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.

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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.

This Japanese darning stitch is the tenth stitch on Sunday stitch school challenge by Queenie. The working of the stitch is on her blog. This is the first time I have seen or heard of this stitch. SSS challenge is a very good idea. So many new stitches to learn and explore.
Started the sampler with the basic stitch. Queenie had worked this stitch in two colours to explain the working of the stitch. The treatment was tried in the second sample.
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The samples in this part of the sampler are worked with two rows of running stitch instead of three. First is the simple version. In the second sample, the running [?] stitches on the second row are worked in different heights. In the third sample, after skipping every second stitch on the bottom row, the running stitches are worked short and long alternatively. It was easier to work this sample than to write about it.
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The Japanese darning stitch with three rows of running stitches sandwiched between the two rows of running stitch version in the first sample. The Japanese darning stitch is worked as filling stitch in the last two samples, last one is an attempt to work the stitch diagonally. The last two were worked in stranded cotton and the rest of the sampler was worked with polyester thread.
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The whole sampler.
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Japanese darning stitch and its half version will lend themselves to lots of seam options. Browsing for this stitch led to Sashiko embroidery. That goes to To Do list. This stitch is used mostly to repair or embellish textiles.
This challenge is giving an opportunity to open new doors in embroidery.

After a few weeks break I am back on track with this stitch challenge. This stitch challenge is posted by Queenie on her blog. These stitches are stitches which are simple [till now] and did not feature in TAST challenges. The working of four sided stitch is here. This is a counted thread stitch but can also be worked on plain fabric with some practice. A nice variation from cross stitch.
This sampler started with the four sided stitches are worked over 3 holes, four holes, five holes and two holes, in that order. The sample worked over two holes is stitched with anchor cotton skein. Rest of the samples are worked in polyester thread.

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Trying to familiarize with the stitch-
I changed the direction of the stitch in the first sample, worked individual stitches in the second sample, an up and down version in the third sample and the diagonal version worked horizontal in the fourth sample.

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SSS.6.fosist-2

Since it is called four sided stitch and not square stitch, it became obligatory to work this stitch- as rectangles in first sample, angling the stitches to the left in the second sample and ablong diamonds in the third sample. After working these samples, fearing, working in this direction might lead to black work patterns and stopped right there.

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Two versions of four sided stitches are worked together in these samples.
The four sided stitch worked over four holes is combined with four sided stitch worked over three holes in the first sample. Individual four sided stitches are worked inside four sided stitch worked over five holes in the second sample. Diagonal four sided stitches and basic four sided stitches are alternatively worked in the third sample. Individual stitches are worked inside alternative diagonal four sided stitches in the fourth sample.

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Now for some stitch combinations.
Four sided stitch row worked with running stitch rows in the first sample. Double cross stitches are combined with this stitch in the second row [other isolated stitches can also be tried in this manner]. After working single long straight stitches in between these four sided stitches, sheaf stitches are used to tie and link them together in the third sample. It started with the idea of combining buttonhole stitches with four sided stitches in the fourth row, but ended up with combining cretan stitches. In the last sample, Danish knots, detached chain stitches and individual fly stitches are worked on four sided stitch row.

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SSS.6.fosist-5

This after noon we went to the park [where we take a walk in the evenings] and sat on a bench. This was our view.

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SSS.6.fosist-view

The stitch combinations were started at home and completed sitting on the bench. Time well spent. Very enjoyable hour. It is pleasantly cool in Muscat now.
The completed sampler-

SSS.6.fou sided stitch sampler

SSS.6.fou sided stitch sampler