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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

After exploring the various stitches on TAST challenge, there is another interesting stitch challenge on Queenie’s blog. She is conveniently posting the stitches which were not part of the TAST challenge. A fine way to explore some other stitches. This idea was on my mind for some time, to explore the stitches from various books. Queenie is doing that now. It is like reading a book. Visit her blog to know more about this venture.
The first stitch- Anundsjö stitch is an easy one to start. It is hard to type the word, so it is just copied! There is another name for it- detached split stitch. This is the first time I have seen or heard of this stitch.

The sampler started with the individual stitches, then the same stitch is worked as linear stitch, the third row is an angled version of the individual stitches and in the last row, the securing stitch is worked at an angle.

1.anunst-1

1.anunst-1

The picture is not very clear. Started this stitch as linear stitch in the first row and working the securing stitch on both sides alternatively. This gives an effect of barred alternative chain stitch.
The long and short version of the securing stitch is worked in the second row.
Each securing stitch is ended inside the previously worked split stitch in the last row.

1.anunst-2

1.anunst-2

The zigzag version of the stitch is worked in the first row.
When the stitch is worked horizontally and the secure stitch is taken down vertically, it gives a T shaped stitch. This can be used as filling stitch also.
The split is made by pulling the stitch from two points in the last row.

1.anunst-3

1.anunst-3

The detached split stitches are worked in three directions, the same treatment continues on the first row.
The second row is an inspiration from Queenie’s project on this stitch.
Two rows of this stitch are connected by another decorative stitch in another colour in the last row.

1.anunst-4

1.anunst-4

I enjoyed working on this stitch sampler. Easy stitches lend themselves to more explorations. The full sampler.

1.Anundsjö stitch sampler

1.Anundsjö stitch sampler

I came across this site through a sharing on face book. the embroidery is done on leaves. check it out.

http://www.hypeness.com.br/2014/07/bordados-em-folhas-de-arvores-tornam-a-natureza-ainda-mais-bela/#

The tunic fabric is a block printed soft cotton in green. The fabric-

mirrorwork on green tunic-fabric

mirrorwork on green tunic-fabric

I wanted a yoke fully done in mirror work. With the help of a stencil this yoke pattern was drawn.

mirrorwork on tunic -apttern

mirrorwork on tunic -apttern

The yoke was worked on plain green fabric. The main colour was half-white. The other colours used were dark majenta and medium blue. The mirrors were worked in all the three colours. Other than the mirror work stitches, chain stitch was used for outlining. The completed yoke before going to the tailor.

mirrorwork on green tunic-yoke

mirrorwork on green tunic-yoke

The sewn tunic

mirrorwork on green tunic

mirrorwork on green tunic

The detail of the yoke-

mirrorwork on green tunic-detail

mirrorwork on green tunic-detail

Generally the mirror work in Indian ethnic embroidery is done in bold colours. Though I have used a few colours, this cannot be called bright. The tunic fabric also has a border in same colour.
I have seen tunics embroidered on these borders. It is definitely easier than copying and embroidering a border. But using embroidery loop can be done only by attaching another fabric to the border.

I found this blog through Facebook group, where this person has been resourceful about the Indian ethnic Chikankari embroidery. Preeti has given the name of the stitches and explained clearly with pictures how to work them.it could be useful for the people who are interested. Worth checking it out.

http://pgarya.blogspot.in/search/label/chikankari%20stitch

This was an exhibit that was part of the textiles at Burrell collection, Glasgow, Scotland. We were on a short visit.
There were these mirrors with embroidered frames. I think the embroidery was done on satin silk and never have I seen or read anything like that before. I was quite enchanted with it.
The top portion of the mirror-

Burrell collection-emb on mirror1

Burrell collection-emb on mirror1

Castle, plants, animals, trees and people were all embroidered on to this.

Burrell collection-emb on mirror2

Burrell collection-emb on mirror2

The bottom part of the mirror, which also had animals, garden and plants.

Burrell collection-emb on mirror3

Burrell collection-emb on mirror3

Another view of the same mirror.
This definitely inspired me, now all I need is the motivation!

Seema,wanted to know the way of working the long and short stitch. Before trying a tutorial I want share some links on long and short stitch which might be useful.
http://embroidery.about.com/od/Embroidery-Stitches/ss/Satin-Stitch-Long-And-Short.html
http://enbrouderie.com/2011/09/15/long-and-short-stitch-explanation/
http://www.needlenthread.com/2009/08/long-and-short-stitch-lessons-index.html
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2011/09/23/long-and-short-shading-going-deep-into-the-stitch/
these two are videos-


If these links are useful, fine. I don’t know whether I can do a better job than these people. Still ,if required I’ll try the tutorial.

We were holidaying in Europe last week. It was wonderful. I want to share this petit point embroidery experience . Before leaving Oman, I had these details from the net.
There is a substantial difference between „Needlepoint“ and „Petit Point“.
Needlepoint is stitched with thick woollen threads on large canvas, whereas Petit Point is stitched with only one thread on a fine silk gauze.

Patterns for needlepoint are printed on the canvas, while Petit Point requires hand painted patterns, which are being used by the artisan to count the stitches and carry them over to the silk gauze. Common Needlepoint work has around 80 stitches per square inch, while most of Petit Point articles have about 1,460 stitches.

Petit point requires the half-cross stitch technique, which is also known as continental stitch worked out by hand on a high quality silk gauze. As nothing is printed on the silk gauze, each embroidery requires a unique hand painted pattern.

Painted patterns had been painted at least half a century ago and therefore they are very rare. The patterns explain for each stitch on the embroidery, how the thread should be coloured. The artisan has to count the squares on the pattern, use the right coloured thread and transfer it on to the silk gauze. As finer the silk gauze is, the smaller the complete embroidery gets, and the more stitches one can find per square inch. Petit Point embroideries, which are finer than 13 by 13 stitches per square centimetre (32 by 32 per square inch) are usually produced with the help of a magnifying glass. Each Petit Point embroidery requires an extraordinary high degree of handcraft skills, patience and a lot of time, which qualifies it as a piece of art.
These details I copied from the shop website, because I may not eloquently convey the beauty of this embroidery with my words.
I visited this shop, and found how exquisite each and every piece was.
I am fond of old pictures, scenes and was so happy to be there to see this articles made by artists. I want to do some petit point some day, if not in silk gauze, at least on Aida cloth, it may not be petite but might give me the satisfaction of attempting it to preserve the memory of this fantastic place.
The lady allowed me to take pictures of the articles showcased there. These are the pictures that were taken-

purses1

Three pictures of purses

purses2

Another set

purses3

Frames

4.frames

Mirrors and pill boxes

mirrors and boxes

The articles which I bought-
Frame

6.frame petit point

Earrings-

earrings petit point

Dollar

pendant petit point

Book mark

bookmark

Box

box petit point

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