This is last part of the blackwork borders I had used as a yoke pattern. This particular set of borders are a combination of blackwork border patterns .
This yoke is small, and embroidered with shades of blue thread.
The third part of the pattern-

blue blackwork tunic-part3

The completed yoke placed over the tunic fabric.

bbt-completed yoke

The completed tunic-

blue blackwork tunic

Another view of the completed tunic-

blue blackwork tunic -2


The blackwork borders were worked in shades of blue, with the idea of matching this tunic top to my blue jeans. The embroidery had a certain look, while working on the white fabric, then it looked different , when it was attached to the light blue tunic fabric.
Maybe, for the blue tunic fabric , I should have used some other combination.
The second part of the border pattern-

blue blackwork border-2


The third part on my next post.

While browsing for some designs, I hit upon the idea of working some borders as a yoke pattern. Getting into the spirit of it thought blackwork borders can be used for this.
Then the tunic fabric was chosen, a light blue handloom cotton fabric.
I thought the yoke can be worked in white colour fabric, with threads in shades of blue.
The blackwork borders that were drawn on graph paper. Then this pattern was traced on to the white fabric. Then I started the embroidery on this pattern.
Step by step pictures were not taken.
So a part of the border –

blackwork border tunic -1

It is a small yoke. two more parts are there. Will post them later.

Till now I have not received any informative feedback on , the work I have been posting under the heading’Lagartera’.So , may be this is lagartera embroidery. I have doubts because, the pattern is not taken from the lagartera embroidery book, its my own.
Continuing with the details,
After filling the shapes in satin stitch, and curved lines in back stitch with green thread,the alternate diamonds on the top border pattern is filled in satin stitch in dark red colour.
The centre of motif repeat pattern , is done in Rhodes stitch.
The back stitch outlines are also done with the same red thread.

lagartera blouse-2

After this,the squares on the motif are filled with satin stitch in orange thread- which I forgot to picture.
The colours were all chosen by the lady , for whom I did this embroidery.

further details on my next post.

I have come back from Chennai vacation. Too many activities in two weeks. Did not have time to post any new pictures too.
I have seen a few samples of lagartera embroidery on net. The original work Iam yet to see.then found a book of lagartera embroidery, from that deduced that it can be worked on even weave,consists of satin stitch, cross stitch and back stitch.With this background information, I wanted to work this embroidery.
At this time someone wanted me to embroider a border on blouse [saree] sleeves. She
chose the colours, and agreed to my suggestion of lagartera embroidery .
The blouse material was handloom cotton in dark orange and did not have even weave.
So the patternwas drawn on graphand copied with white carbon paper on to the fabric.
The pattern and the first colour[green]-

lagartera blouse-detail 1

Further details on my next post.


I had worked blackwork border patterns on a white tunic earlier.

Blackwork border on white tunic

In this tunic , instead of drawing from a graph pattern, I did the blackwork on aida cloth itself.I wanted the embroidery borders on light cream cloth,the aida cloth was ideal for that.
The pattern I chose from a blackwork book and modified to my requirements.
The fabric is mercerised cotton in ikat has a sheen , which is not there in handloom cotton.
The thread colours- I used the fabric colour and a dark brown colour thread.
The yoke-

Blackwork yoke

The borders-

Blackwork borders


blackwork border- closeup

It saved me lot of time to do the embroidery on even weave cloth,
and it is easier to get an almost perfect effect[ because only God is perfect].this reminds me of an information, when the ethnic women do embroidery , they always do a motif which is not a part of the original pattern,or they atleast change the colour deliberately on a the pattern – to remind themselves that, only God can be perfect . this aspect I had seen in many ethnic embroidery pieces in India.
We don’t get exact even weave[or square evenweave] cloth in India,even the canvas cloth or waste canveas are only rectangular. While using these, we have to take care while choosing the pattern.
There is wide range of patterns , when used , enhances the embroidery and the overall effect of the work. We can try a small sampler motif on a piece of these cloths, before starting to work on a project, and avoid using four sided patterns.

I wanted to try some blackwork border for tunic.This tunic is handwoven  ikat  fabric in white colour.I did the blackwork pattern on black fabric.

First , the whole pattern was drawn on a graph paper- A central panel, 2 side panels and 2 borders for sleeves.

 The tunic looks like this-

blackwork border tunic

Then I attached some antique beadhangings to the central panel.the closeup-

blackwork boder -central panel.

And for the side panels and sleeves, small silver colour beads were added. the closeup-

blackwork border-small border

 I could have used brighter pink thread,

while I was doing the embroidery,the pink looked ok. After attaching it to the tunic, it looks a bit dull.I  am quite fond of this fabric.