I am still working on the tunics during the past few days. Somehow time seems to run away when we are busy.
The next thread being worked on this neckline for printed blue crepe tunic is gold silk thread, this thread can be used on machine too. The outlines for the triangles are worked with chain stitch.
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The work on aqua blue fabric with white thread continues this week too. After the couching! Stitch, it is back to straight stitches, they are  not technically double running stitch, because the back side does not need to be the same, wherever required short cuts are taken.
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A neck and a design around the neck was drawn for the plum colour fabric this week. This will be a short top. The fabric was left over from a tunic made in 2013.
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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.

Just as expected, I couldn’t spend much time on my stitching. But it was not household work, but other things which were not conducive for stitching.

My brother’s health is not good. he had a mild Heart attack a few days ago. He needs surgery.
I restarted the blue thread on flowers on this cotton navy tunic. Just a few flowers were worked.
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The same colour thread is used for working more double running stitches. Drawing and tracing the design took a long time on this fabric for white printed mull tunic, the stitching definitely would take a long time too.
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If the stitching work is minimum this week, it wouldn’t be a surprise.

This past few days have been good stitch wise. The SSS challenge looks inviting week by week. I do have to set aside some time for this challenge. I lost tracking Beyond TAST for few weeks, really need to check are there any stitches which were not worked before.
Changing the colour of kutchwork on black yoke was completed. Luckily a mangalagiri fabric may go well with this yoke. A black fabric can also be sewn along with it.
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After completing the stems, a different blue thread was used to work the border around the neck. My friend is not sure about this colour, let me see.
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The neutral colour tussar work is still going off and on. This is a part of one completed sleeve. The other sleeve needs to be worked now.
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The black work design on bluish green yoke for printed mull tunic was started with the colours from the fabric print, after this white thread will be used predominantly
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The next few days, it seems I might be busy with other house work, so next week’s progress may not be much.

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-

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The completed yoke placed over the tunic fabric.

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The completed tunic-

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Another view of the completed tunic-

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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-

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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 –

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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.

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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]-

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Further details on my next post.