needlepoint stitches


This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is vault stitch. The working of this needlepoint stitch is on Queenie’s blog. I have never heard of this stitch. It goes by other names too [ex] fan vaulting, Church roof stitch… I was trying to find this stitch on the net, but was not very successful.
The stitch consists of two parts, one worked vertical and second part horizontal. First I thought this was just a variation worked by Queenie, then realized the stitch is completed only after working both parts.
The sampler is started with the basic vault stitch. In the second sample the horizontal stitches are narrow. The third sample is a variation- the horizontal stitches are worked wide and narrow alternatively. In the fourth sample, the vertical stitches are short.
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In the second part of the sampler, the first row is vault stitch worked in two colours. The two threads were worked continuously by parking aside the non-working thread. The vault stitch is outlined with running stitch in the second sample. Three arrangements were tried with vault stitch in the last part of the sampler.
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It was interesting to arrange the vault stitch in the last part of the sampler.
SSS.22.Vault stitch sampler
With these samples vault stitch experiments are over.

This week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School challenge is gate stitch. It is a canvas stitch which can be worked on even weave or plain weave too. I have worked the samples as fillings on canvas. The working of the stitch is explained here.
Details of the samples from left to right.
The first sample is the basic gate stitch without any space between the satin stitches. The second sample is worked with spaces between the satin stitches. Alternate blocks are worked in gate stitch in the third sample. The same idea is continued in the fourth sample with two threads.

SSS.7. gate st1

SSS.7. gate st1

The vertical and horizontal versions of gate stitch are worked in the first sample. The satin stitches are worked in one thread and the overlapping cross and straight stitches are worked with different thread in the second sample. The gate stitches are worked at two levels in the third sample. The crosses are worked smaller than the satin stitches in the last sample.

SSS.7.gate st-2

SSS.7.gate st-2

The crosses are worked at different levels. The wide and narrow version of gate stitches are tried in the first four samples. The satin stitches are extended on top [fence like] on the next four samples.

SSS.7.gate st-3

SSS.7.gate st-3

Satin stitches are worked in twos and threes and are alternated in these samples.

SSS.7.gatest-4

SSS.7.gatest-4

I used polyester thread for working most of the samples and had to use tapestry needle # 16. It was hard work pushing and pulling through the holes of the canvas. If cotton skein had been used on tapestry# 26, it would have been easier. Still it is nice and easy stitch to learn. The sampler-

SSS. 7. gate stitch sampler

SSS. 7. gate stitch sampler

This week’s stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB is Algerian eye stitch. I had worked some samples of this stitch during the previous stitch challenge. I did not post the sampler on the net at that time, the earlier sampler-

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Since, the stitch is simply straight stitches worked in different ways, I am not detailing the samples. I worked these samples on canvas.
Detail1-

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Detail2-

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Detail3-

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This second frame I deviated from satin stitch and tried some leaf stitch and Algerian eye stitch.
There were lots of squares in this quilt pattern,and I did not want repeat the same satin stitch in different colours,
For the corner red , when it looked too big for satin stitch in red colour, I changed it into Algerian eye stitch.
The four diamond shapes in medium green was surrounded by satin stitches in different directions, this immediately called for some other stitch, and the chosen one was leaf stitch. Though it was done in one colour, the effect is totally different.
The colours are three shades of green , brownish green, red and cream.

needlepoint frame-2 green&red

Since there were only two frames, I could try only two designs.
It was an interesting venture with lots of possibility for creativity, though I did not use much here!