I had a grey dupatta[shawl] with red& white ikat border.To make it a salwar[Indian tunic] set,I bought a plain red handloom cotton fabric.

The pattern chosen was simple phulkari[suface satin ] border for neck&sleeves. I also found some novelty silver beads for the neckline[now they are easily available, earlier they were quite scarce,I was excited to acquire them.
For the neck-
3 lines of zigzag coral st[I was learning this stitch] and then two geometrical patterns were repeated throughout the neckline,then I attached these novelty silver beads.two shades of grey and off white colour threads were used.

grey in red tunic

For the sleeves-
Again a simple pattern, which matched the neck pattern,made with holbein [double running] stitch, and back stitch.

red&grey sleeves

Generally not too fond of grey colour,but this dupatta caught my eye, and with the matching beads, Very satisfying.



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darning sampler-6

darning sampler-6

 I have been exploring some more on this pattern darning.Also  attending vedanta philosopy lectures this whole week. because of which  couldn’t post  any entry. .I enjoyed doing this peocack. this pattern is adapted from phulkari embroidery, In which the whole surface is filled with surface satin, to break the monotony,this pattern darning is used in between.Red grey and cream pattern is typical Ikat pattern.

Pattern darning -7

Pattern darning -7

Iam adding some tiny borders also. whenever I work on this sampler,I want to do some project using these stitches,  but  still  waiting for inspiration.

pattern darning -8

pattern darning -8

This violet motif reminds me of dhakai embroidery[bangladesh].Let me see how I go from here.

Today . i was thinking how to do barred chain  st and alt barred chain st,which are the stitches for week 10 on TAST challenge.I learnt of this blog-http://www. quieter moments.wordpress.com.there I found variations of interlacing st.I have been blindly following the same method of interlacing st all these yaers, without even thinking of variations. this is getting interesting, opening new possiblities. but I have to try them first.LOL.

phulkari
phulkari

this is the yoke part of the tunic. embroidery was done in single strand of thread I and worked on it for a long time

Today I have joined another group on stitchin fingers to motivate myself.In this group, I do have to work and catch up. I have been putting this off for some time,but today I did it.I have  keep creating new designs so I don’t get bored.Teaching also helps me to challenge myself.

phulkari

phulkari

This is a geometrical design of mine done in phulkari style,It isn’t aunthentic phulkariof Punjab,but it is ok.

I finished my kutchwork piece today, given it for stitching, let’s see.