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I was working on my TAST piece till yesterday morning which did not allow me to work on other things. After a satisfying finish, I worked a little on the hussif. The floral spray is worked with rope stitch stems and straight stitch flowers.



It was easier to choose the seam- twisted lattice band, but I need to practice this stitch, which is next week’s project.



The hussif looks like this now-



I was designing borders [with mirrors] for a tunic. The tunic colour is yellow [mango colour]. The borders are worked in green [the salwar colour] fabric. Both these fabrics are handloom cotton.
A curve pattern was chosen and drawn with provision for round mirrors .Though the design itself may have been greek or Italian, mirrors will turn it into ethnic Indian design. I had seen mirror work borders which can be used for different purposes in shops. I using the same idea and working these borders for sleeves and tunic front. The space below the neck will have geometric kutchwork pattern.
I have started with the main yellow. The curves are worked in herringbone filling. lots of repetitive work to do. Sigh!



I found some cross stitch alphabets through pins on Pinterest. After working floral embroidery on the bags, which can be used by anyone, I wanted to personalize these three bags. My grand nephew [ important family member], DH and myself were treated this way.
The alphabets were worked on aida fabric,

cross stitch monogrammes

cross stitch monogrammes

Three small embroidery patterns to go with these letters.

embroidered[m] bags-patterns

embroidered[m] bags-patterns

Stem stitches, woven crosses for flowers and straight stitches and pearl beads-1



Stem stitch, detached chain and beads-2



Stem stitch, woven cross, leaf stitch and beads-3



This is mine-

embroidery on bag 8

embroidery on bag 8

For my DH, his name is Gangadharan-

embroidery on bag 9

embroidery on bag 9

For my g nephew, his name is Advaith-

embroidery on bag10

embroidery on bag10

When I chose and worked the crosses on Aida cloth, it matched the linen fabric, it was another story when they were sewn on to it. I was too busy to think of putting something around it.

Rim jim thread, sequins and antique golden beads were stitched on to the yoke as embellishments.
the fully completed yoke-

ora&gree on cream tunic- yoke

I placed the yoke and the borders on the tunic fabric to see the effect-
yoke on cream tunic fabric
The yoke and borders after being sewn on the tunic-

ora&gree yoke on cream tunic-yoke

The yoke and sleeves-

ora&gree on cream tunic- yok&sleeves

The close up of the yoke_

yoke close up

More time was taken working on the borders. Yoke embroidery did not take much time, but I finished the borders first, then started on the yoke. Guess I was tired of working on this piece for such a long time, I wanted to complete the yoke as early as possible, so the embellishments were kept to the minimum. When I look at the yoke now, I can see more scope for embellishments.
I have worn this tunic several times, very apt for small festivities.

In this post, the embroidery on the yoke is detailed. The stitches worked are predominantly herring bone,with outlines worked in back st.
I started with green colour thread-

ora&greeon cream tunic-yoke green

The next colour was maroon and then violet-

ora6greeon cream tunic-yokewip1

The outlines are worked in back stitch in cream and yellow.

ora&gree on cream tunic-yoke wip2

The fully completed yoke with beads on my next post. The idea for embroidery is taken from gujarati embroidery, the motifs are similar, but with some differences – the bead work, the straight stitches were added for embellishing. So , this is Not a authentic gujarati embroidery yoke piece.

In this post, I’ll complete the border details . After working the back stitches in yellow, The rim jim thread- variegated colour was worked through the small straight stitches [same as the other border]

ora&gree on cream tunic- border 2

The three lines of running stitches were embellished with pearls and gold beads[ not real ones!]
Thinking about the embellishing was easier, working on it , that too , four times ,took really long!
The completed borders-

completed border

Part of the yoke is completed with the two borders, rest of the yoke on my next post.

The embroidery of the second border for this tunic’s sleeves is done on greenish red mangalagiri cotton with stripes. With this stripes, I don’t have to draw lines for embroidering. And the embroidery was also designed in such a way to use these lines as markings.
I did four patches of this borders- two for sleeves[long] and two for the yoke borders[short]. The embroidery is the same for both.
On each border, Six lines of running stitch  are  worked leaving four lines in the middle for other details.. This is the picture of the running stitches worked on the fabric-

ora&gree on cream tunic- bor runningst

Small straight stitches in green were worked in the centre – for the rim jim thread to weave through.
And two lines of back stitches are worked in yellow thread in between the running stitch lines and the straight stitchline.

straight&back st- border

The bead work on this border on my next post. Iam posting these details of this border because, these can be incorporated for any decorative seam.

This tunic has yoke and sleeves embroidered on two fabrics- greenish red and orange.
The detailing of the sleeves- I made two simple borders, one in orange and another one in greenish red. The orange border-
A line of back stitch worked in cream, over that I wanted the rim jim thread going in a zig zag pattern. For this small straight stitches were worked in light yellow colour thread , and the rim jim thread was just passed through these small stitches.
The orange border after the embroidering-

orange&green tunic-orangeborder1

Small sequins were attached with red beads –

ora&gree on cream tunic- orange border2

This border is done only for the sleeves, the yoke does not have a this detailing on it.
The detailing of the other border for the sleeves on my next post.

The tunic is cream colour chanderi cotton fabric, with traditional Indian print in burnt orange and green colours.

Orange&green on cream tunic-fabric

I was in a fix whether to use orange or green colour for yoke.generally I work on one colour for the fabric, choose the other colour and the tunic base colour for embroidery. This time I thought I’ll use both green and orange colour fabrics for yoke. After this the sleeve borders were also  to be done in two colours.
Along with the embroidery, rimjim thread, small pearls and sequins were also used as embellishments. I’ll start with the detailing of the sleeves from my next post.

The begining  for this cross stitch on the towel is the same one. the patterns were also from the same source.Now for the second towel-

Floral towel edging-2

The closeup of this pattern-

flral towel edging-2 closeup

I liked this pattern, will work good for bookmarks also.

Still staying motivated by the postaweek challenge.

In 2009, I worked four towel edgings in cross stitch.

 Isaw a towel,edged with evenweave cloth, this  idea inspired me to buy a towel cloth and  an evenweave[rectangular or matti] cloth from Bombay deing store in  Chennai.

 Then I asked the tailor to attach  these two fabrics and edge it with lace. He was able to make four towels.

The patterns for these towels I took from Antique pattern library.

the first one-

towel edge-1 WIP


Yes, They are all pink towels, I was trying to hide the fact  till now!

The finished towel-

towel edge-1

I’ll continue with my towel edging story.

After joining the post a week challenge, Iam motivated to write more posts.