Embroidery samplers


After four week of this Beyond TAST challenge this year, I am working on the fifth week stitch. The earlier weeks stitches were worked on earlier TAST challenges. The working of the stitch on SharonB’s Pintangle.
The sampler starts with the basic stitch, the second sample is worked with two small chains stitches.
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For few samples, the feather stitches are the same, the chain stitches are varied.
This sample has rope stitch.
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The next two samples are worked with berry stitch and cable chain stitch.
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The chain variations in the next 2 samples are not very clear. They are twisted chain and oyster stitch.
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The next 2 samples have shell chain and wave chain
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Triple chain and linked chain are worked in these following samples.
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In the first sample, the chains are worked straight and the chains are woven in the last chain variation.
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The sampler with chain stitch variations.
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Now for some feather stitch variations. The feather stitches are worked in 3 steps instead of 2 in the first sample,2 up and down feather stitches are worked in the second sample.
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First sample is a variation of feather stitch which is common in Indian embroidery. Closed feather is worked in the second sample, while working, I found that it is possible to work chain stitches in zigzag manner inside the closed feather stitches. triangular feather stitches are worked in the third sample.
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Twisted feather stitch was stitch on SSS challenge, it was tried on the first sample, knotted feather stitches are worked in the second sample, two rows feather and chain stitch are worked in the last row. The thread got over before the sample could be finished. It was left incomplete.
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The whole sampler.
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It was great working on this long sampler after so many months. An easy and versatile stitch. it was fun varying the stitches. it does throw many more possibilities.

 

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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

 

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.

 

While looking for inspiration, tried a sample of string art.
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Straight stitches in light blue worked over dark blue thread rows.
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The inner row of thread lifted with green thread. Saw this on youtube.
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Herringbone square variation, fly stitch and upright cross over cross stitch.
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Started with chevron stitch row,  worked 3 rows of chain stitches.
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Returning back to this sample after some days and completed it by adding some c hain sticthes and straight stitches.
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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

The treat idea from last week worked. I could work two stitch samplers on SSS challenge- Knotted running stitch and twisted shell chain stitch. The respective posts will follow
Working on these samplers and projects these few days, could not allot any time for Beyond TSST challenge.
The white and violet combo tunic is nearing completion, a few mirrors and the tunic will be ready to wear.
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The work on cream tussar tunic is a lengthy one. It is just chain stitch outlines and chain stitch filling. Generally I take up simple stitches or mono colour on long projects. These save some time. Mind is also calm to learn new things.
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I have seen sarees [length of 5.5 metres] embroidered on borders, and for the embroidery to be seen in front another 2.5 metres will be worked. Earlier it was only, chikan work, kantha work, this Kashmiri work, Persian embroidery, zardosi work, kutchwork… where the stitches are worked by hand. These days we have so many works done commercially. This is a huge industry now. Are they good? That’s a matter of opinion. I am interested in working the older embroideries, I try to work them on tunics, working on sarees will take very long time.

It is a productive week. On Beyond TAST challenge, a few more layered embroidery ideas were attempted.
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Since my tailor is back from vacation, the tunic fabrics which were set aside are getting due attention now.
This tunic is a combo of three fabrics- block printed white cotton, violet handloom cotton and white hakoba for sleeves. I might work some embroidery around the neck on this after it comes from the tailor.
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This fabric is tussar silk. An inspiration to work Kashmiri chain stitch on yoke and sleeves is being implemented. I have seen tunics with  this embroidery, sometimes it is done with aari or tambour needle or with closely worked open chain stitch or sometimes simple chain stitch. The embroidery is started on a silk/cotton fabric of same colour. The pictures of this work needs to be uploaded on the computer.
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Still SSS challenge stitches are waiting to be started. They are easy stitches.

 

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