stitch challenges


This is a very new stitch. I have never come across this stitch before, may be because this stitch belongs to counted thread category. The stitch is explained here on Queenie’s blog along with links.
This stitch involved four steps for its completion. The first sample is the stitch in different stages of progress. The polyester was not ideal for working this stitch. The second sample worked in cotton skein is the basic stitch.
SSS.74. boust-1
The stitches are worked with spaces in the 1st row. The tall and wide version of the stitch are alternated in the second row.
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The stitches are worked to create borders in this part of the sampler.
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In the first row, after working the half crosses, only the second and fourth steps of the stitch are worked alternatively, resulting in this sample.

In the second row, the half crosses are worked like this\ and /  alternatively and pulling stitches are worked on them. If this sample had been worked with spaces between stitches, it would have given a better view of the detail.
SSS.74.boust-4
The first and the third steps [half crosses] are worked with space in between them [not worked through the same holes] and the stitches were worked on them in the first row. The stitches are worked in two colours in 2nd row. Upright versions of this stitch were tried in the last part of the sampler.
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A stitch which adds texture, have to look into the ways of using it.

The whole sampler

SSS.74. Boucle stitch sampler

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The working of this stitch is here on Queenie’s blog. This being an isolated stitch, I just learned the working of the stitch, so that it can be used on other projects or samplers.
The sampler-
SSS.73.God's eye stitch sampler
Worked the whipping with the same thread and first and changed the thread for the whipping stitch. Two threads are used for whipping the same cross. Worked upright square herringbone stitch and whipped the four crosses in the next sample. Worked a long straight stitch and crossed at right angles at 3 places and worked the whipping. The last sample is worked on square herringbone stitch.
While working whipped wheel stitch, I never thought of using 4 spokes for whipping. By using 4 spokes, it gave rise to the idea of working the whipping on square herringbone stitches.

The filling stitches of Beyond TAST challenge was explored a little in this week. A few more worked and needs to be posted on the blog.
The 73rd and 74th week stitches of SSS challenge were worked during this week too. The images are also waiting to be posted. It is hard to find time to work on the computer.
Red and black raw silk tunic
The squares marked on this red and black tunic were filled with closed herringbone stitches. The stitches were then pinned down with chain stitches. The outlines are also worked in chain stitch. Since, the thread used is the same colour as the red fabric, the work is not clearly seen.
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The sleeves did not have the black fabric outline as the neck, chain stitch rows were worked on both sleeves in black thread.
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An idea of stitching red stones on the red fabric has to be tried.

 

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
BTAST18-7-sampler1
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.
BTAST18-7-4a
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.
BTAST18-7-6
Still working on this sampler.

 

This was an easy stitch to work. The working is on Queenie’s blog. Seeing the stitch was easy to work, doubts came that I am may not be working this stitch properly, but after seeing Queenie’s samples, I think it is okay.
I started with the basic stitch is the first row, the zigzag stitches are worked closely in the second row, and the stitches are wider in the third row. I like the second sample.
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These are the basic zigzag variations on which the stitches are to be worked.
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After working the sham hem stitches.
SSS.72.shhemst-2b
The three ways double zigzag stitches are worked first.
SSS.72.shhemst-3a
The sham hem stitches are worked over these stitch rows.
SSS.72.shhemst-3b
These are Bosnian stitch, Cretan stitch and Chevron stitch rows. I thought these stitches would be perfect to work sham hem stitches.
SSS.72.shhemst-4a
Other than working the legs of Cretan stitches shorter, these stitches are apt for this stitch, may be feather and herringbone stitches  up and  down buttonhole stitches can also be used.
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The sampler.
SSS.72.sham hem stitch
This stitch seems like whipping. Queenie’s sample worked in same thread resembles Spanish feather stitch. This stitch shows so many options.

 

We have twisted fly stitch on SSS challenge this week, the working is on Queenie’s blog.
I started learning this stitch in the first row. Working the stitches close together was tried in the second sample, worked the stitches longer and the anchoring stitch shorter in the third sample.
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In the first sample, while working the twisted fly stitches one after another, realized they can be worked in two colours. In the second sample the following twisted fly stitch starts from the midpoint of the previous stitch. This sample looks like herringbone and twisted fly stitch combination. The third sample is a row of inverted twisted fly stitches. This sample looks interesting.
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In the first sample, regular fly stitch and twisted fly stitch are alternated. In the next two samples- two rows of twisted fly stitches are worked together in two ways.
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These two samples are stitch combinations, the first sample it is combined with Cretan stitch and in the second sample it is combined with half chevron stitch
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In the first sample twisted fly stitches are facing each other, the arrangement in the second sample starts with a straight stitch and two twisted fly stitches after that.
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Actually the first sample started with working the twisted fly stitch in zigzag manner, seeing a square pattern evolving, came back and completed the square pattern. If this not written down, I may never know how this was worked later! In the second sample, twisted fly stitch and its inverted version are worked one after another without space in between.
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Tried working this stitch in different ways- shortening one leg, working in lopsided way. And taking inspiration from Queenie, used this stitch as base to work berry stitch, pistil stitch, oyster stitch, quarter buttonhole wheel and French knot flowers.
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The whole sampler.
SSS.71.Twisted fly stitch sampler
When fly stitch was announced on TAST challenge, I never knew it had so much potential. This twisted fly stitch is also so versatile.

 

This couching method is explained in Queenie’s blog. After seeing this couching technique, I was planning to try this the same way it was posted there. Then while browsing the pinterest board, found an image which had cloth couched down with thread. It was by Alabama Chanin. I wanted to blend the idea. Took a piece of this blue cotton crepe cloth, and cut some strips and twisted them.
SSS.70.puffcouchst-cloth
These were couched down in this sampler. My sampler is not neat at all. The image inspiration looks neat, rustic and beautiful. But I am happy to have tried this idea.SSS.70.puffed couching sampler

 

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