Stitch challenges
Last week’s stitches on TAST and SSS challenges were completed and the details were posted on the blog. I have to start on this week’s SSS stitch. This week’s TAST stitch was worked earlier.
Tunic project
Some of the projects were left in Muscat, while leaving for India. The embroidery was restarted around the neck for this green Benarasi georgette fabric.
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Working with green thread and gold metallic thread was completed before the vacation. I started with gold zardosi beads and small white stones.
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Another project which needs to be worked is the cross stitch on Aida cloth for blue polyester linen tunic. Presently working on this project, picture is yet to be taken .
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Lots of work to be done. Eager to work them all

I am two days late in posting the works in progress. It is hard to remember the days in Chennai. After completing the Q stitch on SSS challenge, a project on silk blouse was done during this week. This blouse fabric had a wide gold border. My neighbour wanted some simple embroidery with stones and beads. Started the embroidery work with chain stitch in green silk thread.
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Another chain stitch row with gold thread.
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The saree is also the same peach silk with gold border. We could get dark red stone, the medium red stones did not match well with the richness of the silk fabric. Therefore chain stitches in red silk thread was worked on the semi circles created by green chain stitch row. The dark red stones were to be stitched here. I was hoping to subdue the colour of the stone to match with the fabric.
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A small motif in gold was scattered here and there on the saree. I tried work a motif in gold thread and beads. After working the red stones and gold beads.
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My friend who was sewing this blouse for her sister, wanted white stones on this project. I started with the white stones hoping it would go well with the beads, red stones and embroidery.
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Embroidery completed on both the sleeves of this peach silk blouse.
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Another blouse is also there which needs to be embroidered.
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Before starting the work on this blouse, I want to work whipped spoke stitch sampler for TAST challenge.

My second nephew got married last year. I have two nephews, For the engagement, I designed and embroidered two kurthas for each one of them.. Both these fabrics were fine silk. This blue kurtha was designed for the elder one [Deepak]. We found a tailor, who was willing to cut the fabric for working this embroidery.

emb on blue kurtha-pattern

emb on blue kurtha-pattern

The embroidery was done in chain stitches. Silver metallic, light blue and white were the fine silk threads that were used for the embroidery.

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emb on blue kurtha-emb

Being a festive occasion, small stones  and silver beads were used for embellishments. The embroidery and embellishments –

emb on blue kurtha

emb on blue kurtha

The detail-

emb on blue kurtha- detail

emb on blue kurtha- detail

The tailor did his job and my nephew wore this tunic during the occasion.

embroidery on blue kurtha- Deepak, my nephew

embroidery on blue kurtha- Deepak, my nephew

I designed and embroidered a kurtha for the groom. Which will be my next post.

Before working the mirrors and the stones, the outlines have to be dealt with. The outline for the stones were worked in back stitch.

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mirrors and stones on black/blue tunic-wip2

After working the chain stitch outline, the mirrors were stitched on to the motif.

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mirrors and stones on black/blue -wip3

Work in progress on the stones

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mirrors and stones on black/blue-wip4

The completion of the work on this motif

mirrors and stones on black/blue-completed motif

mirrors and stones on black/blue-completed motif

Generally I don’t instruct the tailor on neck patterns, so this was his choice. I placed the sleeves beside the motif, while taking this picture.

mirrors and stones on black /blue tunic

mirrors and stones on black /blue tunic

I wear a black salwar or blue leggings with this tunic.

This tunic has two fabrics, black spun cotton for the body of the tunic and printed chanderi cotton for the sleeves. The sleeve fabric-

mirrors stones on black/blue tunic-sleeve fabric

mirrors stones on black/blue tunic-sleeve fabric

I drew a medium sized motif from the print of the sleeve fabric.

mirrors stones on black,blue tunic-pattern

mirrors stones on black,blue tunic-pattern

The pattern was copied on the black cloth-

mirror stones on black,blue tunic-pat on cloth

mirror stones on black,blue tunic-pat on cloth

The idea was to work the motif in one colour-the sleeve fabric colour-blue. The mirrors worked with the same thread and the stones were also blue. Started with the feather stitch variation and chain stitch outlines for the mirrors.

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mirrors stone son black blue tunic-wip1

 

I found this printed material in cotton and immediately bought it. It was wonderful for a patiala salwar.

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majwhstone-fabric

The bold print was not ideal for tunic, for which I bought plain soft cotton in majenta.
I wanted a simple yoke pattern to stitch white stones. The pattern-

majwhstone-pattern

majwhstone-pattern

I used 4 strands of plum colour cotton skein for the embroidery and medium size white stones for embellishment.

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majwhstone-1

If I had used some white perle cotton, it would have made the embroidery stand out, but the fabric being cotton may run and with this dark colour, I did not want to take the risk.
The tailor did a good job on this set and it looks lovely.