The black work panel was completed during this week.

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I have started with small square mirrors on the blue mirror work yoke. These mirrors were stitched in the same blue colour and are not very clear on picture. After the completion of these mirrors, large squares will be worked on this yoke.
I have a printed red chanderi silk cotton fabric. After the completion of the blue mirror yoke, this project might be started. My kalamkari exercises progressed very slowly this week. An idea of starting an embroidery sampler is nurtured by visiting Pintangle and browsing the net.

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The second black work border in dark brown thread was worked this week on the aida cloth. It is nearing completion on one side. This border is also worked continuously and completed in the return journey.

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Small straight stitches were worked around the kutchwork motifs on the mirror work yoke.

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WIPW54-blmirt-5

Drawing kalamkari patterns is very interesting. Now I know why some people enjoy zentangles. The repetitive patterns are really relaxing. I listen to some sleep inducing music during this exercise. Working half an hour at night seems ideal now.

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WIPW54-kalam-2

The black work border on the other side was completed on the beige black work panel. Another border has to be started. This border also will be worked on both sides. Though it is taking more time than I expected, it is exciting to work this double running stitch. The stitch is continuously worked and is completed on the return journey. Interestingly one edge on randje per week challenge is a similar Algerian eye border pattern this week. But it is worked in two colours.

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On the mirror work yoke, the mirrors are to be outlined with green thread. The other triangles are worked in orange thread, still not too sure that this orange is a good choice. But decided to go ahead with it. This is another multi coloured yoke!

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WIPW53-blmirt-4

After procrastinating for some time, I have decided to start the kalamkari drawing practice. After drawing these borders in 0.5 pencil, they are reinforced with 0.5 pen. The practice is done with the help of the images from the internet. I am choosing elements from the images to learn this art. Still a long way to go, but just happy to stay on track.

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WIPW53-kalam-1

I have progressed on the black work central piece. A continuous border was worked this week with double running stitch.  This border needs to be worked on the other side too.This project is also helping in learning this stitch with a neat back side. The pattern  inspiration is from kasuti embroidery .

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WIPW52-beigebwt-5

Satin stitches are used for filling these small triangles in the blue mirror work project. This yoke provides a good diversion from the long black work piece.

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WIPW52-blmirt-3

I was browsing through the kalamkari images for inspiration this week. There are lots of inspirational images. Idea of drawing these designs occupies the mind. It‘ll be good thing to learn drawing on a sketch book, which can be used later. This exercise can improve the drawing skill and help in embroidery also. This can be another hobby. One mercerized cotton ikat is waiting for a good kalamkari panel!
I am also collecting pictures of my old embroidered tunics to use as samples to explain the procedure of embroidery on wearable. The series started two weeks before.

I am finding that working on this black work panel is going to take much more time than I expected. I completed the motifs and just started with border pattern. It is small, still will take a while to work on both sides. I‘ll take a picture once these borders is completed. Another small border needs to be worked on either side after the completion of these borders.

Seeing that this project will take some time to work, I decided to start on the mirror work yoke. Starting with some kutchwork motifs.

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WIPW51-blmirt-2

I have been seeing some kalamkari patches which are used on sarees, tunics. Kalamkari work is from Andhra Pradesh, India. In this work, vegetable dyes are used to paint designs on handloom fabric. I have seen artisans painting once. The intricate designs, arrangements, movements elevates this into a fine art form. The inspirations are from sculptures. I feel they are two dimensional sculptures.  For more details google search is the apt place to look for them. Key words- kalamkari designs. These past few days I have been inspired by them, and have been studying to use them for embroidery. by sharing on this post, I committing myself to work further on this subject. Will come back with more details of this project on my next post.