For the past three days I have been down with sun exposure. It is pretty hot here in Chennai. I must have been exposing myself to too much sun. then there was this eggless baking class for 11 am to 3pm for two days. Feeling worse because of that. Just lots of fluids and staying away from fried items and pickles.
I completed a small sampler of whipped spoke stitch on monday. Which will be posted once I am out of this phase.

I have not made  much progress on my UFOS  to write. to see others progress visit Pintangle.

We were on vacation to Chennai, India for two weeks. We visited Bangalore and some temples around our village with our family. Our family Deity [ AngallaParameswari], Avanivanallur, Alankudi [ Guru], SriVancheeyam [ Yamadharma], Ramaswamy[ Kumbakonam], Pattiswaram[ Durga], Suryanar Koil[ Sun], Vaitheeswaran Koil- were the temples . All the temples are centuries old, makes us feel and both proud to be a part of these and humble that how insignificant we are. This trip was more of a pilgrimage to offer thanks to God for looking after us during my hubby’s emergency surgeries. We also had Navarathri Festival during which we refrain from stitching. So lots of excuses for stitchfree vacation.
SharonB had asked about the length of my TAST samplers. The sampler are of 4 inches width. They are still individual pieces, which I am hoping to assemble together one day.
TAST sampler details– I started stitching TAST sampler in 2009, when the TAST challenge was restarted on stitchinfingers. I worked 16 of the challenge stitches. The total length of these 2009 year sampler is 14. 4 feet.
In 2010, I joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and worked 28 of the challenge stitches. the length of 2010 sampler is 23. 5 feet.
In 2012, joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and completed all the stitches. The length of 2012 sampler is over 40 feet.
In 2013 , joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and completed all the stitches. The length of 2013 samplers is 32. 5 feet.
This year too, I started working the stitches as band samplers which is 15 feet in length. And after 22 weeks moved on to working the challenge stitches on some designs, these design samplers are of varying length and width. I have got the sampler fever again and plan to work the stitches which need catching up as samplers. The total length of all these samplers cross 125 feet at present.

Thank you, Sharon.
After returning to Muscat, deciding to catch up on Randje per week challenge and started these six edges,



The outlining in chain stitch[green] for mirrors to be attached later  was worked on the cream tunic before I left for India.



These samples are worked by varying the height of the stitches and keeping the number of stitches from three to seven. The first sample is worked vertically and the rest horizontally. I like this stitch worked in conical shape with a twist in the middle.



This was an easy stitch to work, but needed to effort to maintain evenness of the stitch which I couldn’t achieve in most part of the sampler. The smaller versions look better.

The whole sampler.

28.76.vandyke stitch sampler

28.76.vandyke stitch sampler

Working Vandyke stitch as a line stitch, other stitches are worked with it in these samples.

28.76.vandyke st- sampler2

28.76.vandyke st- sampler2

3. The other stitches  here are-sailor stitch, Portuguese stem stitch, Portuguese border stitch and sheaf stitch.



4. The other stitches worked in this part of the sampler are-
Buttonhole stitch, french knots, herringbone, coral and wrapped coral stitches and fly stitches.



5. Still not getting the Vandyke stitches neat. Bordering with other stitches-
Twisted chain stitches, basque stitch[ started with top knotted buttonhole ], triangular feather stitch, berry stitches and pistil stitches.



I was on vacation when this stitch was announced on TAST 2013 stitch challenge by SharonB. I had worked this stitch during a previous TAST challenge, still I want to explore this stitch some more.

28.76.vandyke st-sampler1

28.76.vandyke st-sampler1

1.In the first sample, one side of the central chain stitch is whipped. In the second sample, a wide version of Vandyke stitch is worked and pink thread is woven through it.



2. I worked Vandyke stitch as leaves and stems and various TAST stitches to create these motif patterns. The other stitches used here are-
Detached chain stitch, woven detached chain stitch, french knots, Italian border stitch, raised cross stitch flower, pistil stitch, stem stitch [stem], buttonhole wheel, bullion knot, whipped wheel, laced square herringbone, slipped detached chain, cast on stitch and arrowhead stitch. phew!



Week sixth stitch of the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB is chevron . This stitch was also a part of the earlier TAST challenge. I worked this stitch when it was rerun on the stitchin fingers group. But I did not post the pictures then.
I returned from India today, so did not have time to start on new variations of this stitch.
I am uploading the pictures taken of my earlier sampler-














I have to think of some variations of chevron stitch on plain cloth with other stitches,but that’s for tomorrow!

This week’s stitch of the stitch challenge TAST 2012 BY SharonB is herringbone stitch . This was the first week’s stitch of the earlier TAST challenge.
I had already posted this sampler on my blog, but for easy reference I am posting it again.
Herringbone sampler- part1

herringbone st1-1

Herringbone st sampler-part2

herringbone st1-2

Herringbone st sampler-part3

herringbone st1-3

Herringbone stitch sampler-

herringbonest1 sampler

This week’s stitch on the TAST 2012 Challenge by SharonB is cretan stitch.
This was 4th week stitch on the first TAST challenge. I had not participated in the first one, but when it was rerun on Stitchin fingers, I joined and did a few stitches, I did not complete that challenge either.
But this Cretan stitch I had worked but did not post the pictures. So before I start working on this stitch exploration, these are the pictures of the ones done in 2009.
1st part-

4.cretan st1-1

The Cretan stitch was worked in even weave.

4.cretatn st1-2

Again this stitch can be experimented on plain cloth.

4.cretan st1-3

That’ll be the challenge for this week.

4.cretan st1-4

Enjoy the experiments.
Thanks for all your encouraging and inspiring comments.

This week’s stitch of the TAST stitch challenge by Sharon is feather. It was the week 7th stitch of the earlier challenge. Though I had worked this stitch, while checking found that I had not posted it on the web.
The pictures of my feather stitch sampler-

7. feather st sampler-1

Part 2-

7.feather st sampler-2

Part 3-

7. feather st sampler-3

Part 4

7. feather st sampler-4

Part 5-

7. feather st sampler-5

Thank you all for your appreciation.

This is the 25th week stitch of the stitch challenge TAST2010 by Sharon.B.
The third set of variations-
3a.the Vandyke stitches go up and down on this row.
3b.the Vandyke stitches are worked on a curve.
3c. the same long and short Vandyke stitches are done with two stitches together, the last few stitches have a mind of there own towards the end.LOL!

vandyke st-3a,3b,3c

Another set of Vandyke stitch variations

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