December 2014


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We visited Dubai this weekend. Some of the earlier started randjes were done during the journey.

RPW 41 to 45

RPW 41 to 45

This week’s randjes were worked yesterday and today. The graph for these edges are here. There seems some disparity in the second edge [the cycling men]. The graph and the sample do not match, working with the graph, the man in the centre looks fat!

RPW- 105,106

RPW- 105,106

 

 

A very Happy Christmas to Everyone!
The TAST challenge stitch kikos flower sampler was completed yesterday. One more stitch needs to be explored. Sharon has mentioned that there will be break from her regular blogging to work on her crazy quilting book.
There was some progress on other projects. Four edges were completed on Randje per week challenge. This challenge continues in the next year too.

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32.wipwednesdays-rpw-37,38,39,40

The mirrors and some gold beads [inside the green thread] were also completed. This tunic waits for the tailor to return now.

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32.wipwednesdays-yt-5

I am still catching up on TAST stitches. Kiko’s flower stitch tutorial is here on Pintangle. Though this was part of earlier TAST challenge, it was not explored then. At that time I was terrified of bullion knots.
This stitch is combined with other stitches in this pattern sampler.
Kiko’s flower stitches are worked with- chain stitch, herringbone stitch, buttonhole stitch and feather stitch.

38.132.kiko'sst-1

38.132.kiko’sst-1

The other stitches in this second part of the sampler are- woven chain stitches, triple chain stitches, french knots and coral stitch.

38.132.kiko'sst-2

38.132.kiko’sst-2

This part of the sampler is decorative florals made of kiko’s flower stitches and other stitches. the details of other stitches.

38.132.kiko'sst-3

38.132.kiko’sst-3

These florals started with cretan stitch ring, french knots centre and berry stitch petals.

38.132.kiko's st-4

38.132.kiko’s st-4

First sample has square herringbone and pistil stitches, second sample is made of basque stitch ring and the Algerian eye stitch forms the centre for the third sample.

38.132.kiko's st-5

38.132.kiko’s st-5

The first sample has arrowhead ring, slipped detached chain stitch ring is the base for the second sample and whipped square and a variation of kikos flower stitch [the buttonhole stitches after the first buttonhole stitch are shorter , making the bullion stitches angled] form the third motif.

38.132.kiko'sst-6

38.132.kiko’sst-6

After working two more samples  with buttonhole stitch, fern stitch and fly stitches ,the sampler was completed.

38.132.kiko's flower stitch sampler

38.132.kiko’s flower stitch sampler

This cannot be called a simple stitch, but it was easier than I expected. One tip- it is best to work the other stitches first [especially the chain stitches] because the thread gets entangled over this textured stitch.

First time these edges are completed today. The free graph of these two edges are here. It is mentioned these graphs will be available till March 2015 on this site. On another note-Two more stitches on TAST 2014 challenge is yet to be explored.

RPW-103,104

RPW-103,104

After working a few more beaded lock stitches the sampler was completed today.

37.131.beaded lock stitch sampler

37.131.beaded lock stitch sampler

The first sample was worked on long and short straight stitches. It is not pretty, the lock stitches twisted the straight stitches! The beaded lock stitches are worked on three step feather stitch in the second sample. The third sample is beaded lock stitches worked over herringbone stitch and the Italian border stitches form the base for beaded lock stitches in the fourth sample.

37.131.beadlockst-3

37.131.beadlockst-3

The stitch is a buttonhole variation, the beaded lock stitches were worked from right to left, after trying in different ways, settled down to the last samples on the left side in the first sample. Fern stich came later in the TAST list, still ended up as the base for the second sample. Wheat ear stitches are worked with beaded lock stitch in the third sample.

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37.131.beadlockst-4

Sheaf stitches form the base to work beaded lock stitch in the first sample. In the second sample, the beaded lock stitch is worked at the top, and the bottom is twisted and beaded, extra straight stitches were used for this. The straight stitches were beaded in the third sample. Beads are added to double lock stitch in the last sample.

37.131.beadlockst-5

37.131.beadlockst-5

Everything started with these stitches-

37.131.beadlockst-a

37.131.beadlockst-a

It was interesting working on this stitch. Some pointers-The beads are not that secure, which makes them turn in all directions, the space between the straight stitches and the bead size needs to be same. Sometimes when pulled tight, the lock stitches twist the straight stitches. This stitch can be added for extra texture, that way beads will rest comfortably and enhance the look of another stitch.

This is the third variety of lock stitch, the working of which is on Pintangle.
This was the 131st week stitch. This sampler  was started with basic straight stitch variations. The beaded lock stitch  on them is started today.

The straight stitches do not have any gaps and the two rows of beaded lock stitches are worked on alternate straight stitches, which tilts this stitch to the left. All the lock stitches are beaded in the second sample. Two beads are worked in this single row in the third sample. Two rows of short straight stitches were worked one below the other and the beaded lock stitches were worked on them in the fourth sample. This variation need to be written down before it slips the mind! The straight stitches are worked in a curved pattern which has created this curved beaded lock stitch in the fifth sample.

37.131.beadlockst-1

37.131.beadlockst-1

The first two samples have straight stitches in varying heights in a pattern, it was not pretty to work the lock stitches on varying heights, so beads were added at the end of the straight stitches in the first sample and even that was not done in the second sample. Learnt this lesson. Alternate lock stitches are beaded in the third and fourth samples in two ways.

37.131.beadlockst-2

37.131.beadlockst-2

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