Oyster stitch samples were worked during earlier TAST challenge. This week’s stitch on TAST 2017 challenge is beaded oyster stitch, the working of which is here on Sharon’s Pintangle.
All the samples are worked with four strands of cotton skein and glass beads. The first sample is the basic beaded oyster stitch. The second sample has three continuous beads after the oyster stitch. Two oyster stitches and two beads together, and this is repeated in the third row.
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Zigzag beaded oyster stitch forms the first row in this part of the sampler. Instead of completing the oyster stitch with a bead, I worked the oyster stitch around a bead in the second sample. Isolated oyster stitches with three beads form the third row. Beaded oyster stitches are used to work flowers in the last set of samples.
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This is the whole beaded oyster stitch sampler.
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I wanted to work the beads into the oyster stitch itself, but felt it would be hard to maintain the uniformity of the stitches and dropped the idea. Two more stitch samplers were also worked in India. Will post the details soon.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is upright cross stitch. This is the first time I am working this stitch as sampler. Earlier this stitch was often used on stitch samplers and other embroidery projects to fill an empty space or as decorative stitch additions.
The working of the stitch is here on Queenie’s blog.
This sampler was started with the upright crosses worked horizontal in the first row. In the second row the stitches were worked diagonal and in the third row the diagonally worked upright crosses are worked closely. The diagonal upright crosses are worked in two patterns in the last two rows.
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The first two rows are variations of extending the horizontal and vertical stitches. The upright crosses are worked over herringbone stitch row in the third row, they are worked in buttonhole stitch in the fourth row. The upright crosses are worked with chain stitches in the last sample. This stitch can be combined with other stitches in numerous ways.
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This sampler is completed with the idea of stitch combinations that can be created with the use of upright cross stitch.

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We are back in Muscat slowly flowing into routine. I am better now.
The SSS challenge and TAST challenge both have new stitches to work. The upright cross stitch is an easy one. I hoping to start on it tomorrow. After that I have to work on beaded oyster stitch on TAST challenge.
Before returning to Muscat, I managed to work on my friend’s saree. A kutch work line along the width of the saree, which could be more than 40 inches.
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The detail of the embroidery.
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The kutchwork line in two colours was worked on the sleeves of the blouse also.
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Nothing else was done other than this project and packing in Chennai, India. I have unpacked the fabrics bought in Chennai. Phew!! Some or most of them would require embroidery, which would be looked into during the next week. Lots of work to do.

I am a day late in posting again. There was not much stitching done during this week also. Heat is playing games on my body it seems. I am better now. We are leaving for Muscat this Saturday.
The work on silk blouse was completed. My neighbour loved this embroidery. Says she is also getting inspired.
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Seeing this, my friend also wanted some embroidery on her unstitched blouse. She gave me the saree and the blouse. The saree and the blouse already had machine embroidered elephants.
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This is the pallu of the saree, which is draped over the shoulder, either in the back or front, depending on the culture. The same six yards saree is worn in so many ways not only in India but also Srilanka, Egypt and some parts of Africa. In India and Srilanka, the heavily woven or worked pallu is shown in decorative ways. Saree draping is a whole different art form.
The blouse sleeve also has elephants. I have drawn a line over the red elephant, to work songle kutch work.
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I am working a row of single kutch work on the pallu now. It doesn’t require any embroidery, but still a line would differentiate the pallu and the body of the saree. After that, the work on the sleeves will start. Simple embroidery, still takes time.

A very interesting name for an embroidery stitch. I am just spelling it, it is hard to pronounce, I think it is French. It is also referred as bull’s head stitch. We are doing one version of this stitch which does not look like bull’s head but more like flower head. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
Queenie has also given the other version along with her home work. I’ll work the other version some other time.

I started the sampler with the different variations given on Queenie’s blog. It was easier to copy and work them without thinking too much.
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In the first row the stitches were worked in various heights without leaving space in between. In the second row this stitch are worked horizontal. It was hard to work them continuously as linear stitch in this row, so another version of the stitch was tried to start the chain stitch without leaving space. The stitches were worked individually in the third row. The stitches are worked back to back in two colours in the last row.
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Some options of arranging this stitch in different ways are experimented in this part of the sampler.
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A easy stitch to work. I also saw the other version which is also equally interesting. The whole sampler-

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I have not fully recovered still. But feeling slightly bored of this heat stroke.
It was hard to work the SSS challenge satin outline stitch well-ordered. Though it was worked with cotton strand, it was not as easy as it seemed.
I started working on mirrors on this mull tunic.
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Since there is no much in progress department, these are some fabrics which are bought here in Chennai.
This fabric is block printed cotton.
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This fabric is synthetic. It is used generally for blouses for sarees. It looked interesting. It can be used to enhance another fabric also.
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The fabric is woven ikat in silk/cotton. The design is lovely. It is of 1 metre length. Can be used for saree blouse or can be combined with other fabric for a tunic.
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This fabric is mangalagiri cotton, block printed. It was a 2 metre piece.
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This is tunic set in block printed hand woven cotton.
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The fabrics are from two three shops. Excitement is there in buying fabrics, there is also a worry of completing the embroidery projects. I was so sure of not buying too many fabrics. We have too many shops. It is so easy to go and buy. I am hoping to stitch more this week. The bull’s head stitch on SS challenge seems interesting and easy.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is satin outline stitch. The working is on Queenie’s bog.
Patience is required to work this stitch neatly or at least evenly. With tired eyes and restlessness, that quality was absent. There is just a satisfaction of working this stitch.
I tried this stitch on matti cloth first.
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Thinking it might turn out better on plain sampler cloth. The first row is worked on four strands of cotton skein for split stitch, and the same thread is used for reinforcement and the satin stitches are worked in perle cotton#8. The second row also the threads are used in the same way, except while starting the satin stitch I did not stitch through the cloth, just went under the running stitches, the satin stitches are too mobile. Seeing it is not working, continued with inserting through the cloth. The thread used in this row is 6 strands of cotton skein. The curved third row is worked with satin outline stitch in six strands of cotton skein and completed with stem stitch in perle cotton. The last one is trying this stitch on a spiral design.
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As mentioned earlier, it requires patience. I may have to try this stitch some other time, with more light.