blackwork


This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is lace stitch or three sided stitch. This stitch comes under pulled thread embroidery. The working is on Queenie’s blog. Earlier in this challenge we had four sided stitch. The samples of four sided stitch were worked as any counted thread stitch and not as pulled thread work. Needing to expand my skill, I have decided to work this stitch as pulled thread work.
Started to learn this stitch on mati cloth. The fabric is far more accommodative than I expected.
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Then tried the stitch on a linen bought from IKEA. This is not the effect I want.
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Mati cloth it is.
An idea to work the samples along with some borders seems like a good one at this point. Maybe it is better to work within a specified area. Then what about looking for some frames which can be used for this?
The frame
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Measured the area to be worked and started with the first sample.
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The pattern for this. It is the basic three sided stitch. The black dots are were the fabric is pulled and create holes.
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Two rows of three sided stitch worked together looks like this-
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The pattern
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The idea for this sample occurred while learning the stitch on matti cloth.
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The pattern. Each hexagon need not be connected. That’ll make another variation.
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Three sided stitch worked on both sides of this black work pattern.
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The pattern
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These squares are not connected.
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The pattern
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The stitches are worked diagonally.

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The pattern
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The sampler is completed. A picture of the sampler was also taken. It was not easy to insert the sampler inside the frame. The problem was not foreseen. After uploading the images, noticed that the sampler image was blurred. I did not want to take it out and insert it again. The framed sampler-
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It was very exciting to work on this sampler. I had tried pulled thread work when working on sumptuous surfaces class. But three sided stitch was tried for the first time on this challenge.
The matti cloth cooperated well.
The stitch itself is versatile.
I could work on another Stitch A Long in this project which was not happening for quite some time.
It was interesting learning process to fit the sampler within  the frame.
I could complete the work.

It was a good pastime to see designed stitch samplers on the net. Even though this is small piece I am happy to do this.

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This is a stitch which I have been wanting to explore on a sampler. The working of the stitch, the tips to work are provided by Queenie, who is doing this Sunday stitch school, on her blog.
This is a versatile stitch. This stitch is used in so many ways over the years on my various embroidery projects. This was first stitch to be taught on our needle class in school to sew two pieces of cloth.
Now the details of the sampler-
The samples are worked in even weave cloth. It is easier to work this stitch on this cloth. The first is the basic back stitch, the second sample is back stitches worked with space between them. Looks like running stitch, but because of the way thread moves below the surface, it is more secure. The third sample are long and short back stitches worked alternatively.

SSS2016.2.backst-1

SSS2016.2.backst-1

This sample is zigzag back stitch. This version was used many times on my embroidery projects.

SSS2016.2.backst-2a

SSS2016.2.backst-2a

The zigzag back stitch looks like this on the back, this makes another linear stitch, may not be as secure as two rows of back stitch, but will save some thread!

SSS2016.2.backst-2b

SSS2016.2.backst-2b

The first sample is variation of zigzag back stitch. The second is the sample to show how the back stitch works on curves. This is the reason this stitch is used in  red work, black work, kantha work, cross stitch embroideries. There are countless possibilities to work this stitch.

SSS2016.2.backst-3a

SSS2016.2.backst-3a

The back side looked interesting for these two samples too.

SSS2016.2.backst-3b

SSS2016.2.backst-3b

Now starting with two rows of back stitch worked together.
After working two rows of back stitch in the first sample, the starting point of the second row in the second sample is the midpoint of the back stitch worked in the previous row. The second sample is called cable stitch, when there is no space between the rows and both rows are worked together as single linear stitch. In the third sample the back stitch rows are whipped together from left to right. The two rows of back stitch is laced in the fourth sample. Detached cretan stitch  is worked over the back stitch in the fifth sample. The sixth sample is the beaded back stitch.

SSS2016.2.backst-4

SSS2016.2.backst-4

The sampler is completed with these experiments, I have been itching to work back stitch samples from the time of TAST challenge.

SSS2016.2.Back stitch sampler

SSS2016.2.Back stitch sampler

The cube ornament worked in Seba designs Black work was completed. The designer is posting a design every week. Three designs have been posted so far on facebook group. Few people have been participating in this SAL. The designs are intricate and beautiful. The cube –

WIPW74-cubeornament[14]-4

WIPW74-cubeornament[14]-4

I started with the second design. The same square pattern needs to be worked six times to make a cube. This time it is not a cube ornament but a square ornament. The design needs to be worked twice. Saves time too. This is worked on 14 count Aida with anchor cotton skein and variegated fine silk thread. Hope this project is worked during the following week.

WIPW74-squareornament[14]-1

WIPW74-squareornament[14]-1

A few more kutch work borders were drawn in the last two evenings for kutch work border designs collection.

An idea of working Kashmiri embroidery [chain stitch] on crepe silk fabric is at the searching for the right design stage. Will be happy to start the embroidery on this project next week.

I caught a viral infection on Sunday and was quite sick and weak. With antibiotics and paracetamol feeling slightly better today. My husband was also affected by this stupid virus.
Now to see the progress made during this last week of this year.
Square ornament
The black work pattern by SEBA designs was worked on 18 count Aida cloth with single strand of Anchor skein. This was a Christmas present for a close friend. Pink stones and pearl beads were added as embellishments.

WIPW73-Squareornament[18]

WIPW73-Squareornament[18]


The work on the cube ornament on 14 count Aida was resumed after this project. The embroidery was completed. Now these have to be brought into cube shape. First time attempting a cube. Feel quite anxious and excited.

WIPW73-cube ornament[14]

WIPW73-cube ornament[14]


Saturday was RPW day. Two different edges this week. Started on these and BLOP! fell sick. They will be resumed next year.

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WIPW73-RPW2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Some progress was made during this week on this black work cube ornament on 14 count Aida. Though a fan of Seba designs, this is the first time I am trying one of her patterns. Either this pattern is very intricate or I have difficulty working on it, this is taking quite a bit of time to work. I used Anchor variegated cotton skein.

WIPW72-cube ornament[14]bw1-2

WIPW72-cube ornament[14]bw1-2


The same design is started on 18 count Aida fabric also. This is for a square ornament. This is more difficult.

The earlier weeks randjes were completed. The blog which is running this challenge seems to be well set for 2016. The next year’s challenge is a long sampler including alphabets, which will be posted in parts every week.

WIPW71-RPW2015

WIPW71-RPW2015

This project is a cube ornament. The black work pattern for this ornament is posted on a facebook group. Many people would be familiar with Seba Designs. This is stitch a long. This is my first SAL. Started the outlines with double running stitch. This is done on 14 count Aida.

WIPW71-cube ornament[14]bw1

WIPW71-cube ornament[14]bw1

This past week was very hectic with embroidery on two saree blouses. A black work design was chosen for the second blouse in peach silk. After working on the black work pattern. Certain elements were worked in metallic thread similar to Aari work. Gold beads were added as embellishments.
A few more colour threads were used on black silk blouse. Totally there are 8 colours on the black blouse. The peach silk was completed yesterday. The black blouse was completed today.
We are leaving for India for a week. Our friend’s daughter is getting married. My mother is not feeling well.
This year Oman is celebrating its 45th national day. Starting from 18th this whole week will be a festival. If time permits, blogging on earlier worked tunics may be done.

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