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It has been more than two weeks since I came to India. It is hard to find time to do embroidery. Another Sunday has come and gone and next stitch was also announced. At last a few samples of Norwich stitch could be worked. The working of this 14th stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
To understand the stitch, the first row of samples were worked. The next row of samples are worked over five holes with a hole left untouched, still in the mode of familiarising  with the stitch. The third row has Norwich stitch worked over four holes.
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It was time to try the upright version of this stitch on the first set of samples. What if two colour threads are used alternatively? The basic crosses are worked in one colour and the overlapping crosses are worked in another colour. The third row has bigger Norwich stitch samples worked in two colours. A few trials of Norwich stitch were done in the last row.
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The whole sampler. It is hard to think about variations in Chennai with so many activities.SSS.14.norwich stitch sampler

This is another new stitch for me in this SSS challenge. The working is on Queenie’s blog. This is last week’s stitch, it took a while to complete the sampler.
This mountmellick embroidery is one of the many types of embroidery I have been planning to learn and execute. This challenge is used to work some samplers of new stitches and new embroideries.
After knowing the stitch of the week on this challenge, some browsing for the embroidery began on pinterest board. A few samples of  mountmellick stitch and other stitches were chosen.
Different shapes were drawn to work these combinations.
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Transferred to the fabric.
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The first sample is outlined with mountmellick stitch and filled with back stitch and French knots. Detached chain stitches were worked around in circle and outlined with mountmellick stitch in the second sample, after filling the third sample with mountmellick stitch rows it is outlined with Portuguese stem stitch, the inner spine of the fourth sample is worked with two rows of buttonhole stitch and the outlie is worked in mountmellick stitch.
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After outlining the fifth sample with mountmellick stitch straight stitches are worked. The spine in the sixth sample is worked with mountmellick stitch with detached chain and French knots and outlined with stem stitch. The seventh sample is a combo of fly stitch variation and mountmellick stitch.mountmellick stitch is combined with Danish knots on the eighth sample.
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Ninth and tenth samples have french knots, satin stitches and mountmellick stitches.
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Three rows of mountmellick stitches are worked with pistil stitches on eleventh sample. The mountmellick spine on twelfth sample is outlined with chain stitch. Mountmellick stitch veins are outlined with feather stitch in the thirteenth sample.wheatear stitch forms the spine of this mountmellick stitched outline of the fourteenth and the last sample.
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The whole mountmellick stitch sampler.
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I like the texture produced by this stitch. It is easier to manage than palestrina knot stitch. Since mountmellick embroidery is worked in white threads on white fabric, I wanted a sampler with totally different effect. Perle cotton #8 cooperated very well with the working of this stitch. I understand why I face problems with polyester threads. It is long way to go on this mountmellick embroidery journey, just feeling happy to have started this at this point,

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is lace stitch or three sided stitch. This stitch comes under pulled thread embroidery. The working is on Queenie’s blog. Earlier in this challenge we had four sided stitch. The samples of four sided stitch were worked as any counted thread stitch and not as pulled thread work. Needing to expand my skill, I have decided to work this stitch as pulled thread work.
Started to learn this stitch on mati cloth. The fabric is far more accommodative than I expected.
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Then tried the stitch on a linen bought from IKEA. This is not the effect I want.
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Mati cloth it is.
An idea to work the samples along with some borders seems like a good one at this point. Maybe it is better to work within a specified area. Then what about looking for some frames which can be used for this?
The frame
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Measured the area to be worked and started with the first sample.
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The pattern for this. It is the basic three sided stitch. The black dots are were the fabric is pulled and create holes.
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Two rows of three sided stitch worked together looks like this-
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The pattern
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The idea for this sample occurred while learning the stitch on matti cloth.
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The pattern. Each hexagon need not be connected. That’ll make another variation.
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Three sided stitch worked on both sides of this black work pattern.
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The pattern
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These squares are not connected.
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The pattern
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The stitches are worked diagonally.

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The pattern
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The sampler is completed. A picture of the sampler was also taken. It was not easy to insert the sampler inside the frame. The problem was not foreseen. After uploading the images, noticed that the sampler image was blurred. I did not want to take it out and insert it again. The framed sampler-
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It was very exciting to work on this sampler. I had tried pulled thread work when working on sumptuous surfaces class. But three sided stitch was tried for the first time on this challenge.
The matti cloth cooperated well.
The stitch itself is versatile.
I could work on another Stitch A Long in this project which was not happening for quite some time.
It was interesting learning process to fit the sampler within  the frame.
I could complete the work.

It was a good pastime to see designed stitch samplers on the net. Even though this is small piece I am happy to do this.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is Knotted satin stitch. This a broad version of rope stitch. The working of the stitch is explained in Queenie’s blog.
I have been interested in glazig embroidery. The name was known through Pinterest. It is contemporary, and colourful. Lots of room for creativity too. This person- Pascal Jaouen seems to have started this according to my knowledge. I may be wrong.
This Glazig embroidery is so attractive and inspiring. A notion of merging this week’s stitch and this embroidery seemed appealing. The project is for a string bag.
The colours-
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Started working knotted satin stitch on this new peacock.
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Still struggling for neat stitches. It is time to use the rope stitch for eyes and curves.
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While work the stitches realized that, it could take quite a bit of time to complete the whole design. Should have controlled my enthusiasm before starting a medium size project like this. After working the outlines with rope stitch, this project is stopped for this challenge.
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Though the mastering of this stitch is still far away, I am consoling myself with the idea that this is a study of the stitch.
There are two other challenges in Facebook- A year in stitches and Just one stitch. This project can be used for that. A little bit of stitching everyday might get this project completed. It will be good to have a creative project going on the side.

We have a new decorative stitch on TAST challenge. The working is explained by SharonB here. It is nice to be learning new applications of stitches on this challenge.
I started with the basic fancy herringbone stitch as shown by Sharon in the first sample. It is easy to see how the stitch is worked from this sample, but felt it didn’t look neat, so decided to decrease the height and width of the herringbone stitch row in the second sample. It looked like a braid. Tried increasing the height in the third sample.
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Worked closed herringbone stitch and worked the interlacing on that in the first sample. In the second sample, a version of double herringbone stitch was worked and the interlacing is done only on the shorter herringbone stitches.
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In this sample the upright crosses are worked slightly closer to the centre and the interlacing is done on the inner vertical stitches.
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After working double herringbone stitch rows, the interlacing is done continuously around the crosses in the first sample. After working upright crosses on one side of the herringbone stitch row, individual fly stitches are worked on that side. And the interlacing is done around the crosses and fly stitches. This way so many other stitches can be used like- detached chain, wheat ear, pistil, Danish knot -to name a few. Even other linear stitches can be worked alongside and interlacing can be worked on them. Fancy stitches open so many possibilities.
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The sampler-

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The last five rows before starting fancy interlacing.1-70-fanh-bonest-b

This Japanese darning stitch is the tenth stitch on Sunday stitch school challenge by Queenie. The working of the stitch is on her blog. This is the first time I have seen or heard of this stitch. SSS challenge is a very good idea. So many new stitches to learn and explore.
Started the sampler with the basic stitch. Queenie had worked this stitch in two colours to explain the working of the stitch. The treatment was tried in the second sample.
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The samples in this part of the sampler are worked with two rows of running stitch instead of three. First is the simple version. In the second sample, the running [?] stitches on the second row are worked in different heights. In the third sample, after skipping every second stitch on the bottom row, the running stitches are worked short and long alternatively. It was easier to work this sample than to write about it.
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The Japanese darning stitch with three rows of running stitches sandwiched between the two rows of running stitch version in the first sample. The Japanese darning stitch is worked as filling stitch in the last two samples, last one is an attempt to work the stitch diagonally. The last two were worked in stranded cotton and the rest of the sampler was worked with polyester thread.
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The whole sampler.
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Japanese darning stitch and its half version will lend themselves to lots of seam options. Browsing for this stitch led to Sashiko embroidery. That goes to To Do list. This stitch is used mostly to repair or embellish textiles.
This challenge is giving an opportunity to open new doors in embroidery.

Interlaced running stitch is this week’s stitch study on Queenie’s Sunday stitch school challenge. The working is there on her blog.
TAST challenge has been running for ten years now. Running stitch was explored twice on it. First time the running stitch samples were simple and some samples  were taken after the idea of pattern darning. Second time around the running stitches were used on Kantha embroidery. Interlacing did not feature both times. I had bought this book some time ago, which had some options and project for interlaced and whipped running stitches. And Queenie was kind enough to include this stitch on SSS challenge.
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The explorations
The sampler started with simple interlaced running stitch and a row of simple whipped running stitch[ the decision to whip the running stitches just came on its own!] the rest of the samples are variations of interlaced running stitches.
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After working the running stitches in rows, this part of the sampler has running stitches worked to handle interlacing in different ways.
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In the first sample the running [?] stitches are worked vertically. The next two rows are interlaced and whipped running stitch combination.
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These samples are worked following the book mentioned above.
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With these samples this sampler was completed.

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