decorative stitch

A stitch a day is the way I have been working on this monthly challenge.
A shape made of cretan stitch and herringbone stitch combo was worked inside the design.
The detail of the stitched shape.
The sampler growing with some more stitches.
A herringbone and cretan combo again.
First sample is cretan tree shape and the second one is fly and scroll stitch tree shape.
These tree shapes were worked in triangular cretan, Algerian eye part and fly stitches.
Another motif worked with cretan stitch and buttonhole centre. the organic design is worked with up and down buttonhole stitch and detached chain stitch.
The first sample worked with berry stitch leaf with back stitch outline and the second sample is worked with queen stitch leaves.
The queen stitch is worked around the shape inside the design too.
A few more stitches to go.



This week was busy stitch wise. It was slow, but interesting too.
Stitch challenges
SSS Challenge
Last week’s stitch was an easy one. This week’s stitch is waiting to be started. Thinking about what fabric to use to learn this stitch.
Beyond TAST
It is hard for me to be creative, being a follower of rules, but I am slowly getting comfortable and have started enjoying the study of stitches. Everyday a stitch is studied on this challenge.
RPW 2018 is totally neglected for the time being. The black work mandala was completed.
The light green on the tree was completed.
The blue on the lake was started.
Red gaada tunic
The embroidery on the front neck is being worked now. Next work is the mirrors.
While browsing for embroidery stitches, an inspiration to work Kashmiri embroidery kept coming back. A cream tussar silk fabric is chosen for this tunic project.


The idea of working the isolated shapes on a random design is growing slowly.
Started with some woven crosses, moved onto colonial knots [ which need more practice] and worked some isolated back stitches.
The design looks like this after working the outline with stem stitch and Pekinese stitch.
What if the name of stitches worked inside the design is forgotten at a later time. Better to work them separately and note them down. The last two samples on the right are back stitch squares, an idea to interlace through them is to be done.
After the interlacing.
The interlaced back stitch squares are inside the design now.
Some isolated triple chain stitches and arrowhead stitches are worked on the design.
The triple chain and arrowhead stitches are worked for future reference.
After working Algerian eye variation, a part of Breton stitch is taken for study.
Algerian eye outline on the design
The part Breton stitch used as linear stitch here.BTAST-2-13


Beyond TAST
Three days ago, I started experimenting on this month’s beyond TAST challenge. At the moment, trying some possibilities of a stitch is quite engrossing. Whether it looks nice or applicable is not so important. It is like a stitch journal. Thinking about a stitch is interesting, even if a single stitch is not made on the sampler.
SSS challenge.
The progress on this stitch has gone as far as downloading the stitch, reading the information and browsing some images on the net.
In RPW 2018 it was just downloading the chart.
Flamingo long stitch kit.
Light green was added on the right side.
Lighter green started on the tree two days ago. The work on this kit is quite slow.
Started back stitch on the back of this red gada tunic.WIPW167-rgadamirt-4


This month’s challenge by Sharon is a new thing for me. TAST challenge was helpful in exploring and studying so many stitches.
While browsing the huge Stitch dictionary of Sharon, I lose the purpose of the challenge every time and keep looking at the eye candy!

Each and every time I read the instructions and guidelines for this month’s challenge, I don’t know where to start and how to go about it. Puzzling over is not really challenge I suppose. I have decided to take baby steps and see where it leads to.
Started with cretan stitch.
Explored further with other shapes.  Kutch work influence can be seen in these samples!
After interlacing the hexagon shape in the first sample, tried working the cretan stitches from the same point, but different angles in the second sample. The herringbone square is expanded in the third sample. Two interlocking herringbone triangles are worked in the green sample, this led to crossing at the centre the four herringbone stitches in the yellow sample. The last sample is Algerian eye worked with fly stitches.
Algerian eye worked with long tailed detached chains, pistil stitches and long tailed cross stitches.

The samples-

Filling a shape with other isolated stitches seems like an interesting concept.


This week the challenges and projects have kept the needles sticking to my hand.
Stitch challenges
Beyond TAST
We have something new to explore this month on Beyond TAST challenge. I need time to think on it.
Completed the Bayeux stitch sampler with satisfaction.
RPW 2018
I am yet to start a single border on this SAL. Saving the weekly charts is the only progress on this cross stitch SAL.
February motif is posted on the site. The boundary was worked in Holbein stitch.
Red gaada tunic
The sleeves were worked this week with running stitch in pink thread.
Maroon and blue ikat combo
The folk flowers are being worked with Romanian stitch.
After working on the tunics, a long time UFO- A large long stitch kit has to be restarted. The work on it was started long time ago!
It was quite an interesting week on the whole.

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-
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-
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-
Starting the pattern
The completed towel-
BTAST-1-Huck- towel
More clear picture of the embroidery. The work was done with perle cotton.
Feeling quite satisfied, is all I can say.
Will continue this running stitch journey.


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