motif sampler


This stitch was not an easy to work. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. Her samples are lovely.
Two things could have helped- a fixed hoop and perle cotton thread.
I was using a hand hoop and cotton skein to work this stitch. The result-
SSS. 76. Looped flower stitch
The past week was stitch free week, being Navrathri festival. This stitch was learnt on the tenth day, hoping for successful use of this stitch in the future.

I started on this challenge quite  late thinking it was an easy one. But it was different in reality. the details of this challenge is here.
First it gave too many choices, I couldn’t decide which stitches to use for filling.
The shapes within which these stitches can be experimented. Random shapes or shapes as part of a design. I started with random shapes.
The fabric to work the challenge. A pink colour striped handloom fabric was chosen [thinking the lines can be used as marking]
The indecision went on and on, at last I started on the sampler last week.
The sampler
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Arrow head stitches worked in two directions are used to fill the first shape.
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Lacing the chain stitch rows started on the second motif.
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After lacing the rows, running stitch rows are worked between them.
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The third motif starts with herringbone squares.
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Squares made of arrow head stitches are worked in the spaces between herringbone squares.
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Vertical threads are stitched down with chain stitch rows.
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Lock stitches are worked over straight stitches on this 4th shape.
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Closed herringbone filling in two colours was worked on this zizzag shape.
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Double herringbone stitch rows are worked to fill the 6th motif.
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Still working on this sampler.

 

The week the SSS challenge was set aside to work on Beyond TAST challenge. After working on a few more layering ideas, the sampler was completed for the time being.
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The chain stitch embroidery is continued for the Cream tussar tunic. The progress is quite slow, but there is no urgency to make it faster. This project will take time.
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Every week, Queenie is posting interesting and easy stitches on SSS challenge. It is catching up time this week

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

This time also it is an interesting concept on Beyond TAST challenge. The idea of layering the stitches is a new thing for me. Kutch work, mirror work, couching – on all these a certain amount of interlacing, layering were worked. But to work a piece with the main purpose of layering with stitches is different.
Sharon had started the flow with Rice stitch. I am keeping aside the possibilities of rice stitch and square boss stitch for the time being. Crewel embroidery details seems like a good place to start.
A linen bought from IKEA was prepared to work this sampler.
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The flower started with flat stitch in two shades of pink.
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Pistil stitches in blue worked over the petals.
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Outlined with chain stitch. The completed flower.
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Feather stitch and Satin stitches worked with basic stem stitch outline.
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Again outlining with chain stitch
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Buttonhole stitch around the feather stitch.
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After filling one half of the leaf with coral stitch, satin stitches are layered.
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Worked padded satin for the other part of the top leaf.
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After working the stem stitch, this sample is completed.
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Layering with stitches is a different angle which needs to be explored further.

 

This was a productive week.
The March and April black work mandala on MMM SAL was completed. The details and pictures will be posted later.
Some samples of Figure 8 knot stitch on SSS challenge was also tried during this week.
I had bought a ready to wear  printed Patiala salwar from FABINDIA. An ikat fabric was bought for the tunic. The combo.
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A yoke was embroidered and the tunic was also sewn. This was in 2014. This was also worn a few times in India, but when I wore this time, the tunic felt loose and short. This was brought back to Muscat.
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The idea of detaching the yoke and sewing it on to a peach fabric was implemented by the tailor. Now I want to work a buttonhole stitch  in peach colour around the inner circle, to match the peach tunic.
This linen fabric was bought in Dubai, IKEA. This fabric is to be used to work this month’s Beyond TAST challenge. It was cut to workable width and hemmed around the edges.
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The sampler started with a small flower.
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This is the last part of laid work embroidery on Beyond TAST challenge. This embroidery was quite interesting because- it was on my ‘to do’ list, the ground work for it was already done [adding the videos], it is a part of crewel work embroidery [which captivates me], the sampler cloth was ready with some designs, just copying the work from videos and the surprises and lessons learnt during the development of each design.
The designs-
Laid work with stranded cotton, and the work in perle cotton.
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Another interesting development of the design.
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Just diagonal weaving.
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Zigzag weaving
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We are back to laid work
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Whipping the threads both ways on this design
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I missed an intersection on this design. And the yellow thread is actually split stitch!
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The sampler cloth looks like this now. The traced designs can be tackled another time.
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I am trying to work at least one sample a day on this challenge. There are so many videos for this embroidery. The seen videos are not in English. Earlier, when these videos were added ‘to watch later’ and to  were to be worked as a  personal challenge, I was thinking of posting the link of each and every design on my blog whenever they were worked. Now that I am working on a time frame, it seems too tedious to post the details. The Youtube channels.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdatLoVNaGQy8CB-2k_AubA/feed
Some more motifs-
Another weaving pattern.
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This pattern was fine till this point, after that it was hard to keep track [maybe I was tired].
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A needle woven diamond. This motif was repeated on the original many times.
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Another treatment for intersections.
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After laying the threads, intersections are woven.
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While working on this stage of this arrangement, realized it was Portuguese border stitch. Better to work it again some other time.
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The needle of the last [straight] stitch, passes through the laid pink thread and lifts it. I like this
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An interesting weaving pattern
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Realizing the polyester thread is the problem creator. Otherwise this was a nice pattern.
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The work on this month’s Beyond TAST sampler started late because of my trip to India.
Laid work embroidery was on ‘to do’ list for a few years. This interest started with seeing some videos on youtube.
These few days I have been working these samples. The source of this sample is pinterest.
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This simple laid work design seems to pop out quite often.
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This laid work pattern was taken from A-Z crewel embroidery book.
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This couching worked on surface satin stitch was also taken from A-Z crewel embroidery.
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I need to practice this embroidery well before venturing into new ideas. May be a few more designs can be worked during this last week of this challenge.

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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