This week’s progress has been mediocre.

The RPW2016 challenge took more time than was expected. The completed chart.

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WIPW101-RPW-W33

I am going to Chennai, India tomorrow for two weeks. For the past few times these trips have been stitch free. Hoping for some embroidery productive days.
Marash embroidery/ kutchwork embroidery
Kutchwork Cream tunic with kalamkari patch
The tunic fabric was marked for neck and sleeves by the tailor. The pattern was drawn on the sleeves first. In this transfer also, the fabric to be marked is placed over the design and the pattern is drawn with a pencil. The kutchwork/ interlacing stitch/ marash embroidery commenced with the brown thread. Same colour as the brown fabric.

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WIPW101-cralamkaripatkutch-7

Orange violet combo tunic
The impact of working this kutchwork, the multi colour mirror work on white and blue combo tunic and seeing a kasuti embroidery design – all gave rise to another idea of working kutchwork embroidery in four colours on an orange and violet tunic. I am still in the process of drawing the pattern. The embroidery will be three places- the sleeves, below the neck and a big design on the right hand side of the tunic. I may have more details after the designs are completed.

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WIPW101-oraviocombokutch-1

Mirror work

white and blue combo tunic

The mirror work around the neck and sleeves on this blue white combo tunic was completed.

beige mirror work tunic
After working the sleeves with brown thread, I proceeded with the work on tunic front. The spaces inside the squares will have the mirrors.

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WIPW101-beigemirt-3

Kantha embroidery
The kantha embroidery is drawn and ready to be transferred. With the packing in progress for the trip, If time permits, the tracing can be made on the plain black fabric to be worked in Chennai. Will have to wait and see.

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WIPW101-marblaikatkantha-2

This yoke which was done in 2013 was inspired by ready made mirror work borders available in the Indian market. These borders are actually made with round sequins or discs called mica. The embroidery on them is done with fine silk threads and beads. They are attached to sarees, tunics in India.
This yoke is worked with mirrors. The tunic fabric is block printed, vegetable dyed, handloom cotton in black.

pink mirror yoke tunic

pink mirror yoke tunic

The embroidery other than mirror work is done with silk threads, the pink thread for herringbone filling on triangles and golden colour silk thread for chain stitch.

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pinkmirykt-1

Gold metallic thread is used for outlines in chain stitch.

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pinkmirykt-2

The inner mirror outlines are done with pink silk thread.

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pinkmirykt-3

The small mirrors are outlined in chain stitch with white thread.

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pinkmirykt-4

The detail of the inner outline made with golden thread.

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pinkmirykt-5

Another outline around the central mirrors made with medium pink thread.

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pinkmirykt-6

The inner mirrors are fixed with shisha stitch.

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pinkmirykt-7

The final step was to work the small mirrors with shisha stitch.

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pinkmiryt-8

The yoke on tunic.

pink mirroryoke tunic -det

pink mirroryoke tunic -det

The pattern for this mirror work yoke.

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pinkmiryt-pattern

I match this tunic with black trousers. The handloom fabrics feel cool in summer season. A sample of the border available in the markets.

pinkmirykt-border sample

pinkmirykt-border sample

This post on work in progress helps in work on the projects grow steadily. To see others progress visit pintangle.
Yesterday I was downloading some files from antique pattern library. Totally forgot to write this post. I completed two more cross stitch edges on randje per week challenge.

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25.wipwednesdays-rpw-19,20

The work on tunic also progressed a little. Two features of this ethnic embroidery are – use of five six colours and repetition of stitches, patterns. After some time it gets monotonous. After the work on this project this week, it is ready for stitching the mirrors.

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25.wipwednesdays-ct-4

These two projects took precedence and TAST challenge was not touched this week!

To understand how the posting this work in progress is helpful, visit Pintangle. I completed last week’s TAST stitch.
The hussif was taken out and kept back, when a mistake was found on the black work filling. It’ll be hard enough to pull out the waste canvas, so the option to rectify the mistake is out, just have to think of something to work over the flaw.
The black yoke was completed with phukari embroidery.

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19.wipwednesdays-whgreytunic3

The earlier worked edges were completed on Randje per week challenge.

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19.wipwednesdays-rpw 13,14

The yellow tunic with chanderi silk cotton sleeves in its full glory.

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19.wipwednesdays-yctunic

Gujarati ethnic embroidery  was drawn for a  cream tunic with  multi coloured striped salwar fabric. The tailor has to mark the place for front and sleeves. The routine of working on the journal was maintained this week.

The idea of posting the progress on projects helps to commit and work on them consistently. The motivation to work on the projects increases by linking this post to Pintangle, where Sharon and others share their projects.
For five weeks I have not seen my hussif, the black work filling cannot be called a good idea, still I am stuck with it.
Small diamond mirrors were worked into the seven diamond spaces below the neck on my tunic. The mirror stitch which goes around the mirror itself was extended to fill the shapes. This couldn’t have been possible if the mirrors were big. Antique gold beads were worked on the neck line.

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17.wipwednesdays-yctunic-5

The fifth week edges were completed this week.

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17.WIPWednesdays-rpw4

The design was drawn for the beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitch on TAST challenge.

I have started to work daily on my studio journal, throwing in some ideas.

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17.wipwednesdays-sj

The exercise of giving the ideas, which come and go, a definition is still new. It is easy to imagine than to work and simplify them. Sometimes it helps to see things with an idea of creating something out of it. Other times, when I am struggling to bring forth something, it feels as if these may not be useful at all. I am also finding for my strength and weaknesses, managing them is another story, they are like two sides of a coin.
That’s my progress for this week.

The fabric of this tunic is handloom mangalagiri cotton. I think it is a black fabric with beige stripes, because black is prominent. There was another fabric with block printed borders. That fabric had black prints on beige with an orange in between. With idea of using this border fabric for sleeves, back neck, a small mirror work pattern was chosen for the front.
The pattern-

black beige orange mirror-pat

black beige orange mirror-pat

The embroidery was mainly worked with shades of orange with beige outlines. Two or three strands of cotton skeins were used . The embroidery stitches were- shisha stitch, herringbone stitch for filling the triangles, buttonhole and chain stitches for outlining.

black beige orange mirror=yoke

black beige orange mirror=yoke

The back neck with printed border.

black  beige orange mirror bneck

black beige orange mirror bneck

The tunic with borders and embroidery

black beige orane mirror tunic2

black beige orane mirror tunic2

It is easy to work with big round mirrors. Even simple designs can be brightened with these mirrors.

I was in India for my nephew’s wedding. After enjoying thoroughly, we returned to Muscat last week. But the routine is starting slowly. I‘ll post the details of the embroidery on bridal gifts after organizing the pictures.
Now for the details of this tunic, I had bought this salwar from FabIndia.

crky-br-fabric

crky-br-fabric

A brown handloom cotton fabric with green streaks was chosen for the tunic. Generally I chose kutchwork motifs, borders drawn on graph paper, but for this tunic a freeform of kutchwork was worked with other stitches, beads and mirrors.
The kutchwork pattern on the yoke-
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The neckline with paisley and central motif.
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