work in progress wednesdays


The works of this week were around tunics. Though the chain stitches on plum cotton tunic are monotonous, still it is interesting to see the growth on these simple border patterns.
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A kutchwork pattern with chain stitch and mirror elements was drawn and traced onto the grey striped tunic after the tailor marked the neck. He doesn’t design the neck, just the dimensions are marked and the front piece is cut by him. This gives me room to design the neck, yoke etc. by cutting the tunic to size, I don’t have to hold the whole fabric while doing embroidery. Started the work with kutchwork elements in bright[ it does not look so bright in the image though!] orange thread.
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In April I had bought a few tunic fabrics on cotton, they are not handloom. A light weight cotton, easy to maintain and cool to wear on hot days, they were used as blouse fabrics for sarees. The navy tunic with Kashmiri work came from this set.
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My friend liked this grey [we call it elephant grey colour] and she wanted chikan work done on it. A motif design which will be repeated was drawn yesterday. The front of the tunic will be filled with this motif. The plan is to draw the whole design on graph paper and then trace it on to the fabric.
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After completing the blue tussar for my friend [she also worked on it] with beads, this week passed with working on plum cotton tunic.
The chain stitch on other side with the same thread was completed yesterday, tomorrow is another thread.
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I have a bright orange tights which matched with an old black tunic with Kashmiri embroidery.
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This embroidery was cut and stitched onto another tunic few months ago.
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Now this tunic goes well with black tights.
A tunic needs to be designed to match with orange tights. A striped grey hand loom fabric seems to match along with an orange checked handloom fabric. The tailor is marking the neck for embroidery.

I am drawing a design with kutchwork and mirrorwork elements.
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I could complete one project during this week. Chain stitch was worked around the outline with blue silk thread on this neckline embroidery. With this the piece is ready to go to the tailor.
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Cluster of three small pearl beads are being added to the feather stitches this week on this blue tussar tunic. This is still in progress.
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The work continues on the other side of this plum cotton tunic.
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It is hard set these aside and start working on challenges. May be possible next week. Happy with one finish.

While working on the progress on my tunic fabrics, my friend gave a project of working on a blue tussar silk tunic. Small feather stitches are worked on the marked spots on the tunic front with metallic thread
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Double cross stitches are worked with half white thread on this neck line between the square motifs.
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Two more rows are worked with the same colour thread on this plum cotton tunic.
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While I was working on these projects, SSS challenge started after a break. After finishing these, it is time to work on that

This week went with working on tunics. Yesterday, White counted thread embroidery was completed on this aqua green fabric. Once it goes to the tailor, He has to sew this onto the white printed mull tunic.
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I am starting with variegated silk thread on this neckline embroidery on synthetic gold fabric.
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I started working on the plum colour cotton tunic. Again it is chain stitch embroidery, I should design projects such a way that- I keep hopping between different embroidery stitches. It would keep the work interesting.
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This  fabric is the same one remaining from this tunic sewn earlier.

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May be this is right time to switch over to the challenge stitches!

This past week was not very productive. It was hard to find time to sit and stitch continuously. The navy blue cotton tunic was completed and is with the tailor now.
In this Aqua green fabric, the main thread is white. After working the upright cross stitches over the aqua green black work motif, short straight stitches were worked along the border.
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These straight stitches are used to work thick white thread through them. It is a combination of Pekinese stitch and Kashmiri couching stitch. Pekinese stitch is worked over back stitch without a stitch to secure the curve, in Kashmiri stitch the thicker thread is couched, in this way, with the thinner thread. I am yet to practice on that couching technique. Hence this short cut method.
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After working the fly stitch variations around the square, short chain stitches are worked with the same thread along the border.
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I can’t take a break from chain stitch I suppose.

These past few weeks it was hard to get to the computer to post on blog. The progress is also not much when compared to the time lapse.
I am in the last phase on this navy blue tunic. A few more fillings, it should be completed. It does get monotonous to work the chain stitches over and over again.
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White thread is to be used predominantly on this aqua green fabric, after working with green and medium aqua green, white thread was started. Lots more to stitch on this tunic.
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The next colour on the golden synthetic fabric is turquoise blue thread. Fly stitch variations are being worked on this pattern.
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It is really a challenge to catch up with the stitch challenges, hope the following weeks are better.

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