This week the progress is on the projects. This week’s SSS challenge stitch is interesting. It is an Indian stitch, but I don’t know it was. It will be good to study this stitch.
The work on navy blue blouse does take quite a lot of time. Just checking how an idea of stitching a  variegated silk thread which goes with the saree colour  would work out. It seems nice.
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Taking a break from the blouse, the sleeves of the crepe tunic was started on black fabric. The idea is to work the embroidery is silk thread, so this black fabric seems ideal. Started with back stitch outlines and chain stitch with single strand of silk thread.
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Beyond TAST stitches till now have been already worked stitches.

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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.

The zardosi work on the pink tussar was completed with further stone embellishments this week.

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WIPW45-pinktust-3

I had bought a chanderi dupatta [long scarf]. The scarf seemed to match with the pink tussar fabric, so a decision was made to incorporate a paisley and work the zardosi embroidery.

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WIPW45-pinktust-4

After the completion of the embroidery, the scarf looks withdrawn from the tunic. The embroidery goes well with the tunic. So, the scarf is left hanging, literally. The tunic has gone to the tailor.
After returning from vacation, I have been designing yokes with the influence of Indian Gujarathi embroidery. This is the first piece. The fabric is block printed handloom cotton fabric in white.

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WIPW45-whiteblackt-1

This has mirror work. Just started on the embroidery on this piece. The idea of working this yoke in contrasting bright colours is in mind. Result of seeing some bohemian décor on pinterest , I am sure!

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WIPW45-whiteblackt-2

This post was neglected for the past few weeks because of some intrusions.  I am falling back to routine. The work on red kutchwork yoke for brown linen tunic was completed. The yoke worked with beige colour  thread.

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WIPW44-redbrownt-4

The completion of kutchwork and mirror work.

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WIPW44-redbrownt-5

This yoke is long and narrow.

I was inspired by a pattern from an old book downloaded from the net. The pattern was drawn on a blue fabric. This was also completed this week. Should this post be- Work completed Wednesdays?

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WIPW44-brownbluet

Now for the actual work in progress.  I am presently working on a pattern for a pink striped tussar silk fabric

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WIPW44-pintust-1

This design has two paisleys. I want to work the outlines with silk threads and incorporate them with zardosi tubes. Just started the outlining with pink threads.

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WIPW44-pinktust-2

This tunic fabric is  printed chanderi silk cotton in maroon colour.

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maroon chanderi zardosi-fabric

I wanted to work zardosi embroidery with stones on a golden colour fabric. This tunic was ideal for my design. A neckline based on traditional Indian design with scope for zardosi beads, stones and novelty beads was drawn on paper.

maroon chanderi zardosi-pattern

maroon chanderi zardosi-pattern

After embroidering with silk [maroon] and metallic [gold] threads, embellishments – round and soft rectangular gold beads, white stones, gold zardosi beads- were added to this pattern on golden colour synthetic fabric. The detail-

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maroon chanderi ardosi-embroidery detail

I wear a maroon salwar and dupatta for this tunic. This tunic actually does not need any value addition at all. Still I enjoyed embroidering this piece, I like the subdued effect of the embellishments.

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maroon chanderi zardosi-tunic

printed crepe silk stole.

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gold black zardosi-stole

A silk fabric in antique gold colour was bought to match with this stole, my sister in law chose this. I drew a traditional Indian pattern for this. The idea was to work gold metallic thread, beads and zardosi tubes on this pattern.

gold black zardosi-pattern

gold black zardosi-pattern

Black, green and pink colour threads were used for embroidery.

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gold black zardosi-wip

The embroidery was worked with back stitches, chain stitches, stem stitch fillings and bead stitches.

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gold black zardosi-yoke

The embroidery with stole

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gold black zardosi-with stole

The tunic

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gold black zardosi-tunic

The zardosi work done on this tunic is very minimal. This work is the mixture of   thread embroidery, metallic thread , beads and zardosi beads. The traditional Indian patterns lend themselves to zardosi work. The tunic is worn with black salwar.

After the yoke pattern was worked with threads, small antique golden beads and red zardosi tubes were stitched on to the yoke. A part of the yoke-

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The other part of the yoke after working the zardosi embroidery.

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The pictures are not very clear.
The completed yoke, placed on the tunic fabric looks like this-

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The sewn tunic with zardosi yoke.

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Close up of the tunic.

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I have worn this tunic with red salwar[Indian pants]. The block print pattern on this tunic is very rare. It impressed me a lot. it can worn be as saree, shirt, short top and other western dresses also. The fabric was transparent and required lining, for that matter. I find any white based fabric requires lining.
I looked for inspiration from traditional Indian patterns and drew this yoke pattern.