I have been in India for the past few weeks. I could stay here till first week of May. Generally stitching comes to a standstill on a vacation. Browsing the net is minimal. This routine is not working now. Too much laziness is also not good. I might forget everything.
It is hard to work the stitch challenges. They are put on hold.
I have two sewn tunics to be embroidered. The first tunic is mangalagiri with chanderi silk cotton patch.
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I had drawn a kutch work design is Muscat for this. The embroidery on this tunic was started.
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The second tunic in white mull fabric on which mirrorwork needs to be done on the black borders.
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My neighbour is sewing a blouse for her sister. She wanted a simple embroidery on it. We have bought some red and white stones for embellishing. The fabric needs to be marked.
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These information posted here is for motivating me to start doing some embroidery work.

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.

The Randje per week2016 chart of the week was completed on Saturday. This week’s TAST stitch is inverted feather stitch. Looking at the earlier worked sampler does not give me much satisfaction, the stitches don’t look good at all. But still the link was posted on the FB group page.
Marash embroidery
Pink kutchwork border on green
Now that the green thread has come into the project last week, I decided to move on to the yoke with the green.

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WIPW108-whigremajekutch-7

Orange violet combo tunic
The orange fabric on this tunic has woven checks. It is to be left as it is. The embroidery pattern was traced on to the violet fabric.
Mirror work
All the square mirrors were worked on the beige tunic. The last part in this project is the beads. Brown metallic beads were attached on the sleeves.

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WIPW108-beigemirt-10

At this point, there does not seem to be any embroidered tunic fabric ready to be given to the tailor, some fabric which may not require embroidery has to be chosen.

I had bought this ready to wear Patiala with the matching dupatta. A mangalagiri fabric of the base colour of the Patiala is given to the tailor to be sewn.

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WIPW108-coppatialamant-1

This week’s progress was very slow. The Navrathri festival was in full swing. The RPW 2016 challenge chart of the week was completed yesterday. Not regular Alphabets characters at all. the chart is here.

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WIPW107-RPW2016-W41

Link to the woven detached chain stitch samples was posted on TAST FB group page.
Marash Embroidery
The orange and violet combo tunic was sewn. The embroidery on this tunic will start after the projects in progress are completed.

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WIPW107-oraviocombokutch-5

A row of single kutchwork border was completed.

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WIPW107-whigremajekutch-6

Mirror work
Just worked a few more mirrors on this beige tunic.

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WIPW107-beigemirt-9

The beige linen fabric is given to the tailor for marking the neck and sleeves. Till now there is no idea of embellishing the sleeves, but will wait and see. A single row of small mirrors could be possible. But everything depends on success in transferring the design on to the fabric and the time taken to work this medium sized yoke.
If there is better progress this following week, I’ll be happy. RPW chart really dragged this week. The kutch work on green was not very easy. maybe these factors are  the cause of restlessness.

This week’s Randje per week challenge chart had numerals. They were easy to work. This week’s stitch on TAST challenge is slipped detached chain or tulip stitch. the link to the samples worked earlier was posted on FB group page.
Marash Embroidery
The kutchwork embroidery on Cream kalamkari patch work tunic was completed this week.
Pink kutchwork border on green
The sleeve border design is made of three rows of kutchwork on this green fabric. The part I am working is in pink thread and is in the centre and bigger than the other two rows. The other two rows are to be worked in green thread. This work being intricate is worked in segments. The kutchwork design is quite simple. The central part of the border of one sleeve was completed.

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WIPW-106-whigremajekutch-5

Orange violet combo tunic
The kutchwork elements in four colours constitute the border for the sleeve of this orange and violet combo tunic. This is the first segment of this project. Rest of the embroidery will be done after the tunic is sewn.

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WIPW106-oraviocombokutch-4

Mirror work
The beads are added onto the mirror worked sleeves. Following this, the tunic front will be worked. Now that the tunic is sewn, the embroidery can be done at leisure.

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WIPW106-beigemirt-8

A medium sized yoke design is drawn on graph paper during this week for the beige linen fabric.
I have a red salwar which needed a tunic to make it into a set. I found this printed cotton mull fabric. At this point, there is no idea to embellish this tunic with embroidery. I need some casual wear. Just a desire to share the picture.

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WIPW106-whiredmulltunic

The randje per week 2016 challenge weekly chart was completed on Saturday. Yesterday I forgot to check Pintangle, so that is to be done today after posting this week’s works in progress here.
Marsh Embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
This tunic is back form the tailor. This project was to be done in two phases. But the embroidery was not completed before sewing the tunic. This is the third phase, hoping to restart tomorrow.

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WIPW105-crekalmkaripatkutch-10

Pink kutch work border on green
This project was kept aside for some time. A break from shisha work was used to work on this kutchwork border, and it progressed a little. Though a simple pattern, it takes a while to work because of the intricacy produced by using 2mm graph for the design.

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WIPW105-whigremajekutch-4

The sleeves on the orange and violet combo fabric was completed. A corner pattern made of same borders was drawn, keeping in mind the design of the tunic.
Mirror work
After working mirror after mirror after mirror, break was necessary. This tunic fabric along with incomplete work was given for sewing. The remaining mirrors and bead work will be done after it comes back from the tailor.

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WIPW105-beigemirt-7

A linen in beige is waiting for an embroidery design. I saw a tussar tunic which had ethnic Gujarati embroidery with mirrors. A yoke filled with these type of motifs and small mirrors seems like a good idea. Will have wait and see, how the idea develops into a yoke design.

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.

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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.

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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.

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WIPW104-mablaikatkantha-2

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

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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.