The idea of posting the progress on projects helps to commit and work on them consistently. The motivation to work on the projects increases by linking this post to Pintangle, where Sharon and others share their projects.
For five weeks I have not seen my hussif, the black work filling cannot be called a good idea, still I am stuck with it.
Small diamond mirrors were worked into the seven diamond spaces below the neck on my tunic. The mirror stitch which goes around the mirror itself was extended to fill the shapes. This couldn’t have been possible if the mirrors were big. Antique gold beads were worked on the neck line.



The fifth week edges were completed this week.



The design was drawn for the beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitch on TAST challenge.

I have started to work daily on my studio journal, throwing in some ideas.



The exercise of giving the ideas, which come and go, a definition is still new. It is easy to imagine than to work and simplify them. Sometimes it helps to see things with an idea of creating something out of it. Other times, when I am struggling to bring forth something, it feels as if these may not be useful at all. I am also finding for my strength and weaknesses, managing them is another story, they are like two sides of a coin.
That’s my progress for this week.

Preeta from Muscat , had enquired about transfering  embroidery patterns-

there are 2 types of pettern books-

1.neck and yoke design books from  India- from these books  we can start on an idea  for embroidery and move on to actual pattern making.

2.textile and traditional Indian design books are also available.Requires lots of browsing on bookshops.these books are also very expensive.

For tranfering designs-

I design the pattern in its original size on an  A3 size paper or graph paper.

Then I use white or yellow carbon to trace it in a cloth, it is too risky to draw on the cloth[ biggest problem is the symmetry]. if the cloth itself is light coloured, then I use the corresponding colour carbon.

you can also enlarge your desired pattern and then trace it on to the cloth, this is the safest method.

Hope  my answers are useful for you, I can be more specific , if I have an idea of the project.