This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is vault stitch. The working of this needlepoint stitch is on Queenie’s blog. I have never heard of this stitch. It goes by other names too [ex] fan vaulting, Church roof stitch… I was trying to find this stitch on the net, but was not very successful.
The stitch consists of two parts, one worked vertical and second part horizontal. First I thought this was just a variation worked by Queenie, then realized the stitch is completed only after working both parts.
The sampler is started with the basic vault stitch. In the second sample the horizontal stitches are narrow. The third sample is a variation- the horizontal stitches are worked wide and narrow alternatively. In the fourth sample, the vertical stitches are short.
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In the second part of the sampler, the first row is vault stitch worked in two colours. The two threads were worked continuously by parking aside the non-working thread. The vault stitch is outlined with running stitch in the second sample. Three arrangements were tried with vault stitch in the last part of the sampler.
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It was interesting to arrange the vault stitch in the last part of the sampler.
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With these samples vault stitch experiments are over.

Stitch challenges
Last week’s stitches on TAST and SSS challenges were completed and the details were posted on the blog. I have to start on this week’s SSS stitch. This week’s TAST stitch was worked earlier.
Tunic project
Some of the projects were left in Muscat, while leaving for India. The embroidery was restarted around the neck for this green Benarasi georgette fabric.
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Working with green thread and gold metallic thread was completed before the vacation. I started with gold zardosi beads and small white stones.
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Another project which needs to be worked is the cross stitch on Aida cloth for blue polyester linen tunic. Presently working on this project, picture is yet to be taken .
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Lots of work to be done. Eager to work them all

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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