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For the past 2 weeks, I have not been able to touch my threads or needle. Only  calender days have progressed. Hoping for a productive week.

 

This tunic was worked in 2012.
This cotton tunic is handloom cotton in golden yellow. The Indian pant is cream and yellow with a wavy pattern.
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the pattern was inspired by a tunic seen in a boutique.
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Starting with kutchwork border in the centre , the other linear stitches are chain in different colours, closed herringbone stitch, zigzag back stitch, fly stitch and its variation, and the last chain stitch boxes are for the mirrors to be worked inside. The detail-
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After working the small square mirrors.
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The detail after working the mirrors.
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The sewn tunic.
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The tunic was designed and worked in 2012. The fabric was block printed soft cotton named mul mul. The work was ethnic Gujarati embroidery. The motif design was repeated on the sleeves and on both sides of the shoulders-front and back.
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Worked motif with the borders
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The sleeves were attached with red and brown pieces of fabrics, these were also embellished with embroidery and wooden beads.
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The tunic-
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I have worked embroidery on tunics over the years. Not all of them were posted on the blog. I started writing ‘works in progress Wednesdays’ posts from 2014. These tunics were worked before that year. This tunic was worked in 2011.
The pick tunic fabric is cotton. The work was Kashmiri embroidery, the pattern has a motif and a decorative neckline consisting of flowers and paisleys.
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The motif was repeated on the hemline and sleeves. Embroidered motif.
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The embroidered tunic.
pinklilac tunic[kashmiri]

Still the computer monitor is yet to be connected. Eagerly waiting for the big screen to work with. The old one was really slow. And had its own mind.
Started the mirror work on this combo tunic. The markings were not properly placed I suppose, have to rectify it.
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The embroidery on this navy soft cotton started with green thread. This being Kashmiri embroidery, It is chain stitch all over.DSC08475

Embroidery was started on this golden yellow fabric for the printed crepe tunic. The colours are chosen from the prints on the tunic. Silk thread is used to work the satin stitches in the centre.WIPW217-bpcretfse-3

Starting new projects was quite exciting. Some yoke designs were also drawn on paper for future projects

 

This sampler was also worked some time ago, the details of which were not posted. The working is here on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler is started with the basic stitch, the next two samples are the back of the same stitch.
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Two rows of this stitch are worked in two ways in the first two samples. Individual stitches are worked in the last part of this sampler.
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The sampler-
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This couching method is explained in Queenie’s blog. After seeing this couching technique, I was planning to try this the same way it was posted there. Then while browsing the pinterest board, found an image which had cloth couched down with thread. It was by Alabama Chanin. I wanted to blend the idea. Took a piece of this blue cotton crepe cloth, and cut some strips and twisted them.
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These were couched down in this sampler. My sampler is not neat at all. The image inspiration looks neat, rustic and beautiful. But I am happy to have tried this idea.SSS.70.puffed couching sampler

 

I had started working on this challenge, but it was not easy for me. After keeping it aside for a while, the sampler was started again.
Today’s explorations started with 3 rows of back stitch. lacing was done on these rows.
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The second sample is similar lacing to the first one, except the first row was buttonhole stitch.
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The third sample has weaving stitch between two chain stitches in red variegated thread.
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Started this sample with two rows of arrowhead variation.
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The lacing was over these stitches. It looks like detached herringbone stitch though.
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After working two rows of arrowhead stitches, cross stitches were worked in the centre.
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The lacing was done passing through the arrowhead stitches and cross stitches.
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Two rows of herringbone stitches were worked one over the other, small straight stitches were worked to keep the crossing lines in place.The lacing was done in two journeys- left to right and right to left.BTAST18-6-9a

 

I have never worked couching stitch like this. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.

After posting the progress on Wednesday, I totally forgot  about this stitch till today.
A thicker needle would have been better. Stitching to complete this sampler today, may not have been an ideal way to study this stitch. The fabric was right for the stitch. The couched thread is six strands of cotton skein and the couching thread is three strands of cotton skein.
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Need more practice to work this stitch neat.

The needlepoint tapestries are worked with this stitch. When this stitch became a part of SSS challenge last week, there was an anticipation to work a small flower in tent stitch. The days went by, realizing it is almost the end of the week, decided to work the stitch as sampler. The working is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with a single row of tent stitch, a slightly bigger version was tried in the second sample. Six strands of cotton skein was used to work the samples.
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The diagonal working of tent stitch is the first sample. The second sample is the filling with tent stitch.
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Tried some patterns in tent stitch in these samples.
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The tent stitch sampler.
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It was an easy stitch to work, the anticipation to work a chart still remains there. God willing, another time it might happen.

 

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