I was away for a week to Chennai, India. There was some problem to open my blog through internet explorer for the past three weeks. No stitching was done on this vacation. Last week was busy catching up on this challenge.  The free graph for these edges are here.



I am working this edges on handloom matti cloth, the width is not very long. With these two edges, the first piece was finished. The idea of making this piece into a drawstring bag is hovering in the mind. Another similar piece was prepared for next set of edges from the same cloth.



This week’s edges were also simple.



After catching up on these edges, did not have the mood to work the kutchwork edges based on these patterns. I have started designing yoke for tunics. More details on next post.

The ikat fabric was bought at a sale in Chennai. There was an exhibition of woven and embroidered fabrics from Indian states at Valluvar Kottam complex. My sister in law wanted to see the sarees that were on sale. But I bought two ikat fabrics, while she did not buy any. These fabrics were intricately woven and they were expensive, but worth for the work done. This ikat I matched with antique violet handloom fabric with woven stripes.



I had with me this woven border fabric. This was used for the sleeves and front of the tunic.

goikatviolettunic-borders fabric

goikatviolettunic-borders fabric

Traditional Indian motifs were drawn for the embroidery. Surface embroidery stitches- fly, chain, straight, buttonhole, running stitches were used. This picture is of the embroidery detail before working the outlines in white. Cotton skiens were used for this work.



The tunic-

gold ikat violet tunic

gold ikat violet tunic

Detail of the front-



The ikat fabric is finer count than the violet fabric, so it clings a bit, the back is with violet fabric alone

The details of the embroidery done on yellow fabric for the yoke . the border is the same as sleeves except for paisleys.

The border with orange kutch motifs and green paisleys.


The paisleys and diamond shapes outlined with red thread in back stitch. The rest of the kutch motifs worked with brown thread.


Chain stitch borders in cream thread, and green sequins attached with gold beads.


The paisleys are further embellished with antique gold sequins


The completed yokes and tunic on my next.

The sleeves of this tunic had borders in two fabrics. One was the brown fabric, which we have seen so far, another one is yellow fabric.
The outlining of the mirrors was done in cream on this brown fabric. the border with sequins and mirrors stitched with green and orange threads alternatively.


The details of the border in yellow fabric- pattern with kutch work motifs done in brown thread.


The same border after working the kutch work motifs in orange thread.


With green outline in back stitch


With squares done in red, with green sequins and gold beads.


The yellow border on yoke on my next post.

Further details of this multi coloured yoke. For this yoke, three fabrics are used. The centre is brown, then a printed fabric in orange , on which embroidery is not done. Then a yellow fabric, where a border pattern is done with sequins.
Continuing with the details on the brown fabric- two lines in chain stitch with yellow thread was done previously along with the kutch work motifs. Two more line are worked in chain stitch with variegated thread.
The mirrors were to be outlined with cream thread, the work is in progress on this picture-


The next step was to attach the sequins, which is completed in this picture , the mirrors will be stitched later.


Brown fabric for sleeves-
The same brown fabric is used for sleeves too. The border before attaching the mirrors.


some more details on my next post.

This time around, I wanted to do something new with the tunic yoke. The patterns and embroidery were usual, but I used three fabrics for this embroidery on yoke and sleeves.
The tunic material was woven ikat cotton.

green ikat tunic

For this tunic, the yoke combination was brown, printed orange and yellow. The embroidery was predominantly mirror work and kutch work with some sequins.
First I’ll start with the central yoke, which was done in brown colour fabric. this yoke had kutch work motif , sequins and mirrors. The kutchwork in yellow thread-


The kutch work motif in green-


the third motif was  done in orange, the three motifs-


More  details on my next post.

This week’s stitch on TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB is cable chain stitch.
I was not expecting this! I had skipped this stitch in the previous challenge, and worked on it as a category of chain stitch during the 8thweek of this challenge. Now this stitch has its own place on this challenge. I want to maintain the tempo of my stitch sampler, so will work on a few variations of this stitch . the sampler-

25.cabl chain stitch sampler-2

The details-
1. As  suggested by SharonB on her blog, I tried this stitch on curved line, on these two rows-


2. On the first row, cable chain stitch is worked over three straight stitches worked at even intervals. The second row,the cable chain sticth is combined with crossed buttonhole stitch.


3.cable chain stitch is worked with bugle bead rows.


4.the first row ,cable chain stitch is worked between two rows of herringbone stitch. The second row,I tried combining cable chain stitch with stem stitch, not very appealing though. The third row cable chain stitch worked over a row of vertical herringbone stitch.


5. first row is a combination of cable chain stitch with feather stitch.
The second row, it is a combination of cable chain stitch with Cretan stitch, for some reason I  like this variation.


6.this row is a combination of cable chain stitch with buttonhole wheel.


This week’s cable chain stitch sampler is completed with this row.