I could complete the green gold silk fabric for my friend this week. After that I was alternatively working with  these two  projects in progress.
 Green boat neck tunic.

The diamond  shaped mirrors are being stitched on this green boat neck top. I am working 2 or 3 mirrors at a time every day.
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 Black and gold tunic.

The leaves and tendrils are worked in stem stitch with 3 strands. The stems are worked in 4 strands. At this point, I am thinking it is taking more time than expected. The design offers scope for more details. But if I work on them, this project might take time which is not practical. Keeping it simple and just be within the plan will be the best option. I took an aspect of a big paisley design and modified and  drew the size I wanted  from this book, I have.
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Though all designs are interesting, I tend to favour traditional Indian designs. Before being exposed to this embroidery world through the web, I grew up seeing these designs around. Hand embroidery takes time, to work on each and every idea may not be possible. But some of them are very inspiring, calming the mind and gives contentment too.

Happy New Year!
This year’s starts on a Wednesday, best time to make a resolution to post regularly on blog.
The projects are in progress, so nothing to start for new year, just continue working on these ones. Christmas was  a surprise with my friends being here instead of their usual vacation, which I will share on another post.
Green boat neck blouse progress is gradual on this neck borders, I enjoy the variety given by this pattern.
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Red cotton
Actually my friend has this idea of embroidery in black on red fabric. The red Egyptian cotton was bought to work this idea, I could draw and trace floral clusters on this fabric. When I started to work, both of us realized, the contrast could be more. Still having started it, I am planning to work on it, there might be left over fabric for another short tunic, which can also be used to bring this idea in a better way.
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Blue neckline while working on navy neckline embroidery, I worked only with cream threads, this time it will be a combination of blue and cream. Started the project after tracing the design.
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Stitching time seems to have reduced during this year, stitch challenges were not done much at all. Have to evaluate and bring some changes, otherwise after some time, even new ideas might diminish.
More stitching this year!

 

I worked on four projects this week.
Grey striped tunic
The pattern around the neck and inside the teardrop motif was worked first. The next stage is working the mirrors.
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Grey cotton chikan tunic
The neckline was also worked with chikan [shadow] work. It is ready to go to the tailor, once it comes back, I am have to work along the hemline.
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Navy neckline
The work on this neckline is moving quite fast this week.
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The oval shapes on the border around this boat neck are being worked with closed herringbone.
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Quite satisfied with this week’s progress.

 

The progress was quite interesting this week. I think sometimes it is better to work on 2 or more small projects at a time. Three tunic projects were worked this week.
Green boat neck blouse
This project started off with chain stitch and buttonhole stitch lines. More yellow will be added during this project
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The grey cotton blouse
The eight motifs were completed, today started with the neckline.
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Navy neckline
After completing the chain stitch scallops, it is straight stitches and back stitch time on these cone shapes. I love this half white on navy silk /cotton.
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I found an interesting past time with Youtube a few days ago. There is a channel– the videos are long, the embroidery is meditative, a good companion to work with. I am not working on any of the work shown there, it will  be good to work like that though.

 

Our PC went for an outing last Wednesday.
After seeing this week’s SSS challenge stitch, which seems like an easy stitch, it is better to bring the sample cloth out again.
Now for the projects in progress-
Two more motifs were worked in shadow work [closed herringbone] or chikan work on this grey cotton tunic.
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Chain stitch lines with lighter orange thread is being worked on this grey striped tunic.
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The work on this navy silk cotton neckline will again be predominantly chain. I think chain stitch is extremely infectious and spreads widely. It does not let any other stitch to come to mind.
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Progress is slow because of the lesser time of natural light during the day. But I am designing some floral patterns for tunics, which is also good use of time.

While working on the progress on my tunic fabrics, my friend gave a project of working on a blue tussar silk tunic. Small feather stitches are worked on the marked spots on the tunic front with metallic thread
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Double cross stitches are worked with half white thread on this neck line between the square motifs.
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Two more rows are worked with the same colour thread on this plum cotton tunic.
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While I was working on these projects, SSS challenge started after a break. After finishing these, it is time to work on that

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.

This tunic was worked in 2012.
This cotton tunic is handloom cotton in golden yellow. The Indian pant is cream and yellow with a wavy pattern.
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the pattern was inspired by a tunic seen in a boutique.
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Starting with kutchwork border in the centre , the other linear stitches are chain in different colours, closed herringbone stitch, zigzag back stitch, fly stitch and its variation, and the last chain stitch boxes are for the mirrors to be worked inside. The detail-
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After working the small square mirrors.
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The detail after working the mirrors.
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The sewn tunic.
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The stitch challenges are not started at all. I really need to work on them.
Projects
The work on cream fabric for the same colour chiffon tunic continued this week too. There are five similar panels in the shape of a long cone. These panels will be attached to the chiffon tunic on two shoulders, neck and sleeves. Stitches are simple -stem, leaf and straight stitches. Stones will also be stitched. At this stage, the first panel is nearing completion.
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The work on the sleeves of neutral tussar tunic progressed a little bit.
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After tracing the border on the cream silk cotton fabric for the striped tussar tunic, the work started with chain stitch outline in dark maroon silk thread. This following week I will be working on this neckline embroidery.
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This was an easy stitch to work. The working is on Queenie’s blog. Seeing the stitch was easy to work, doubts came that I am may not be working this stitch properly, but after seeing Queenie’s samples, I think it is okay.
I started with the basic stitch is the first row, the zigzag stitches are worked closely in the second row, and the stitches are wider in the third row. I like the second sample.
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These are the basic zigzag variations on which the stitches are to be worked.
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After working the sham hem stitches.
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The three ways double zigzag stitches are worked first.
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The sham hem stitches are worked over these stitch rows.
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These are Bosnian stitch, Cretan stitch and Chevron stitch rows. I thought these stitches would be perfect to work sham hem stitches.
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Other than working the legs of Cretan stitches shorter, these stitches are apt for this stitch, may be feather and herringbone stitches  up and  down buttonhole stitches can also be used.
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The sampler.
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This stitch seems like whipping. Queenie’s sample worked in same thread resembles Spanish feather stitch. This stitch shows so many options.