes.
After completing the embroidery, white sequins were added to these linear stitches.
This ready to wear Patiala salwar was bought on my previous trip to Chennai.
A dark blue fabric was chosen for the tunic. The pattern is inspired by ethnic Indian embroidery. Lots of spaces to be filled with herringbone stitches! The thread colours are plucked from the Patiala with an addition of white and pink. The embroidery on 3 cm borders for the sleeves and sides are started.
My kutchwork border designs are moving very slowly, so nothing much to report there.
September 30, 2015
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I went to Chennai, India for two weeks. It was a whirlwind trip. A wonderful combination of spiritual, religious, social and shopping. The embroidery was not even looked at during this period. After returning to Muscat, first started with the Randje per week challenge 2015 catching up.
Shopping included some handloom fabrics for tunics, of course! This tunic is printed soft cotton, with cotton crepe salwar.
With an urge to use a contrast fabric as yoke for this tunic, a striped mangalagiri green fabric was chosen. The idea is to use the stripes as base for linear stitches, started with zigzag back stitch and chain stitch outline.
An idea to revive the kutchwork border designs which were drawn in the year 1992 has created another activity now. The process of coping these designs [the papers became old] started 3 days ago.