I have been working on this sewn tunic this week.
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The kutchwork pattern was traced onto the tunic with white carbon. Not a very bright idea.
The pattern-
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When a time was conducive I started with brown thread. The design was very light after so many weeks. The brown thread in Chennai sunlight did not match so well as in Muscat indoor light. Still eager to start the project, I started with the basic stitches with brown thread. While working on it bought red and yellow threads. After ensuring the points are covered with brown thread, started with the yellow thread.
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The basic stitches in brown are interlaced with red thread. This looks much better than the dull brown. Controlling the urge to work mirrors.
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The four motifs below the neck was worked in red thread.
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The pattern is now is worked with yellow thread.
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The centre and other spaces are worked in half white thread. By this time the design from white carbon has completely vanished. This pattern was also drawn on 2mm graph paper.
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The project is completed without mirrors.
WIPW127-orange yellow chanderi kutch tunic
The embroidery detail-
WIPW127-orange yellow kutch tunic-det
The tunic looks nice even without the embroidery. An outline stitch around the neck would have been sufficient.
The 17th stitch on SSS challenge seems like an easy stitch. Started working on the sampler today.

Challenges
On Sunday stitch school challenge last week’s heavy chain stitch was worked on folk design in red thread. This week’s stitch is interlaced running stitch. Expecting to start the sampler today.
TAST challenge continues from today. This week’s stitch is magic chain or checkered chain. The link to the earlier worked sampler was posted on FB group page.
No progress at all on RPW 2016 challenge. Another challenge for 2017 has started on their blog last week.
Never ending sampler SAL is still in stage of  browsing the other people’s work.
Zardosi
Started with green threads on this piece. Some more progress has been made on the curves with a lighter green thread on the curves. The picture will be taken after completing this treatment. Content with the progress on this project this week. It was slightly boring to work the chain stitches. Now working on stem stitch.
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If a change is required, a different project has to be worked, which will take time from this project.

This week’s progress has been mediocre.

The RPW2016 challenge took more time than was expected. The completed chart.

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WIPW101-RPW-W33

I am going to Chennai, India tomorrow for two weeks. For the past few times these trips have been stitch free. Hoping for some embroidery productive days.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The tunic fabric was marked for neck and sleeves by the tailor. The pattern was drawn on the sleeves first. In this transfer also, the fabric to be marked is placed over the design and the pattern is drawn with a pencil. The kutchwork/ interlacing stitch/ marash embroidery commenced with the brown thread. Same colour as the brown fabric.

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WIPW101-cralamkaripatkutch-7

Orange violet combo tunic
The impact of working this kutchwork, the multi colour mirror work on white and blue combo tunic and seeing a kasuti embroidery design – all gave rise to another idea of working kutchwork embroidery in four colours on an orange and violet tunic. I am still in the process of drawing the pattern. The embroidery will be three places- the sleeves, below the neck and a big design on the right hand side of the tunic. I may have more details after the designs are completed.

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WIPW101-oraviocombokutch-1

Mirror work

white and blue combo tunic

The mirror work around the neck and sleeves on this blue white combo tunic was completed.

beige mirror work tunic
After working the sleeves with brown thread, I proceeded with the work on tunic front. The spaces inside the squares will have the mirrors.

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WIPW101-beigemirt-3

Kantha embroidery
The kantha embroidery is drawn and ready to be transferred. With the packing in progress for the trip, If time permits, the tracing can be made on the plain black fabric to be worked in Chennai. Will have to wait and see.

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WIPW101-marblaikatkantha-2

RPW 2016
This week’s chart on this cross stitch sampler challenge was completed on Sunday 15th may.
TAST 2016
This week’s stitches are fern stitch and the beaded version of fern stitch. These two have been worked earlier, the link to my blog needs to be posted on facebook group.
Yellow red khadi tunic
The sewn yellow khadi cotton tunic was embroidered and embellished with mirrors this week. Khadi is hand woven fabric made with hand woven yarn.

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WIPW88-yelredkhadi-4

Cream and black chanderi tunic
Some progress was made on this small piece this week. The sequin were attached with silk thread. the stitch worked is different from the usual mirror stitch. Holding on to the sequin was easier and keeping the thread in its place was difficult. I thought differently when this work started.

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WIPW88-crblchanderi

This project was lying in a bag, till it was coordinated with a ready sewn Patiala.

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orawhblgret-det2

I have another project to start. The fabric is with the tailor. This is black cotton fabric with threadwork border. The tailor will give the front piece of the tunic to be embroidered. More details next week.

RPW2016
The weekly chart of part of alphabets was worked on Saturday.
TAST 2016
This week’s stitches eastern and beaded eastern stitches were worked on the earlier TAST challenge. The link to this blog was posted on facebook group.
Saree falls
Our sarees are 5.5 metres long. The side which meets the ground will endure lots of wear and tear. To minimize the damage, we attach a 5 inch strip with over 2.5 metres length along that edge. These are called saree falls, easily available in many colours in India.

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WIPW87-Sfalls-1

These falls are attached to the saree with running stitch. This repetitive work is quite relaxing and meditative and I love doing it. These two sarees were safeguarded during this week.

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WIPW87-sfalls-2

Cream and black chanderi tunic
Chain stitch and herringbone stitches are worked in red fine silk thread.

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WIPW87-crblchanderi-3

Yellow red khadi tunic
I started with feather stitch creepers on this tunic. This is freely drawn design.

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WIPW87-yelredkhadi-3

An embroidered piece was lying in a bag, because the original combination was not attractive anymore. A yellow handloom cotton fabric was chosen for this piece. The finished tunic.

brown green yelowtunci set

brown green yelowtunci set

RPW2016

On earlier post I was happy that some progress has been made on my projects. The working on the projects resumed after two weeks gap. The Randje per week 2016 challenge is  on time now.

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WIPW86-RPW2016-till 18th week

TAST 2016

The stitches of the past weeks have been worked before. SharonB is asking for the opinion of break after 50 stitches. Since I am not working on the current stitches, the aspect of break is not an issue. On my part I would like to learn more than the 140 stitches worked on the earlier challenge.

Kutch and mirror work on blue tunic with yellow orange patiala

After catching up on the RPW2016 challenge, this project was given full attention and was completed. it is yet to go to the tailor. The embroidery details of this project will be posted after that.

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WIPW86-blyelorapatiala-2

Cream and black chanderi tunic

This project started with chain stitch worked in metallic thread.

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WIPW86-crblchanderi-2

Yellow red khadi tunic

This tunic fabric was given to the tailor for sewing before I left for India. It came back like this. Ha has done a good job. The space below the neck needs embroidery. This will be the next project after the work on cream and black chanderi tunic.

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WIPW86-yeredkhadi-2

The chart on RPW 2016 challenge was completed on Saturday.

The stitch of the week on TAST 2016 is threaded cable chain. This was the last stitch on earlier TAST challenge. I had worked the samples then.

Dark blue mirror work yoke

The work on this fabric was completed with the mirror work and sequins. The details of the embroidery is posted here.

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WIPW85-whblchanderi-2

Yellow red khadi tunic

This tunic is sewn now. The next segment is designing the embroidery. A notion of using paisley shaped mirrors is lurking in the mind.

Kutch and mirror work on blue tunic with yellow orange patiala

This the last in the set of three yokes designed in February, the tunic fabric is blue with stripes. The Indian pants, this time is a Patiala salwar in yellow with orange print.

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WIPW85-blyelorapatiala-1

The pattern was drawn on an orange cotton fabric. The embroidery is kutch work and mirror work together. Started with fly stitches in green thread on the leaves and moved on to the orange kutch work motifs.

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WIPW85-blyelorapatiala-2

Cream and black chanderi tunic

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WIPW85-crblachanderi-1

This is the next project. A small border in black fabric with mirror discs and embroidery with gold and silk thread is the idea. The search for the pattern is on. This will be small border.

I am happy with the progress made this week. Posting details while the project is still fresh in mind is motivating and energizing.