The second part of the cream mirror work yoke starts with the cream tunic being short. It was not matching well with the striped salwar because of the length. An idea of attaching another fabric was considered and rejected. The new fabric might clash with the salwar again. So a decision was made to keep this tunic aside and a lavender colour fabric which will go well with the striped salwar was chosen on the last visit to India. The lavender fabric needed some embroidery. While browsing through the wardrobe, it seemed like a good idea to stitch this cream mirror work on to this lavender fabric. Tailor did a nice job of taking out the embroidered pieces and stitched them on to this lavender tunic. The gold beads had to go.
The sleeves on lavender tunic.
The tunic with cream mirror work attached to the front.
lavender mirrorwork tunic

Now this piece does not have enough lavender elements. I started with working chain stitch in variegated silk thread inside the curves.
There was some unworked space near the shoulder. The embroidery was extended to cover the space. It was helpful to have a record of the thread colours worked earlier.
After working chain stitch with variegated thread, a line of stem stitch and up and down buttonhole stitch combination was worked beside the orange outline in antique violet thread.
To reduce the cream colour on fabric and enhance the lavender colour, small triangles were worked with herringbone filling.
The yoke after working these triangles.
The same idea of triangles worked in herringbone filling was extended to neck border too.
The completed yoke.
cream mirror work on lavender tunic
The tunic set is ready to wear now.

This tunic fabric had all the aspects I wanted- crepe material, black and red colours, traditional Indian pattern print all over. I couldn’t resist buying it.
The neck pattern for embroidery was also drawn in the same theme, traditional Indian design.



I chose black satin fabric for working this embroidery. It was hard taking a clear picture without the satin sheen. The embroidery was done with chain stitch, resembling aari work with zardosi beads and stones. It is easy to work Indian embroidery styles on traditional Indian designs.

blackred crepe-emb

blackred crepe-emb

The completed tunic-

black red crepe tunic

black red crepe tunic

Embroidery and embellishment detail-

blackred crepe-det

blackred crepe-det

I wear this tunic with black silk salwar. But It is so hot now, I feel I am melting, at the thought of wearing this outfit!

The pattern and embroidery in this piece was done after the tunic was sewn.
The fabric is handloom cotton in golden brown with yellow stripes.
After this I had a pattern and embroidery block- I couldn’t think of any pattern I wanted to do, and also no inspiration for any type of embroidery, it was not because of the tunic,it was just me.
Then , when the unfinished tunic started staring at me, I had to settle for something –
A traditional Indian pattern was chosen, a few mirrors were placed, and the tunic looks like this-

golden brown tunic-1

The anchor cotton skein in two strands ,colours-cream, dark red, orange, light green.
The close up-

brown tunic close up-1

brown tunic close up-2

embroidery wisdom-
Generally, the stripes in the fabric can be used for doing decorative row of stitches, without bothering to draw a pattern,
Some geometrical shaped pattern can also be done easily by marking with pencil.
But all that I had was a block. These things happen for a reason, even though I don’t know the reason.

This is a very simple pattern with a few easy embroidery stitches.
The fabric is a plain handloom cotton in dark red.
The stitches used are- satin, back stitch,chain stitch and buttonhole.
The threads are anchor cotton skeins.

red tunic

The embroidery  was done on a sewn tunic.the neck design had flat base , which I used for a concentric square[is there such a term?] pattern.I should have used a more prominent lighter colour.
Then the main embroidery pattern surfaced, this also helped in making a fan pattern instead of the usual semicircle pattern, which we is commonly seen.

red tunic closeup-1

red tunic closeup-2

The embroidery did not take much time at all, changing the colour of the threads did.
Thinking over, this was a satisfying piece.,though the pictures aren’t so good.