This braid stitch is definitely a tough stitch to learn. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
This stitch was on to learn list for a long time. When Queenie posted on SSS challenge, I decided after a long time, to practice on a pattern. The project was a string bag. The pattern was isolated from a circle pattern on the internet.
After the tracing the pattern on to the cloth, I started with the flower. Not being satisfied with the work, outlined it with back stitch.
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Moving on to the next part with light green thread,
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Till now the area was small for embroidery, now the stem was so long, that the project was kept on hold for some time. While taking it up again, suddenly realized, the working rhythm was forgotten. After looking at the tutorial, continued with the stitching. This stitch may not be my friend thought was reinforced at this point.
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Chinese knot
This is the 33rd stitch on SSS challenge. The working can be found on Queenie’s blog. I loved working this stitch.
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The completed design.
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I can’t say this was a productive week embroidery wise. We had a very long weekend because of National day holidays. The climate is quite cool here. Eating out, watching old movies and just driving around. The days were well spent. It was hard to come near the computer. The SSS challenge is just the way it was last week.
Projects
Blue ikat tunic
The closed herringbone stitch in pink thread was completed on this border, while watching movies. I started with green thread, working the same closed herringbone as filling. The work is quite meditative I suppose.
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Since I have bought too many tunic fabrics, there is personal commitment to work on them. But these days, I feel a tiredness creeping in once in a while. Though there is happiness in designing and working the embroidery, most of my other work are set aside for another time. There is always one new tunic waiting to be designed. The UFOs are not even looked at. May be all these thoughts are because of moving towards the end of the year. Some important thinking, changing, organizing is required.

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 week’s stitch on SSS challenge is vault stitch. The working of this needlepoint stitch is on Queenie’s blog. I have never heard of this stitch. It goes by other names too [ex] fan vaulting, Church roof stitch… I was trying to find this stitch on the net, but was not very successful.
The stitch consists of two parts, one worked vertical and second part horizontal. First I thought this was just a variation worked by Queenie, then realized the stitch is completed only after working both parts.
The sampler is started with the basic vault stitch. In the second sample the horizontal stitches are narrow. The third sample is a variation- the horizontal stitches are worked wide and narrow alternatively. In the fourth sample, the vertical stitches are short.
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In the second part of the sampler, the first row is vault stitch worked in two colours. The two threads were worked continuously by parking aside the non-working thread. The vault stitch is outlined with running stitch in the second sample. Three arrangements were tried with vault stitch in the last part of the sampler.
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It was interesting to arrange the vault stitch in the last part of the sampler.
SSS.22.Vault stitch sampler
With these samples vault stitch experiments are over.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is upright cross stitch. This is the first time I am working this stitch as sampler. Earlier this stitch was often used on stitch samplers and other embroidery projects to fill an empty space or as decorative stitch additions.
The working of the stitch is here on Queenie’s blog.
This sampler was started with the upright crosses worked horizontal in the first row. In the second row the stitches were worked diagonal and in the third row the diagonally worked upright crosses are worked closely. The diagonal upright crosses are worked in two patterns in the last two rows.
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The first two rows are variations of extending the horizontal and vertical stitches. The upright crosses are worked over herringbone stitch row in the third row, they are worked in buttonhole stitch in the fourth row. The upright crosses are worked with chain stitches in the last sample. This stitch can be combined with other stitches in numerous ways.
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This sampler is completed with the idea of stitch combinations that can be created with the use of upright cross stitch.

SSS.21.upright cross stitch sampler

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.
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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.
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Some options of arranging this stitch in different ways are experimented in this part of the sampler.
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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

I am two days late in posting the works in progress. It is hard to remember the days in Chennai. After completing the Q stitch on SSS challenge, a project on silk blouse was done during this week. This blouse fabric had a wide gold border. My neighbour wanted some simple embroidery with stones and beads. Started the embroidery work with chain stitch in green silk thread.
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Another chain stitch row with gold thread.
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The saree is also the same peach silk with gold border. We could get dark red stone, the medium red stones did not match well with the richness of the silk fabric. Therefore chain stitches in red silk thread was worked on the semi circles created by green chain stitch row. The dark red stones were to be stitched here. I was hoping to subdue the colour of the stone to match with the fabric.
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A small motif in gold was scattered here and there on the saree. I tried work a motif in gold thread and beads. After working the red stones and gold beads.
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My friend who was sewing this blouse for her sister, wanted white stones on this project. I started with the white stones hoping it would go well with the beads, red stones and embroidery.
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Embroidery completed on both the sleeves of this peach silk blouse.
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Another blouse is also there which needs to be embroidered.
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Before starting the work on this blouse, I want to work whipped spoke stitch sampler for TAST challenge.