After four week of this Beyond TAST challenge this year, I am working on the fifth week stitch. The earlier weeks stitches were worked on earlier TAST challenges. The working of the stitch on SharonB’s Pintangle.
The sampler starts with the basic stitch, the second sample is worked with two small chains stitches.
For few samples, the feather stitches are the same, the chain stitches are varied.
This sample has rope stitch.
The next two samples are worked with berry stitch and cable chain stitch.
The chain variations in the next 2 samples are not very clear. They are twisted chain and oyster stitch.
The next 2 samples have shell chain and wave chain
Triple chain and linked chain are worked in these following samples.
In the first sample, the chains are worked straight and the chains are woven in the last chain variation.
The sampler with chain stitch variations.
BT19-feather&chain stitch sampler1
Now for some feather stitch variations. The feather stitches are worked in 3 steps instead of 2 in the first sample,2 up and down feather stitches are worked in the second sample.
First sample is a variation of feather stitch which is common in Indian embroidery. Closed feather is worked in the second sample, while working, I found that it is possible to work chain stitches in zigzag manner inside the closed feather stitches. triangular feather stitches are worked in the third sample.
Twisted feather stitch was stitch on SSS challenge, it was tried on the first sample, knotted feather stitches are worked in the second sample, two rows feather and chain stitch are worked in the last row. The thread got over before the sample could be finished. It was left incomplete.
The whole sampler.
BT19-feather&chain stitch sampler2
It was great working on this long sampler after so many months. An easy and versatile stitch. it was fun varying the stitches. it does throw many more possibilities.


We have twisted fly stitch on SSS challenge this week, the working is on Queenie’s blog.
I started learning this stitch in the first row. Working the stitches close together was tried in the second sample, worked the stitches longer and the anchoring stitch shorter in the third sample.
In the first sample, while working the twisted fly stitches one after another, realized they can be worked in two colours. In the second sample the following twisted fly stitch starts from the midpoint of the previous stitch. This sample looks like herringbone and twisted fly stitch combination. The third sample is a row of inverted twisted fly stitches. This sample looks interesting.
In the first sample, regular fly stitch and twisted fly stitch are alternated. In the next two samples- two rows of twisted fly stitches are worked together in two ways.
These two samples are stitch combinations, the first sample it is combined with Cretan stitch and in the second sample it is combined with half chevron stitch
In the first sample twisted fly stitches are facing each other, the arrangement in the second sample starts with a straight stitch and two twisted fly stitches after that.
Actually the first sample started with working the twisted fly stitch in zigzag manner, seeing a square pattern evolving, came back and completed the square pattern. If this not written down, I may never know how this was worked later! In the second sample, twisted fly stitch and its inverted version are worked one after another without space in between.
Tried working this stitch in different ways- shortening one leg, working in lopsided way. And taking inspiration from Queenie, used this stitch as base to work berry stitch, pistil stitch, oyster stitch, quarter buttonhole wheel and French knot flowers.
The whole sampler.
SSS.71.Twisted fly stitch sampler
When fly stitch was announced on TAST challenge, I never knew it had so much potential. This twisted fly stitch is also so versatile.


I had a stitch free week in India. So did not have anything to report. Our PC did not pair with the data card. So it was also internet free week.
I caught up with TAST stitches after coming back. Toying with too many half baked ideas for sumptuous surfaces class colour exercises. Now that my tailor has returned from his vacation, should I commit myself on the progress of the embroidery on tunic? I have to start it first. Progress on my hussif-



Stem stitch stems in perle cotton#8, straight stitch flowers [will have white pearls later] in perle cotton#8 and buttonhole leaves in polyester thread. The inspiration for this design was from plants seen in the park.



Quarter buttonholes stitches seam in polyester thread.



the progress made by Sharon and others can be seen here.

Line 7b-with bugle beads-


The following rows are fly stitch worked with other stitches, some places I have worked the fly stitches differently on a single row .
Line 8-fly stitch over ablong cross stitch-


Line 9-three  placements of fly stitch over herring bone stitch-


Line10- Another variation of fly stitch herringbone st-


Line 11- fly stitches with zigzag stitch-


Line 12-fly stitch with long and short zigzag stitch-


Line13- two variations with cretan stitch-


Line14-two variations with combined heringbone and Cretan st-



Still trying to work on with other stitches.

Sharon as announced the first stitch of this challenge- Fly stitch.
I have thought of some guide lines regarding this stitch challenge.
Learning the stitch.
Exploring the stitch-
Depending on the stitch-
Work on plain cloth as line stitches.
Work on even weave cloth.
Work on small patterns.
Work with beads.
Work with other stitches[ this I had not done previously]
Work with different threads.
This will be a sampler, with 4 inches width.
Ist week TAST 2012 f ly stitch-2
I naming this fly stitch -2 because I had already done a stitch sampler of this stitch here.
It was worked on even weave cloth. So I am thinking of exploring this stitch on plain cloth.
After seeing so many crazy quilting stitches on the net, I am thinking, may be this stitch challenge can be used as a personal challenge for making a crazy quilting stitch sampler. I have to work further on this idea. We’ll see. I ‘ll try to share this personal challenge on my blog.