July 2018


I think Queenie’s pearl stitches look better than mine.
Started the sampler with the basic pearl stitch as shown on Queenie’s blog. The next row of samples are individual pearl stitches. The pearl stitches are worked closer and apart in the third sample.
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A set of five pearl stitches are worked alternatively up and down in the first sample. The pearl stitches are worked in a curved line in the second sample. Two rows of pearl stitches worked together in the third sample.
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In the last two samples, worked smaller versions of pearl stitches. the narrow version had the tendency to curl.
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The whole sampler.
SSS.62.pearl stitch sampler
An easy stitch to work. Can be worked to add textures too.

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I have seen this stitch, but never thought of attempting it before. When it is introduced on SSS challenge, it is time to try it. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
After drawing some lines with pencil on this plain cloth, I started with the basic stitch, worked another row of the stitch to practice the rhythm of the stitch. The third row is alternate working of short and long chains.
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Tried working the chains on both sides in the first sample. This is interesting. Next trial is to work the alternate chains as berry stitches in the second sample. Extending the tail of alternate chains is tried in the next sample.
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Time to work the petal stitches in circles. Started with working the petals outwards, then inwards and the last one is the combination of working the petals inwards and outwards.
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The sampler
SSS.60.Petal stitch sampler
The sampler was worked with red cotton skeins, some were six strands and others four strands. Combining the petals stitches with other stitches will give so many decorative options.

This stitch is a combination of twisted chain stitch and shell chain stitch. The working of the stitch on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler is started with basic twisted shell chain stitch. The same stitch is worked in a curve in the second sample. Shorter twisted chains are worked in the next sample. The twisted chains is extended in the fourth sample. The twisted chains are worked on both sides in the last sample.
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In the first sample, the twisted shell chains are alternatively worked with shell chain stitches. The zigzag twisted shell chain stitch is worked in the next sample. The twisted chains are worked on one colour and the shells are worked in lighter colour in the third sample. The twisted shell chain stitch is worked in two colours in the next sample. In the last sample, after working two rows of twisted shell chain stitches, the shell part was whipped with another thread.
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An interesting stitch which combines twisted chain and shell chain. I liked working the samples with 6 strands of cotton skein. The sampler.
SSS.58.Twisted shell chain stitch sampler

I am still working on SSS challenge stitches this past week. Two weeks holiday in India starts on this Friday. If a few more stitches are explored before that I would be happy. But stitching without thinking will be an ideal relaxation now. Beyond TAST challenge has one more week.
Cream tussar tunic
I have started working on the last detail of the leaves. After this detail is completed, time to choose the colour for flowers.
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Another design for tunic also was started this week. The tunic is a combination of two purple cotton fabrics, a blue zari border would be attached to the front and sleeves.
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A light green fabric will have kutchwork motifs around which this border will be attached in the front. After designing the motif, the work was started on the green fabric.
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The green fabric is small enough to carry on the trip, if I find time to stitch.

The catching up on SSS challenge is still going on. The working of this stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with the basic stitch, I couldn’t get the rhythm, the stitches were looking more like cable chain stitches, towards the end the knots stayed in their right place. The second sample is worked with a space between two french knotted cable chain stitches.
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The chain stitches are worked alternatively long and short in the first sample. I tried making the french knots larger and the chain stitches smaller in the second sample.
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The alternate stitches are basic chain stitches in the first sample, zigzag french knotted chain stitch is worked as the last sample.
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The sampler-
SSS.63.French knotted chain stitch sampler
If the hoop had been tighter, the stitches would have turned better. This sampler was worked with perle cotton #8.

 

I am running behind on this stitch challenge this month. The decision is to learn and work a few samples of the stitches. the working of this stitch is on Queenie’s blog.

The sample starts with the basic raised fishbone stitch, I tried working on a narrow curved shape after that, raised fishbone worked in 2 colours was the next sample.
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In the first sample, the straight stitches were worked first and the raised fishbone stitch was worked in the centre, I tried working this stitch on a heart shape in the next sample, worked running stitch around raised fishbone shapes in third sample, using two needles with two green threads worked the fourth sample, the principle was the same, but to maintain the rhythm of one colour overlapping the other, it was more of slanted satin stitches, still I am satisfied with the effect. The last sample was an experiment to segregate large shapes into small shapes and work with different threads.
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Though more thread is used, I am happy with the texture and the raised overlapping pattern created by this stitch.
SSS.61.Raised fishbone stitch sampler