I have not been regular with my posts this year. Especially about my embroidered tunics.
I have a fondness for handloom cotton fabrics from India. And I work ethnic Indian embroidery on them. Sometimes I also get inspired and work on a particular idea. This is one such project.
I had a maroon cotton fabric with beige stripes. Being a sucker for traditional silk combinations, a black fabric was chosen for embroidery. Novelty antique gold beads and sequins were used for embellishments. Maroon and beige colour threads were used for embroidery.
The tunic-

maroon and black tunic

maroon and black tunic

The simple geometrical shapes were worked in back stitch with red thread, and the lines were worked in chain stitch with beige thread. Cotton skeins were used for the embroidery. The yoke-

maroon and black-yoke

maroon and black-yoke

The yoke pattern-

maroon and black-yoke pattern

maroon and black-yoke pattern

The sleeves had additional motif border in the centre which was worked with variegated thread.

maroon andblacksleeve and yoke

maroon andblacksleeve and yoke

The sleeve pattern-

maroon and black-sleeve pattern

maroon and black-sleeve pattern

I wanted to do simple embroidery on this tunic, but this pattern can be used for more embellished work too. This pattern was just a small idea which I wanted to explore with beads. This pattern or embroidery cannot be categorized  into any type.

I had this hand woven ikat fabric in navy blue colour with black stripes and small white lines on it. The fabric by itself  did not need any embroidery on it. while going through a book of traditional Indian designs, I came across some geometrical designs, which I thought might go well with this fabric. So I drew a yoke pattern based on some of these designs with my twist.
The pattern



This pattern was traced on to a dark pink mangalagiri cotton fabric with stripes .the whole embroidery was done in double running stitch and back stitch with two strands of white cotton skeins. This work can be categorized as kasauti embroidery.



The tailor used the same pink fabric as sleeve border. I like the neckline.

pink  yoke on blue tunic

pink yoke on blue tunic

The pattern can be used for phulkari embroidery by filling the shapes  and the same pattern can be worked on a larger scale too.

This is last part of the blackwork borders I had used as a yoke pattern. This particular set of borders are a combination of blackwork border patterns .
This yoke is small, and embroidered with shades of blue thread.
The third part of the pattern-

blue blackwork tunic-part3

The completed yoke placed over the tunic fabric.

bbt-completed yoke

The completed tunic-

blue blackwork tunic

Another view of the completed tunic-

blue blackwork tunic -2

The blackwork borders were worked in shades of blue, with the idea of matching this tunic top to my blue jeans. The embroidery had a certain look, while working on the white fabric, then it looked different , when it was attached to the light blue tunic fabric.
Maybe, for the blue tunic fabric , I should have used some other combination.
The second part of the border pattern-

blue blackwork border-2


The third part on my next post.

While browsing for some designs, I hit upon the idea of working some borders as a yoke pattern. Getting into the spirit of it thought blackwork borders can be used for this.
Then the tunic fabric was chosen, a light blue handloom cotton fabric.
I thought the yoke can be worked in white colour fabric, with threads in shades of blue.
The blackwork borders that were drawn on graph paper. Then this pattern was traced on to the white fabric. Then I started the embroidery on this pattern.
Step by step pictures were not taken.
So a part of the border –

blackwork border tunic -1

It is a small yoke. two more parts are there. Will post them later.

I have come back from Chennai vacation. Too many activities in two weeks. Did not have time to post any new pictures too.
I have seen a few samples of lagartera embroidery on net. The original work Iam yet to see.then found a book of lagartera embroidery, from that deduced that it can be worked on even weave,consists of satin stitch, cross stitch and back stitch.With this background information, I wanted to work this embroidery.
At this time someone wanted me to embroider a border on blouse [saree] sleeves. She
chose the colours, and agreed to my suggestion of lagartera embroidery .
The blouse material was handloom cotton in dark orange and did not have even weave.
So the patternwas drawn on graphand copied with white carbon paper on to the fabric.
The pattern and the first colour[green]-

lagartera blouse-detail 1

Further details on my next post.


This is tunic is from the old set, which I have worn for some time now. This embroidery was done in 2005. The tunic fabric is printed voile, which is ideal wear for summer.
It started as a pant top and ended as a salwar[ Indian pants] top.
The tunic is light green , with green and pink floral print.
The yoke fabric is mangalagiri cotton in parrot green.
The embroidery idea was to work some geometrical patterns in  herringbone stitch around the  mirrors.
The pattern was drawn on graph and then traced on to the yoke fabric.
The mirrors were worked in the same green colour.
The other colours were, shades of pink and green , lemon yellow.
The yoke-

pink mirrorwork tunic-1

Another picture-

pink mirrorwork tunic-2


pink mirrorwork tunic -clsoeup

The fabric is so comfortable to wear, being in favourite colours of many , generally most people like this.
It is better to have certain sure colour combinations in mind, before working on any project, because embroidery being an embellishment and value addition to any fabric, encouragement comes from others positive comments.