band sampler


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

 

I had started working on this challenge, but it was not easy for me. After keeping it aside for a while, the sampler was started again.
Today’s explorations started with 3 rows of back stitch. lacing was done on these rows.
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The second sample is similar lacing to the first one, except the first row was buttonhole stitch.
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The third sample has weaving stitch between two chain stitches in red variegated thread.
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Started this sample with two rows of arrowhead variation.
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The lacing was over these stitches. It looks like detached herringbone stitch though.
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After working two rows of arrowhead stitches, cross stitches were worked in the centre.
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The lacing was done passing through the arrowhead stitches and cross stitches.
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Two rows of herringbone stitches were worked one over the other, small straight stitches were worked to keep the crossing lines in place.The lacing was done in two journeys- left to right and right to left.BTAST18-6-9a

 

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.
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An easy stitch to work. Can be worked to add textures too.

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

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.

 

Two days ago I started this linear stitch study sampler. Still not sure the way to explore these linear stitches.
Started with back stitch.
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Double back stitch, whipped back stitch, working crosses in between back stitches are the variations here.
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How to fill a shape with free style Cretan stitches was tried in the second sample.
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May be some decorative borders can be tried with these linear stitches.
The linear stitches worked on this sample are- herringbone, buttonhole and chain stitches.
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The centre is worked in coral stitch, with two rows of running stitches and stem stitch outlines are worked  in this sample.
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The base is Cretan stitch, with fly stitches in this sample, after outlining both sides with closed buttonhole stitch variation, worked rope stitches in light blue thread.
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The idea of working decorative borders with linear stitches might work.

 

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