I have been working on this sewn tunic this week.
WIPW127-oryelkutcht
The kutchwork pattern was traced onto the tunic with white carbon. Not a very bright idea.
The pattern-
WIPW127.oryelkutcht-pat
When a time was conducive I started with brown thread. The design was very light after so many weeks. The brown thread in Chennai sunlight did not match so well as in Muscat indoor light. Still eager to start the project, I started with the basic stitches with brown thread. While working on it bought red and yellow threads. After ensuring the points are covered with brown thread, started with the yellow thread.
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The basic stitches in brown are interlaced with red thread. This looks much better than the dull brown. Controlling the urge to work mirrors.
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The four motifs below the neck was worked in red thread.
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The pattern is now is worked with yellow thread.
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The centre and other spaces are worked in half white thread. By this time the design from white carbon has completely vanished. This pattern was also drawn on 2mm graph paper.
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The project is completed without mirrors.
WIPW127-orange yellow chanderi kutch tunic
The embroidery detail-
WIPW127-orange yellow kutch tunic-det
The tunic looks nice even without the embroidery. An outline stitch around the neck would have been sufficient.
The 17th stitch on SSS challenge seems like an easy stitch. Started working on the sampler today.

Happy New Year!
After a weeklong vacation in Chennai, India, we went to Dubai for two days last week. Two full weeks of doing everything else but stitching. Meeting family, making plans, shopping… the list is endless. Some fabrics were bought, which will be shared on this category as and when they are designed. Now for the works in stand still.
Challenges
RPW 2016- Some motifs were started four weeks ago. The project is in the same position, though the challenge was completed officially on 31st December. Still a long way to go, hoping to take a picture of the progress this week!
TAST Challenge is taking a break for two weeks.
Sunday Stitch School- I am yet to start the latest- four sided stitch. Queenie who is conducting this challenge, was affected by Influenza, poor thing! Will feel happy if I can manage to start this stitch sampler tomorrow.
Never ending sampler stitch Along
This is a band sampler challenge started by Pamela Kellogg. The details are on her blog. I am still not sure about starting this challenge. But the cross stitch and black work bands are really interesting, and really want to see how the SAL members are treating these bands. Just read about it on Sharon’s Pintangle last week.
Marash embroidery
Yellow printed silk tunic with kutchwork
This project was completed yesterday. The time slot between, coming back from India and leaving for Dubai, was solely used for this project. it is to be given to the tailor.

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WIPW117-yeprinkutch-5

Zardosi work on silk tunic for green Banarasi duppata
I had this green banarasi brocade duppata for quite a long time. Few years ago, a tunic was designed and embroidered. But it didn’t look interesting after some time. This time around, a cream silk fabric is chosen for the tunic and the dark green cotton fabric is for the salwar.

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WIPW117-cresilkbanarasizardosi-1

A simple pattern consisting of linear stitches is drawn on this raw silk fabric. After working the stitches, the piece will also be embellished with green zardosi beads. I took this fabric with pattern drawn to India, in the hope of working on this project. But it came back intact in the box it was taken.

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WIPW117-cresilkbanarasizardosi-2

Cross stitch on blue polyester linen
This project was in mind for some months. I was shillyshallying between working cross stitch on aida cloth or on the fabric itself with waste canvas. There were many indecisive pattern choices. At last a pattern made up of two borders was selected.

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WIPW117-n.bluepolinencross-1

The decision is to work on 11 count Aida. The embroidery will be for the end of the sleeves. The tunic design will be decided later. The Aida on which these borders are to be worked.

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WIPW117-n.blluepolinencross-2

Cyclone in Chennai
We are planning to go to Chennai, India for a week on Friday. This city was ravaged by cyclone on Monday. The electricity is yet to be restored. The mobile connections are also down. It is limping now. it will be a tough time. The next week would be free from stitching.
Stitch challenges
RPW 2016- this challenge is lagging behind. Previous week’s motifs are started and the motifs and the border can be worked in leisure without the chart now. Yet to do that on this week’s chart.
SSS- This week is a revision of the first five stitches. I am not planning to do anything this week, but will be browsing the other stitchers of this challenge.
TAST- zigzag woven chain is this week’s stitch on this challenge. The link to the samples worked earlier was posted on FB group page yesterday. This is the last stitch for this year. Sharon has hinted that after 100 stitches there might be some change.
Marash embroidery
This is the only project I am working on this embroidery. This needs to be completed before it goes to the tailor.

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WIPW116-yelprinkutch-4

Two projects are awaiting to be designed on this subject. One is the orange tunic with chanderi patch and another is a white linen fabric. A basic idea of the design is ready for the white linen, it is yet to be drawn and traced on to white silk cotton piece, when the time permits! The design has to be created for the orange tunic.

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WIPW114-orayelchanderikutch-1

Mirror work
I picked up this tunic from the tailor yesterday. The black borders will be worked with mirrors, someday I think! At least the tunic and the idea are ready.

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WIPW116-whblamullmirt-1

String bag [1]
After tracing the design on to the linen fabric, initial stitches are made in stem stitch. Three strands of three different threads are used. Expectation was more to see the effect of three colours mixed together. It is less than I expected, still happy with it. Will see this after coming back from India.

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ipw116-sbag’16[1]


Wishing for some really small projects to complete faster. All small projects are on sewn tunics. These days my interests in tunic designs seem bigger and bigger. Lots of time has to be invested for these works. Being bigger the designing also takes time. Too many choices and it is hard to draw a line. It appears the RPW challenge might extend way into 2017. That can be the excuse not to join next year’s RPW challenge.

This tunic fabric is cotton. It might be Kanchi or south Indian cotton. It came with a woven  border on it. The embroidery is worked after the tunic is sewn. The tailor stitched the border on the tunic beautifully and neatly.

pinborkut-before emb

pinborkut-before emb

The idea was to work kutchwork borders just below the borders in the front of tunic and use mirrors to further embellish it. Presently the designs I am working on are exclusively kutchwork, without any other stitches, influenced by Armenian Marash embroidery. The small kutchwork borders were drawn free hand with pencil. When I started embroidering on the tunics, this is how the designs were drawn on sewn tunics. Going down the memory lane, the kutchwork embroidery was worked with yellow anchor cotton skein# 304.

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pinbotkut-left

The second border is made of square kutchwork motifs. I was still in the stage of adding mirrors below this border. The detail-

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pinborkut-rightdet

The completed second border. When looking at these two borders, I felt the embroidered borders were quite attractive below the woven borders by themselves, and if the mirrors are stitched, they might take the focus away from the beauty of the woven border.

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pinborkut-right

While buying this fabric, I could get a cotton ikat with similar colour scheme of the woven border for matching salwar [Indian pants].

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pinborkut-salwar

The completed tunic.

pink border kutchwork tunic

pink border kutchwork tunic

Since the patterns were drawn on the tunic itself, the pattern on paper is not available for sharing.