We are back in Muscat slowly flowing into routine. I am better now.
The SSS challenge and TAST challenge both have new stitches to work. The upright cross stitch is an easy one. I hoping to start on it tomorrow. After that I have to work on beaded oyster stitch on TAST challenge.
Before returning to Muscat, I managed to work on my friend’s saree. A kutch work line along the width of the saree, which could be more than 40 inches.
The detail of the embroidery.
The kutchwork line in two colours was worked on the sleeves of the blouse also.
Nothing else was done other than this project and packing in Chennai, India. I have unpacked the fabrics bought in Chennai. Phew!! Some or most of them would require embroidery, which would be looked into during the next week. Lots of work to do.


I am a day late in posting again. There was not much stitching done during this week also. Heat is playing games on my body it seems. I am better now. We are leaving for Muscat this Saturday.
The work on silk blouse was completed. My neighbour loved this embroidery. Says she is also getting inspired.
Seeing this, my friend also wanted some embroidery on her unstitched blouse. She gave me the saree and the blouse. The saree and the blouse already had machine embroidered elephants.
This is the pallu of the saree, which is draped over the shoulder, either in the back or front, depending on the culture. The same six yards saree is worn in so many ways not only in India but also Srilanka, Egypt and some parts of Africa. In India and Srilanka, the heavily woven or worked pallu is shown in decorative ways. Saree draping is a whole different art form.
The blouse sleeve also has elephants. I have drawn a line over the red elephant, to work songle kutch work.
I am working a row of single kutch work on the pallu now. It doesn’t require any embroidery, but still a line would differentiate the pallu and the body of the saree. After that, the work on the sleeves will start. Simple embroidery, still takes time.

While I worked on this blouse,I thought I’ll do something in lagartera embroidery for myself, I haven’t done so far.
After working the squares on the motif with satin stitch in orange thread[ the picture I had not taken] , I started with yellow thread. In this thread the bottom border pattern was worked in back stitch, and then the whole embroidery was outlined with the same yellow thread .I had initially ,tried with a deep yellow, which did not go well with the other colours and the fabric, so I changed to this shade of yellow.
The completed border-

lagartera blouse-3

The closeup-

lagartera blouse-closeup

The top part of the border-

border pattern top lagarterathe motif-lagartera motif

The border with curved pattern-

lagartera border

The embroidery is fully completed, I have given it back to the lady. I enjoyed working on it. Hoping to do a similar one in the future.

The motif-

Till now I have not received any informative feedback on , the work I have been posting under the heading’Lagartera’.So , may be this is lagartera embroidery. I have doubts because, the pattern is not taken from the lagartera embroidery book, its my own.
Continuing with the details,
After filling the shapes in satin stitch, and curved lines in back stitch with green thread,the alternate diamonds on the top border pattern is filled in satin stitch in dark red colour.
The centre of motif repeat pattern , is done in Rhodes stitch.
The back stitch outlines are also done with the same red thread.

lagartera blouse-2

After this,the squares on the motif are filled with satin stitch in orange thread- which I forgot to picture.
The colours were all chosen by the lady , for whom I did this embroidery.

further details on my next post.

This is the last one in this series old kutchwork projects.
I had a plain orange Bengal cotton saree with zari border.For this, I co-ordinated with plain green blouse.
Few similar shades of orange , light green and red thread were chosen for the kutchwork embroidery on sleeves.
The pattern was two kutchwork borders intercepted by single row of kutchwork.
A wide motif was done in the centre- a few common motifs added together.
The mirror image of the two borders are added at the bottom.
The whole pattern was drawn on inch graph paper.
Along with kutchwork, rows of chain stitches were also done.

Green& orange kutch- blouse

The top-

green&orange kutch-top

the centre-

green&orange kutch-motif

The bottom-

green&orange kutch- bottom

This was a big project for me,earlier, I just did small motifs are borders- these pieces I don’t have them with me
. The unavailability of kutchwork designs and ignorance of the sources led me to design my own kutchwork patterns. I did not even have similar samples to compare them with.
I am so happy to share with you all these projects . It brought back so many memories-
While designing, transferring,embroidering,sewing[tailor] and wearing them.
After writing so many posts on kutchwork, Iam itching to do kutchwork now!

I had a half-white synthetic saree, with geometrical prints in black& red.
A red fabric was chosen as blouse to match the saree.
The whole embroidery was done only on the sleeves of the blouse.
For the first time I tried creating a different border pattern for kutchwork,
earlier, I just modified and customized the usual kutchwork patterns to my requirements.
I used black, grayish green, and white colour threads to embroider the pattern.
The mirrors were done in red .
Other than kutchwork and mirrors, chain stitch,
two variations of feather stitch, and some straight stitches around the mirror were used.

kutchwork on red blouse

The mirrors-

kutchwork on red blouse- mirrors

The border closeup-

kutchwork on redblouse- border

The saree is not with me anymore, but the blouse is still worn along with some other sarees. Because of the three colour combination- red , black& white.

kutchwork on maroon blouse

The inspiration for this pattern came from a magazine. I saw a saree, which was embroidered on the border and pallu. It was done in aariwork[hook]. I still haven’t tried doing that work. My idea was to work chain stitch in single strand of cotton skein.
Then I bought a semi-tussar saree, in maroon, green ,black, beige colours[all colours together in one saree]. For this ,a semi tussar blouse material in maroon was chosen.
With all my enthusiasm[this was in place of my skill] drew the pattern on graph paper.
A medium size border, with uniformly placed single squares[for kutchwork] all over the sleeves of the blouse.
These single squares were done in two colours[they were slightly apart, which meant I couldn’t cross over from the wrong side] all together a time consuming foolish pattern idea!
The border was a piece of cake compared to the single squares.
I seem to have used the kutchwork with a vengeance on this blouse.

As for the colour combination, the threads I used were based on the saree colours, but they do look dull.
Lesson learnt- when doing a time consuming large embroidery, make sure the colours look extraordinary and matches most of the common outfits. Only then it is attractive.
Now the saree has gone, It is so difficult  to use this blouse now.