This is a post of the works in progress during this week. To see the others progress, visit Pintangle.
I completed the 17th and 18th edges  on Randje per week challenge which were started earlier in March.

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24.wipwednesdays-ripw-17,18

The next colour of antique violet cotton skein was used for the chain stitch lines  around mirror spaces along with green and orange [ I tried  a variety of chain stitch which is often used in ethnic Gujarati embroidery] and buttonhole variations around the neck.

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24.wipwednesdays-ct-3

I was able to complete this stitch sampler today. the working of this beaded fern stitch is on SharonB’s Pintangle. The completed sampler.

41.135.beaded fern stitch sampler

41.135.beaded fern stitch sampler

I wanted to combine some other stitches with this stitch to build seams. But first started with the variations of the beading treatments of this stitch.

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41.135.bfernst-1

To work the stitch combinations, other stitches were first worked on the sampler.

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41.135.bfernst-a

The first row, is with herringbone combination, the second row with up and down buttonhole stitch, the third row with half buttonhole wheels and the fourth row with feather stitch.

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41.135.bfenst-2

First tried some motifs with, square herringbones, whipped wheel and long tailed chain stitch and then moved on to  work rows with stem stitch curls, and running stitch.

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41.35.bfernst-3

Beaded fern stitch with other stitches-laced straight stitches, chain stitch curls and linked chain and back stitch outline the beaded fern stitch in the last row.

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41.135.bfernst-4

I enjoyed working on this stitch sampler. Other stitches are worked in polyester thread. The beaded fern stitches were worked in green cotton skein. The beads I have are too small for the tapestry# 26 to pass through. For now, I am using beading needle to work  stitches with beads.

These edges were in mono colour. The free graph is here. I made a mistake in the first edge, noticed it later, did not want to waste time on unpicking the stitches, continued with the mistake on the opposite side too.

87, 88- rpw

87, 88- rpw

I am a day late in posting the progress. To know about others progress visit Pintangle. The 19th and 20th edges were completed on Randje per week challenge.

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23.wipwednesdays-rpw20.21

After completing the first stage of green thread, which will again be used after two colours, bright orange cotton skein was the next colour in this multi colour ethnic yoke. The motifs worked in orange are inspired by Hungarian embroidery motifs.
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After exploring this fern stitch with few more samples the stitch sampler was completed.

40.134.fern stitch sampler

40.134.fern stitch sampler

3.Starting with two more samples of fern stitch rows worked together, the fern stitch is whipped in the third sample, and laced in the fourth sample. The pink thread is laced through individual fern stitches in the fifth sample.

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40.134.fernst-3

4.In these samples the fern stitches are worked diagonally. The last two samples would be good as filling stitches.

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40.134.fernst-4

5.The first sample has individual fern stitch and its inverted version worked alternatively. Two extra straight stitches are added in the second sample. French knots and detached chain stitches are worked along with fern stitch in the last two samples.

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40.134.fernst-5

This is an easy and versatile stitch to work with. Similar to fly stitch. I enjoyed working on this sampler. Band sampler is easier for exploring new stitches.

I have not been working on TAST challenge stitches for the past few weeks. This week’s stitch is fern stitch, the working of which is on SharonB’s pintangle.
1. Started with the basic fern stitch in the first sample, the side straight stitches are too vertical in this sample. the second sample is better, the side straight stitches are long and short alternatively in the third sample. the straight stitches on the top are shorter than the ones at the bottom in the fourth sample.

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40.134.fernst-1

2.The fern stitches are close and farther alternatively in the first sample. The fern stitches are worked very close in the second sample. Four rows of fern stitches form the third sample. Three rows of fern stitches worked facing each other in the fifth sample.

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40.134.fernst-2

Yesterday I worked on these challenge edges. I should have skipped a row before working the second edge. Counting mistake! The graph for these edges are here-

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85,86

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