The works of this week were around tunics. Though the chain stitches on plum cotton tunic are monotonous, still it is interesting to see the growth on these simple border patterns.
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A kutchwork pattern with chain stitch and mirror elements was drawn and traced onto the grey striped tunic after the tailor marked the neck. He doesn’t design the neck, just the dimensions are marked and the front piece is cut by him. This gives me room to design the neck, yoke etc. by cutting the tunic to size, I don’t have to hold the whole fabric while doing embroidery. Started the work with kutchwork elements in bright[ it does not look so bright in the image though!] orange thread.
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In April I had bought a few tunic fabrics on cotton, they are not handloom. A light weight cotton, easy to maintain and cool to wear on hot days, they were used as blouse fabrics for sarees. The navy tunic with Kashmiri work came from this set.
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My friend liked this grey [we call it elephant grey colour] and she wanted chikan work done on it. A motif design which will be repeated was drawn yesterday. The front of the tunic will be filled with this motif. The plan is to draw the whole design on graph paper and then trace it on to the fabric.
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I could complete one project during this week. Chain stitch was worked around the outline with blue silk thread on this neckline embroidery. With this the piece is ready to go to the tailor.
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Cluster of three small pearl beads are being added to the feather stitches this week on this blue tussar tunic. This is still in progress.
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The work continues on the other side of this plum cotton tunic.
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It is hard set these aside and start working on challenges. May be possible next week. Happy with one finish.

While working on the progress on my tunic fabrics, my friend gave a project of working on a blue tussar silk tunic. Small feather stitches are worked on the marked spots on the tunic front with metallic thread
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Double cross stitches are worked with half white thread on this neck line between the square motifs.
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Two more rows are worked with the same colour thread on this plum cotton tunic.
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While I was working on these projects, SSS challenge started after a break. After finishing these, it is time to work on that

This week went with working on tunics. Yesterday, White counted thread embroidery was completed on this aqua green fabric. Once it goes to the tailor, He has to sew this onto the white printed mull tunic.
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I am starting with variegated silk thread on this neckline embroidery on synthetic gold fabric.
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I started working on the plum colour cotton tunic. Again it is chain stitch embroidery, I should design projects such a way that- I keep hopping between different embroidery stitches. It would keep the work interesting.
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This  fabric is the same one remaining from this tunic sewn earlier.

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May be this is right time to switch over to the challenge stitches!

I am still working on the tunics during the past few days. Somehow time seems to run away when we are busy.
The next thread being worked on this neckline for printed blue crepe tunic is gold silk thread, this thread can be used on machine too. The outlines for the triangles are worked with chain stitch.
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The work on aqua blue fabric with white thread continues this week too. After the couching! Stitch, it is back to straight stitches, they are  not technically double running stitch, because the back side does not need to be the same, wherever required short cuts are taken.
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A neck and a design around the neck was drawn for the plum colour fabric this week. This will be a short top. The fabric was left over from a tunic made in 2013.
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This tunic top was worked in 2013.
The tunic fabric was bought to match with the ready to wear Patiala salwar pant.
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A simple pattern to be incorporated with gold beads.
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The embroidery with beads, sequins and mirrors.
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Detail
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The sewn tunic.
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This past week was not very productive. It was hard to find time to sit and stitch continuously. The navy blue cotton tunic was completed and is with the tailor now.
In this Aqua green fabric, the main thread is white. After working the upright cross stitches over the aqua green black work motif, short straight stitches were worked along the border.
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These straight stitches are used to work thick white thread through them. It is a combination of Pekinese stitch and Kashmiri couching stitch. Pekinese stitch is worked over back stitch without a stitch to secure the curve, in Kashmiri stitch the thicker thread is couched, in this way, with the thinner thread. I am yet to practice on that couching technique. Hence this short cut method.
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After working the fly stitch variations around the square, short chain stitches are worked with the same thread along the border.
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I can’t take a break from chain stitch I suppose.