black work on beige tunic


The black work panel was completed during this week.

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I have started with small square mirrors on the blue mirror work yoke. These mirrors were stitched in the same blue colour and are not very clear on picture. After the completion of these mirrors, large squares will be worked on this yoke.
I have a printed red chanderi silk cotton fabric. After the completion of the blue mirror yoke, this project might be started. My kalamkari exercises progressed very slowly this week. An idea of starting an embroidery sampler is nurtured by visiting Pintangle and browsing the net.

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The second black work border in dark brown thread was worked this week on the aida cloth. It is nearing completion on one side. This border is also worked continuously and completed in the return journey.

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WIPW54-beigebwt-7

Small straight stitches were worked around the kutchwork motifs on the mirror work yoke.

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WIPW54-blmirt-5

Drawing kalamkari patterns is very interesting. Now I know why some people enjoy zentangles. The repetitive patterns are really relaxing. I listen to some sleep inducing music during this exercise. Working half an hour at night seems ideal now.

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WIPW54-kalam-2

The black work border on the other side was completed on the beige black work panel. Another border has to be started. This border also will be worked on both sides. Though it is taking more time than I expected, it is exciting to work this double running stitch. The stitch is continuously worked and is completed on the return journey. Interestingly one edge on randje per week challenge is a similar Algerian eye border pattern this week. But it is worked in two colours.

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WIPW53-beigebwt-6

On the mirror work yoke, the mirrors are to be outlined with green thread. The other triangles are worked in orange thread, still not too sure that this orange is a good choice. But decided to go ahead with it. This is another multi coloured yoke!

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WIPW53-blmirt-4

After procrastinating for some time, I have decided to start the kalamkari drawing practice. After drawing these borders in 0.5 pencil, they are reinforced with 0.5 pen. The practice is done with the help of the images from the internet. I am choosing elements from the images to learn this art. Still a long way to go, but just happy to stay on track.

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WIPW53-kalam-1

I have progressed on the black work central piece. A continuous border was worked this week with double running stitch.  This border needs to be worked on the other side too.This project is also helping in learning this stitch with a neat back side. The pattern  inspiration is from kasuti embroidery .

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WIPW52-beigebwt-5

Satin stitches are used for filling these small triangles in the blue mirror work project. This yoke provides a good diversion from the long black work piece.

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WIPW52-blmirt-3

I was browsing through the kalamkari images for inspiration this week. There are lots of inspirational images. Idea of drawing these designs occupies the mind. It‘ll be good thing to learn drawing on a sketch book, which can be used later. This exercise can improve the drawing skill and help in embroidery also. This can be another hobby. One mercerized cotton ikat is waiting for a good kalamkari panel!
I am also collecting pictures of my old embroidered tunics to use as samples to explain the procedure of embroidery on wearable. The series started two weeks before.

The different sized mirrors are fixed with shisha stitch on the red yoke. The heart shaped mirrors in the centre are fixed with double chain stitch which is whipped on the inner side to secure the mirror. This stitch has some other names too. It is used in Hungarian, Kashmiri embroideries. It is thicker than the normal chain. By working this way, the cloth around the mirrors is pulled tight and the mirror sits snugly in the space created by this pulling. I was concerned when it distorted the shape of the fabric, later decided it would not matter because this yoke gets attached to the tunic. This yoke requires some silver beads now to complete the ethnic look.

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Sneaking another break from the red yoke, two more black work motifs were worked on the aida cloth. WIPW49-beigebwt-3

I have made some progress on the red mirror work tunic. Square kutch motifs were worked in brown cotton skein. The herringbone outlines and the central crosses were worked in peach thread. Except for the black thread I am not moving far from red colour base.

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WIPW48-whiteredmirt-4

The heart shaped mirrors have been started, the picture will be taken after they are completed. Needing to get a bit away from this mirror work, I started the black work on aida for this beige and cream tunic.

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WIPW48-beigebwt-1

The aida will be the central panel for this tunic. The pattern is a combination of motifs in the centre and two borders on either side. Just started with the motif.

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WIPW48-beigebwt-2

After scratching the itch, I am back to mirrors now. Will restart again after the red yoke is completed.