This is the last part of laid work embroidery on Beyond TAST challenge. This embroidery was quite interesting because- it was on my ‘to do’ list, the ground work for it was already done [adding the videos], it is a part of crewel work embroidery [which captivates me], the sampler cloth was ready with some designs, just copying the work from videos and the surprises and lessons learnt during the development of each design.
The designs-
Laid work with stranded cotton, and the work in perle cotton.
Another interesting development of the design.
Just diagonal weaving.
Zigzag weaving
We are back to laid work
Whipping the threads both ways on this design
I missed an intersection on this design. And the yellow thread is actually split stitch!
The sampler cloth looks like this now. The traced designs can be tackled another time.
BeyondTAST18-Laidwork embroidery sampler

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 .

The tunic fabric is synthetic material.

tunic with couched yoke- fabric

I wanted to design a sleeveless tunic to be worn over T-shirts.
I found this rimjim thread from a shop in India, the texture is not smooth.Just like metallic yarns are spun over cotton thread, this metallic/ wool like/paperlike yarn is spun over cotton yarn.This makes it difficult to thread it on to a crewel needle,pulling it in and out of fabric . It can be threaded through a tapestry needle.
I thought this thread can be couched on with a cotton skein.
I did the embroidery on antique golden colour fabric[synthetic].
The pattern was taken from one  of the antique patterns available here.

tunic with couched yoke-WIP

Instead of couching rimjim thread, I did small straight stitches through which the rimjim can pass through, easier way for me. The other stitches were satin and straight stitches for florals.
The yoke with the couched embroidery and stones.

tunic with couched yoke- completed yoke

The sewn tunic with the yoke on my next post.

Last year when I went to Chennai, India, an idea was suggested –
That there is a wholesale shop for synthetic fabrics, printed, brocade .. that sort of thing.
Generally, I go for natural fabrics- cotton ,silk ,crepe..
But ,This time I decided to buy a few pieces.
One of these is this printed fabric-
The yoke for this was made in antique gold colour fabric[which was also from the same shop].
Pattern- the pattern is adapted from one of the antique patterns here.
Embroidery-couching and stones.
Thread- couching was done on dark red rimjim thread.
The yoke-

gold and red yoke

Though the fabric may not be ideal for summers here and Chennai, it has easy maintenance [just throw it into the machine and there is no colour running, great relief!]. There is lining for this tunic too.thus it doesn’t irritate the skin too.