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I have never worked couching stitch like this. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.

After posting the progress on Wednesday, I totally forgot  about this stitch till today.
A thicker needle would have been better. Stitching to complete this sampler today, may not have been an ideal way to study this stitch. The fabric was right for the stitch. The couched thread is six strands of cotton skein and the couching thread is three strands of cotton skein.
SSS.52.Underside couching
Need more practice to work this stitch neat.

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The needlepoint tapestries are worked with this stitch. When this stitch became a part of SSS challenge last week, there was an anticipation to work a small flower in tent stitch. The days went by, realizing it is almost the end of the week, decided to work the stitch as sampler. The working is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with a single row of tent stitch, a slightly bigger version was tried in the second sample. Six strands of cotton skein was used to work the samples.
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The diagonal working of tent stitch is the first sample. The second sample is the filling with tent stitch.
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Tried some patterns in tent stitch in these samples.
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The tent stitch sampler.
SSS. 51. Tent stitch sampler
It was an easy stitch to work, the anticipation to work a chart still remains there. God willing, another time it might happen.

 

When I saw this week’s SSS challenge stitch on Queenie’s blog, it got registered in mind as detached buttonhole stitch. Having seen this stitch as filling in crewel and stumpwork embroidery, and it was not part of TAST challenge, decided to work stitch samples as band sampler. Then, while actually referring to the tutorial of the stitch, I realized it was actually detached up and down buttonhole stitch. Now the excitement was much more, may be it will look like tatting or macramé, these thoughts went through the mind. The reality of actually working the stitches took all the air from my fantasy balloon.
Started the sampler with the way Queenie worked, and took it out the next day, only to start with my way. The first sample shows all the gymnastics of the needle. Decided to work another sample, this time in one way [my way]. This difference is because, many people have their own needle movements for buttonhole stitch. The way I work has become an habit now.
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These two samples are detached up and down buttonhole stitches worked over two rows of running stitches [in the first sample] and over three rows [in the second sample]
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Time to vary the running stitch rows. In the first sample, the running stitches are worked at two levels and this stitch worked over them. I like the wavy pattern. A one way running stitch with one space between the stitches, created the third sample and our stitch was worked over it. I seem to have got the rhythm of this stitch now and started flying high again.
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Finding it difficult to explain the way the running stitches are worked in words, a small part of the base stitch variations are left bare. The second row is zigzag stitch and the last one is chain stitch.
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I do like working this stitch, and this stitch can be used for adorning any simple stitch, working the stitch over zigzag and chain stitches is just example. The whole sampler.SSS.48.Detached up and down buttonhole stitch sampler

TAST challenge is started by Sharon again this year. I was really looking forward to this, especially after, Sharon mentioning, there will be a challenge for people who have worked most of the earlier stitches.
Running stitch
I had worked running stitch twice on earlier TAST challenge. The possibilities given by running stitch would have made me work again. But beyond TAST is an opportunity ‘ to explore in depth a family of stitches or stitching styles or an aspect of design’ – to quote Sharon.
The options for running stitches – pattern darning, kogin, sashiko, kantha, Swedish weaving. Kilim, ikat.
Pattern darning was tried on Stitch Explorer challenge by Sharon.
Kantha embroidery of Bengal, was attempted during the TAST challenge. The details of the samples are here.
These two were just starting points. I have not done full justice. It is better to move on and try new things.
This time around, with a month’s time, exploring SashIko embroidery of Japan on table cloth with counted thread panels seems like a good idea.

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Some Sashiko patterns were chosen and started.
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The process of starting the patterns continues.
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There are 7 panels. The shapes are ablong and not square. Anchor perle cotton in mango yellow is used for the working the stitches. Variegated polyester thread was tried and rejected. The central panel with this pattern was worked.
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Yesterday the pattern on second panel was completed.
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Now working on the 3rd panel. Time to explore other styles too.

 

A lovely name for detached  triple chain stitch. The method of working this stitch is on Queenie’s blog. Working this way gives more dimension to an ordinary detached chain stitch. So I worked the stitch on satin cloth, pattern taken from old pattern book.
The flower in two shades of blue with four strands of cotton skein.
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The stems are worked in outline stitch.
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The leaves are again  worked with mille fleur stitch.
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Added small pearl beads inside the flowers.
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This project was completed just before the tailor left for vacation. The worked satin fabric was sewn on the towel by him.
SSS.44.mille fleur stitch
The old patterns which have detached chain options can be used for this stitch. Another option  is using this stitch with ribbon embroidery. A pretty and easy stitch for textural embroidery.

 

This leaf stitch was on the ‘to try’ list for a number of years. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. To work the leaf stitch a few times on this sampler, a few leaf patterns were drawn on paper. The leaf stitch will be worked with other stitches also.
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The sampler starts with the basic leaf stitch, the second sample has leaf stitch outlined with stem stitch, the stem stitch is again used on the third sample too. The working is done here with polyester thread. Not a very comfortable thread to work with.
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Now it is four strands of cotton skein. The first sample has Chinese knots along with leaf stitch in the first sample. The second sample of leaf is worked with two threads, a thread for each side. The third sample had straight stitches worked between leaf lines in two colours.
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The other stitches used in this part of the sampler are- buttonhole stitch, pistil stitch and fly stitch.
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The picture is not very clear, the first sample has leaf stitch worked over stem stitch, the second sample had detached chain stitch and in the last sample the leaf stitches are worked on leaves with feather stitch stem.
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The leaf stitch sampler is complete. I looking forward to use this stitch on my projects.
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This stitch sampler was worked a few days ago. The working of the stitch on Queenie’s blog. The laid thread was beige, thickness similar to wool, which was bought on our trip to London. The couching thread was variegated orange from China similar to perle #8.
It was an easy stitch, which I enjoyed working. The basic thorn stitch was worked on the first sample. the legs were extended in the second sample. The third sample was worked alternating the first and second row.
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The first sample in this part of the sampler was made by working couching stitches very close to each other. The same idea is followed to form a stitch repeat in the second sample.
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The first sample has legs extending on both sides alternatively. The stitches are facing each other in the last sample.
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The whole sampler. These threads were easy to work with. Possibilities of working more variations of this stitch and when combined with other stitches – makes thorn stitch a great decorative stitch.
SSS.41.Thorn stitch sampler

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