motif sampler

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.
The detail of the stitched shape.
The sampler growing with some more stitches.
A herringbone and cretan combo again.
First sample is cretan tree shape and the second one is fly and scroll stitch tree shape.
These tree shapes were worked in triangular cretan, Algerian eye part and fly stitches.
Another motif worked with cretan stitch and buttonhole centre. the organic design is worked with up and down buttonhole stitch and detached chain stitch.
The first sample worked with berry stitch leaf with back stitch outline and the second sample is worked with queen stitch leaves.
The queen stitch is worked around the shape inside the design too.
A few more stitches to go.



This stitch on SSS challenge is the basic stitch with which the Bayeux tapestry was worked. The working is illustrated by Queenie on her blog. Having read about this tapestry on the net, I never would have thought about learning more about the embroidery, if it hadn’t been for Queenie.
Seeing the manner with which the elements of the tapestry were stitched, an idea of attempting the stitches on Indian folk art came to mind. Madhubani is a folk art from Bihar, India. Big tapestries, paintings, wall decorations, floor decorations, cushions, bags, boxes are embellished with this art form. The elements are taken from nature and mythology. If the depicts Krishna, Ganesha or Goddesses with nature elements it is Madhubani. And if the same art form is used for depicting the story of Rama it is Mythila paintings. These folk art forms are used for working Kantha embroidery also.
For this challenge two elements were chosen- lotus and fish. The pattern
Started with the first stitch on lotus and outlining with black thread. at this stage the fillings were worked first and the outlines later.
In this part the outlining preceded the fillings. It seems better this way.
The knowledge of working Kantha embroidery helped in working the curved filllings.
The whole project was worked with cotton skeins. Four strands for fillings, and 3 strands for working the stem stich outlines.
SSS.50.Bayeux sampler
Actually I enjoyed working this embroidery, seeing the fish growing gave sense of satisfaction. The Bayeux stitch and folk art are worth pursuing further.

This leaf stitch was on the ‘to try’ list for a number of years. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. To work the leaf stitch a few times on this sampler, a few leaf patterns were drawn on paper. The leaf stitch will be worked with other stitches also.
The sampler starts with the basic leaf stitch, the second sample has leaf stitch outlined with stem stitch, the stem stitch is again used on the third sample too. The working is done here with polyester thread. Not a very comfortable thread to work with.
Now it is four strands of cotton skein. The first sample has Chinese knots along with leaf stitch in the first sample. The second sample of leaf is worked with two threads, a thread for each side. The third sample had straight stitches worked between leaf lines in two colours.
The other stitches used in this part of the sampler are- buttonhole stitch, pistil stitch and fly stitch.
The picture is not very clear, the first sample has leaf stitch worked over stem stitch, the second sample had detached chain stitch and in the last sample the leaf stitches are worked on leaves with feather stitch stem.
The leaf stitch sampler is complete. I looking forward to use this stitch on my projects.
SSS.45.leaf stitch smapler

On SSS stitch challenge Rumanian stitch was 36th week stitch. I decided to use work this stitch on a square pattern. The details are here.
After working Rumanian stitches, the embroidery was further embellished with square mirrors worked in variegated thread. The two squares after stitching the mirrors.
This piece was given to the tailor and was sewn into a pouch. Side a
The other side looks like this.
It looks like the pouches used by tribal women. I love it. A simple embroidery done on pouch seems like a nice gift.

This week was spent on trying to catch up with the SSS challenge stitches.
Roumanian stitch
This stitch was worked as Indian filling stitch on a square pattern. The pattern is for a pouch. Both sides of the pouch have the same pattern, with same cotton skeins for the embroidery. The filling is worked differently.
The other side
I hoping to finish this project today. The details of the embroidery will be on a separate post.
Bosnian stitch
The idea is to work some samples on matti cloth. This work will start after completing the pouch. The stitch looks easy.
Hungarian stitch
Some samples of Hungarian stitch is to be worked on canvas. This will be quite a small sampler.
Braid stitch
This stitch is to be worked on a medium size pouch. The design is ready. The stitch has to be learnt. Practicing can happen on the project!
Thinking on how to work this stitch- a sampler or bag or on tunic?
Red striped tunic
After working the open chain stitches on flowers, it is chain stitches on the spirals.

the progress is from here-


to here-


Oh! Yes. this red fabric is being used for the roumanian stitch pouch.
green tunic with yellow ikat border

This double colour green /yellow fabric is for the tunic. The ikat fabric is to be used for sleeve border and below the neck. The simple embroidery will be on half white fabric. The pattern is drawn on it, colours are also chosen. Just waiting to start the work.



This is another new stitch for me in this SSS challenge. The working is on Queenie’s blog. This is last week’s stitch, it took a while to complete the sampler.
This mountmellick embroidery is one of the many types of embroidery I have been planning to learn and execute. This challenge is used to work some samplers of new stitches and new embroideries.
After knowing the stitch of the week on this challenge, some browsing for the embroidery began on pinterest board. A few samples of  mountmellick stitch and other stitches were chosen.
Different shapes were drawn to work these combinations.
Transferred to the fabric.
The first sample is outlined with mountmellick stitch and filled with back stitch and French knots. Detached chain stitches were worked around in circle and outlined with mountmellick stitch in the second sample, after filling the third sample with mountmellick stitch rows it is outlined with Portuguese stem stitch, the inner spine of the fourth sample is worked with two rows of buttonhole stitch and the outlie is worked in mountmellick stitch.
After outlining the fifth sample with mountmellick stitch straight stitches are worked. The spine in the sixth sample is worked with mountmellick stitch with detached chain and French knots and outlined with stem stitch. The seventh sample is a combo of fly stitch variation and mountmellick stitch.mountmellick stitch is combined with Danish knots on the eighth sample.
Ninth and tenth samples have french knots, satin stitches and mountmellick stitches.
Three rows of mountmellick stitches are worked with pistil stitches on eleventh sample. The mountmellick spine on twelfth sample is outlined with chain stitch. Mountmellick stitch veins are outlined with feather stitch in the thirteenth sample.wheatear stitch forms the spine of this mountmellick stitched outline of the fourteenth and the last sample.
The whole mountmellick stitch sampler.
SSS.mountmellick stitch sampler
I like the texture produced by this stitch. It is easier to manage than palestrina knot stitch. Since mountmellick embroidery is worked in white threads on white fabric, I wanted a sampler with totally different effect. Perle cotton #8 cooperated very well with the working of this stitch. I understand why I face problems with polyester threads. It is long way to go on this mountmellick embroidery journey, just feeling happy to have started this at this point,

Stitch challenges
The band sampler of last week’s lace stitch along with a few NESSAL black work borders was completed. This week’s stitch is mount mellick stitch. I have not worked this stitch before. I have always wanted to learn other embroidery techniques. This mount mellick embroidery is one of them. Taking the opportunity given by this challenge, an idea of working a sampler of some stitches of this embroidery along with this week’s stitch as come up. The shapes are drawn on paper and traced on a beige fabric. Hoping to start the work tomorrow.
This week’s stitch is a beautiful stitch with a long name- buttonholed cable chain stitch. The samples were worked on earlier challenge. The link was posted on FB group page yesterday.
I have started the embroidery with gold metallic thread on this green fabric.
I am going to India for a whole month on this Saturday. Four weeks is too long to be without stitching. Just sorting through the projects to take at least two of them to India. Really hoping not to buy tunic fabrics for embroidery.

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