October 2012

With these stitch combinations, the variations kept on growing . the sampler-

42.italian border st2- sampler4

The details-
12. Italian border stitch with herringbone and Cretan stitches in these rows.


13. basque and Pekinese stitches are worked with Italian border stitches .


14. italian border stitch motifs-
First motif is with twisted chain stitch
The knots are extended and oyster stitches are worked in the corners to make this  second motif.
Straight stitch and pistil stitches are combined in the third motif.
Buttonhole wheel variation is part of the fourth motif.


15. Algerian eye stitch variation and extended knot Italian border stitch are combined in the first row. Detached chain stitches are worked over alternate Italian border stitches and the knots are worked after that in the last row.


I had fun playing with these stitch variations on this sampler. This is a beautiful decorative stitch

I tried combining this Italian border stitch with other TAST challenge stitches today.the sampler-

42.italian border st2-sampler3

The details-
8. detached chain stitches are worked with Italian border stitches in the first row. Staright stitches are worked on either side of the Italian border stitch to form the sheaf bundles in the second row.


9. Italian border stitches  are  combined with buttonhole stitches in these two rows.


10. I tried weaving and then whipping these stitch rows in this section of the sampler.


11. first row is a combination with wheatear stitch and the second row is done with fly stitch.


This stitch experiments are getting interesting. I did a few more rows of this stitch on this sampler.

42.italian border st2-sampler2

The details-
5. The Italian border stitch lines are worked together in these rows.


6. The first row, this stitch is worked at an angle . Two lines of diagonally worked Italian border stitches form the second row.


7. Two Italian border stitches at right angles worked as steps, is the first row. Instead of working this stitch straight, I tried twisting it in the second row. I like this variation.


This week’s stitch of the TAST2012 challenge by SharonB is Italian border stitch. I had worked a few samples of this stitch during the previous TAST challenge. This time around, I wanted to work this stitch combining it with other stitches. Initially I am starting with some variations of this stitch, which were not worked before.
The sampler-

42.italian border stitch2 sampler1

The details-
1. In the first row, the stitch is worked at an angle, which is not distinctly clear, because of the twisting of the thread. In the second row, the starting point of the second stitch is the midpoint of the first stitch, makes this line more compact.


2. the basic stitch is worked at different lengths, and this is alternated and repeated throughout the first row. The varying length of the stitches are worked to form a pattern in the second row.


3.The stitches are worked diagonally in the first row, and they are worked horizontally in the second row.


4. two lines of Italian border stitch are worked together in two ways in these rows.


I worked a few more variations of this stitch.

37.pistil stitch sampler2

The details-
5. here pistil stitch is worked with herringbone stitch, twisted chain stitch and running stitch variations.


6.pistil stitch motifs with , Algerian eye and buttonhole, buttonhole wheel, and whipped wheel stitches


7. pistil stitch with Pekinese stitch, I tried lengthening and curving the pistil stitch with running stitch in the last sample.


This stitch sampler is thus completed. This stitch is an easy and beautiful decorative stitch. I did not explore this stitch very well.

Pistil stitch is the 37th week stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB . Though , I have not done this stitch before, it is an easy stitch and I enjoyed working on this sampler.
The sampler so far-

37.pistil stitch sampler1

The details-
1.Pistil stitch is worked as line stitch with stem stitch, back stitch , chain stitch and running stitch.


2. pistil stitch cluster with fly stitch.


3. detached chain stitch and pistil stitch.


4. shapes worked in pistil stitch with buttonhole stitch, zigzag back stitch and basque stitch.


At last I started working on 32nd week’s stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB – Cast on stitch.
This stitch is really tough, I had zero control over the tension, working, placement on these stitch attempts. With no idea forthcoming for the stitch sampler, I took an easy way to work this stitch with other stitches, One way to practice this stitch.
The stitch practice sessions resulted in this-

32.caston stitch sampler

The details-
1. While working the first three, I had no idea what was going on! The next few are combined with chain stitch, fly stitch and oyster stitches.


2.The other stitches are buttonhole , zigzag back and whipped wheel .


3. Cast on stitches worked with Algerian eye stitch, and then, two experiments of cast on stitches were bravely attempted


4.first one is another way to use this cast on stitch. Cast on stitches worked with buttonhole wheel variation and feather stitch.

32.caston st-4

5. herringbone ,Cretan, closed buttonhole and up and down buttonhole stitches are combined with cast on stitches in this part of the sampler.


Though it is a wonderful stitch, I need lots of practice to actually use this stitch on any embroidery projects.

After working a few more variations of knotted loop stitch, the stitch sampler was completed. The third part of the sampler-

41.knotted loop st2-sampler3

7.detached chain stitches are worked on the longer stitches in the first row. This stitch is whipped with copper thread in the second row.


8. after adding beads to the knotted loop stitch in the first row, and with the chain stitch curve ,the stitch is worked horizontally to form a leaf pattern .


9. the same stitch variation as leaf patterns continue and are worked with herringbone stitch and stem stitch in the first two rows. I tried bringing the needle four or five times out from the same hole ,this working as fan is repeated as line stitch in the last row.


I was surprised by the variation worked in the last row. the knots produce a braided effect, which makes the stitch more decorative.

Though an easy stitch, the knots had to be fixed to make them neat. Most of the time I did not care to do that, so my stitches are not uniform. This is still a lovely stitch which gives scope for experiments.

I tried some more experiments of this stitch with other stitches today. The samples of this stitch done so far-

41.knotted loop stitch2-sampler2

The details-
3. A variation of Pekinese stitch is worked over the quirky knotted loop stitch in the first row. this stitch combined with knotted buttonhole stitch forms the second row.


4.these two rows also combination stitches first row is with oyster stitch and the second row is with linked double chain.


5.first row this stitch is combined with cable chain stitch. After working a variation of the stitch, Zigzag back stitches are worked as borders in the second row. The third row is also a variation of this stitch with herringbone stitch line worked with non co-operative copper thread!


6. first row is worked with wheat ear stitch[ at least for this sampler, I remembered to incorporate this stitch] the second row is with pistil and detached chain stitches.


This week’s stitch of the TAST2012 stitch challenge by SharonB is knotted loop stitch. I had worked this samples of this stitch during earlier TAST challenge, but forgot about it.
When I started working on this stitch, decided to check the earlier TAST challenge folder, it was all there! And done with the same cone thread too!
After laughing at my absentmindedness, thought of working this stitch with other stitches. I could work only a few rows. The sampler looks like this now-

41.knotted loop stitch2-sampler1

The details-
1.knotted loop stitch is worked over a line of Cretan stitch in the first row. individual knotted loop stitches with running stitch is the experiment in the second row. Individual knotted loop stitches done as a square and fly stitches are worked on both sides in the third row.


2.knotted loop stitch with twisted chain stitch in the first row, a line of buttonhole stitch worked below the knotted loop stitch line in the second row.


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