Since myprogress on the TAST 2010 is  quite slow, I thought I’ll share one of my tunic yoke . I had a bright yellow patiala salwar, which shouted for a tunic top.During my last trip to Chennai,I picked up this dark maroon  tunic from Shilpi. I did not have to think about colours  , just added a green to complete the SouthIndian favourite combination[We have so many kanjeevaram silk sarees in this popular combination].I mix and matched  some small kutchwork motifs .The tunic was cut crosswise, this affected the symmetry of the pattern a little ofcourse,which I can adjust by alternatively lifting my shoulders LOL!  so it is less noticable.

maroon and yellow

Of these kutchwork motifs I liked the paisley the best, which is my own pattern.

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Since I have been going on and on about the  Ikat weave  for this month’s stitch explorer,This is just a sample from the book-IKAT TEXTILES OF INDIA by Chelna Desai-

Ikat weave pattern

 

These patterns are bold and quite common in the northeastern part of India. Iam always fascinated by them, and waiting to use them for my embroidery ideas.This month pattern darning gave me a perfect excuse .I  try and use them for small scale- cross stitch patterns, kutch  work designs .Being a weave it is geometrical.The yarn is first dyed with the pattern and hand woven.

My sampler on pattern darning-

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pattern darning-3

Now movingon to  mono colour, I also learning from kasauti and phulkari embroideries.

This tunic  is my first effort  on chikan[shadow] work. I wanted to do a overall design. most difficult part of the work was transfering the design to the georgette fabric.When I pinned the fabric to the pattern, it  refused to stay loyal to the pattern.measuring and marking didn’t work at all.My eyes were the only guideline for symmetry.wherever I drew  a pattern, my left hand was fixed over the area.because if this, I got tired pretty quickly.Tranfering took a long time.I just drew the lines and omitted the petals and leaves, which I embroidered approximately.All the drawing was on the wrong side,my mistakes got lost on this[what a relief].For the border I used readymade zari border in parrot green.

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dsc00637  the parrot green isn’t seen.

This year I did a few experiments with beads.I am still quite excited to add beads to my embroidery, it has opened a new door , full of possibilities. I got the idea of  adding beads from browsing the net.I drooled over all the crazy quilts, I didn’t know how and where  to start  with the beads. This yoke is my maiden effort. The tunic is dark red block printed georgette from India. The yoke I did in yellow[ mustard] and green. For the centre, I chose a geometrical design, and a wavy pattern for the outline. The tunic in it’s full glory-5a

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 The white colour thread is not so good

dubai-dec-2008082dubai-dec-2008080These  past few I got hooked on browsing different types of embroideries.My mind is filled with so many ideas,I do have to work much more than Iam doing now. I wish I had started on this road much earlier,though Ihave been embroidering for the past 24 years, it was not a continous hobby.I worked ,whenever I felt like it.I was also thinking, it was just a passing fancy, I might loose interest  after a few years. But the desire woudn’t go away. So in 2005 I concluded I’ll see what all I can possibly do with my interests.I focused on designing, implementing, using, my ideas into my hobby based projects. Initially it has started with designing tunics.Since august 2008, I thought I’ll broeden my horizons. I joined stitichin fingers, I started bloging, I joined stitch challenge and my personal stitch challenges also keep changing according to my learning new things everyday.Though I have not made much of a progress, Iam happy being part of this.It keeps me alert, helps me  on personal and emotional level,gives me fulfillment,gives me support, hope it’ll make me a better person too.

We were on a visit to Dubai. The shopping malls there were quite amazing. Different architecture,country themes, styles,- I had wonderful time.We don’t get many books in Muscat,I bought 3 books in The Dubai Mall, to enable my hobbies. I bought  evenweave fabric too.Now I have more work to do.

 I am doing cross stitch border for a tunic, it is taking a lot of time. I also finished 3 TAST stitches,which I’ll post in the next few days.the picture is from Ibn batuta mall-

I have completed a neck design on a silk tunic.I bought the hand woven silk in India two months back.You get wonderful collection there. the collection is also a source for designs.This fabric is block printed in biege, which is also quite common.  Using spun cotton  in beige for the embroidery,  the whole piece is done in single strand. I added a line of antique gold sequins with a small pearl.the design-g

the completed tunic-b

I am still in the thinking mode for the next TAST stitch.So, Iam sharing with you the yoke design of a tunic. The material is cotton.Looking at the border weave, maybe it’s kanchi cotton.the tunic was too plain, so I wanted a design, a traditional Indian paisley motif. I drew the design,  which was just  a few curved lines. And chose the colours from the border weave and the salwar.I worked along the lines with different embroidery stitches and contrasting colours. Here it is-red tunic -1red tunic-2