This week’s randjes were combined with straight stitches. Simple and effective edges. The free graph for these edges are here.

rpw2015-21,22

rpw2015-21,22

The kutchwork borders are simple based on these randjes.

kw-21

kw-21

Single kutchwork squares are worked  along with straight stitches.

kw-22

kw-22

These single kutchwork  squares being very easy to work with, instructions are not necessary.
The pattern-

rpw-kw-21-pattern

rpw-kw-21-pattern

Pattern#22

rpw-kw-22-pattern

rpw-kw-22-pattern

The kutch work border samples which are based on this week’s cross stitch edges on randje per week  2015 challenge are here. the # 19 border has a variation too. The step by step instructions, patterns are also given for these borders.

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This week’s cross stitch edges are interesting to work with. The free graph for these edges are in this blog.

rpw2015-17,18

rpw2015-17,18

These past few weeks, I have been drawing some kutchwork borders based on these edges. This kutchwork embroidery is very common in Indian Gujarati ethnic embroidery. I enjoy trying new ways to design this embroidery work. These days books are available for these. Earlier, the people [tribal] who did these combined with other embroidery stitches filled the whole cloth [wall hangings, box covers, blouses, bed sheets to name a few] continuously, the placement of the patterns depended on creative mind of the worker. Their inspirations were from nature and the works done previously. The kutchwork borders sample pattern inspired by this week’s edges.

rpw2015-kw-17,18-pattern

rpw2015-kw-17,18-pattern

Starting this year with details and patterns of some projects done in the past two years.
This was done in 2012 as part of bridal gifts on my younger nephew’s wedding.
I wanted to a cross stitch border to embellish a pouch, which can be used for various purposes. This was to be a gift for my new niece, Charanya. The fabric was synthetic velvet for the pouch, the cross stitch border was on aida . The pattern was chosen from old antique pattern book and modified.

cross stitch border pattern

cross stitch border pattern

Cotton skeins were used for this work. Alternate crosses were worked for the outline.

cossstbdrc-1

crossstbdrc-1

The second colour

crossstbdrc-2

crossstbdrc-2

Stitches for the centre

crossstbdrc-3

crossstbdrc-3

The next shade

crossstbdrc-4

crossstbdrc-4

The pink thread

crossstbdrc-5

crossstbdrc-5

The lighter pink

crossstbdrc-6

crossstbdrc-6

This border was then embellished with pink stones.

crossstbdrc-7

crossstbdrc-7

The border was then sewn on to the pouch. I enjoyed playing with colours on the old cross stitch border.

I had two dupattas, a plain green in cotton and brown printed in chanderi cotton.

greebrokwyk-tunic fabric

greebrokwyk-tunic fabric

I was not using this green.

greebrokwyk-dupatta

greebrokwyk-dupatta

This piece is a stole and not technically a dupatta. when the green fabric is made into a tunic with a light brown embroidery piece, it might match this brown printed scarf. With this idea a small kutch work design was drawn on graph paper.

greebrkwyk-pattern

greebrkwyk-pattern

The embroidery was done with three colours.

greekwyk-embroidery

greekwyk-embroidery

The tunic after sewn by the tailor-

green brown tunic kutchwork yoke

green brown tunic kutchwork yoke

The tunic with dupatta-

greebrokwyk-tunic with dupatta

greebrokwyk-tunic with dupatta

With this lovely tunic, I need a salwar to go with this set, How about it?

I wanted a yoke pattern made of woven kutchwork motif and borders. I had this hand woven dupatta [scarf] in purple with checked pattern. The tunic with which it was matched was long gone.
Actually I took pictures while working the different motifs, but the size of the motifs were too small, that the weaving and interlacing wouldn’t have been very clear. But if any of the motifs were found interesting, I can share the details. All the motifs and the borders were worked with woven kutchwork.
The tunic

purple tunic woven kutchwork-tunic

purple tunic woven kutchwork-tunic

The detail of the yoke, I added some light colour wooden beads for embellishments, they were not necessary.

purple tunic woven kutch- pattern

purple tunic woven kutch- pattern

The yoke pattern on graph.

purple tunic woven kutch-pattern

purple tunic woven kutch-pattern

The chikan work embroidery is common in Indian state of Uttarpradesh. The embroidery is predominantly shadow work, but other stitches are also used. The chikan work is done on sarees, tunics, salwar suits, dupattas … .Pastel colours and white fabrics in soft cotton, chiffon, silk, crepe are commonly used for this work.
I wanted to explore some simple stitches in chikan work on this tunic. The fabric was light blue soft cotton. Pistil stitch was the main stitch, other stitches were-back stitch, herringbone filling [shadow work], berry stitch.

blue green chikan work tunic

blue green chikan work tunic

The colours were a shade of green I think it is called teal, but I am not sure. The centre detail-

blue green chikan work tunic-=centre

blue green chikan work tunic-=centre

The tailor marked the front for me to trace the pattern. This tunic has a high neck design

blue green chikan work tunic-neck

blue green chikan work tunic-neck

The motif details-

blue green chikan work tunic-  motif detail

blue green chikan work tunic- motif detail

The motif pattern, this can be used as a single motif too.

blue green chikan work tunic- motif

blue green chikan work tunic- motif

The full embroidery pattern

blue green chikan work tunic- pattern

blue green chikan work tunic- pattern

The shop bought chikan work tunic has more embroidery, but I preferred this minimal work. Earlier I had done this chikan work on tunics they are here