The story of this yoke starts with this striped cotton fabric.
cremirt-salwar
Thinking all these colours can be used for embroidery on a cream base, a cream cotton fabric was chosen for the tunic. This cream mangalagiri handloom cotton fabric was given to the tailor for marking the front and sleeves.

And  a simple border design was embroidered on the sleeves.
cremirt-sleeves
The pattern for the same.
cremirt-pats
The embroidery for this mirror work started with green colour skein. The mirror outlines were worked n chain stitch, the curls were worked in stem stitch and the leaves in leaf stitch.
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The second stage was to work the orange colour skein. Chain stitches and buttonhole stitches were worked with this thread.
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Next in line was the antique violet colour skein. The triangles around the neck were worked in buttonhole stitches and the second mirror outlines were worked in chain stitch.
cremirt-3
The last outline around mirrors were worked in polyester gold colour thread.
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The diamond shaped mirrors were outlined with variegated polyester thread.
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The remaining chain stitch outlines were worked in yellow colour skein.
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The same yellow skein was used for working all the mirrors.
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Oval shaped gold bead was the last detail to be worked on this embroidery.
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The pattern for this yoke.
cremirt-paty
The completed tunic.
cream mirror work tunic
This was the story of this tunic in 2014. After two and a half years, the same yoke became a part of another tunic. Which will be narrated later.

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Stitch challenges
This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is to be started tomorrow. TAST challenge stitch sampler was worked in 2012. Yet to upload the link on FB group page.
This picture shows green zardosi tube with beading needle and cotton skein. The tube will be cut into desired length with nail cutter, and will be sewn with the help of beading needle and thread. This kind of zardosi beads along with other embroidery stitches, stones and sequins constitute zardosi embroidery. This embroidery on grand scale is common on bridal outfits. Incidentally, zardosi tubes in few colours  were  bought during this trip to India.
WIPW135-zardosi tube
Projects
The zardosi bead work on green benarasi georgette tunic with stones is yet to be completed. While working the stones near the neck outline, a thought came to mind that the stones might hinder the tailor’s work. Now the tunic and the unfinished neck embroidery piece are with the tailor. The embroidery can be worked after the tunic is sewn.
I was working on this string bag project during the end of 2016. The embroidery on this was resumed this week.
WIPW135-sbag'17[1]
Projects to start
I have these two tunic fabrics.
WIPW135-salwar set wipw
WIPW135- blubot-kutch-1
The cream floral print is to be sewn without any embroidery. The blue fabric would have a simple embroidery. A design was drawn yesterday. Once the embroidery is completed, both will be given to the tailor for sewing. These fabrics are  cotton with kalamkari prints.
I had seen a Matka silk tunic in Chennai. It looked elegant and cool on that person. With this my understanding of Matka silk halts. While shopping for it, realized there are two varieties of Matka silks. This fabric was bought, it needs backing. An idea of a small floral border in zardosi embroidery is yet to reach the design stage.
WIPW135-msilkzardosi-1
With these projects to work and a stitch sampler to be started, this week will be busy.

I am in Chennai, India for vacation. Embroidery is not part of this routine. Still some small assignments are worked in between other work. This tunic was worked in the summer of 2016.
After working two tunics in lemon green and white combination some pieces of lemon green fabric was lying around. A kutchwork embroidery seemed like a good idea. There was this tunic fabric in half white cotton block printed with the same colour.
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I wanted to add another colour to this white. A medium majenta thread was chosen.
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Drawing diagonal kutchwork on 2mm graph paper gives a dainty look. The border pattern-
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The pattern below the neck-
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I started with the first sleeve border.
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Making the anchoring stiches was not so difficult. Care was required to work the stitch at the precise point and moving over or under the thread had to be accurate. The interlacing was not so easy, because of the daintiness of the pattern.
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This is the same story in the second part of the journey, still it was better to work the outer squares.
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Instead of looking for another colour, the single line kutch border was worked in green. An idea of working this border in white was considered and rejected.
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I moved on to the yoke at this point. The kutch work in green thread.
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The basic kutch squares worked in majenta.
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Worked the border in majenta and the back stitch outline was worked in white. This piece was completed.
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The border on another sleeve was worked.
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The embroidered pieces and the tunic fabric was given for sewing.

white green majenta kutch tunic
The detail.
white green majenta kutch tunic-det
After a while, a cotton fabric with same lemon colour tones was bought for salwar [ Indian  pants].
white green majenta kutch tunic-salwar
I wore this tunic set last week. It was cool.

The progress on stitching during this week on the projects was not much. Still keeping with the flow from the support of Pintangle, The 11th and 12th edges on randje per week challenge was completed.

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18.wipwednesdays-rpw11,12

The yellow tunic is with the tailor, hoping to get it next week. This tunic is different, because sleeves are woven chanderi silk [a silk variety woven from a region called chanderi in India].
I completed last week’s TAST stitch yesterday.
Moving on to another tunic, this block printed fine cotton fabric with border-

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18.wipwednesdays-whgreytunic1

The embroidery chosen for this is geometrical Phulkari work. This ethnic embroidery is from Punjab, India. It is also prevalent in Pakistan , I suppose. The yoke-

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18.wipwednesdays-whgrey tunic2

Along with noting ideas, learning to draw the ideas on the journal before working on a project for the class, some designs for tunics were explored during this week. I am not mentioning the hussif this week.

This challenge offers lot of support from fellow WIPW stitchers. Thank you All. Do visit SharonB’s blog to see other’s WIPs.
Hussif-
I have not been a good girl with hussif work for the second week. It was not touched for a whole week. This week when I started working on it on Monday, it was to use waste canvas to work a black work filling [this is going to take too much time!]
We are having ten days holidays for Ramdhan. This will be spent in India, meaning stitch free ten days.
Border on tunic-
This was completed with mirrors and green/gold sequins.  the outlines for the herringbones were done in back stitch with cone thread. the chain stitch outline was done with fine metallic thread.The anticipation to see this embroidered border has turned to satisfaction.

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14.wipwednesdays-ytunic5-border

The kutch work also got some attention, with working the motif cluster in green [the border and salwar green]. It is creating too much contrast with the yellow fabric, still no further changes are waiting to happen! Time to work towards completing this project. This gives an ideas of working with two colour threads, may be in another project.

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14.wipwednesdays-ytunic4-kutch

Randje per week
This project is added to WIPW now. A cross stitch challenge started early this year [2014] on this site. Two borders are posted every Saturday. At that time TAST hadn’t resumed, very enthusiastically I decided to join this challenge, thinking allotting some time every Saturday would be very easy. Even before starting this challenge, on 26th Jan my husband needed emergency treatment and postoperative care. In February , a matty cloth[ an [un]even cloth with holes] with 8 inches width was prepared for this challenge. Slowly whenever I had time small samples were worked from the site. Now these borders have to be worked full 8 inches. Last week was 60th border. This week’s WIP is first three borders-

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14.wipwednesdays-randje 1,2,3

Studio journal class starts from today. Hoping I‘ll have time and proper lighting to work next week. This week’s TAST stitch is still in idea stage.

The tunic fabrics are block printed cottons. The violet fabric for the sleeves was pin-tucked.

violetaquagreenmirror-fabrics

violetaquagreenmirror-fabrics

The embroidery was based on two elements, a tunic I saw on the net, which had heavily printed borders in the front and sleeves and Balushi embroidery from Pakistan. The Balushi embroidery patterns with mirror work are very different from this pattern. I just mix and matched along the fabrics the two ideas. The pattern for the front, the same border was used for the sleeves.

violetaquagreenmirror-pattern

violetaquagreenmirror-pattern

The embroidery work before working the mirrors in violet thread.

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violetaquagreenmirror-emb

Diamond mirrors are worked into the spaces between the embroidery.

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violetaquagreenmirror-mirrors

The tunic

violet aqua green mirror work tunic

violet aqua green mirror work tunic

I feel the contrasts- fabrics, prints are quite intimidating, and the tunic fits the label of –gypsy costume!

The fabric of this tunic is slightly rough variety of handloom cotton. Because of its texture, when starched it maintains its shape like khadi fabric. The indigo stripes were the best match for jeans.
A block printed fabric with two shades of indigo was chosen for the mirror work on yoke and sleeves.
The tunic

blue striped mirror work tunic

blue striped mirror work tunic

The indigo fabric had this block pattern of alternating stripes [four] and dots. The small square mirrors were worked over the dots. The medium round mirrors were worked on four evenly marked places. The sleeves had just the dots part of the fabric, with small square mirrors. A simple mirror work design with minimum effort. Ideal for people wanting to practice mirror work. The detail of the yoke.

blue striped mirror work-yoke

blue striped mirror work-yoke