I am in Chennai, India for vacation. Embroidery is not part of this routine. Still some small assignments are worked in between other work. This tunic was worked in the summer of 2016.
After working two tunics in lemon green and white combination some pieces of lemon green fabric was lying around. A kutchwork embroidery seemed like a good idea. There was this tunic fabric in half white cotton block printed with the same colour.
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I wanted to add another colour to this white. A medium majenta thread was chosen.
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Drawing diagonal kutchwork on 2mm graph paper gives a dainty look. The border pattern-
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The pattern below the neck-
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I started with the first sleeve border.
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Making the anchoring stiches was not so difficult. Care was required to work the stitch at the precise point and moving over or under the thread had to be accurate. The interlacing was not so easy, because of the daintiness of the pattern.
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This is the same story in the second part of the journey, still it was better to work the outer squares.
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Instead of looking for another colour, the single line kutch border was worked in green. An idea of working this border in white was considered and rejected.
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I moved on to the yoke at this point. The kutch work in green thread.
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The basic kutch squares worked in majenta.
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Worked the border in majenta and the back stitch outline was worked in white. This piece was completed.
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The border on another sleeve was worked.
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The embroidered pieces and the tunic fabric was given for sewing.

white green majenta kutch tunic
The detail.
white green majenta kutch tunic-det
After a while, a cotton fabric with same lemon colour tones was bought for salwar [ Indian  pants].
white green majenta kutch tunic-salwar
I wore this tunic set last week. It was cool.

This tunic was worked in 2013. The fabric is mangalagiri cotton. We call this colour as sandalwood colour. This fabric was fairly thin for it to be used for chikan work embroidery.
Though generally,  the chikan work embroidery being shadow work, the closed herringbone stitches are worked on the wrong side of the fabric. There are many exceptions to this.
I wanted to work closed herringbone stitches on both sides of the fabric.
The tunic.
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The tailor had marked the sleeves and the front of the tunic. The yoke pattern
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The yoke and the sleeve embroidery patterns were traced on to the fabric.
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The threads used were-
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Starting with darkest colour, the closed herringbone stitches were worked.
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The next colour was also worked in the same manner.
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The third colour which was very light compared to the other two was worked on the right side of the fabric. This time it was fish bone stitch.
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Cream colour thread was used for outlines and french knots.
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The sleeves were worked in the same manner.
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The detail of the tunic.
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Early 2013, my computer had some problem, and I lost most of the images of the details of the embroidery projects worked after june 2012. This kept me discouraged for quite some time. So there is a backlog of project details from 2013. I am hoping to post these whenever time permits.

The black yoke with mirror work in three colours is completed.The colours  used are lemon yellow, medium green and medium mauve. the yoke outlines are done in cream.
The yoke when placed over the chanderi fabric before the tunic was sewn looked like this-

cream&black chanderi tunic-2 yoke

The tailor designed the neck based on the yoke pattern and the sewn tunic-

cream & black chanderi -tunic

I could have used many colour combinations with this cream and black background.I could have also embroidered over the printed pattern on the fabric too. This is just to think of different options.
The tunic would have looked good even without any type of embroidery. If that were the case , there wouldn’t have been anything to blog about, it would have just been worn.

Now that the embroidery is completed, I have added the antique sequins. A leaf shaped sequin is attached to the centre of the motifs. The rest of the sequins are usual ones.
I designed this yoke keeping in mind the different sequins, it was just a matter of choosing the different stitches, which would go well with the sequins. The border patterns would work well for decorative seams too.

blue tunic yoke - completed

The tunic material is dark blue chiffon .I couldn’t find the exact colour material for the yoke.[After embroidering directly on georgette earlier for two tunics,, I learnt my lesson well. Not to do it again for a long time! ].The material was another dark blue with shades of violet. As you can see, it was not too different.

blue tunic- with sewn yoke

After wearing it, I realized that it would have been better if it had been lined with another fabric. Also never thought that the sequins would stand so prominent in this colour.

Iam still detailing this blue tunic in this post.
The small motifs are done in stem stitch, straight stitches,and detached chain.
The border outlines are done in back stitch, buttonhole stitch variation and rows of arrowhead stitchor zigzag back stitch.

blue chiffon tunic-2

Whenever I see any motif block printed fabric, I get fascinated. All kinds of different embroidery ideas float on my mind, to embellish them. For this yoke, I chose a simple motif pattern, and worked three different stitches.
When I was busy getting inspired by the tunic on fashion show, I overlooked a small detail- the yoke was printed with the motifs! The embroidery was done only for the border. This detail I found after completing this tunic! it would have really saved time.

I worked on this a few years ago. Even though, the size doesn’t fit , it still hangs in my wardrobe,.
The fabric is mangalagiri handloom cotton in cream with zari border. Golden yellow salwar[Indian pants] completed the set.
The embroidery was worked on a sewn tunic.
I mixed and matched two , three designs to get this embroidery pattern.
All stitches was done in two strands of cotton skeins.
The stitches- chain, stem,buttonhole, herringbone, raised herringbone, chain and stem filling, fly, satin

The centre close up-

cream tunic-1

Close up of the side-

cream tunic-2

The tunic-

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After all the stitches were completed on the yoke, I stitched some antique gold seqiuns and beads for embellishing. The picture of the completed yoke and sleeves-

green&yellow kutch- beads

Now for the tunic itself, the tailor had stitched beautifully the yoke and sleeves to the tunic, with the neck pattern . I wanted a deep neck for the back, with a crossed cord made with the green fabric.

green&yeliow kutch- tunic

Whenever other people made comments about the design or embroidery, it was either the tunic was good or the embroidery was good, or else the colour combination was nice.It is very interesting to see how each one’s taste differs.
Very rarely, the tunic, design , embroidery, colour coordination, all together would be a success. This tunic is one of that kind.