Stitch challenges
This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is to be started tomorrow. TAST challenge stitch sampler was worked in 2012. Yet to upload the link on FB group page.
This picture shows green zardosi tube with beading needle and cotton skein. The tube will be cut into desired length with nail cutter, and will be sewn with the help of beading needle and thread. This kind of zardosi beads along with other embroidery stitches, stones and sequins constitute zardosi embroidery. This embroidery on grand scale is common on bridal outfits. Incidentally, zardosi tubes in few colours  were  bought during this trip to India.
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Projects
The zardosi bead work on green benarasi georgette tunic with stones is yet to be completed. While working the stones near the neck outline, a thought came to mind that the stones might hinder the tailor’s work. Now the tunic and the unfinished neck embroidery piece are with the tailor. The embroidery can be worked after the tunic is sewn.
I was working on this string bag project during the end of 2016. The embroidery on this was resumed this week.
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Projects to start
I have these two tunic fabrics.
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The cream floral print is to be sewn without any embroidery. The blue fabric would have a simple embroidery. A design was drawn yesterday. Once the embroidery is completed, both will be given to the tailor for sewing. These fabrics are  cotton with kalamkari prints.
I had seen a Matka silk tunic in Chennai. It looked elegant and cool on that person. With this my understanding of Matka silk halts. While shopping for it, realized there are two varieties of Matka silks. This fabric was bought, it needs backing. An idea of a small floral border in zardosi embroidery is yet to reach the design stage.
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With these projects to work and a stitch sampler to be started, this week will be busy.

I have been working on this sewn tunic this week.
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The kutchwork pattern was traced onto the tunic with white carbon. Not a very bright idea.
The pattern-
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When a time was conducive I started with brown thread. The design was very light after so many weeks. The brown thread in Chennai sunlight did not match so well as in Muscat indoor light. Still eager to start the project, I started with the basic stitches with brown thread. While working on it bought red and yellow threads. After ensuring the points are covered with brown thread, started with the yellow thread.
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The basic stitches in brown are interlaced with red thread. This looks much better than the dull brown. Controlling the urge to work mirrors.
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The four motifs below the neck was worked in red thread.
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The pattern is now is worked with yellow thread.
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The centre and other spaces are worked in half white thread. By this time the design from white carbon has completely vanished. This pattern was also drawn on 2mm graph paper.
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The project is completed without mirrors.
WIPW127-orange yellow chanderi kutch tunic
The embroidery detail-
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The tunic looks nice even without the embroidery. An outline stitch around the neck would have been sufficient.
The 17th stitch on SSS challenge seems like an easy stitch. Started working on the sampler today.

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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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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

RPW 2016
This week’s chart on this cross stitch sampler challenge was completed on Sunday 15th may.
TAST 2016
This week’s stitches are fern stitch and the beaded version of fern stitch. These two have been worked earlier, the link to my blog needs to be posted on facebook group.
Yellow red khadi tunic
The sewn yellow khadi cotton tunic was embroidered and embellished with mirrors this week. Khadi is hand woven fabric made with hand woven yarn.

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WIPW88-yelredkhadi-4

Cream and black chanderi tunic
Some progress was made on this small piece this week. The sequin were attached with silk thread. the stitch worked is different from the usual mirror stitch. Holding on to the sequin was easier and keeping the thread in its place was difficult. I thought differently when this work started.

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This project was lying in a bag, till it was coordinated with a ready sewn Patiala.

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I have another project to start. The fabric is with the tailor. This is black cotton fabric with threadwork border. The tailor will give the front piece of the tunic to be embroidered. More details next week.