This stitch was not an easy to work. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. Her samples are lovely.
Two things could have helped- a fixed hoop and perle cotton thread.
I was using a hand hoop and cotton skein to work this stitch. The result-
SSS. 76. Looped flower stitch
The past week was stitch free week, being Navrathri festival. This stitch was learnt on the tenth day, hoping for successful use of this stitch in the future.

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This week was a productive.
Except for a few earlier stitches, I have caught up with SSS challenge.
The current Beyond TAST challenge is yet to be taken for consideration. Hope it starts next week.
Red and black tunic
The work on this tunic is nearing completion. Red oval stones were stitched onto the yoke. In the picture it is not clear. I am working on the sleeves now.
WIPW193-redblatp-4
Cream tussar tunic
I am in the last phase on this project. After working on peach thread, the final detail is the yellow thread for the flower centre. The sleeves are ready, the work is continuing on the tunic front.
WIPW193-creamtust-11
Two other projects are still in thinking mode.

 

When I first saw the working of this stitch, it looked like a variation of feather stitch. Further reading led to the idea of learning another new stitch. It does have common aspects with feather stitch. The working of the stitch is here on Queenie’s blog.
Started the first sample with the basic stitch, extended the space between two sides in the second sample, and worked the sides more closely in the third sample.
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The extensions are growing longer in the first sample, two extensions are worked together to form this variation in the second row.
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In the 1st sample, the stitches extending on both sides are worked slightly apart, making the line look  like wave. The second sample, I wanted to play with the extensions- make them vertical on one side, it did not work well.
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More extensions are added in the first sample. And I seem to have worked the fourth sample again in the 2nd row!
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The extensions are angled and are not worked in straight line in the first row. This variation is quite interesting.  Two Maidenhair stitch rows are worked together in the last sample.
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The sampler-
SSS.75.maidenhair stitch sampler
It was an easy stitch to work. Whipping the stitch, adding french knots are two interesting additions to this stitch.

 

This is a very new stitch. I have never come across this stitch before, may be because this stitch belongs to counted thread category. The stitch is explained here on Queenie’s blog along with links.
This stitch involved four steps for its completion. The first sample is the stitch in different stages of progress. The polyester was not ideal for working this stitch. The second sample worked in cotton skein is the basic stitch.
SSS.74. boust-1
The stitches are worked with spaces in the 1st row. The tall and wide version of the stitch are alternated in the second row.
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The stitches are worked to create borders in this part of the sampler.
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In the first row, after working the half crosses, only the second and fourth steps of the stitch are worked alternatively, resulting in this sample.

In the second row, the half crosses are worked like this\ and /  alternatively and pulling stitches are worked on them. If this sample had been worked with spaces between stitches, it would have given a better view of the detail.
SSS.74.boust-4
The first and the third steps [half crosses] are worked with space in between them [not worked through the same holes] and the stitches were worked on them in the first row. The stitches are worked in two colours in 2nd row. Upright versions of this stitch were tried in the last part of the sampler.
SSS.74.boust-5
A stitch which adds texture, have to look into the ways of using it.

The whole sampler

SSS.74. Boucle stitch sampler

The working of this stitch is here on Queenie’s blog. This being an isolated stitch, I just learned the working of the stitch, so that it can be used on other projects or samplers.
The sampler-
SSS.73.God's eye stitch sampler
Worked the whipping with the same thread and first and changed the thread for the whipping stitch. Two threads are used for whipping the same cross. Worked upright square herringbone stitch and whipped the four crosses in the next sample. Worked a long straight stitch and crossed at right angles at 3 places and worked the whipping. The last sample is worked on square herringbone stitch.
While working whipped wheel stitch, I never thought of using 4 spokes for whipping. By using 4 spokes, it gave rise to the idea of working the whipping on square herringbone stitches.

The filling stitches of Beyond TAST challenge was explored a little in this week. A few more worked and needs to be posted on the blog.
The 73rd and 74th week stitches of SSS challenge were worked during this week too. The images are also waiting to be posted. It is hard to find time to work on the computer.
Red and black raw silk tunic
The squares marked on this red and black tunic were filled with closed herringbone stitches. The stitches were then pinned down with chain stitches. The outlines are also worked in chain stitch. Since, the thread used is the same colour as the red fabric, the work is not clearly seen.
WIPW192-redblatp-2
The sleeves did not have the black fabric outline as the neck, chain stitch rows were worked on both sleeves in black thread.
WIPW192-redblatp-3
An idea of stitching red stones on the red fabric has to be tried.

 

I started on this challenge quite  late thinking it was an easy one. But it was different in reality. the details of this challenge is here.
First it gave too many choices, I couldn’t decide which stitches to use for filling.
The shapes within which these stitches can be experimented. Random shapes or shapes as part of a design. I started with random shapes.
The fabric to work the challenge. A pink colour striped handloom fabric was chosen [thinking the lines can be used as marking]
The indecision went on and on, at last I started on the sampler last week.
The sampler
BTAST18-7-sampler1
Arrow head stitches worked in two directions are used to fill the first shape.
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Lacing the chain stitch rows started on the second motif.
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After lacing the rows, running stitch rows are worked between them.
BTAST18-7-2b
The third motif starts with herringbone squares.
BTAST18-7-3a
Squares made of arrow head stitches are worked in the spaces between herringbone squares.
BTAST18-7-3b
Vertical threads are stitched down with chain stitch rows.
BTAST18-7-4a
Lock stitches are worked over straight stitches on this 4th shape.
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Closed herringbone filling in two colours was worked on this zizzag shape.
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Double herringbone stitch rows are worked to fill the 6th motif.
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Still working on this sampler.