The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog. After coming across this stitch many times over the years, there was never a thought, that this could be a stitch by itself. It looked like a filling or unfinished filling stitch. After seeing this on SSS challenge, I thought the braid stitch can be learnt later and started with this stitch sampler.
The sampler starts with individual Chinese cross stitches. Two crosses are worked together in the second sample. The crosses are worked continuously in a row in the third sample. It started with two rows of Chinese cross stitches in the fourth sample, but realized it has to be varied to get a flowing pattern.
The variation was made in the first sample in this part of the sampler. This will make nice filling pattern. Two rows of Chinese cross stitches are worked with space between them. This way other stitches can be incorporated along with this stitch to make a nice border. Upright Chinese crosses are worked in the third sample. The Chinese crosses and upright Chinese crosses are worked together to form a border in the fourth sample. Three Chinese crosses are used as border in the last sample.
Individual Chinese crosses and upright crosses are worked in the first sample. Two rows of upright crosses are worked in the second sample. Working the Chinese crosses in two colours are tried in the last two samples.
The completed sampler –
SSS.32. Chinese cross stitch sampler
This Chinese cross can be used for filling and border patterns. Easy to work stitch. This stitch can be used to add texture to otherwise plain fabric too, like Sashiko embroidery. Just pondering over some ideas.


The name of the stitch is really long. I was intimidated first by the name and the working. But while trying to work the stitch, with the right thread, it is not so complicated. The working is on Queenie’s blog.
This short sampler starts with learning of the stitch, alternatively worked long and short loops in the second row, the zigzag version in the third row, loops are worked hanging down with back stitch in the last row.
SSS.29.Madame Totsuka's loop stitch sampler
The loops are not very neatly worked. Still happy to learn this stitch, any time a seam needs extra element, the loops can be incorporated.

This is a very new stitch on SSS stitch challenge. The working is explained on Queenie’s blog. I have a good respect for bullion stitch by not attempting it often. Sometimes these stitch challenges don’t help. This is one such time.
Starting the sampler, each and every twist on bullion had a mind of its own. During the earlier days of learning bullion stitches [most times the trials were abandoned] it seemed to prove that bullions are not my friends. After attempting and working some bullion stitches on TAST, a long distance relationship has emerged. Meaning- Looking at bullion stitches does not scare me. Their beauty is well appreciated.
A wretched attempt this time around-
Another row was tried again, during half way some of the half bullioned chain stitches looked passable. May be it is possible to work this stitch. The second row is a version long and short version of the stitch. The alternate stitches are chain stitches in the third row. The zigzag version is worked in the fourth row.
The plain part of this stitch is whipped in the first sample. I tried working the bullions alternatively on bottom and top in the second sample. Some detached chains, long tailed detached chains, twisted chains and Q stitches are worked with half bullions in the last sample.
The sampler is done!SSS.28.half bullioned chain stitchsampler

We have another new stitch on SSS challenge this week-Y-stitch. The working is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with the basic Y stitch. The Y stitches are worked closer in the second sample. The twisted chains are extended in the third sample. The fly stitches are longer in the fourth sample.
It is time to work the Y stitches horizontal. These horizontal Y’s are the first sample row. The Y stitches are worked first from left to right and from right to left to make a double row of Y stitches in the second sample.
An easy stitch to work. This stitch can be used as filling an empty space. This also gives rise to the idea of working two different stitches together. It will be an interesting exercise. The whole sampler.SSS.25.Y-stitch sampler

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.
Some more variations of rays on this part of the sampler. Angling the rays add another dimension to this stitch. The possibilities become more.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.

A very interesting name for an embroidery stitch. I am just spelling it, it is hard to pronounce, I think it is French. It is also referred as bull’s head stitch. We are doing one version of this stitch which does not look like bull’s head but more like flower head. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
Queenie has also given the other version along with her home work. I’ll work the other version some other time.

I started the sampler with the different variations given on Queenie’s blog. It was easier to copy and work them without thinking too much.
SSS.20. tdboeuf-1
In the first row the stitches were worked in various heights without leaving space in between. In the second row this stitch are worked horizontal. It was hard to work them continuously as linear stitch in this row, so another version of the stitch was tried to start the chain stitch without leaving space. The stitches were worked individually in the third row. The stitches are worked back to back in two colours in the last row.
Some options of arranging this stitch in different ways are experimented in this part of the sampler.
A easy stitch to work. I also saw the other version which is also equally interesting. The whole sampler-

SSS.20.tete-de-boeuf sampler