Stitch challenges
This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is to be started tomorrow. TAST challenge stitch sampler was worked in 2012. Yet to upload the link on FB group page.
This picture shows green zardosi tube with beading needle and cotton skein. The tube will be cut into desired length with nail cutter, and will be sewn with the help of beading needle and thread. This kind of zardosi beads along with other embroidery stitches, stones and sequins constitute zardosi embroidery. This embroidery on grand scale is common on bridal outfits. Incidentally, zardosi tubes in few colours  were  bought during this trip to India.
WIPW135-zardosi tube
Projects
The zardosi bead work on green benarasi georgette tunic with stones is yet to be completed. While working the stones near the neck outline, a thought came to mind that the stones might hinder the tailor’s work. Now the tunic and the unfinished neck embroidery piece are with the tailor. The embroidery can be worked after the tunic is sewn.
I was working on this string bag project during the end of 2016. The embroidery on this was resumed this week.
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Projects to start
I have these two tunic fabrics.
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The cream floral print is to be sewn without any embroidery. The blue fabric would have a simple embroidery. A design was drawn yesterday. Once the embroidery is completed, both will be given to the tailor for sewing. These fabrics are  cotton with kalamkari prints.
I had seen a Matka silk tunic in Chennai. It looked elegant and cool on that person. With this my understanding of Matka silk halts. While shopping for it, realized there are two varieties of Matka silks. This fabric was bought, it needs backing. An idea of a small floral border in zardosi embroidery is yet to reach the design stage.
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With these projects to work and a stitch sampler to be started, this week will be busy.

The details of the embroidery on the yoke in red fabric. this is filling pattern as seen on the pattern drawing posted before. The embroidery was done in double running stitch with red and beige threads.

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The completed yokes placed together-

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The yokes placed over the tunic fabric

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The tunic and yokes were then given to the tailor for sewing, which he did very well with a neck pattern

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I have worn this tunic with blue salwar [Indian pants], and I like the border design better than the filling design . The antique sequins matched well with the yoke and the tunic.

More details on this two part yoke of the kalamkari tunic.

After working a variation of Rhodes stitch around the border in red thread, fly stitches are worked on the sides of the Rhodes stitches.

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Two rows of buttonhole stitches are worked on the inner borders with tunic fabric colour thread.

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Round antique gold sequins were attached between the buttonhole stitches.

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Details of the embroidery on red fabric and the completed tunic will be on the next post.

This tunic fabric is handloom cotton, block printed with kalamkari colours and motifs. These colours  match well with dark blue jeans. The fabric-

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later,When the yoke pattern was chosen , it became a salwar top. This is very simple yoke design done on two fabrics-red and blue. The yoke pattern-

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The central filling pattern was embroidered in red fabric and the border was worked in red fabric.
The border was first worked in vertical and horizontal Rhodes stitch-

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