band sampler


I am working on this stitch challenge after many months. Somehow got caught up in projects, time just flew away. Going through the files found this stitch could be an easy and swift one to work on. The working of this stitch is on Queenie’s blog
Started the sampler with basic double cross stitch in single perle cotton thread. Followed it with the stitch worked in two colours. The basic cross stitches are worked large and the upright crosses are worked smaller than them in the third row. In the fourth sample, the upright crosses are worked larger than the cross stitches. In the last sample, the stitches are shorter and wider.
SSS.94. smyrna stitch sampler
Feeling satisfied to work on this challenge

This sampler was also worked some time ago, the details of which were not posted. The working is here on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler is started with the basic stitch, the next two samples are the back of the same stitch.
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Two rows of this stitch are worked in two ways in the first two samples. Individual stitches are worked in the last part of this sampler.
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The sampler-
SSS.47.Two sided insertion stitch sampler

I am catching up on the posts of Sunday Stitch School samplers. The working of this stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
I started the sampler by working the stitches between 2 parallel lines. The next ones are shorter versions of the stitch.
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After working the stitches on leaf and heart shapes, the fishbone stitches are outlined with stem stitch.
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French knots are worked around closed fishbone stitches in the first sample, fly stitches are used to work the second sample instead of straight stitches, the last sample is outlined with buttonhole stitches.
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The whole sampler.
SSS.67.Fishbone stitch sampler

After four week of this Beyond TAST challenge this year, I am working on the fifth week stitch. The earlier weeks stitches were worked on earlier TAST challenges. The working of the stitch on SharonB’s Pintangle.
The sampler starts with the basic stitch, the second sample is worked with two small chains stitches.
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For few samples, the feather stitches are the same, the chain stitches are varied.
This sample has rope stitch.
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The next two samples are worked with berry stitch and cable chain stitch.
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The chain variations in the next 2 samples are not very clear. They are twisted chain and oyster stitch.
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The next 2 samples have shell chain and wave chain
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Triple chain and linked chain are worked in these following samples.
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In the first sample, the chains are worked straight and the chains are woven in the last chain variation.
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The sampler with chain stitch variations.
BT19-feather&chain stitch sampler1
Now for some feather stitch variations. The feather stitches are worked in 3 steps instead of 2 in the first sample,2 up and down feather stitches are worked in the second sample.
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First sample is a variation of feather stitch which is common in Indian embroidery. Closed feather is worked in the second sample, while working, I found that it is possible to work chain stitches in zigzag manner inside the closed feather stitches. triangular feather stitches are worked in the third sample.
BT19-feachst-16,17,18
Twisted feather stitch was stitch on SSS challenge, it was tried on the first sample, knotted feather stitches are worked in the second sample, two rows feather and chain stitch are worked in the last row. The thread got over before the sample could be finished. It was left incomplete.
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The whole sampler.
BT19-feather&chain stitch sampler2
It was great working on this long sampler after so many months. An easy and versatile stitch. it was fun varying the stitches. it does throw many more possibilities.

 

Queenie in her  blog mentions that this stitch’s origin is from India. I didn’t know that. Remember seeing this stitch on some embroideries, but thought it was a creative fly stitch. The working is on Queenie’s blog. This stitch was posted there few weeks ago. When this sampler was started this week, I worked the first three rows slightly differently [forgot to check], then decided to check, finding the stitches are connected, again started from the fourth row.
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After working one sample in the right way, the second sample is worked alternatively with the stitch and its inverse.
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In the first sample the anklet stitch and its inverse are worked on top of each other to form a pattern. The stitches are worked horizontal to form a line in the last row. This matti cloth was not an ideal choice for this stitch. A plain cloth would have given allowance to work the stitches in an imaginative way.
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The samplerSSS.86. Anklet stitch sampler

 

This week I could write the post on Wednesday itself!
This week, I could work on Beyond TAST challenge and a stitch on SSS challenge. The samples detail will be in separate posts.
Because of the time taken to work the challenges, the navy blouse was not even seen this week.
Chain stitches were worked with light blue thread on this sleeve border.
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Two new projects are in progress, a string bag for a friend’s birthday and embroidery on neck line for a chiffon fabric. Hope to have more details next week.

This past week I have been trying to work stitches from SSS challenge. So far the stitches are easy. It is sometime since this challenge was worked. The working of this crown stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
It is a simple stitch, I wanted to get the rhythm of the stitch is the first row. Then started with varying the last stitch on this stitch arrangement. Short stitches were worked in the first variation, extra lengthy stitches in the second variation, the stitches are curved in the third variation, two stitches are worked instead of one in the fourth variation, the stitch goes under the central stitch alone in the fifth variation. Circled around the three stitches in the sixth variation, the seventh variation as linear stitch has half worked with herringbone stitch on one side, the crown stitch is worked in two shades in the eighth variation.
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Now experimenting with the three straight stitches starts-
Four stitches are worked instead of three on the first variation, then five stitches were tried in the second variation, the stitches are short in the third variation, longer stitches form the fourth variation,
In the last four variations the central stitches are different embroidery stitches- fly, detached chain, pistil stitch and berry stitch.
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I really enjoyed working this stitch sampler. The crown stitch gives scope for possibilities. The whole sampler-sss.79. crown stitch sampler

 

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