Stitch challenges
Last week’s stitches on TAST and SSS challenges were completed and the details were posted on the blog. I have to start on this week’s SSS stitch. This week’s TAST stitch was worked earlier.
Tunic project
Some of the projects were left in Muscat, while leaving for India. The embroidery was restarted around the neck for this green Benarasi georgette fabric.
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Working with green thread and gold metallic thread was completed before the vacation. I started with gold zardosi beads and small white stones.
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Another project which needs to be worked is the cross stitch on Aida cloth for blue polyester linen tunic. Presently working on this project, picture is yet to be taken .
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Lots of work to be done. Eager to work them all

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In this project the embroidery was worked on a ready to wear tunic. The tunic was bought at a shop-FabIndia- which specializes on Indian handloom ethnic wear. The tussar silk stole with metallic block print-

greentussar-duppata

greentussar-duppata

A tussar silk tunic to match this stole-

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greetussar-1

A traditional Indian pattern-

greetussar- pattern

greetussar- pattern

The threads were fine silk, cotton skeins and metallic gold. Started the embroidery with medium blue silk thread- chain stitch and herringbone.

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greetussar-2

Darker blue silk thread for inner row of chain stitch and double herringbone filling.

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greetussar-3

Green cotton skein for chain stitch on stem, leaf stitch.

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greetussar-4

White silk thread used for chain stitch.

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greetussar-5

Finally chain stitch embellishing was done with gold metallic thread.

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greetussar-6

Detail-

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greetussar-7

These Indian stoles[ dupattas] are quite long- 2.5 metres. They need to be worn over both shoulders, otherwise we’ll be sweeping the ground stylishly! This embroidery was worked in the centre just below the neck, where it can be seen. A small motif with all the colours on the duppata seemed ideal. This pattern works well for Aari work too.

Added later-

Queenie requested to see the embroidered tunic with dupatta.

The embroidered tunic with dupatta-

Greetussar-8

Greetussar-8

When the dupatta worn over both shoulders

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greetussar-9

I use these plastic loops for embroidery. Remove them when they are not in use.

embroidery loops

embroidery loops

I was enchanted with this silk crepe fabric with small zari border. The colours reminded me of red grapes.
The idea was to incorporate zari threads, gold beads, dark pink pearl beads and stones in to the embroidery,
I often choose traditional designs to work these embellishments. The pattern-

grape crepe-pattern

grape crepe-pattern

The embroidery stitches were done with zari threads and pink and green silk threads.
The embroidered centre piece.

grape crepe-yoke

grape crepe-yoke

The tunic with yoke and zari borders.

grape crepe tunic

grape crepe tunic