I had worked on a black yoke , for a pink tussar tunic, which is posted here.
When my new niece saw this , she wanted one like that. So did the same combination for her.
So , Iam just posting the yoke here. I did not take pictures during the WIP stage , though.
She wanted a small yoke, the pattern and the progress of the embroidery-

black & pink yoke-WIP

I started with light gold colour thread and green thread. The stitches used were back stitch, buttonhole stitch, stem stitch and chain stitch.

black&pink yoke WIP detail

Zardosi beads and oval pink beads were added in the next stage. Those will on my next post.

With this detail the yoke design is complete. The length of the yoke is 18 inches. The neck is not part of the design.

Whenever I work on these type of traditional designs, I generally cover the area with embroidery and embellishments . But for this design, embroidery was worked on the traced lines only. Mirrors were the only addition.
The embroidery was used just to enhance the colours on this tunic.
The last part of the yoke-

blue green tunic closeup-3

I wear a light green mercerized cotton salwar [Indian pants] for this tunic.
The full yoke-

blue and green tunic

I am fond of paisley designs, this pattern has 6 paisleys. This pattern would also work for –kashmiri embroidery,bead work ,kantha work and sequin work.

The last item that was embroidered on this motif pattern is the outlining in back stitch with cream thread. I thought I‘ll outline all the filling stitches in this motif pattern,.
Few curves were also worked in back stitch. Thus the whole motif yoke is completed.

yoke motif -completed

The close up picture of the completed motif-

yoke motif- closeup

Now for the final result-
After completing this, I had gone to India, where I bought a few brocade materials for embellishing tunics. One of the material was in peach colour, since this motif has peach in it, I thought of attaching the brocade to the tunic .
The idea was to stitch the tunic with alternate panels with the tunic fabric, attach a chiffon fabric for the sleeves with brocade border, attach the yoke with the brocade fabric outlining the yoke.
The tailor also had an idea of lining the body part of the tunic,and so with so many layers- lining, tunic fabric , brocade , the yoke, the tunic is very thick and heavy, but the sleeves with the chiffon[without any lining], is kept intact only with the weight of the brocade border. The tunic looks pretty funny, and definitely Iam not laughing!
Lessons- If Iam doing motif patterns for yoke, they have to be arranged in a different manner.
Maximum of only 1 inch outlining allowed with brocade material[ it is too thick, too bright]
The yoke fabric should have been in complimenting colour
The embroidery work and thread colours should have been bold not subtle for this pattern and colour.
The tunic now-

tunic with yoke motif

Here, the flowers are outlined with peach thread, the same peach is used for the satin flowers too.

brown motif yoke-WIP3

Generally with brown, maroon and green combination,I choose yellow colour. This time the peach was chosen. The yellow was not completely left out, I used variegated silk thread[ which has yellow in it] for the extra leaves in the centre.

brown motif yoke- WIP4

Peach satin flowers and dark green petals are outlined in back stitch with copper colour thread.
The completed yoke on my next post

The motif pattern is simple and medium sized.
At this stage I had not bought the peach brocade fabric, so that was not taken into account while choosing the thread colours. The colours were chosen based on the maroon tunic fabric. I thought green would go well with maroon and beige.

brown yoke-WIP2

I tried a something new with stem and leaves, the stem was worked in fly stitch in dark green and the leaves were worked in leaf stitch in light green, this can be used as a decorative seam.
One tunic design idea that strikes me now is, It’ll b great if a whole tunic front is covered with motifs of this size. But tracing and positioning the motifs would be a laborious job.
Will continue with embroidery on yoke on my next post.

The idea for this tunic came when I had a design block. This experience taught me a lesson never to attempt anything while having a block.
The yoke did not suit the tunic.
The embroidery pattern did not suit anything.
The tunic design was really bad.
Now Iam in procession of a tunic which is like some tribal dress.
I’ ll post a small picture of it , so that no one gets disappointed!

brown yoke- tunic


 The tunic fabric is printed voile . I used to different prints of the same colour. 

 But using of  the brocade fabric  bombed the whole thing!

The embroidery-
I wanted to three motifs together on a yoke.
The pattern chosen was traditional Indian design.It was a good motif though,It didn’t suit the dress!
The stitches were-herringbone, back stitch, chain, satin, leaf stitch, fly stitch.
It started like this-

brown yoke-WIP1

I’ll post the progress of this embroidery from now on. Even though the result was disappointing, the embroidery pattern was okay. The different aspects in the embroidery can be used.

I am fascinated by traditional Indian patterns. These pattern forms are widely available in all temple sculptures, wooden frames and so on. The embroidery types of India also incorporate these patterns widely.
One such embroidery type is Kantha work from Bengal.There are so many sarees , bedcovers, cushions , wall hangings, bags, pouches, purses, blouses, dress materials embellished with this embroidery. Some times folk designs are also done. I have done a few tunics and blouse in this type of embroidery.
This tunic is green mangalagiri handloom cotton fabric. It had a grayish green woven border, the salwar [ Indian pants] material was in this colour too.
The pattern- This is a traditional Indian motif pattern, this kind of pattern can be made in any size , depending on the requirement. In this pattern I concentrated mainly on the border line, thought the pattern will look great with kantha work on them.
Embroidery- colours- A few shades of green was used for the pattern.
The whole design was done in running stitch as it is common in kantha work.
The tunic-

green kantha tunic

I wanted the design to look like weave rather than embroidery, so that it will appear as if it is part of the fabric.
The top close up-

green kantha tunic-top closeup

The bottom close up-

green kantha tunic-bottom clsoeup

This work was done ten years ago, still one of my favourites, though I can’t say green is my most favourite colour, I do seem to have too many green dresses!