The green yoke for white/pink printed tunic was completed this week. It was easy working along the stripes.



After completing the embroidery, white sequins were added to these linear stitches.
This ready to wear Patiala salwar was bought on my previous trip to Chennai.

WIPW62-blugreen patiala1

WIPW62-blugreen patiala1

A dark blue fabric was chosen for the tunic. The pattern is inspired by ethnic Indian embroidery. Lots of spaces to be filled with herringbone stitches! The thread colours are plucked from the Patiala with an addition of white and pink. The embroidery on 3 cm borders for the sleeves and sides are started.



My kutchwork border designs are moving very slowly, so nothing much to report there.

This tunic fabric is block printed cotton.



I was bored of looking at this fabric without getting any ideas for embroidery. I felt the colour was too dull to work anything worthwhile on it. I came across this bright orange printed fabric leftover after using on a yoke, which gave me the idea for this yoke.
A simple embellishment of attaching two rows of square antique gold sequins completed this yoke.



The orange fabric was attached to the sleeves without the sequins.

orange sequin yoke on brown

orange sequin yoke on brown

This tunic is now my favourite piece, which I often wear with dark or light brown trousers.

The embellished borders placed over the tunic fabric-


After this the borders and the tunic fabric were given to the tailor for the final step of the tunic . the sewn tunic-

orange&cream tunic1

The borders on the tunic-

orange&cream tunic-2

It is nice change to have just embroidery borders on a tunic instead of yoke. I wear this tunic and scarf with orange/red jeans. The idea to use printed fabric for embroidery border was also very practical. Totally a satisfying experience.
I am posting these details from India,and the tunic and scarf are in the scarf cannot be shown here.

The colours used for embroidery on the borders of this tunic are based on the colours on the scarf for which this tunic is designed. The tunic was cream colour ikat cotton, and the next colour was cream on the border. The back stitches in cream thread were worked between the running stitch rows done in green done earlier in this project.


Variegated cone thread was couched on the outer edges of these borders-


Bright gold sequins were added on to these borders, completed borders for sleeves and the front edge-


Three thread colours were used on this zigzag patterned border fabric. the next treatment was set of three detached chain stitches, which was worked in maroon thread, between two rows of straight stitches, in orange and yellow.


The three borders in this stage-


A row of back stitch was worked in light green thread between these detached chain stitches-


The embroidery on borders for this tunic are done on printed orange fabric. the same zigzag lines were guide lines for different threads and stitches. the first treatment was two rows of running stitch, the next one was straight stitch filling in two colours. the first colour was dark orange. It is not seen clearly here, though-


The same straight stitch filling on yellow thread. This looks much better!


I found a printed crepe scarf ,which I liked very much. It is in red and has traditional Indian print, with paisleys and florals in a multitude of colours. It was hard to choose a tunic fabric in one colour.and I thought, this cream tunic fabric which was woven ikat in cotton, will be ideal for this scarf.
The embroidery was to be done on sleeves and the front edge. This time, there will be no embroidery on yoke. A machine woven burnt orange fabric,with zigzag lines was chosen for the borders. The lines were the pattern on which the embroidery was done. The colours on the scarf were the guide for threads used for embroidery. Cotton skeins, cone thread and sequins were used for embroidery.
Starting with the first colour, green based variegated thread , zigzag running stitch was worked on the edge of all the borders