After exploring this fern stitch with few more samples the stitch sampler was completed.

40.134.fern stitch sampler

40.134.fern stitch sampler

3.Starting with two more samples of fern stitch rows worked together, the fern stitch is whipped in the third sample, and laced in the fourth sample. The pink thread is laced through individual fern stitches in the fifth sample.

40.134.fernst-3

40.134.fernst-3

4.In these samples the fern stitches are worked diagonally. The last two samples would be good as filling stitches.

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40.134.fernst-4

5.The first sample has individual fern stitch and its inverted version worked alternatively. Two extra straight stitches are added in the second sample. French knots and detached chain stitches are worked along with fern stitch in the last two samples.

40.134.fernst-5

40.134.fernst-5

This is an easy and versatile stitch to work with. Similar to fly stitch. I enjoyed working on this sampler. Band sampler is easier for exploring new stitches.

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I have not been working on TAST challenge stitches for the past few weeks. This week’s stitch is fern stitch, the working of which is on SharonB’s pintangle.
1. Started with the basic fern stitch in the first sample, the side straight stitches are too vertical in this sample. the second sample is better, the side straight stitches are long and short alternatively in the third sample. the straight stitches on the top are shorter than the ones at the bottom in the fourth sample.

40.134.fernst-1

40.134.fernst-1

2.The fern stitches are close and farther alternatively in the first sample. The fern stitches are worked very close in the second sample. Four rows of fern stitches form the third sample. Three rows of fern stitches worked facing each other in the fifth sample.

40.134.fernst-2

40.134.fernst-2

Some exercises of building a seam with zigzag coral stitch and other TAST stitches.

17.111.zigag coral st- sampler3

17.111.zigag coral st- sampler3

Seam 4- other stitches are feather stitch and detached twisted chain stitches. Not as impressive as I thought it would be.

17.111.zagcoralst-4

17.111.zagcoralst-4

Seam-5- scalloped stem stitch with fly stitches.

17.111.zzagcoralst-5

17.111.zzagcoralst-5

Seam6- The lines were crossed and rice stitch worked on them with detached chain and quarter buttonhole wheels. Actually, this seam looked far more interesting without detached chain and buttonhole wheels.

17.111.zzagcoralst-6

17.111.zzagcoralst-6

Seam 7- berry stitches and french knots. The berry stitches worked at an angle looks better.

17.111.zzagcoralst-7

17.111.zzagcoralst-7

Seam 8- this seam did not turnout the way I wanted at all. Thought this stitch worked like this would look more impressive. Other stitches are- cretan stitch, arrowhead and rope stitch.

17.111.zzagcoralst-8

17.111.zzagcoralst-8

Seam 9- a simple seam- with laced running stitch around the coral stitches with pistil stitches.

17.111.zzagcoralst-9

17.111.zzagcoralst-9

Seam 10- buttonhole variation and Italian border stitches.

17.111.zzagcoralst-10

17.111.zzagcoralst-10

Seam 11- Ricrac attached with zigzag coral stitch with straight stitches. This stitch ideal for doing this.

16.111.zzagcoralst-11

16.111.zzagcoralst-11

With this seam this sampler was completed.

17.111.zigzag coral stitch sampler

17.111.zigzag coral stitch sampler

I need to practice more on building seams, hope the TAST stitches are easy and quick to work with as this stitch.

A few stitch combinations.

17.111. zigzag coral st- sampler2

17.111. zigzag coral st- sampler2

Coral stitch is combined with this zigzag version in the first two samples.

17.111.zzagcorst-1

17.111.zzagcorst-1

I want to learn the process of building seams for embroidery work. These are the attempts made with this stitch as the base.

17.111.zzagcorst-2

17.111.zzagcorst-2

Detail of the first seam, with herringbone stitch, french knots were worked later.

17.111.zzagcorst-2a

17.111.zzagcorst-2a

Looped cretan stitches are worked over the coral stitches, fly stitches were added later.

17.111.zagcorst-2b

17.111.zagcorst-2b

These two samples have straight stitches and detached chain stitches.

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17.111.zzagcorst-3

The zigzag coral stitch variation for the above sample. Later I tied the first few stitches as sheaf stitches, then left the rest for reference.

17.111.zzagcorst-3a

17.111.zzagcorst-3a

Two rows of zigzag coral stitch variation for the second sample.

17.111.zzagcorst-3b

17.111.zzagcorst-3b