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.



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.



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.



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



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



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.

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.



With these stitch combinations, the variations kept on growing . the sampler-

42.italian border st2- sampler4

The details-
12. Italian border stitch with herringbone and Cretan stitches in these rows.


13. basque and Pekinese stitches are worked with Italian border stitches .


14. italian border stitch motifs-
First motif is with twisted chain stitch
The knots are extended and oyster stitches are worked in the corners to make this  second motif.
Straight stitch and pistil stitches are combined in the third motif.
Buttonhole wheel variation is part of the fourth motif.


15. Algerian eye stitch variation and extended knot Italian border stitch are combined in the first row. Detached chain stitches are worked over alternate Italian border stitches and the knots are worked after that in the last row.


I had fun playing with these stitch variations on this sampler. This is a beautiful decorative stitch

I tried combining this Italian border stitch with other TAST challenge stitches today.the sampler-

42.italian border st2-sampler3

The details-
8. detached chain stitches are worked with Italian border stitches in the first row. Staright stitches are worked on either side of the Italian border stitch to form the sheaf bundles in the second row.


9. Italian border stitches  are  combined with buttonhole stitches in these two rows.


10. I tried weaving and then whipping these stitch rows in this section of the sampler.


11. first row is a combination with wheatear stitch and the second row is done with fly stitch.


This stitch experiments are getting interesting. I did a few more rows of this stitch on this sampler.

42.italian border st2-sampler2

The details-
5. The Italian border stitch lines are worked together in these rows.


6. The first row, this stitch is worked at an angle . Two lines of diagonally worked Italian border stitches form the second row.


7. Two Italian border stitches at right angles worked as steps, is the first row. Instead of working this stitch straight, I tried twisting it in the second row. I like this variation.


After working a few more variations of knotted loop stitch, the stitch sampler was completed. The third part of the sampler-

41.knotted loop st2-sampler3

7.detached chain stitches are worked on the longer stitches in the first row. This stitch is whipped with copper thread in the second row.


8. after adding beads to the knotted loop stitch in the first row, and with the chain stitch curve ,the stitch is worked horizontally to form a leaf pattern .


9. the same stitch variation as leaf patterns continue and are worked with herringbone stitch and stem stitch in the first two rows. I tried bringing the needle four or five times out from the same hole ,this working as fan is repeated as line stitch in the last row.


I was surprised by the variation worked in the last row. the knots produce a braided effect, which makes the stitch more decorative.

Though an easy stitch, the knots had to be fixed to make them neat. Most of the time I did not care to do that, so my stitches are not uniform. This is still a lovely stitch which gives scope for experiments.

I tried some more experiments of this stitch with other stitches today. The samples of this stitch done so far-

41.knotted loop stitch2-sampler2

The details-
3. A variation of Pekinese stitch is worked over the quirky knotted loop stitch in the first row. this stitch combined with knotted buttonhole stitch forms the second row.


4.these two rows also combination stitches first row is with oyster stitch and the second row is with linked double chain.


5.first row this stitch is combined with cable chain stitch. After working a variation of the stitch, Zigzag back stitches are worked as borders in the second row. The third row is also a variation of this stitch with herringbone stitch line worked with non co-operative copper thread!


6. first row is worked with wheat ear stitch[ at least for this sampler, I remembered to incorporate this stitch] the second row is with pistil and detached chain stitches.


This week’s stitch of the TAST2012 stitch challenge by SharonB is knotted loop stitch. I had worked this samples of this stitch during earlier TAST challenge, but forgot about it.
When I started working on this stitch, decided to check the earlier TAST challenge folder, it was all there! And done with the same cone thread too!
After laughing at my absentmindedness, thought of working this stitch with other stitches. I could work only a few rows. The sampler looks like this now-

41.knotted loop stitch2-sampler1

The details-
1.knotted loop stitch is worked over a line of Cretan stitch in the first row. individual knotted loop stitches with running stitch is the experiment in the second row. Individual knotted loop stitches done as a square and fly stitches are worked on both sides in the third row.


2.knotted loop stitch with twisted chain stitch in the first row, a line of buttonhole stitch worked below the knotted loop stitch line in the second row.


This is the 25th week stitch of the stitch challenge TAST2010 by Sharon.B
Here are the pictures of my Vandyke stitch sampler-

vandyke st sampler-1


vandyke st sampler-2


vandyke st sampler-3

This stitch sampler is 15 inches long.

This is the 25th week stitch of the stitch challenge TAST2010 by Sharon.B.
These variations are embellished.
7a.continous beads on top and alternate beads at the bottom, two variations tried in one row.Hurray!
7b.Individual Vandyke stitches intercepted with bugle beads.
7c. the stitches are laced with rimjim thread.
7d.three Vandyke stitches done diagonally.they are not done properly ,maybe Iam getting tired.
7e.some more variations with diagonally done Vandyke stitches.

vandyke -7a,7b,7c

With these I have finished my expeiments with Vandyke stitches .

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