The graph patterns for Alphabets started this week on Randje per week 2016 challenge. The free graph for these are available on this blog. It was more interesting to work the Alphabets than I thought. The fabric and the threads are also part of the reason for this extra interest on this challenge. Seeing the outcome of this variegated thread is also quite thrilling. Now for the today’s work-

 

RPW2016-W3

RPW2016-W3

The Mattrah souq in Muscat is filled with oxidized silver jewellery. The inspiration for this tunic is from a turquoise and coral ear piece. When a blue cotton fabric was found for the tunic, the idea of working the embroidery in red fabric rose simultaneously.

b,rkt-fabric

b,rkt-fabric

Indian ethnic kutchwork design was chosen for this project, the kutchwork embroidery in blue on red fabric.

b,rkt-1

b,rkt-1

The border in the centre was worked in medium blue. The outline stitch to work the interlacing.

b,rkt-2

b,rkt-2

The interlaced border.

b,rkt-3

b,rkt-3

The border outline stitches around the centre were worked in lighter blue.

b,rkt-4

b,rkt-4

After working the interlacing stitch.

b,rkt-5

b,rkt-5

Metallic silver thread is used for working the chain stitch outline,

b,rkt-6

b,rkt-6

Blue wooden beads were added to the spaces in the central design,

b,rkt-detail

b,rkt-detail

The detail of the embroidery.

blue red kutch work tunic

blue red kutch work tunic

The sewn tunic with red yoke. A Patiala salwar in same shade of blue was bought to match with this tunic.

b,rkt-pattern

b,rkt-pattern

The kutchwork pattern

Sometime ago, I had this idea of working the same pattern on two fabrics and combine them to use as tunic embellishment. The tunic chosen for this purpose was an ikat cotton fabric.

2ykblikatt-fab

2ykblikatt-fab

The pattern was simple with mirror work, that which can be worked with Aari needle too. I worked with the normal # 9 crewel needle. The pattern for the yoke and the sleeves.

2yblikatt-pat

2yblikatt-pat

The patterns were traced on these two fabrics.

2ykblikatt-yel

2ykblikatt-yel

The sleeve pattern traced on green fabric.

2ykblikatt-gree

2ykblikatt-gree

The pieces after working the embroidery and mirrors.

2ykblikatt-emb

2ykblikatt-emb

The two fabrics sewn on tunic.

2 yoke on blue ikat tunic

2 yoke on blue ikat tunic

The tunic with sleeves. The embroidery was quite simple on the sleeve border.

2ykblikatt-det

2ykblikatt-det

This embroidery around the neck of this cream and yellow printed cotton tunic was done in the fourth quarter of the year 2013.

creyelneckt-fab

creyelneckt-fab

The embroidery was on bright yellow cotton fabric, which was also the salwar fabric. The pattern had two parts, a medium size kutchwork border and a curved design. Both were worked with cotton skeins. I tried to bring an assissi effect, by working the background with herringbone filling and outlining with back stitch. The tunic-

cream&yellow neck tunic

cream&yellow neck tunic

The embroidery detail-

cream yellow neck tunic detail

cream yellow neck tunic detail

The pattern.

creyelneckt-pattern

creyelneckt-pattern

This weekend was a stitch free one, we drove to Dubai. I had thought of working on the way home, but eyes were too tired. The edges this week are quite interesting especially the 23rd edge. The free graphs for these edges are here.

rpw2015-23,24

rpw2015-23,24

The kutchwork border samples are skipped this week.

For some reason I was unable to post on my blog for the past two days

After completing the randje per week 2014 challenge, I thought of concentrating more on embroidery on tunics. Satin stitches with cotton skeins were started on the central panel of blue/green crepe tunic.

wipw38-blugrecrepet-3

wipw38-blugrecrepet-3

While working on this my tailor came back from his visit. A pink crepe silk fabric was given to him for marking the centre and sleeves for a tunic, which he marked. I had thought of a simple creeper design for the centre for this tunic [some idea malfunction]. This design required a full front and not just the central panel alone. Now the front panel and sleeves were sitting there. A new pattern was drawn for those. I have a green leggings which does not match any tunic. Matching it with this tunic seems a nice idea now. It is floral pattern. Started the leaf stitches on leaves [what else?] with cotton skein and silk thread. It is hard to use the hoop on this fabric, may be it needs some fusing in back. Where to look for this? Spending time on searching and learning is not practical now. The work started on sleeve-

wipw38-pinkcrepet-1

wipw38-pinkcrepet-1

Have drawn some dots on white paper to try some ideas of chicken scratch on dotted fabric.

wipw38-chicken scratch

wipw38-chicken scratch

I had seen some printed tussar silk sarees, with running stitch embroidery on them. Wanting to try this, I chose a block printed handloom fabric with zigzag print to work running stitch and mirror work for a tunic.

greenzzagborder-fabric

greenzzagborder-fabric

Simple running stitch embroidery on those zigzag lines. The idea was worked now.

greenzzagbor-fabric runningst

greenzzagbor-fabric runningst

Moving on to work the ethnic embroidery around the neck and front with herringbone, chain and beck stitches.

greenzzzagbor-emb

greenzzzagbor-emb

The mirror work in red thread.

greenzzagbor-mirrorwork

greenzzagbor-mirrorwork

The green striped tunic with  running stitched sleeves, and salwar.

green zigzag border tunic sleeves and salwar

green zigzag border tunic sleeves and salwar

The tunic-

green zigzag border tunic

green zigzag border tunic

The pattern for the neck and front-

green zzag bor-pattern

green zzag bor-pattern

The idea of working the herringbone stitches in yellow was good. But after working them, it was not very appealing, another round mirror arrangement below the big mirror flower might have been better. The ideas for improvisations came after the tunic was sewn. But it gave satisfaction to have tried the idea of running stitch on printed fabric. Sure saves time on pattern making, tracing and working large areas.
Whenever, I had an inspirations like these, I work that on my project. Pondering on the idea of working the inspirations on samplers these days.