These days I am working on 2014 randjes. This is another cross stitch border made along with the first one. The source is the same- antique pattern and it was modified. The pattern-



I felt the continuous crosses was too crowded, and chose to work the alternate ones for the outline.



Cotton skeins were used for this work.



The idea of taking picture after each colour thread was worked, helps in seeing how this piece looked at different stages.



They can be used as inspiration to create another pattern based on this.



The cross stitches are completed.



Dark pink/light purple pearl beads were used for embellishment and also the green thread on the outline and inside the triangle needed to be separated. Pink stones were added in the centre.



The border sewn on to the pouch, which looks like deep red, but is actually dark purple!

cross stitch border 2

cross stitch border 2

I derived satisfaction choosing the colours on this pattern and see them come to life when they were worked.

This is the sixth bag in the embroidered bag list. I had embroidered a few tote bags, some time ago. The fabric is linen from IKEA. The pattern



I started with variegated polyester thread. The stitches are- stem stitch, back stitch, straight stitch, pistil stitch, french knots and detached chain.



Cotton skein was used to work the satin stitches and detached chain stitches.

embroidery on bag6

embroidery on bag6

The beaded and sequined green yoke was sewn on the green chiffon tunic. Generally it is easier to work on yokes with angles, but this yoke had curves and the edges were also sequined. Luckily the tailor did a good job.
The tunic-

green yoke on green tunic

The detail of the yoke –

green yoke on green tunic- detail

In this embroidery, the idea was to work with one colour. The effect would have been totally different, if it was worked with colour combinations. The antique yoke pattern was simple and elegant, and allows room for variations. It was part of a set of yoke patterns. I chose this with the idea of using the beads and sequins.

This tunic fabric is silk chiffon in light green. This fabric was bought with the idea of wearing over a light green t-shirt. The yoke was green [ but a different shade] and the embroidery and embellishments were also done in green colours. The details of the embroidery done on this greeny, greeny tunic!
While I was working on the tunic , picture were not taken, so the picture is of the fully completed yoke only.
The pattern was from antique pattern available on the web. I just reproduced the pattern[to suit my requirement], nothing creative here.
The whole embroidery was worked in stem stiches in two shades of green[ of course!]
The embellishments added were green seed beads and green sequins[ going green]. My only input was in the embellishing area
The yoke detail-

green on green-yoke detail

The yoke on tunic-

green on green -yoke

The tunic on my next post. Since Iam unable to find the resource from which this pattern was chosen, Iam  posting this link for  reference, may be this link has this pattern.

The cross stitch border patterns are completed on this red aida fabric. As usual the tunic and the borders were given to the tailor for sewing.
The fully finished tunic now looks like this-


white and red tunic


another picture with the both yoke and the sleeves-

white and red tunic -2

Three medium sized pleats were stitched on both sides if the yoke. the close up of the yoke-

white and red tunic -closeup

I have worn this tunic a few times, either with leggings or salwar. Most of my tunics, have an Indian look, because of the ethnic embroidery I work on them, but this tunic is different, the cross stitch embroidery and the pattern  are not from India.

After completing the yoke for this white tunic, I started with the sleeves. the centre pattern of the yoke was not worked in the sleeves. Other than that, the same floral border pattern is worked in cross stitch.
The WIP on the sleeves-

white and red tunic -WIP sleeves


The completed border on the sleeves-

white and red tunic- sleeves

The yoke and sleeves before being attached to the tunic looks like this.

white and red tunic - yoke and sleeves

The tunic on my next post.

After working with light golden colour skein, the florals are worked in half-white colour thread.
Only these two colour threads are used to work this cross stitch border pattern on this tunic. I completed the yoke first, and then started on the sleeves. The yoke with WIP of the florals-

white and red tunic-WIPyoke

The cross stitch pattern on the  yoke, when completed looks like this-

white and red tunic- yoke closeup


The working of the sleeves on my next post.

I worked cross stitch pattern from an antique cross stitch E-book on red aida cloth. This red was actually too bright for the half-white tunic fabric. After seeing some ethnic tunics, which had this bright red embroidery on white tunics, I thought , this might work out fine.
I started the cross stitches with light golden colour cotton skein . which was seen on my last post.
The next stage –

white and red tunic -WIP2

the pattern is still continued with the same golden colour thread-

white and red tunic- WIP3

this is the yoke part.More on my next post.

I had this linen fabric in half- white. For this I wanted to do a cross stitch patch for yoke and sleeves. The idea came from seeing some tunic designs. I did not have red and white combination in tunic. Generally red is quite common in Indian fabrics, we keep stumbling upon red colour in every other corner. I try not use red, but an exception ws made for this tunic. After seeing some ethnic European tunics, I decided to use red colour aida cloth for working the cross stitch.
The pattern was taken from one of the e-books down loaded from antique pattern library.the same border pattern is used for both yoke and sleeves. I just altered the pattern to suit the curve on the yoke White and light gold colour thread were used to work the cross stitch. I did not want to use too many colour contrasts in this project.
The yoke started like this-

white and red tunic- WIP1

After completing the yoke with couching , stones and beads, I placed the yoke on he fabric to see the effect-

tunic with couched yoke- yoke on tunic

Then the yoke was stitched on to the tunic by the tailor[who else?].It looks like this-

tunic with couched yoke

Most middle eastern women prefer this kind of long tunics, which they wear over full t-shirts. Here it is fine because we have air conditioning everywhere. but in Chennai, it is too hot to wear this kind of layered clothing, I suppose. I can wear it as a sleeveless top there. It is easier to maintain with the synthetic fabric .