This week’s stitch on the TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB is Portuguese stem stitch. This was the  first stitch I learnt  from the Anchor booklet of 100 embroidery stitches. This was years ago. At that time I knew chain stitch, back stitch and stem stitch and  my mother had  taught me herringbone filling stitch. I was excited to learn new stitches from that booklet. I learnt only a few stitches and later moved on to using that book as reference. I never used this stitch on any projects.
The week’s sampler –

25.73.portuguese stem st-sampler1

25.73.portuguese stem st-sampler1

1.The first row is the basic stitch. The stitches are whipped only once in the second row. Looks like decorated stem stitch

25.73.porstemst-1

25.73.porstemst-1

2. The stem stitches are worked longer and with space between the stitches in the first row. The stem stitches are longer but the needle is taken out at the midpoint of the previous stitch in the second row, I wanted to have a thicker line in this variation.

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25.73.porstemst-2

3. The stem stitches are worked at an angle in the first row. Two rows are worked together in the second sample. This row looks like a braid.

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25.73.porstemst-3

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