The chart on Randje per week was completed on Saturday. Just had a look at TAST challenge. It is Berry stitch. The working of the stitch is on Pintangle.
Yellow combo tunic
This project is nearing completion. Mirrors are to be stitched on this piece.

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WIPW92-yelcombo-3

Lemon green tunic
This project was started yesterday, before completing the mirrors, too much excitement to work chikan embroidery, I suppose. Started with the sleeve border.

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WIPW92-lemgrechik-2

Marash embroidery
Still wavering between three ideas- to draw the motifs from the old samplers or take the inspiration and build over those old designs or choose a tunic project and start designing according to the requirement. Presently the last idea is being implemented.
The focus is on building the interlacing motifs without other kind of embroidery stitches. The design is a broad border made of kutch motif pattern along the hemline. The drawing was accomplished last night.

The weekly challenge RPW2016 was worked on Saturday.
TAST 2016 challenge stitch is Portuguese border stitch. The samples of this stitch were worked on earlier TAST challenge. The link to the post was put on FB group.
Black border tunic
There was time to make good progress on this tunic. A sample of this project.

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WIPW91-blborder-3

Pink border tunic
Two small kutchwork patterns were drawn below the borders on this sewn tunic.
Yellow combo tunic
A design was drawn on brown cotton fabric for sleeves and the front of the tunic for this yellow printed and orange striped tunic. The embroidery work started on it today.

WIPW91-yelcombo-2

WIPW91-yelcombo-2

Lemon green tunic
This is another summer special tunic. It is with the tailor for marking the neck and sleeves. The idea is- chikan/ shadow work embroidery worked in white thread.

WIPW91-lemgrechik-1

WIPW91-lemgrechik-1

Regarding Marash embroidery study and implement, this progress has slowed down a bit. Designing is progress for a tunic. The idea for another project with this embroidery is still simmering.

RPW 2016 challenge chart of the week was completed on time.
Two stitches together- crossed and plaited feather stitches are this week’s TAST challenge stitches. These stitch samplers were worked earlier.  the working of these stitches are on Pintangle. The link to these stitch  samplers are posted on FB group.
The embroidery for the white kota cotton fabric with green block prints was completed this week. The tunic is with the tailor.
Black border tunic
Filling stitches on the paisley motif were worked with variegated fine silk thread on the black fabric with woven border.

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WIPW90-blbordert-2

This pink tunic with border was sewn by the tailor last week. The embroidery designing is yet to be done.

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WIPW90-pinbordert-1

There was not much progress on embroidery work. I was seeing many Marash embroidery work. The history of Armenia was sad.
Keeping the idea of Marash embroidery a border was designed. I am a novice at circular kutchwork patterns. Three more ideas on this type of embroidery are waiting in queue. It is a different experience to plan and scheme a kutch pattern without mirrors or other stitches. Still it is very interesting. Hope to design them all before it slips from the memory.

RPW2016
The chart could be completed on the day it was posted on this challenge.
TAST 2016
I am yet to post the samples of fern stitch worked during earlier TAST challenge on FB group. This week we have another stitch -buttonhole wheel cup. I just posted the sampler on FB.
Black border tunic
The border on this tunic is woven with metallic yarn. It came back half sewn from the tailor, for working the embroidery. After tracing the pattern, I started the chain stitch outlines with gold metallic thread. A paisley pattern was also traced on this tunic front.

WIPW89-blborder-1

WIPW89-blborder-1

After the Dubai, I was itching to do some simple embroidery on light weight fabric. This white cotton kota fabric with block prints in green is ideal. Pattern is drawn. Have to start the work.

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WIPW89-whgrkota-1

These two fabrics are cotton, one has stripes and the other one has prints. The printed fabric will be the  front of the tunic and the striped fabric will decorate the back. Pattern drawing for embroidery is in progress. This is for a simple Indian ethnic embroidery.

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WIPW89-yelloracombo-1

While browsing the pinterest yesterday. I was ensnared by Maarash embroidery from Armenia. This is similar to kutchwork. Eager to study this work more.

Few more edges were completed on last year’s Randje per week challenge. I had started them during the course of last year, when they were posted on their site. These edges are available on the site till March this year.

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wipw36-rpw2014-64to71

I started with metallic thread on the embroidery on dark blue fabric to be sewn on blue green crepe tunic fabric later. The design is traditional Indian. Some elements of a border from a design book by artist K.Prakash were the inspiration for this pattern. This embroidery will have stitches in gold colour threads and bluish green threads. Embellishments are also part of this project.

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wipw36-blugrencrepet-2

I have two long stitch kits, one of which I started a while ago. Thinking if it is included in this post, it might start moving forward. Even an half an hour work every week on this project would help it a bit. It needs encouragement. That’s for next week.

This tunic fabric is cotton with block printed motifs in grey and blue colours wit border.

whigreyblu-fabric

whigreyblu-fabric

The embroidery was worked with cotton skeins and metallic silver thread. First thread was grey. Herringbone stitch fillings and chain stitch outlines were done with this thread.

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whigreyblu-1

Three shades of same blue were used. first was the medium blue thread. The stitches were the same.

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whigreyblu-2

Again the fillings are done with herringbone stitches and the outlines in chain stitch.

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whigreyblu-3

The lightest blue is used for outline.

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whigreyblu-4

After working the embroidery with cotton skeins, the silver metallic thread was used to define the outlines and other smaller details.

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whigreyblu-5

The last thread on this project was white cotton skein.

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whigreyblu-6

This embroidered centre piece was sewn on to the tunic by the tailor, who did a great job on the neckline.

white grey blue tunic

white grey blue tunic

The closer look of the tunic.

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whigreyblu-detail

The pattern of this centre piece, based on traditional Indian design.

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whigreyblu-pattern

This was a simple embroidery, I like working on traditional designs.

This sampler was filled with some other TAST stitches. Some people find it easy to work this kind of embroidery. Evidently I am not one of them. It is hard to work without any marking, and the mind becomes blank to choose the stitches, so many doubts, whether to fill the whole thing or just some parts. With all these the piece got finished.

33.127.beaded alternating up&down buttonhole

33.127.beaded alternating up&down buttonhole

The working of this stitch with very long name is on SharonB ‘s blog. I chose to work this between two back stitch rows on a traditional Indian pattern. This is a part of a border.
The back stitch lines-

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33.127.beadaltup&downbholest-1

The beads are in the middle and on one side.

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33.127.beadaltup&downbholest-2

The beads are worked on both sides.

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33.127.beadaltup\7downbholest-3

The stitch worked with two beads.

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33.127.beadaltup7downbholest-4

The basic beaded version shown by SharonB and with two beads on both sides.

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33.127.beadaltup&downbholest-5

The centre worked with gold beads , beads on zigzag version, beads on both buttonholes[ the beads were worked on alternating double buttonhole stitch, since , it was not possible to work two beads on up and down buttonholes]

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33.127.beadaltup&downbholest-6

The beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitches.

33.127.beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitch sampler

33.127.beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitch sampler

Thinking of working some freeform embroidery to fill the spaces.

This tunic fabric had all the aspects I wanted- crepe material, black and red colours, traditional Indian pattern print all over. I couldn’t resist buying it.
The neck pattern for embroidery was also drawn in the same theme, traditional Indian design.

blackredcrepe-pattern

blackredcrepe-pattern

I chose black satin fabric for working this embroidery. It was hard taking a clear picture without the satin sheen. The embroidery was done with chain stitch, resembling aari work with zardosi beads and stones. It is easy to work Indian embroidery styles on traditional Indian designs.

blackred crepe-emb

blackred crepe-emb

The completed tunic-

black red crepe tunic

black red crepe tunic

Embroidery and embellishment detail-

blackred crepe-det

blackred crepe-det

I wear this tunic with black silk salwar. But It is so hot now, I feel I am melting, at the thought of wearing this outfit!

The tunic fabric is white cotton printed with white motifs. The prints are not seen from far, but looks lovely when looked closely. A white pin tuck cotton fabric with pink floral print was chosen for salwar,

white pink Kashmiri work-salwar

white pink Kashmiri work-salwar

The idea of this pattern was to fill up traditional Indian motif patterns with Kashmiri embroidery. There are three types of Kashmiri embroidery. This type is chain stitch filling. I wanted isolated symmetrical motifs to form this front panel. The pattern in two parts.

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white pink Kashmiri work-pat1

The bottom part-

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white pink Kashmiri work-pat2

The embroidery as mentioned earlier was chain stitch filling. The darkest pink was the first colour to be used.

white pink Kashmiri work- WIP

white pink Kashmiri work- WIP

The embroidery detail around the neck.

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white pink Kashmiri work- embdet1

The rest of the embroidery details.

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white pink Kashmiri work-embdet2

The tunic set.

white pink Kashmiri work-set

white pink Kashmiri work-set

The sleeves are bordered with salwar fabric.

white pink kshmiri work-tunic

white pink kashmiri work-tunic

I like this idea for two reasons, the embroidery filling and the space between the embroidery, which shows the white fabric. it was not easy to draw this pattern, still it was worth the time and effort put into it.