band sampler


When I first saw the working of this stitch, it looked like a variation of feather stitch. Further reading led to the idea of learning another new stitch. It does have common aspects with feather stitch. The working of the stitch is here on Queenie’s blog.
Started the first sample with the basic stitch, extended the space between two sides in the second sample, and worked the sides more closely in the third sample.
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The extensions are growing longer in the first sample, two extensions are worked together to form this variation in the second row.
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In the 1st sample, the stitches extending on both sides are worked slightly apart, making the line look  like wave. The second sample, I wanted to play with the extensions- make them vertical on one side, it did not work well.
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More extensions are added in the first sample. And I seem to have worked the fourth sample again in the 2nd row!
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The extensions are angled and are not worked in straight line in the first row. This variation is quite interesting.  Two Maidenhair stitch rows are worked together in the last sample.
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The sampler-
SSS.75.maidenhair stitch sampler
It was an easy stitch to work. Whipping the stitch, adding french knots are two interesting additions to this stitch.

 

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This is a very new stitch. I have never come across this stitch before, may be because this stitch belongs to counted thread category. The stitch is explained here on Queenie’s blog along with links.
This stitch involved four steps for its completion. The first sample is the stitch in different stages of progress. The polyester was not ideal for working this stitch. The second sample worked in cotton skein is the basic stitch.
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The stitches are worked with spaces in the 1st row. The tall and wide version of the stitch are alternated in the second row.
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The stitches are worked to create borders in this part of the sampler.
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In the first row, after working the half crosses, only the second and fourth steps of the stitch are worked alternatively, resulting in this sample.

In the second row, the half crosses are worked like this\ and /  alternatively and pulling stitches are worked on them. If this sample had been worked with spaces between stitches, it would have given a better view of the detail.
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The first and the third steps [half crosses] are worked with space in between them [not worked through the same holes] and the stitches were worked on them in the first row. The stitches are worked in two colours in 2nd row. Upright versions of this stitch were tried in the last part of the sampler.
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A stitch which adds texture, have to look into the ways of using it.

The whole sampler

SSS.74. Boucle stitch sampler

This was an easy stitch to work. The working is on Queenie’s blog. Seeing the stitch was easy to work, doubts came that I am may not be working this stitch properly, but after seeing Queenie’s samples, I think it is okay.
I started with the basic stitch is the first row, the zigzag stitches are worked closely in the second row, and the stitches are wider in the third row. I like the second sample.
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These are the basic zigzag variations on which the stitches are to be worked.
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After working the sham hem stitches.
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The three ways double zigzag stitches are worked first.
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The sham hem stitches are worked over these stitch rows.
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These are Bosnian stitch, Cretan stitch and Chevron stitch rows. I thought these stitches would be perfect to work sham hem stitches.
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Other than working the legs of Cretan stitches shorter, these stitches are apt for this stitch, may be feather and herringbone stitches  up and  down buttonhole stitches can also be used.
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The sampler.
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This stitch seems like whipping. Queenie’s sample worked in same thread resembles Spanish feather stitch. This stitch shows so many options.

 

These past two days after the festivities were productive stitch wise.
I started on the Beyond TAST sampler. The earlier stitch samplers have to be looked into for  more stitch ideas.
Today the recent SSS challenge stitch sampler was also started. It is not a complicated stitch is my observation at this point. The possibility of doing it wrong or inventing a new stitch have to be considered!
Keeping aside the Kashmiri embroidery for the time being, a new embroidery project on an aqua green tunic fabric was started. The tailor had marked and given the tunic front. Started with stem stitch. The pattern is floral.
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We have twisted fly stitch on SSS challenge this week, the working is on Queenie’s blog.
I started learning this stitch in the first row. Working the stitches close together was tried in the second sample, worked the stitches longer and the anchoring stitch shorter in the third sample.
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In the first sample, while working the twisted fly stitches one after another, realized they can be worked in two colours. In the second sample the following twisted fly stitch starts from the midpoint of the previous stitch. This sample looks like herringbone and twisted fly stitch combination. The third sample is a row of inverted twisted fly stitches. This sample looks interesting.
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In the first sample, regular fly stitch and twisted fly stitch are alternated. In the next two samples- two rows of twisted fly stitches are worked together in two ways.
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These two samples are stitch combinations, the first sample it is combined with Cretan stitch and in the second sample it is combined with half chevron stitch
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In the first sample twisted fly stitches are facing each other, the arrangement in the second sample starts with a straight stitch and two twisted fly stitches after that.
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Actually the first sample started with working the twisted fly stitch in zigzag manner, seeing a square pattern evolving, came back and completed the square pattern. If this not written down, I may never know how this was worked later! In the second sample, twisted fly stitch and its inverted version are worked one after another without space in between.
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Tried working this stitch in different ways- shortening one leg, working in lopsided way. And taking inspiration from Queenie, used this stitch as base to work berry stitch, pistil stitch, oyster stitch, quarter buttonhole wheel and French knot flowers.
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The whole sampler.
SSS.71.Twisted fly stitch sampler
When fly stitch was announced on TAST challenge, I never knew it had so much potential. This twisted fly stitch is also so versatile.

 

Another late post. It was hard to sit in front of the computer during the holidays. Stitch wise it was okay. I could work on an idea and started on the next stitch sampler on SSS challenge.

After working awhile with peach thread, had this notion it might outdo the green, so started working with a golden colour thread inside the flower. It looks better for the time being. The next three days are filled with tradition based religious activities. Hoping to restart stitching from Tuesday.
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This couching method is explained in Queenie’s blog. After seeing this couching technique, I was planning to try this the same way it was posted there. Then while browsing the pinterest board, found an image which had cloth couched down with thread. It was by Alabama Chanin. I wanted to blend the idea. Took a piece of this blue cotton crepe cloth, and cut some strips and twisted them.
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These were couched down in this sampler. My sampler is not neat at all. The image inspiration looks neat, rustic and beautiful. But I am happy to have tried this idea.SSS.70.puffed couching sampler

 

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