lemon yellow linen tunic

I am posting the yoke and sleeve patterns for this tunic. The details of the embroidery are here.

lemon yellow -yokepattern1

lemon yellow -yokepattern1

Being a big pattern , this is another picture-

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lemon yellow-yokepattern2

Sleeve pattern

lemon yellow-sleeve pattern

lemon yellow-sleeve pattern

Herring bone stitch, stem stitch and chain stitch were worked with medium green colour thread.
Chain stitch, zigzag back stitch and fly stitch were worked with light green thread.
Light pink colour thread was used for chain stitch, herringbone stitch and all the left over lines were also worked in back stitch with this same pink.
The tunic-

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Another view-

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Close up of the tunic-

lemon yellow tunic-close up

After embroidering this tunic, I now enjoy sharing the details of this project .

The medium pink was completed on the yoke pattern. Olive green was the next colour. Just as using different shades of pink, I wanted to use different shades of green too.
Button hole stitches and fly stitches in the centre are worked with this thread.

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After this colour I chose, medium green, light green and light pink for this yoke pattern. But did not take  pictures after each colour change. So the finished yoke with all these details together will be on my next post.

After the darkest pink, I have moved on to medium pink. The progress on the sleeves is shown here-

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The width of the sleeve border pattern was six inches.

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Dark maroon is the next colour to be worked on. Dark maroon colour is for reference only, actually it comes as a very dark pink. Number-70 or 71 on anchor cotton skein.
Herring bone stitch and chain stitch are worked with this thread.

The next colour thread , I don’t know the name, but it was #94 of anchor cotton skein.
Herring bone stitch, back stitch and detached chain stitches were worked with this thread.

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Since I was using a variety of colours, impulsive choosing may totally change the effect of the embroidery. This needs careful, checking at each stage.

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The next colour on this yoke was violet.herring bone stitches and zig zag back stitches were worked in this colour

I worked on the embroidery of the sleeves along with the yoke, because they had the same patterns.

After suggesting the ways of transferring the pattern on to this lemon yellow linen fabric. the details of the embroidery-
The stitches were predominantly herringbone, other than that, back stitch, chain stitch, button hole stitch, fly stitch were also used.
Starting with the working of outlines in back stitch with dark green thread-

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Another suggestion , when taking up a big project like this it is better to work on continuous design and same colour thread for a particular pattern. Using two or more colours will take too much time in cutting and starting.

I had seen some tunics with all over embroidery or print on the yoke and the sleeves. This idea of designing big yoke and sleeves was there for quite some time. When I found this lemon yellow linen fabric, the first thought was the number of colours which can be used on this. Then the idea of working a big yoke and sleeves came from that. Using many colours had its own appeal.
The pattern was combination of wide borders. For this I took the inspiration from both African and Indian ethnic designs. I used three strands of cotton skeins to embroider these bold border patterns.
Copying this design on to the fabric was not easy. For the yoke alone I had to use four carbon papers. The base colour being lemon yellow, using white carbon was not an option. I used red and green carbon, which left blotches of colour all over the fabric.
for this kind of tracing the best option is the method used by commercial embroiderers.
Another option is, use a glass table top, place the pattern on it, position the fabric over the pattern, have a light bulb underneath the table, start drawing with a water soluble pen. Choose the colour appropriate for the fabric. this option works good for linen.
I ‘ll start with the details of the embroidery from the next post.