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An Adorable Project (After all)

Hi All,

If you have been visiting this blog for a while, there is one project (though there are many today we will concentrate on “The One”) which was almost close to failure.
Not getting, I don’t complain about you, I’m such a irregular blogger. It is this.

Kutch Embroidery Pallu

Kutch Embroidery Pallu

This Saree has quite a history. To give you a recap, Few years back, when I was over enthusiastic and less realistic, I bought a pure silk saree without zari border with the intent of doing Kutch work. After almost a month of postponement, I went to the other side of the city to get the design printed. Some miscommunication, the squares were printed for silk threads, whereas I had planned for Cone threads(Cone threads are thicker & easy to handle than 2 strands of silk threads).

Without much of heart break, but with some doubts seeping in, I started off. Initially I started on the inside of the border, practised a little bit. Then started the pallu. Oh it was hardwork. I almost gave up many many times but kept pushing myself. Now I realise I was punishing myself. But I did complete the Pallu or scarf part of the saree. Hurray.

And in due course, I finished the motifs on the body too. But when it came to the border, I gave up. It was too hard to do on the border.

Challenges were many. First, I could not fix the frame, the lower part of the saree was not getting fixed in the frame & was sagging in the middle. I have never done embroidery without frame. Even if it is straight stitches it was always with frame. Beads, I ran out of beads twice, not because of the quantity but because of the quality, 1 in 3 beads were faulty. Also with the frame, the beads at the ends were breaking. And I was crying.

I still tried and completed quite a length but as I said, I ran out of Beads. Also I realised that I’m not enjoying these, I was quite a beginner and doing saree level embroidery was a struggle. So I postponed it for my good health.
So it was ungraciously sitting under the bed for more than 2 years.

And when I came across Anita’s Blog, I saw her Kasuti Saree. I sadly remembered mine.
Then the conversation picked up and I got an idea to make it into a Wall Hanging.

And So I did it. Here it is neatly framed.

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The Framer :-) (Ok, the person who did the frame) really did a good job. It is not a glass frame, it has wooden support at the back and the front is covered with thick plastic sheet. It is safe & especially light weight. For this length, if we had gone for Glass framing, it would have weighed very heavy. Luckily, the framer( pls read the brackets again) suggested us these and it was pocket friendly too :-)

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Ahem, Yes, It has not been hung and I promise you that it wont take 2 more years.

Love
Sangheetha.

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Kutch Embroidery Handbag

Hi All,

Kutch Embroidery Handbag

Kutch Embroidery Handbag

This is a Kutch embroidery Handbag. It is not yet stitched as I am not confident enough in stitching.

I did this embroidery when I started learning Kutch work and mirror work. As cone thread was suggested for mirror/kutch work, I went to buy cone threads for the first time and was so impressed by this tricolour thread (yellow, orange, white ). This is the first cone thread I got and along with this I got a plain white colour cone thread also which I used later for mirror work.

I used only kutch and mirror work on this piece, for this I have made a handle strip also with only mirror work.

Mirror work in Handbag Handle

Mirror work in Handbag Handle

The design I tried out randomly without planning but it was actually inspired from Rajasthani mirror work handbags.

I liked it very much and embroidering this was challenging as I learnt kutch work at that time only.

Kutch Embroidery

Kutch Embroidery

Kutch Centre Close-Up

Kutch Centre Close-Up

Have a look at the pics and post your comments.

Thanks,

Sangheetha.

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Kutch Embroidery in Pure Silk Saree

Hi All,

Today I am writing about an Embroidery saree which took almost 1.5 years for partial completion.

Kutch Embroidery Silk Saree

Kutch Embroidery Silk Saree

This is a pure silk saree with a different color border and without Zari I got this from Nalli Silks in Chennai for around Rs 2000.( I will start using the new Rupee symbol soon :-) ).

I gave it to a person to print a nice Kutch embroidery design. It has continuous border on double side and motifs all over the saree. And the Pallu design has 3 big motifs arranged in triangle.

Kutch Embroidery Pallu

Kutch Embroidery Pallu

It took almost 2 months of effort to complete the pallu part working for 2-3 hours a day. Now I have started the border. I am not able to devote enough time to this saree to finish the embroidery. Also I am facing some difficulty in doing the border as the frame covers only half part and so the material slackens while working. I can attach some extra cloth along the sides and do but I am too lazy to stitch by hand :-( .

I have used silver colour tubes to decorate the kutch work diamonds and used Red and yellow Kundan stones for embellishment. It looks very attractive now. :-)

Kutch Embroidery Pallu Motif

Kutch Embroidery Pallu Motif

The pallu and all the motifs of the saree are completed. Also the double side border in the pallu part is done.

Only the double side border of the body (other than pallu part)  is left.
I learnt that I should never attempt to embroider border for the saree as it is the most time-consuming part and poses difficulty also

Have a look at the pics and share your ideas or feelings.

Thanks,

Sangheetha