The paisley designs are associated with mango in Indian tradition. They are called as mango in all languages and not paisley here. While starting this design, the idea of mango was predominant in my mind. With the same idea, the last filling was done in yellow, 304, anchor stranded cotton.

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30.124.clhbonest-4

The outline was worked in stem stitch with brown metallic thread [stem of ripe mango] and beads are added to the outer lines of closed herringbone stitch

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30.124.closed herringbone stitch

The bead detail-

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30.124.clhbonest-bead detail

It was not practical to work this design – while taking an online class, TAST catching up and embroidery on tunic.  still I enjoyed working on this.Having said that, it seems the impracticality continues on my next TAST stitch too. Al least, we cannot forget the lesson of time taken for each project, this took me 11.5 hours [not continues of course]. I may use this piece on a bag.

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The next stage of filling was done with combining two colours, green and yellow [258 and 304] stranded cotton. The lines on the sides are also worked with these threads. I wanted to work the alternate designs in green just as orange, but changed to do this.

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30.124.clhbonest-3

This was last week’s stitch on TAST challenge by SharonB. I am still catching up on the stitches. The studio journal class is in full swing. Thought along with the exercises, a piece could be designed for this challenge stitch too. The paisley idea continues in this week too. The filling design was an idea inspired by image on pinterest. It is 8inches by 5.5 inches rectangle.
Closed herringbone inside the paisley in orange stranded cotton.

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30.124.clhbonest-1

Green thread was added at the next stage.

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30.124.clhbonest-2

This is taking sometime to work. Exercises for the class are still to be done. Next time a simple design would be better.

My pc is having some problem, so couldn’t continue with the details of this yoke   yesterday.
After filling the centre with green thread, back stitches on the border were worked in white thread.

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orblman-4

I am still on the orange spree, now it is orange pearl beads which were added in between the border motifs.

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orblman-5

The completed yoke was placed over the tunic fabric . the zari border is not seen here.

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orblman-6

The usual procedure of the tailor doing his job well , resulted in the tunic looking like this.

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orblman-tunic1

Close up

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orblman-tunic2

I wanted to see the effect of using the same colours for yoke and the tunic fabric.
This was taken to the next level, when orange silk thread was used to embroider the filling pattern. Though a shape was drawn, working on that outline was not turning out to be impressive, so instead of working back stitch , I worked straight stitch rays to fill this shape.

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orman-2

The next thread was green . Back stitches were worked over the pattern with this thread.

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orblman-3

The border needs to be worked on.

The mangalagiri cotton material comes in plain, striped, checked with or without zari or thread borders. Most of my embroidery work are done on this fabric. Being handloom cotton, they are cooler on skin during hot months, which is about most of the time!
They also come in block prints. I found this bright orange fabric with block printed motifs and zari dots on them. They call it mica print. It also had a zari border, which was used around the sleeves, neck and embroidered yoke.

orblman-fabric

orblman-fabric

Brownish green plain mangalagiri fabric was chosen for salwar[Indian pants].
The embroidery was done on plain orange fabric. pearl beads were also added after working the embroidery . The pattern was black work, which I drew on a graph paper. It has a filling pattern in the centre and a border.

orblman-pattern

orblman-pattern

Silk threads were used embroider this yoke. maroon thread was used on the border.

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orblman-1