Stitch challenges
RPW 2016 chart of the week was completed on Saturday.
This week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School challenge is Danish knot stitch. I want work the samples as a band sampler. Still in the process of thinking on this sampler.
TAST 2016 week’s stitch is Twisted lattice band. The samples were worked in 2014. The link to the details was posted on Pintangle and TAST FB group.
Marash embroidery
Yellow silk tunic
After completing the pattern in yellow thread, I started with light green thread.

WIPW114-yelprinkutch-3

WIPW114-yelprinkutch-3

Copper mangalagiri tunic has bead work along the border and is now ready to wear.
A design was drawn for embroidery on a string bag. The idea for this embroidery was from Mary’s Needle and thread blog.

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WIPW114-sbag’16-1-1

I also picked up the kantha work on black fabric for maroon black ikat tunic.

WIPW114-marblaikatkantha-4

WIPW114-marblaikatkantha-4

This tunic with printed chanderi fabric on the neck, hem and sleeves came from the tailor. This project needs a small motif to be worked below the neck.

WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

Now to start the Danish knot sampler.

The Randje per week chart was completed on Saturday. Lock stitch and double lock stitch are this week’s stitches on TAST challenge. I had worked the samples on two designs earlier. These were posted on FB TAST group page.
Marash Embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
This tunic is with the tailor now. The embroidery on both sleeves are completed. A few diamond motifs were also worked. The rest of the embroidery will be completed after it is sewn.
Orange violet combo tunic
This tunic will be worked in two phases. A small border for the sleeves was started. Just a glimpse of the WIP.

WIPW104-oraviocombokutch-3

WIPW104-oraviocombokutch-3

Mirror work
I‘ll work on this tunic during this week. It might take long to complete all the mirrors. Some beads may be incorporated into this design.

WIPW104-beigemirt-6

WIPW104-beigemirt-6

Kantha work
Seeing that the mirror work and bead work will be  a long project, I started on the kantha work. This is plain black cloth for the embroidery on sleeves.

WIPW104-mablaikatkantha-2

WIPW104-mablaikatkantha-2

While working realized this could also be another long project, decided to keep it in the shelf for the time being.

WIPW104-marnlaikatkantha-3

WIPW104-marnlaikatkantha-3

Working on these projects, mind keeps thinking  of designs for new projects. Once or twice it started as drawing on paper also. Some webpages are inspiring and addictive and I get carried away by the vast variety of designs. if the time spent on these browsing can be limited, there might be more designs forthcoming. let’s see what this week brings in.

I am a day late in posting the progress on my projects. The two weeks in Chennai, India was filled with visits, shopping and dental appointments. Actually, there was no time for embroidery at all. I picked up some ideas for tunic designs though.
The randje per week sampler was left in Muscat. It was started on this Sunday. With three charts to catch up, the first chart was completed yesterday. I am presently working on this challenge.

WIPW102-RPW2016-W34

WIPW102-RPW2016-W34

The TAST challenge of this year is more of posting the old samplers on the Facebook page. This was totally neglected. This needs to be looked into.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
I just worked a small part of the sleeve on this project before leaving for India.

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WIPW102-crkalamkaripatkut-8

The violet fabric of the orange violet combo tunic was taken to India, with the hope of working the small border and finding a proper leggings in violet. The leggings was bought but the fabric came back as it was! I think with this colour combination, the project will have more of Indian ethnic look.

WIPW102-oraviocombokutch-2

WIPW102-oraviocombokutch-2

Mirror work
After working the brown thread, the design is outlined with chain stitch in green thread. it is still in progress.

WIPW102-beigemirt-4

WIPW102-beigemirt-4

Kantha embroidery
The kantha embroidery design for the sleeves was traced and the fabrics were taken to Chennai, to be brought back in their packed condition.
The embroidery projects will be taken up after catching up on the randje per week challenge. These days the alphabets are getting bolder and bigger, involving a few days of work. Another chart will come on this Saturday. We are having holidays from tomorrow for Eid-Al-Adha- A time for pilgrimage to the holy shrine. I have to wait and see how much time can be allotted for embroidery.

Picked up a page filled with neck designs. My tailor loves these charts. A sample-

WIPW102-neck pat

WIPW102-neck pat

It is hard to believe this is the 100th post in this topic. It started with linking the posts of works in progress to Pintangle, where SharonB was posting every Wednesday, her works in progress. When Sharon wanted to make some changes on her blog, this category disappeared. There was no reason not to continue sharing my works in progress, these weekly reports are motivating. It has also become an habit.
The randje per week 2016 challenge had a the mirror image of the last week’s border, which was completed on Saturday.
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The first phase of working kutchwork embroidery on brown fabric was completed with the fifth motif. The cream tunic fabric along with this embroidered piece and the kalamkari fabric is with the tailor now for marking the front and sleeves. He has to mark keeping in mind the placement of these two- embroidered brown piece and kalamkari fabric.
Mirror work
The blue and white combo is getting full attention now. The mirrors are being stitched in different colours of thread.

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WIPW100-blwhcombo-2

After tracing the design on the beige tunic, the embroidery started with brown colour thread.

WIPW100-beigemirt-2

WIPW100-beigemirt-2

Marash embroidery
The kutchwork border work grew a little bit this week. this project may take a  back seat for a while.

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WIPW100-whigremajekutch-3

Kantha embroidery
A design to work kantha embroidery on sleeves was chosen this week.

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The Randje per week 2016 sampler chart has a border with letter ’Z’. It was completed on Saturday.
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
After working another motif on this project, some simple kutchwork squares were worked in cream thread.

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wipw99-crkalamkaripatkucth-6

Pink border tunic
The kutchwork borders were worked during the week. And decision was made not to add any embellishments on this project.

WIPW99-pinboderkutch-3

WIPW99-pinboderkutch-3

Mirror work
Today I have started stitching the mirrors around the neck of the blue/ white block printed tunic. Yet to take the picture. It is quite hard to push and pull the needle through the 1 inch border.
The beige tunic was picked up with markings. The working on the embroidery will start after tracing the design.
Kantha work
This project is in the designing stage. The fabrics are maroon striped mangalagiri cotton and ikat cotton. The tunic is the combination of these two fabrics. Simple kantha designs are being screened now.

WIPW99-marblaikatkantha-1

WIPW99-marblaikatkantha-1

I saw a plain tunic with broad woven border. The border was in cream or half white and woven in black. The shop said it was a Bagh border which was attached to the tunic. They had also done some kantha embroidery in black on the border. This inspired me to design a border with geometric patterns which can be worked with kantha embroidery.
Thought a plain tussar fabric would be ideal for this.

bagh border on coptunic-fabric

bagh border on coptunic-fabric

The yoke pattern

bagh border on coptunic-yoke pattern

bagh border on coptunic-yoke pattern

The sleeve pattern, it is really broad!

bagh border on coptunic-sleeve pattern

bagh border on coptunic-sleeve pattern

These patterns were traced on to cream cotton fabric with yellow carbon. The embroidered yoke-

bagh border on coptunic-y1

bagh border on coptunic-y1

I wanted a black border around the yoke. The embroidered yoke along with black fabric placed on tunic fabric.

bagh border on coptunic-y2

bagh border on coptunic-y2

The embroidered sleeves.

bagh border on coptunic-emb on sleeves

bagh border on coptunic-emb on sleeves

The embroidery was done in black cotton skeins. I used the running stitch on the kantha embroidery to obtain the woven effect. For the fly stitches on both ends of the borders I used four strands and rest of the embroidery was done with two strands.
The tailor added some pin tucks on both sides of the yoke. The detail of the yoke-

bagh border on coptunic-yoke detail

bagh border on coptunic-yoke detail

The tunic-

bagh border on copper tunic

bagh border on copper tunic

This tunic also as a motif below the yoke borders.

B&B kan-motif pattern

B&B kan-motif pattern

The motif worked with medium blue, dull gold and white threads.

B&B kan-m1

B&B kan-m1

The motif looked like this after working with dark pink thread.

B&B kan-m2

B&B kan-m2

Some more running stitch filling and stem stitch outlines were done with medium blue and light blue threads.

B&B kan-m3

B&B kan-m3

The motif, after working the antique gold beads inside stem stitches.

B&B kan-m4

B&B kan-m4

The completed tunic-
The yoke with printed fabric-

B&B kan-tunic yoke

B&B kan-tunic yoke

The tunic-

B&B tunic

B&B tunic

The sleeves with printed border.

B&B kan-tunic sleeve

B&B kan-tunic sleeve

I wear this tunic with light blue [same shade as the printed fabric base] leggings. I do tend to work with these colours quite often!