Build a seam


We have a new decorative stitch on TAST challenge. The working is explained by SharonB here. It is nice to be learning new applications of stitches on this challenge.
I started with the basic fancy herringbone stitch as shown by Sharon in the first sample. It is easy to see how the stitch is worked from this sample, but felt it didn’t look neat, so decided to decrease the height and width of the herringbone stitch row in the second sample. It looked like a braid. Tried increasing the height in the third sample.
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Worked closed herringbone stitch and worked the interlacing on that in the first sample. In the second sample, a version of double herringbone stitch was worked and the interlacing is done only on the shorter herringbone stitches.
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In this sample the upright crosses are worked slightly closer to the centre and the interlacing is done on the inner vertical stitches.
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After working double herringbone stitch rows, the interlacing is done continuously around the crosses in the first sample. After working upright crosses on one side of the herringbone stitch row, individual fly stitches are worked on that side. And the interlacing is done around the crosses and fly stitches. This way so many other stitches can be used like- detached chain, wheat ear, pistil, Danish knot -to name a few. Even other linear stitches can be worked alongside and interlacing can be worked on them. Fancy stitches open so many possibilities.
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The sampler-

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The last five rows before starting fancy interlacing.1-70-fanh-bonest-b

Interlaced running stitch is this week’s stitch study on Queenie’s Sunday stitch school challenge. The working is there on her blog.
TAST challenge has been running for ten years now. Running stitch was explored twice on it. First time the running stitch samples were simple and some samples  were taken after the idea of pattern darning. Second time around the running stitches were used on Kantha embroidery. Interlacing did not feature both times. I had bought this book some time ago, which had some options and project for interlaced and whipped running stitches. And Queenie was kind enough to include this stitch on SSS challenge.
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The explorations
The sampler started with simple interlaced running stitch and a row of simple whipped running stitch[ the decision to whip the running stitches just came on its own!] the rest of the samples are variations of interlaced running stitches.
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After working the running stitches in rows, this part of the sampler has running stitches worked to handle interlacing in different ways.
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In the first sample the running [?] stitches are worked vertically. The next two rows are interlaced and whipped running stitch combination.
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These samples are worked following the book mentioned above.
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With these samples this sampler was completed.

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After a few weeks break I am back on track with this stitch challenge. This stitch challenge is posted by Queenie on her blog. These stitches are stitches which are simple [till now] and did not feature in TAST challenges. The working of four sided stitch is here. This is a counted thread stitch but can also be worked on plain fabric with some practice. A nice variation from cross stitch.
This sampler started with the four sided stitches are worked over 3 holes, four holes, five holes and two holes, in that order. The sample worked over two holes is stitched with anchor cotton skein. Rest of the samples are worked in polyester thread.

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SSS.6.fosist-1

Trying to familiarize with the stitch-
I changed the direction of the stitch in the first sample, worked individual stitches in the second sample, an up and down version in the third sample and the diagonal version worked horizontal in the fourth sample.

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SSS.6.fosist-2

Since it is called four sided stitch and not square stitch, it became obligatory to work this stitch- as rectangles in first sample, angling the stitches to the left in the second sample and ablong diamonds in the third sample. After working these samples, fearing, working in this direction might lead to black work patterns and stopped right there.

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SSS.6.fosist-3

Two versions of four sided stitches are worked together in these samples.
The four sided stitch worked over four holes is combined with four sided stitch worked over three holes in the first sample. Individual four sided stitches are worked inside four sided stitch worked over five holes in the second sample. Diagonal four sided stitches and basic four sided stitches are alternatively worked in the third sample. Individual stitches are worked inside alternative diagonal four sided stitches in the fourth sample.

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SSS.6.fosist-4

Now for some stitch combinations.
Four sided stitch row worked with running stitch rows in the first sample. Double cross stitches are combined with this stitch in the second row [other isolated stitches can also be tried in this manner]. After working single long straight stitches in between these four sided stitches, sheaf stitches are used to tie and link them together in the third sample. It started with the idea of combining buttonhole stitches with four sided stitches in the fourth row, but ended up with combining cretan stitches. In the last sample, Danish knots, detached chain stitches and individual fly stitches are worked on four sided stitch row.

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SSS.6.fosist-5

This after noon we went to the park [where we take a walk in the evenings] and sat on a bench. This was our view.

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SSS.6.fosist-view

The stitch combinations were started at home and completed sitting on the bench. Time well spent. Very enjoyable hour. It is pleasantly cool in Muscat now.
The completed sampler-

SSS.6.fou sided stitch sampler

SSS.6.fou sided stitch sampler

After working the last few samples the fancy bobbin edging sampler was completed.

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2.31.142.fancy bobbin edging sampler

This sample was worked with basic buttonhole stitch rows.

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2.31.142.faboed-11a

It was enhanced with fancy bobbin edging.

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2.31.142.faboed-11b

This sample is filled with freely worked fancy bobbin edging stitches.

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2.31.142.faboed-12

A variation of buttonhole stitches with fancy bobbin edging are worked on this sample.

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2.31.142.faboed-13

Bugle beads are used in this sample.

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2.31.142.faboed-14

In this sample after working buttonhole variations, the green stone is embellished with one row of  detached fancy bobbin edging worked over back stitch. This embellishing the stone idea was seen in Mary’s needle n thread site in one of her projects. I used a stone with holes which can be attached to the fabric before working the stitch.

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2.31.142.faboed-15

Sometimes it was interesting and stimulating, but at other times it was also demanding and draining. I used #7 crewel needle and chenille needle. The threads were taken from the used pile. With a very small stash of perle cotton or other kind of threads, I mainly use stranded cotton. On the whole it was an interesting project to work.

This week was more of searching for inspiration for patterns. The beads and stones were added to the blue green crepe tunic. it is awaiting its turn to go to the tailor.

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wipw43-blugrencrepet-7

This week’s randjes on Randje per week2015 challenge were simple.

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wipw43-rwp2015-21,22

The kutchwork border samples based on these were also simple.
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I could complete them on the same day.

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wipw43-kw-22

Some progress on kutchwork on brown linen tunic. Half of the kutchwork pattern is done in red thread, which is not very clear. but it is there!

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wipw43-redbrownt-3

I am in search of embroidery patterns for tunic, samplers. Once in a while I have the habit of downloading old pattern books. From a book of Hungarian motifs, this pattern  repeat was picked up. Still not clear about the project on which this will be used.

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wipw43-book pat-1

This is from another book. I want to expand this pattern. Project is not yet decided. It was hard to find the source of these books now. All I can say that these are not mine.

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wipw43-book pat2

I am reveling in the process of browsing the net for ideas at the moment.

The last set of samples of woven chain bars. Colours are changed on alternate v- shapes in one paisley, one side of the chains are woven in different colour thread in running stitch filled paisley, pistil stitches and cretan circles are added to other two woven chain bars.

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woven chbar-3

The sampler-

woven chain bar sampler

woven chain bar sampler

There is lot of space between these paisleys. Sometime later they may be filled. With this stitch sampler TAST 2014 challenge is completed. I  ammissing the challenge already. Till SharonB comes back to start this challenge, I am pondering on some ideas.
Work on some lattice filling stitches available on the internet.
Explore some stitch combinations.

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.

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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.

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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.

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38.132.kiko’sst-3

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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