TAST 2014


This week was good in progress on SSS challenge. Three stitches- Rumanian stitch, Hungarian stitch and Bosnian stitch were completed. Braid stitch is the next in line. It is not behaving friendly with me. When I seem to get the slightly familiar, if a break comes, getting back to the rhythm is hard. Should I have chosen a smaller design to try this stitch? Too late now. Just have to keep doing it.
Red striped tunic
I have started with rope stitch on the stems on this red fabric.
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We are having another festival today, Diwali. This time it was preparation of traditional sweets, snacks and some herbal paste to digest these highly heavy things. It was definitely an interesting week. but hard to find time to write a post.

The last set of samples of woven chain bars. Colours are changed on alternate v- shapes in one paisley, one side of the chains are woven in different colour thread in running stitch filled paisley, pistil stitches and cretan circles are added to other two woven chain bars.

woven chbar-3

woven chbar-3

The sampler-

woven chain bar sampler

woven chain bar sampler

There is lot of space between these paisleys. Sometime later they may be filled. With this stitch sampler TAST 2014 challenge is completed. I  ammissing the challenge already. Till SharonB comes back to start this challenge, I am pondering on some ideas.
Work on some lattice filling stitches available on the internet.
Explore some stitch combinations.

I could work woven chain bars on some of the paisleys. Polyester threads are used to work these woven chain bars. The chains get twisted quite often, which is slightly irritating. The zigzag chains are worked individually to minimize this twisting.

wovenchbar-1

wovenchbar-1

The working of this stitch is on SharonB ’s pintangle. The idea to work this band on paisleys came during the period I was experimenting the TAST stitches on paisley designs. The basic pattern of paisleys to work the bars –

woven ch band- pattern

woven ch band- pattern

The paisleys are worked in green threads. Apart from satin stitch variations, the other stitches used for filling are- buttonhole variations, stem stitch, chain stitch, herringbone, running stitch, weaving.

woven chain band-b

woven chain band-b

After completing the fillings,  today, I started working the woven chain bars. It is time consuming.

I am still catching up on TAST stitches. Kiko’s flower stitch tutorial is here on Pintangle. Though this was part of earlier TAST challenge, it was not explored then. At that time I was terrified of bullion knots.
This stitch is combined with other stitches in this pattern sampler.
Kiko’s flower stitches are worked with- chain stitch, herringbone stitch, buttonhole stitch and feather stitch.

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38.132.kiko’sst-1

The other stitches in this second part of the sampler are- woven chain stitches, triple chain stitches, french knots and coral stitch.

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38.132.kiko’sst-2

This part of the sampler is decorative florals made of kiko’s flower stitches and other stitches. the details of other stitches.

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38.132.kiko’sst-3

These florals started with cretan stitch ring, french knots centre and berry stitch petals.

38.132.kiko's st-4

38.132.kiko’s st-4

First sample has square herringbone and pistil stitches, second sample is made of basque stitch ring and the Algerian eye stitch forms the centre for the third sample.

38.132.kiko's st-5

38.132.kiko’s st-5

The first sample has arrowhead ring, slipped detached chain stitch ring is the base for the second sample and whipped square and a variation of kikos flower stitch [the buttonhole stitches after the first buttonhole stitch are shorter , making the bullion stitches angled] form the third motif.

38.132.kiko'sst-6

38.132.kiko’sst-6

After working two more samples  with buttonhole stitch, fern stitch and fly stitches ,the sampler was completed.

38.132.kiko's flower stitch sampler

38.132.kiko’s flower stitch sampler

This cannot be called a simple stitch, but it was easier than I expected. One tip- it is best to work the other stitches first [especially the chain stitches] because the thread gets entangled over this textured stitch.

After working a few more beaded lock stitches the sampler was completed today.

37.131.beaded lock stitch sampler

37.131.beaded lock stitch sampler

The first sample was worked on long and short straight stitches. It is not pretty, the lock stitches twisted the straight stitches! The beaded lock stitches are worked on three step feather stitch in the second sample. The third sample is beaded lock stitches worked over herringbone stitch and the Italian border stitches form the base for beaded lock stitches in the fourth sample.

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37.131.beadlockst-3

The stitch is a buttonhole variation, the beaded lock stitches were worked from right to left, after trying in different ways, settled down to the last samples on the left side in the first sample. Fern stich came later in the TAST list, still ended up as the base for the second sample. Wheat ear stitches are worked with beaded lock stitch in the third sample.

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37.131.beadlockst-4

Sheaf stitches form the base to work beaded lock stitch in the first sample. In the second sample, the beaded lock stitch is worked at the top, and the bottom is twisted and beaded, extra straight stitches were used for this. The straight stitches were beaded in the third sample. Beads are added to double lock stitch in the last sample.

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37.131.beadlockst-5

Everything started with these stitches-

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37.131.beadlockst-a

It was interesting working on this stitch. Some pointers-The beads are not that secure, which makes them turn in all directions, the space between the straight stitches and the bead size needs to be same. Sometimes when pulled tight, the lock stitches twist the straight stitches. This stitch can be added for extra texture, that way beads will rest comfortably and enhance the look of another stitch.

This is the third variety of lock stitch, the working of which is on Pintangle.
This was the 131st week stitch. This sampler  was started with basic straight stitch variations. The beaded lock stitch  on them is started today.

The straight stitches do not have any gaps and the two rows of beaded lock stitches are worked on alternate straight stitches, which tilts this stitch to the left. All the lock stitches are beaded in the second sample. Two beads are worked in this single row in the third sample. Two rows of short straight stitches were worked one below the other and the beaded lock stitches were worked on them in the fourth sample. This variation need to be written down before it slips the mind! The straight stitches are worked in a curved pattern which has created this curved beaded lock stitch in the fifth sample.

37.131.beadlockst-1

37.131.beadlockst-1

The first two samples have straight stitches in varying heights in a pattern, it was not pretty to work the lock stitches on varying heights, so beads were added at the end of the straight stitches in the first sample and even that was not done in the second sample. Learnt this lesson. Alternate lock stitches are beaded in the third and fourth samples in two ways.

37.131.beadlockst-2

37.131.beadlockst-2

I am catching up on TAST challenge stitches. This stitch was  earlier worked TAST 2010 challenge, the link is here. The tutorial for this stitch is on Pintangle.
Some variations of this stitch were tried on the earlier sampler, this sampler was started with triple chain stitch with pistil stitches. The second sample is triple chain stitch worked between zigzag coral stitches. Two rows of this stitch is the third sample.

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39.133.trchst2-1

These three samples of triple chain stitches are worked with chain stitch variations. The first sample was started with berry stitch worked alternatively up and down and ended with berry stitches on top. Twisted chain stitches are worked one side in the second sample. This is one example of polyester thread having a twist of its own, which gives a scalloped look. Slipped detached chains are worked on one side in the third sample.

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39.133.trichst2-2

The central chain gets attention in these two samples, the central chain in the first sample is oyster stitch and in the second sample is cable chain stitch.

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39.133.trichst2-3

In the first sample the central chains  are worked in zigzag manner. The chain stitches are worked  on one side in the second sample.

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39.133.trichst2-4

Triple chain stitches are worked on feathered chain stitch variation in the first sample and worked on buttonhole stitch variation in the last sample.

39.133.trichst-5

39.133.trichst-5

the whole sampler-

39.133.triple chain stitch sampler2

39.133.triple chain stitch sampler2

I liked working with this variegated thread on this stitch sampler. Some variations with beads was in mind, but thought SharonB might introduce it on next year’s challenge . Some motif ideas also floated, which were dashed with catching up wave.

This is the last stitch for this year. The working of the stitch is on Pintangle.
I started with threading both sides of the cable stitch on this sampler. The threading is done twice in same direction in the second sample. The threading is done on another row of cable chain on its return journey in the third sample.my cable chains need improvement.

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46.140.threadcablechst-1

Threaded cable chain stitch is worked on a curve in the first sample. The second sample is of threaded zigzag cable chain stitch. Two rows of cable chain are threaded together in the third sample.

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46.140.threadcablechst-2

I copied ideas from laced running stitch on these three samples. I like the last sample.

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46.140.threadccableshct-3

The threading is done differently in the first sample, instead of going around the side of the cable chain, it is twisted on detached chain stitches-chains hanging from chains! The cable chains have french knots in the second sample. Alternate cable chains are woven in the third sample. The last sample is a trial of combining cable chain and butterfly chain, which failed, but working the threaded cable chain over straight stitches was possible.

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46.140.threadcablechst-4

The sampler with its gold threading, apt for the season I suppose.

46.140.threaded cable chain stitch sampler

46.140.threaded cable chain stitch sampler

I completed this sampler today. I have four more stitches to catch up on TAST 2014.

The working of this beaded barb stitch is on SharonB’s Pintangle. I worked this  stitch on leaves and flowers. The sampler.

45.139.beaded barb stitch sampler

45.139.beaded barb stitch sampler

There were some variations on the basic buttonhole stitches on this sampler. this part of the sampler has-
Buttonhole stitches outlined with stem stitch [red & blue flower]
Beaded whipping on cretan stitch in two colours.
Basque stitch
Buttonhole stitch outline.
Buttonhole stitches with long tailed detached chains, french knots.
And two rows of beaded barb stitch makes the second flower.

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45.139.beadbarbst-1

Details of variations in the second part of the sampler.
Buttonhole bullion
Buttonhole stitches in varying heights
Up and down buttonhole stitch variation
Threaded buttonhole stitch
Crossed buttonhole stitches with beads
Coral stitch outline
The last one with space between buttonhole rows, to work more than one bead on whipping stitch. I took the thread behind the fabric to work the subsequent beads.

45.139.beadbarbst-2

45.139.beadbarbst-2

The stitches on the sampler before working the beads.

45.139.beadbarbst-a

45.139.beadbarbst-a

The drawing was done while working the stitches, so there is no pattern as such for this sampler. it was interesting working like that. The colour inspiration was from a textile print on a calendar.

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