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I have been working on this challenge whenever possible during these past weeks, just realized the details of samples were never posted after the first one.
The second sample is also a flower. The filling is with buttonhole stitches.
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Outlining with chain stitch.
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Trellis stitch.
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Rope stitch
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Straight stitches worked in angles on top of each other.
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Again buttonhole.
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Completed with straight stitches and pistil stitches. Another fantasy flower.BTAST18-4-2

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These isolated stitch explorations were worked during the first week of this month. iam late in posting the details.
Individual triple chain stitches are worked in a pattern in the first sample. The second sample is an arrangement of Vandyke stitches.
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Starting of Cretan stitch mandala.
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Another circle of overlapping Cretan circle.
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Finished with fly stitches.
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The first sample is a combo of buttonhole stitch and wheat ear stitch and the second sample is an arrangement of sword stitches.
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These detailed motifs on the sampler.
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These are double chain explorations. I didn’t get far.
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Used this double chain on the motif inside the design too.
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Now for some twisted chain arrangements. This twisted chain stitch is a versatile stitch. This stitch was used often on my TAST samplers.
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Isolated Basque stitches.
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Coral stitch arrangements.
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Experimenting with double interlacing on these buttonhole square.
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Another double interlaced sample.
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The detailed samples together on the sampler.
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And it was time to complete this design with stitches. The stitches are coral stitch, twisted chain stitch, fern stitch, half chevron stitch, couching with Vandyke stitches, twisting done on two back stitches.
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The sampler is completed for this challenge. The sampler piece can be used later.
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The design with the stitch experiments.
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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.
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The detail of the stitched shape.
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The sampler growing with some more stitches.
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A herringbone and cretan combo again.
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First sample is cretan tree shape and the second one is fly and scroll stitch tree shape.
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These tree shapes were worked in triangular cretan, Algerian eye part and fly stitches.
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Another motif worked with cretan stitch and buttonhole centre. the organic design is worked with up and down buttonhole stitch and detached chain stitch.
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The first sample worked with berry stitch leaf with back stitch outline and the second sample is worked with queen stitch leaves.
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The queen stitch is worked around the shape inside the design too.
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A few more stitches to go.

 

A lovely name for detached  triple chain stitch. The method of working this stitch is on Queenie’s blog. Working this way gives more dimension to an ordinary detached chain stitch. So I worked the stitch on satin cloth, pattern taken from old pattern book.
The flower in two shades of blue with four strands of cotton skein.
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The stems are worked in outline stitch.
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The leaves are again  worked with mille fleur stitch.
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Added small pearl beads inside the flowers.
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This project was completed just before the tailor left for vacation. The worked satin fabric was sewn on the towel by him.
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The old patterns which have detached chain options can be used for this stitch. Another option  is using this stitch with ribbon embroidery. A pretty and easy stitch for textural embroidery.

 

After reading that Rumanian stitch on SSS challenge is also named Indian filling stitch, the idea to work this stitch as filling took root. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
This is the fabric- handloom cotton on which this work was done.
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The pattern-
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The pattern was worked twice- on both sides of the pouch. Same threads were used. The variation was only in the filling. Starting with blue thread-
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The other side.
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Moving on to pink thread.
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The same pink thread.
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Next thread is green. All are anchor cotton skeins.
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The green on the other side.
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Six strands of thread was used work this stitch. The yellow thread.
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This is last thread to be used as Rumanian stitch.
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The details of the outline stitch, mirrors will be on another post.
I loved working this stitch. An easy stitch for filling wide and long patterns. The thread also behaves well.

 

For the past few weeks, this challenge was kept aside to work on some tunic projects. The 35th week outline stitch of SSS challenge was worked on a blue striped shirt. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
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The outline stitch was worked in six strands of cotton skein.

The next step of working the flowers in oyster stitch has been started on this project.

This tunic was worked in 2013. The fabric is mangalagiri cotton. We call this colour as sandalwood colour. This fabric was fairly thin for it to be used for chikan work embroidery.
Though generally,  the chikan work embroidery being shadow work, the closed herringbone stitches are worked on the wrong side of the fabric. There are many exceptions to this.
I wanted to work closed herringbone stitches on both sides of the fabric.
The tunic.
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The tailor had marked the sleeves and the front of the tunic. The yoke pattern
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The yoke and the sleeve embroidery patterns were traced on to the fabric.
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The threads used were-
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Starting with darkest colour, the closed herringbone stitches were worked.
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The next colour was also worked in the same manner.
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The third colour which was very light compared to the other two was worked on the right side of the fabric. This time it was fish bone stitch.
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Cream colour thread was used for outlines and french knots.
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The sleeves were worked in the same manner.
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The detail of the tunic.
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Early 2013, my computer had some problem, and I lost most of the images of the details of the embroidery projects worked after june 2012. This kept me discouraged for quite some time. So there is a backlog of project details from 2013. I am hoping to post these whenever time permits.

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