decorative stitch


I am working on Beyond TAST, a stitch challenge by SharonB.

Kogin sampler
Time was spent on looking at kogin patterns and pattern darning. There are so many. This blog has lots of kogin patterns. Wonderful work.
I have this long term idea of doing embroidery samplers. This kogin embroidery can be one of them. After looking at the images of kogin, I made small start of drawing some patterns on 5mm graph paper. A sample-
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This pattern drawing can be a continuous process, which starts now. By this way I am easing the pressure of working within a time frame.
The fabric chosen for this Kogin sampler is loose weave towel from India. It is most ideal for our climate, absorbs moisture, used as filtering soaked grains, dries up fast, totally useful even after it is torn actually. Now the new use of doing embroidery. It is not easy to handle this loose fabric, but hoping practice will make it easier. Yet to check the fabric count, but the weave is quite close.
I started the sampler yesterday. The progress-
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Swedish Weaving
This embroidery also comes under running stitch style. Browsing the net  for Swedish weaving or huck embroidery was also part of this week’s occupation. Before even attempting to try the stitch, an idea of working a border on a small towel was implemented today.
The towel-
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Starting the pattern
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The completed towel-
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More clear picture of the embroidery. The work was done with perle cotton.
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Feeling quite satisfied, is all I can say.
Will continue this running stitch journey.

 

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When I saw this week’s SSS challenge stitch on Queenie’s blog, it got registered in mind as detached buttonhole stitch. Having seen this stitch as filling in crewel and stumpwork embroidery, and it was not part of TAST challenge, decided to work stitch samples as band sampler. Then, while actually referring to the tutorial of the stitch, I realized it was actually detached up and down buttonhole stitch. Now the excitement was much more, may be it will look like tatting or macramé, these thoughts went through the mind. The reality of actually working the stitches took all the air from my fantasy balloon.
Started the sampler with the way Queenie worked, and took it out the next day, only to start with my way. The first sample shows all the gymnastics of the needle. Decided to work another sample, this time in one way [my way]. This difference is because, many people have their own needle movements for buttonhole stitch. The way I work has become an habit now.
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These two samples are detached up and down buttonhole stitches worked over two rows of running stitches [in the first sample] and over three rows [in the second sample]
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Time to vary the running stitch rows. In the first sample, the running stitches are worked at two levels and this stitch worked over them. I like the wavy pattern. A one way running stitch with one space between the stitches, created the third sample and our stitch was worked over it. I seem to have got the rhythm of this stitch now and started flying high again.
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Finding it difficult to explain the way the running stitches are worked in words, a small part of the base stitch variations are left bare. The second row is zigzag stitch and the last one is chain stitch.
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I do like working this stitch, and this stitch can be used for adorning any simple stitch, working the stitch over zigzag and chain stitches is just example. The whole sampler.SSS.48.Detached up and down buttonhole stitch sampler

Happy New Year!
First post of 2018. It was a busy week, and it just flew away. As they say, ‘Time flies when you are happy’
All I remember is thinking, doing, relaxing, eating, exercising, browsing- sometimes doing two things together. Now, ready for another year.
There are two SALs that were interesting for me.
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MMM blackwork
Every month there will be a black work design posted on the blog. For January I am planning to work on 16 count Aida[ I think]. More details as this project progresses.
RPW2018
This year this blog will post cross stitch borders on Saturdays. I may not work all the charts. This is yet to start, and my RPW 2017 alphabet SAL is yet to be taken to task!
Stitch Challenges
SSS
I have worked on chosen stitches. The details of those samples have to be posted. Waiting for Sunday for the next stitch.
Beyond TAST
This challenge is for stitchers who have worked the earlier TAST challenges. Sharon has given some guidelines. I have this small table cloth with 7 Aida panels.
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1st idea- work some Sashiko patterns on them?
Projects
Blue ikat tunic
After working the outlines in white, I have started with the mirrors on this tunic project.
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Along with the yellow table cloth, a small long stitch kit was lying around to be noticed. The UFO’s have also been waiting their turn. Let us see.

Best wishes for the holiday season! Happy New Year!
Weather is still cool in Muscat. And we are thoroughly enjoying it.
SSS challenge
I have been lagging behind on this challenge. This week was fully dedicated to SSS challenge. Few stitches are to be worked later. Still on thinking mode on these stitches.
The rest of them I have been working one after another. The details will be posted on separate posts.
Organizing
Organizing the embroidery pictures on computer was started yesterday. I have been saving pictures of embroidery works over the few years. These need to be organized into categories. What is the use of these pictures if I just keep adding more and more?
While organizing these pictures relevant books will also be looked into. When I lived in India, I couldn’t get good embroidery books at all. Books relating to copied embroidery, local designs, special patterns were the only choice. There are no bookshops in Muscat. Whenever I travelled, book buying played an important part. Dubai trips also involved books. The craving with which these books were bought, I must confess they are not being used. The combination of – lack of time management, too many interests, changing of priorities, net browsing, to name a few- all add up to the neglect of these books. So these books also need attention. Which comes within the  new organizing plan.
Project
Started adding some fly stitches in light blue around the circle on blue grey ikat tunic. Not much time was spent on this project. I like adding stitches and colours around a shape.

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This leaf stitch was on the ‘to try’ list for a number of years. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. To work the leaf stitch a few times on this sampler, a few leaf patterns were drawn on paper. The leaf stitch will be worked with other stitches also.
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The sampler starts with the basic leaf stitch, the second sample has leaf stitch outlined with stem stitch, the stem stitch is again used on the third sample too. The working is done here with polyester thread. Not a very comfortable thread to work with.
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Now it is four strands of cotton skein. The first sample has Chinese knots along with leaf stitch in the first sample. The second sample of leaf is worked with two threads, a thread for each side. The third sample had straight stitches worked between leaf lines in two colours.
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The other stitches used in this part of the sampler are- buttonhole stitch, pistil stitch and fly stitch.
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The picture is not very clear, the first sample has leaf stitch worked over stem stitch, the second sample had detached chain stitch and in the last sample the leaf stitches are worked on leaves with feather stitch stem.
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The leaf stitch sampler is complete. I looking forward to use this stitch on my projects.
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Muscat is quite pleasant and cool these days. We had some rain too.
SSS challenge
Since this is the only stitch challenge I am working, may be it is time to put in more work on these stitches. The leaf stitch sampler was completed, and Mille fleur stitch, being an easy one, is to be started on a satin fabric to be later used for towel edging. All the time on browsing seems to have paid off!
Projects
Blue ikat tunic
The working on these motifs is simple and repetitive, the work on these borders will continue till they are ready. Working with metallic silver thread on the chain stitch outline. That way one UFO can be out of the way.
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Red and black tunic
This red tunic fabric is called Gaada in my language. It is cotton fabric which has various uses- baby clothing, cloth nappies, bags, furnishings…
The price is not much, and wears well for quite some time. But this red fabric is quite soft, keeps stretching in all directions, needs lining for stabilizing it, is block printed[ which is not seen here, [for some unknown reason!]. The lady from the shop said it may not be suitable. And it was there for blouses. But the fabric interested me enough. This was given for sewing along with a black fabric for shoulders and sleeve borders.
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This tunic is crying out for mirrors. If the work on this commences soon, it is possible to wear the tunic this cool season.

 

This stitch sampler was worked a few days ago. The working of the stitch on Queenie’s blog. The laid thread was beige, thickness similar to wool, which was bought on our trip to London. The couching thread was variegated orange from China similar to perle #8.
It was an easy stitch, which I enjoyed working. The basic thorn stitch was worked on the first sample. the legs were extended in the second sample. The third sample was worked alternating the first and second row.
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The first sample in this part of the sampler was made by working couching stitches very close to each other. The same idea is followed to form a stitch repeat in the second sample.
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The first sample has legs extending on both sides alternatively. The stitches are facing each other in the last sample.
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The whole sampler. These threads were easy to work with. Possibilities of working more variations of this stitch and when combined with other stitches – makes thorn stitch a great decorative stitch.
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