This week’s stitch on Sunday Stitch School challenge is gate stitch. It is a canvas stitch which can be worked on even weave or plain weave too. I have worked the samples as fillings on canvas. The working of the stitch is explained here.
Details of the samples from left to right.
The first sample is the basic gate stitch without any space between the satin stitches. The second sample is worked with spaces between the satin stitches. Alternate blocks are worked in gate stitch in the third sample. The same idea is continued in the fourth sample with two threads.

SSS.7. gate st1

SSS.7. gate st1

The vertical and horizontal versions of gate stitch are worked in the first sample. The satin stitches are worked in one thread and the overlapping cross and straight stitches are worked with different thread in the second sample. The gate stitches are worked at two levels in the third sample. The crosses are worked smaller than the satin stitches in the last sample.

SSS.7.gate st-2

SSS.7.gate st-2

The crosses are worked at different levels. The wide and narrow version of gate stitches are tried in the first four samples. The satin stitches are extended on top [fence like] on the next four samples.

SSS.7.gate st-3

SSS.7.gate st-3

Satin stitches are worked in twos and threes and are alternated in these samples.

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SSS.7.gatest-4

I used polyester thread for working most of the samples and had to use tapestry needle # 16. It was hard work pushing and pulling through the holes of the canvas. If cotton skein had been used on tapestry# 26, it would have been easier. Still it is nice and easy stitch to learn. The sampler-

SSS. 7. gate stitch sampler

SSS. 7. gate stitch sampler

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I have come to India . With all the travelling and visiting, this week’s sampler is not growing much. A few samples done so far.

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Some additions made later

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This week’s stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB is Algerian eye stitch. I had worked some samples of this stitch during the previous stitch challenge. I did not post the sampler on the net at that time, the earlier sampler-

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Since, the stitch is simply straight stitches worked in different ways, I am not detailing the samples. I worked these samples on canvas.
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Detail2-

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