The earlier weeks randjes were completed. The blog which is running this challenge seems to be well set for 2016. The next year’s challenge is a long sampler including alphabets, which will be posted in parts every week.

WIPW71-RPW2015

WIPW71-RPW2015

This project is a cube ornament. The black work pattern for this ornament is posted on a facebook group. Many people would be familiar with Seba Designs. This is stitch a long. This is my first SAL. Started the outlines with double running stitch. This is done on 14 count Aida.

WIPW71-cube ornament[14]bw1

WIPW71-cube ornament[14]bw1

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This past week was very hectic with embroidery on two saree blouses. A black work design was chosen for the second blouse in peach silk. After working on the black work pattern. Certain elements were worked in metallic thread similar to Aari work. Gold beads were added as embellishments.
A few more colour threads were used on black silk blouse. Totally there are 8 colours on the black blouse. The peach silk was completed yesterday. The black blouse was completed today.
We are leaving for India for a week. Our friend’s daughter is getting married. My mother is not feeling well.
This year Oman is celebrating its 45th national day. Starting from 18th this whole week will be a festival. If time permits, blogging on earlier worked tunics may be done.

One project was completed and two projects are progressing slowly during this week.
The embroidery and bead embellishment on the centre piece of the red chanderi tunic was completed. I had seen some collections by the designer Sabyasachi Mukerjee. His bridal collections of sarees and lehangas are heavily embellished with sequins and beads. The embellishing part of this project was inspired by this collection.

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WIPW60-redchant-6

Working on this piece did not sanction much time for sampler book project. But this project being a long term one was supposed to progress on a slow pace. Progress made during this week.

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WIPW60-ESBP-2

After pondering over this sampler book idea for some time has given rise to another sampler book idea on black work embroidery. I have some matti cloth bought in India which is not ideal for any cross stitch or black work projects. I have used them for working TAST samplers. Marking squares with pencil on this cloth was started yesterday.

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WIPW60-BWSB

The black work panel was completed during this week.

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WIPW55-beigebwt-8

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.

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.