February 2013


This week’s composite stitch is buttonholed herringbone on the TAST 2013 Challenge by SharonB. This was part of an earlier TAST challenge. I had worked a few samples at that time. They are here.
This stitch though interesting, it takes some time to work. And the ideas of varying this stitch are not many at this stage!
Just to kick start the sampler, tried two samples today- wide and narrow versions of this stitch.

7.55.bu.h.bone-1

7.55.bu.h.bone-1

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This is another modification of squre herringbone stitch and is part of this week’s TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB.

After working square herringbone sampler, I did not enough energy to work this sampler. The treatment with other stitches was already done, so I tried varying the basic square herringbone and the lacing in these samples. on one sample, I worked interlaced stitch.

6.54.laced square herringbone sampler

6.54.laced square herringbone sampler

I tried working some more motifs with this stitch. The motifs

5.53.square herringbone- motif sampler

5.53.square herringbone- motif sampler

5. In this part of the sampler, Patterns are worked by combining the basic square herringbone in different ways.

5.53.sqh.bone-5

5.53.sqh.bone-5

6.In this part the square herringbone are worked over other stitches- Algerian eye, sheaf, buttonhole eyelet cup, detached chain, buttonhole square and half chevron.

5.53.sqh.bone-6

5.53.sqh.bone-6

7. Some more stitch combinations were first worked on paper.

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.53.sqh.bone-7 ideas

8.These were tried on sampler, the details of other stitches are- fly, detached chain, oyster, pistil, Italian border and triangular feather.

5.53.sqh.bone-8

5.53.sqh.bone-8

9.These combinations are- french knots, Cretan variation, sheaf variation, double cross and buttonhole wheel variation.

5.53.sqh.bone-9

5.53.sqh.bone-9

The stitches on these samples are- wheat ear, up and down buttonhole and Algerian eye. The fourth one is formed with four square herringbone stitches.

5.53.sqh.bone-10

5.53.sqh.bone-10

With these motif variations this stitch sampler is completed –

5.53.square herringbone -sampler

5.53.square herringbone -sampler

The square herringbone was an easy stitch and working other stitches with this stitch was interesting. Helped in learning more about creating motifs with stitches.

Muscat is celebrating it’s annual festival this month. We went to Naseem garden yesterday to watch the shows. The laser show and the fireworks were extraordinary, never have I seen anything like this in my life .
The sampler did not progress much today. Just worked two square herringbone stitches, one over the other in different ways.
The first set-

5.53.sqh-bone-4a

5.53.sqh-bone-4a

The second set-

5.53.sqh-bone-4b

5.53.sqh-bone-4b

This week has two stitches on the TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB. One is the basic stitch and the next one is the laced version. The first one is simple, I had tried  this as a variation on my herringbone stitch sampler. Today I tried this square herringbone as line stitch.
Today’s work-

5.53.square herringbone-sampler1

5.53.square herringbone-sampler1

Now for the details
1.The square and diamond herringbone stitches are alternated in the first row .the square herringbone stitches are worked in two rows, this sample looks interesting. Long and narrow version of diamond herringbone are worked in the third row.

5.53.sqh.bone-1

5.53.sqh.bone-1

2a.The bottom part of the diamond herringbone are lengthened in the first row. The second row starts with square herringbone and small diamond herringbones are worked over it.

5.53.sqh.bone-2a

5.53.sqh.bone-2a

2b. The completed row

5.53.sqh.bone-2b

5.53.sqh.bone-2b

Two versions of diamond herringbone are alternated in the first row. One side of each diamond herringbone is extended and the latter stitches are worked into the former stitches .This pattern forms the second row in this sample piece.

5.53.sqh.bone-3

5.53.sqh.bone-3

After working on some more samples this week’s triangular feather stitch sampler is completed.
The last part of the sampler-

4.52.triangular feather st-sampler3

4.52.triangular feather st-sampler3

6. In these rows, the triangles are worked in the same manner, the variations are only on the basic feather stitches.The first row is worked with up and down feather stitch. In the second row, the feather stitches are facing away from each other, making the first feather stitches look like chain stitches [ this detail is to remind me at a later date, the working of this sample] . The third row is worked with knotted feather stitches.

4.52.triferst-6

4.52.triferst-6

7 .In these samples, other TAST stitches are worked with triangular feather stitches. The other stitches are-french knots and Italian border stitches in the first row, wheat ear and fly stitches in the second row, chain and arrowhead stitch in the third row.

4.52.triferst-7

4.52.triferst-7

8 .The first row is worked with pistil stitches and sheaf stitches, the second row with herringbone, buttonhole variation and oyster stitches .
Maintaining the triangular part of this stitch I tried working two other stitches. In the third row, with closed buttonhole stitches and in  the fourth row  with basque stitches. I suppose we can try many options working like this.

4.52.triferst-8

4.52.triferst-8

With this last sample, the stitch sampler is completed.

4.52.triangular feather st- sampler

4.52.triangular feather st- sampler

I worked some more samples of this stitch today.

4.52.triangular feather st- sampler2

4.52.triangular feather st- sampler2

3.Three feather stitches are worked on one side in the first row. Worked a single feather stitch and continued with the triangular feather stitch in the second row. Triangular feather stitches worked on both sides in the third row.

4.52.triferst-3

4.52.triferst-3

4.Two rows of triangular feather stitches are worked together in three different ways in these samples.

4.52.triferst-4

4.52.triferst-4

5.In the first row, I tried working triangular feather stitches in zigzag way [not very pretty]. The second row is individually worked triangular feather stitches.[ This type of working feather stitches is very common in ethnic Gujarathi embroidery. They form beautiful decorative seam when worked with single strand of white thread.]. And the individual feather stitches are worked one after another in the third row.

4.52.triferst-5

4.52.triferst-5

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