I had designed three pieces for embroidery on tunics in February when working on a long project. This is the second piece. After completing the work on this blue silk cotton fabric, the piece suited a white chanderi silk cotton tunic fabric and I found the embroidery done around the mirror was worth sharing .
It started with the pattern-

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mirblue-pat

Buttonhole stitch variations are worked over the pattern drawn.

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mirblue-1

The small oval shapes were intended for detached chain stitches. I felt oyster stitch was  a better choice. It so happened while working on this stitch, SharonB announced oyster stitch on this week’s TAST 2016 challenge. These oyster stitches were worked in four strands of cotton skein.

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mirblue-2

The triangular space around the mirror pattern was worked in herringbone filling.

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mirblue-det1

The space between the two outlines was worked in herringbone and fly stitch combination in pink and green.

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mirblue-det2

Zigzag back stitch was worked around the inner round. This was not part of the pattern.

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mirblue-3

Long tailed chain stitches in white thread were worked in between the buttonhole stitches. this detail was also not in the pattern.

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mirblue-4

The whole piece after working back stitches with white thread.

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mirblue-det3

A medium size round mirror was attached to the centre with shisha stitch.

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mirblue-5

Small square mirrors were attached with shisha stitch between the two outlines.

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mirblue-det4

After working the mirrors, small silver sequins with silver beads were stitched on to this piece. The mirror detail-

mirror work on blue detail

mirror work on blue detail

The piece with completed embroidery.

mirror work on blue

mirror work on blue

This past week was very hectic with embroidery on two saree blouses. A black work design was chosen for the second blouse in peach silk. After working on the black work pattern. Certain elements were worked in metallic thread similar to Aari work. Gold beads were added as embellishments.
A few more colour threads were used on black silk blouse. Totally there are 8 colours on the black blouse. The peach silk was completed yesterday. The black blouse was completed today.
We are leaving for India for a week. Our friend’s daughter is getting married. My mother is not feeling well.
This year Oman is celebrating its 45th national day. Starting from 18th this whole week will be a festival. If time permits, blogging on earlier worked tunics may be done.

I have started embroidering on black silk blouse. These blouse projects are for a friend. I can share some of the details, the design which are for the sleeves is a simple geometric filling. Cotton skeins are used throughout the work. The fabric being delicate silk, it is not possible to use hoop. For an earlier project, the hoop was used on crepe silk fabric, the fabric yarn was giving away at some places, which was realized at a later stage. So, maintaining the thread tension is the most difficult part in this project.

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This project was not touched from Saturday when the new edges were posted on the site. The free graph is available here.

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The blue tunic with ethnic embroidery is also kept on hold for the time being.

The kutchwork borders also waiting in the queue. Yesterday was Diwali festival. The routine is to prepare various sweets and savoury snacks and share them with friends. The past three evenings were for Diwali routine. Blogging did not feature at all. Searching for the appropriate design for the second blouse is continuing.

Last week I was thinking of starting the cross stitch edges on the Randje per week 2015 challenge and completing them in the next year. This week’s edges were continuous and they were completed the same day.
The time saved on this project was utilized on the ethnic embroidery borders on blue tunic. After getting tired of cutting and starting with the same thread, a small patch of border was worked in rest of the colours. The spaces will have square mirrors. That work will be on a later date.

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WIPW66-blugreenpatiala5

Started drawing few more kutchwork border designs on graph sheet in the evenings.

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WIPW66-kutchborders4

A friend had asked for embroidered sleeves on silk blouse fabrics. All my other projects including the randjes will be kept on hold till these projects are completed. As usual there is a time limit. Need to go and see some designs for inspiration. This was a productive week.

This week also the edges on Randje per week 2015 challenge took most of the working time. Last year this challenge was worked differently.-The edges were started when they were posted on the blog on every Saturday. They were completed continuously at the end of the year. This year the way these edges are getting longer to work, it affects the working of other projects. From last week, this thought has entered the mind and wouldn’t go away. May be for the rest of the challenge, I may follow the same idea of last year. The links for these two edges are here.

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WIPW64-RPW85,85

Drawing the borders from earlier drawn kutchwork borders appears to inspire ideas for more combinations. These are drawn on paper to be copied later.

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WIPW65-kutchborders3

Another colour thread was started on the ethnic Indian borders. Along with the randjes and slow movement on these borders, it seems as if the progress during the week was not much.

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IPW65-blugreenpatiala4

The kutch work border samples which are based on this week’s cross stitch edges on randje per week  2015 challenge are here. the # 19 border has a variation too. The step by step instructions, patterns are also given for these borders.

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A very Happy Christmas to Everyone!
The TAST challenge stitch kikos flower sampler was completed yesterday. One more stitch needs to be explored. Sharon has mentioned that there will be break from her regular blogging to work on her crazy quilting book.
There was some progress on other projects. Four edges were completed on Randje per week challenge. This challenge continues in the next year too.

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32.wipwednesdays-rpw-37,38,39,40

The mirrors and some gold beads [inside the green thread] were also completed. This tunic waits for the tailor to return now.

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