July 2012

This week’s stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB is Algerian eye stitch. I had worked some samples of this stitch during the previous stitch challenge. I did not post the sampler on the net at that time, the earlier sampler-

31.algerian eye st-sampler1

Since, the stitch is simply straight stitches worked in different ways, I am not detailing the samples. I worked these samples on canvas.






I did a few more variations of oyster stitch today. the sampler-

30.oyster stitch sampler

The details-

6. oyster stitch laced with cotton skein in the first row. Isolated oyster stitches worked with fly stitches in the second row.


7. cretan stitch and oyster stitch combination in the first row, and herring bone oyster stitch combination in the second row.


8. buttonhole stitch and oyster stitch in the first row, zigzag back stitch worked over oyster stitch in the second row.


9. oyster stitches are worked over a line of basque stitch in the first row, bonnet and oyster stitch together in the second row.


motifs with oyster stitch.
10a- this idea duly copied from Sharon’s blog.


10b- oyster stitch flower with zigzag back stitch outline.


10c-oyster stitch with French knots.


10d- bullion, French knots with oyster stitch.


10e- butter fly chain stitch and oyster stitch.


I did not know, this stitch will be so interesting to work with .I enjoyed working on this sampler. I’ll have to use this stitch more often and explore it’s possibilities.

This week’s stitch of the stitch challenge TAST 2012 by SharonB is oyster stitch. I did not try this stitch during the previous TAST challenge. Though the stitch is not very difficult, to it took a few rows to work the stitch decently. I started working this stitch in lines.
The details-,
1.Started working this stitch in the first row. The stitch is worked with two threads in the second row.


2.the first row the shorter version of oyster stitch is worked. The second row, is the combination of long and short oyster stitch.


3. the first row the oyster stitch is worked a little away from the starting point[ not that successful,I am still learning this stitch]. The second row is zigzag oyster stitch, I am getting comfortable in this row. Two rows of oyster stitch are worked together in the third row.


4. oyster stitch worked in a curved line in the first row. Individual oyster stitches are worked in in a  line in the second row.


5. in the first row, the twisted chain stitches are worked in one thread, and the oyster stitch completion is done with another thread. This idea was better in my mind!

I started working  oyster stitch with other stitches. In the second row, it is worked with cross stitch


This tunic was ideal for using pearls , beads and stones. The colour combination worked very well for these embellishments.
The borders are further embroidered with chain stitch and back stitch. Antique gold colour silk thread was used for this.


The embroidery is completed on these borders. now for the stones, beads and pearls.
Stones were added inside the circles.


And golden beads were worked around the circles.


This tunic fabric is chanderi silk/cotton. I loved the floral print on this fabric-


The fabric chosen for sleeves and side panel was in brown, whether it was cotton or silk cotton mix, I am not sure


Design idea-
Border designs for sleeves, side panels and yoke worked with pearls, antique gold beads and white stones.
Silk threads were used for the embroidery.
Peach colour thread was used to work the circles in chain stitch. These small circular borders are for the white stones.


I completed basque stitch sampler today. the second part of the sampler-


11. the first row was inspired by wheat ear stitch, the securing stitch was taken at an angle, and another stitch was worked on to the chain stitch. The second row is a combination of knotted cretan and basque stitch.


12. the first row- after working basque stitch with chevron stitch, herringbone stitch is worked over it. in the second row ,bugle beads are added in between basque stitches.


This week’s challenge stitch also lends itself to many variations. Some variations were surprising, and some were disappointing, but still interesting.
I thank everyone , for their encouraging and inspiring comments.

Continuing with the basque stitch sampler,Today I did a few more variations of this stitch. Sampler so far-

29.basque stitch sampler 2a

The details-
6.in the first row, zigzag back stitch is worked in two ways on basque stitch. Basque stitch is combined with buttonhole stitch in the second row.


7. closed buttonhole stitch and bonnet stitch[not so good] are combined with basque stitch in these two rows.


8. twisted chain stitches are worked in between basque stitch in the first row, cross stitches are added in the second row.


9.chain stitch and twisted chain stitches are worked with basque stitch in the first row, Pekinese stitch is worked on basque stitch in the second row.[ ideas running short I suppose!]


10. the first row is influenced by chained feather stitch, this is basque feather stitch. This seems okay! The second row, is a combination of up and down buttonhole stitch and basque stitch.


This week’s stitch of the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB is Basque stitch. I had done a sampler of this stitch on a plain cloth during the previous TAST challenge. So this time I thought I ‘ll try this stitch on even weave fabric. the stitches are worked with perle cotton, and cone  thread.
New basque stitch sampler till now-

29.basque st sampler1

1.the first row, is the basic basque stitch, in the second row, the stitch securing the chain stitch is elongated.


2.the basic stitch and it’s elongated variation is the first row, in the second row, the chain stitches are worked a little away from the main line.


3. two variations of this stitch are combined in the first row, the short[green] and long[ yellow] versions of this stitch are worked one over the other in the second row.


4.two ways of working the two rows of basque stitches together are done in these rows-


5. the stitches are worked at an angle in the first row, the starting point of the stitch is one point below the main line in the second row.


The stitches used in this yoke border were satin stitch and back stitch and chain stitch. Silk threads were used for filling and white cotton skein for outline.
The next colour was a mixture of orange and yellow, which had a metallic sheen to it-

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The outline was done in bright orange silk thread-

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Embroidery stitches were completed in back stitches  with white thread-

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After adding the gold beads, the yoke set was placed over the tunic-

bu or ykon fabric

Then the whole set was given to the tailor for sewing. The colour of the block print of the tunic fabric was chosen for salwar[Indian pants] .
The sewn tunic –

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The close up of the yoke-

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The sleeves-

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The tailor did a good job on this tunic, I love the shape of the yoke, with two fabrics, it was interesting, to work the positions. With the printed fabric for the centre, the designing was easier.

After working the herringbone stitches in dark green, small detached chain stitches were worked over them in white thread.

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The sleeves were also worked in the same way.

bu or sleeves

Now for the border details of the yoke. this border was worked on dark green fabric. small geometric motifs were used for border design. Three colours were used for embroidery, orange, yellow/orange and white.
The border with the first colour, orange-

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The closer picture-

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