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For the past few weeks, this challenge was kept aside to work on some tunic projects. The 35th week outline stitch of SSS challenge was worked on a blue striped shirt. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
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The outline stitch was worked in six strands of cotton skein.

The next step of working the flowers in oyster stitch has been started on this project.

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After the holidays, this week was fairly productive week on embroidery.
Stitch challenges
This week’s stitch on TAST challenge is woven trellis stitch, the samples of which were worked twice on earlier TAST challenges. The post linking them was uploaded on FB group page.
Today I started working this week’s stitch on SSS challenge. The details of the samples will be posted after the sampler is completed. conclusion- favourite stitch – buttonhole.
Projects
The work on green benarasi georgette was completed. The details will be posted soon.
Two kutchwork borders in red thread were worked on this cream neck pattern. It is ready to go to the tailor.
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After working another chain stitch outline in pink thread, I started to work the stem stitches in green.
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This week’s fascination was rilli applique technique on the net. When the professionals do the work it looks easy, but it needs to be practiced.
We have a few regions in India- Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Rajasthan, Gujarat- where this technique is used. In Uttarpradesh and Bihar it is used on clothing on light colours. In Rajasthan this is used on bridal dresses with metallic ribbons, in Orissa it is worked on home décor, including umbrellas and hall decorations, it gives a totally different look. The colours are bright and eye catching. In Gujarat it used with other embroidery techniques.

This seems like a new found stitch on SSS challenge. The working is on Queenie’s blog. This is extension of cross stitch or ‘X’ stitch.
After working the cross stitches in variegated thread, the straight stitch rays are worked in orange thread.
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Some more variations of rays on this part of the sampler. Angling the rays add another dimension to this stitch. The possibilities become more.
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This sampler is completed with these samples.
SSS.24.x-ray stitch sampler
By arranging the stitches in a systematic manner we can fill large spaces on fabrics. Very useful stitch and opens up the mind to work these rays on other stitches.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge was an easy one. The working on Queenie’s blog. Easy stitch does not mean more options for variations. The sampler started with ideas of variations to be worked on these running stitch rows.
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The first row is the basic whipped running stitch. The running stitches are long in the second row and whipping is done over them. The third row has small running stitches worked at equal intervals and whipping is done over them. I noticed that when the running stitches are medium or long, the whipping twists them a little bit. But when the running stitches are small, they stay horizontal while whipping. What  a great discovery!
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The running stitches are long and short alternatively and whipping is done over them in the first sample. The whipping continues on the following samples where the running stitch rows are more than one. Two adjacent rows of running stitches are whipped together in the second sample. Two rows of running stitches with space between them are whipped in the third sample. The fourth sample has up and down running stitch over which the whipping is done. The same idea is extended in the fifth sample to work whipping on four rows of running stitches. After working a simple running stitch row, another row of running stitches are worked at angles over them[ for assistance see the running stitch sampler], then they are whipped in the last sample.
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Three rows of whipped running stitches is the first sample. After working three rows of running stitches, the last row alone is whipped in the second sample [I saw this sample on a book]. Alternate running stitches are whipped in the last sample.
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The whipped running stitch sampler.
SSS.23.Whipped running stitch sampler
Yes it was easy working on this stitch sampler. The running stitches are worked in perle cotton and the whipping is done with polyester thread.

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.

Oyster stitch samples were worked during earlier TAST challenge. This week’s stitch on TAST 2017 challenge is beaded oyster stitch, the working of which is here on Sharon’s Pintangle.
All the samples are worked with four strands of cotton skein and glass beads. The first sample is the basic beaded oyster stitch. The second sample has three continuous beads after the oyster stitch. Two oyster stitches and two beads together, and this is repeated in the third row.
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Zigzag beaded oyster stitch forms the first row in this part of the sampler. Instead of completing the oyster stitch with a bead, I worked the oyster stitch around a bead in the second sample. Isolated oyster stitches with three beads form the third row. Beaded oyster stitches are used to work flowers in the last set of samples.
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This is the whole beaded oyster stitch sampler.
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I wanted to work the beads into the oyster stitch itself, but felt it would be hard to maintain the uniformity of the stitches and dropped the idea. Two more stitch samplers were also worked in India. Will post the details soon.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is upright cross stitch. This is the first time I am working this stitch as sampler. Earlier this stitch was often used on stitch samplers and other embroidery projects to fill an empty space or as decorative stitch additions.
The working of the stitch is here on Queenie’s blog.
This sampler was started with the upright crosses worked horizontal in the first row. In the second row the stitches were worked diagonal and in the third row the diagonally worked upright crosses are worked closely. The diagonal upright crosses are worked in two patterns in the last two rows.
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The first two rows are variations of extending the horizontal and vertical stitches. The upright crosses are worked over herringbone stitch row in the third row, they are worked in buttonhole stitch in the fourth row. The upright crosses are worked with chain stitches in the last sample. This stitch can be combined with other stitches in numerous ways.
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This sampler is completed with the idea of stitch combinations that can be created with the use of upright cross stitch.

SSS.21.upright cross stitch sampler

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