A simple stitch with a long name is on SSS challenge this week. The working is on Queenie’s blog. These stitches were not part of TAST challenge. She has been posting stitches in alphabetical order till last week. It is interesting to learn new stitches and explore them. This week’s stitch is taken from Japanese embroidery book by Sadako Totsuka.
The sampler started with the basic stitch, the way it is worked by Queenie.in the second row, the buttonholed legs are shorter than the simple buttonhole legs. In the third sample the angled buttonholed legs are longer. The buttonholed legs are alternatively long and short in the fourth sample.
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I wanted to combine this stitch with other buttonhole stitch variations. The first row is a combination with closed buttonhole, the second row was worked with the thinking that it is knotted buttonhole, but realized after checking it is actually sailor’s edge stitch with long legs, buttonholed stitches are combined with that. In the third row, this stitch combined with top knotted buttonhole. The fourth sample has crossed buttonhole with this stitch.
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I started with the combination of this stitch with fancy bobbin stitch in the first row, knotted buttonhole stitch in the second row, sailor stitch in the third row and variation of up and down buttonhole stitch in the fourth row.
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The first sample is with picots, it does not look that impressive, still it is a stitch combo. The straight line is whipped [or laced?] in the second sample. I was itching to buttonhole the straight line from the minute I read the name of the stitch, it is done in the last sample.
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It was interesting to study and explore this stitch. The completed sampler.

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This zigzag stitching was tried on many stitches- chain stitch, back stitch, running stitch, buttonhole stitches. In fact one of the variation tried on various stitch explorations is this zigzag version of the stitch. This time around on SSS challenge we have just the basic zigzag stitch, which I have never tried before. The working is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with the basic zigzag stitch in the first sample. The individual version of zigzag stitch was tried in the second sample, this uses more thread in the back. a closely worked zigzag stitch is worked in the third sample.
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The zigzag stitches are long and narrow in the first sample, after working the wider version of this stitch in the second sample, the wider and narrower versions are alternated in the third sample. The fourth sample is long and short zigzag stitch.
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After working X-ray stitch and Y stitch, it was tempting to work Z stitch. This first sample is more of a variation of back stitch. After this three rows of zigzag stitches were worked  upright cross stitch, weaving and chain stitch are worked over the crosses in dark blue thread.
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The sampler is completed with these samples. The samples are worked with polyester thread.

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The second part of the cream mirror work yoke starts with the cream tunic being short. It was not matching well with the striped salwar because of the length. An idea of attaching another fabric was considered and rejected. The new fabric might clash with the salwar again. So a decision was made to keep this tunic aside and a lavender colour fabric which will go well with the striped salwar was chosen on the last visit to India. The lavender fabric needed some embroidery. While browsing through the wardrobe, it seemed like a good idea to stitch this cream mirror work on to this lavender fabric. Tailor did a nice job of taking out the embroidered pieces and stitched them on to this lavender tunic. The gold beads had to go.
The sleeves on lavender tunic.
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The tunic with cream mirror work attached to the front.
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Now this piece does not have enough lavender elements. I started with working chain stitch in variegated silk thread inside the curves.
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There was some unworked space near the shoulder. The embroidery was extended to cover the space. It was helpful to have a record of the thread colours worked earlier.
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After working chain stitch with variegated thread, a line of stem stitch and up and down buttonhole stitch combination was worked beside the orange outline in antique violet thread.
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To reduce the cream colour on fabric and enhance the lavender colour, small triangles were worked with herringbone filling.
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The yoke after working these triangles.
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The same idea of triangles worked in herringbone filling was extended to neck border too.
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The completed yoke.
cream mirror work on lavender tunic
The tunic set is ready to wear now.

Oyster stitch samples were worked during earlier TAST challenge. This week’s stitch on TAST 2017 challenge is beaded oyster stitch, the working of which is here on Sharon’s Pintangle.
All the samples are worked with four strands of cotton skein and glass beads. The first sample is the basic beaded oyster stitch. The second sample has three continuous beads after the oyster stitch. Two oyster stitches and two beads together, and this is repeated in the third row.
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Zigzag beaded oyster stitch forms the first row in this part of the sampler. Instead of completing the oyster stitch with a bead, I worked the oyster stitch around a bead in the second sample. Isolated oyster stitches with three beads form the third row. Beaded oyster stitches are used to work flowers in the last set of samples.
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This is the whole beaded oyster stitch sampler.
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I wanted to work the beads into the oyster stitch itself, but felt it would be hard to maintain the uniformity of the stitches and dropped the idea. Two more stitch samplers were also worked in India. Will post the details soon.

We have a new decorative stitch on TAST challenge. The working is explained by SharonB here. It is nice to be learning new applications of stitches on this challenge.
I started with the basic fancy herringbone stitch as shown by Sharon in the first sample. It is easy to see how the stitch is worked from this sample, but felt it didn’t look neat, so decided to decrease the height and width of the herringbone stitch row in the second sample. It looked like a braid. Tried increasing the height in the third sample.
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Worked closed herringbone stitch and worked the interlacing on that in the first sample. In the second sample, a version of double herringbone stitch was worked and the interlacing is done only on the shorter herringbone stitches.
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In this sample the upright crosses are worked slightly closer to the centre and the interlacing is done on the inner vertical stitches.
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After working double herringbone stitch rows, the interlacing is done continuously around the crosses in the first sample. After working upright crosses on one side of the herringbone stitch row, individual fly stitches are worked on that side. And the interlacing is done around the crosses and fly stitches. This way so many other stitches can be used like- detached chain, wheat ear, pistil, Danish knot -to name a few. Even other linear stitches can be worked alongside and interlacing can be worked on them. Fancy stitches open so many possibilities.
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The sampler-

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The last five rows before starting fancy interlacing.1-70-fanh-bonest-b

I had designed three pieces for embroidery on tunics in February when working on a long project. This is the second piece. After completing the work on this blue silk cotton fabric, the piece suited a white chanderi silk cotton tunic fabric and I found the embroidery done around the mirror was worth sharing .
It started with the pattern-

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mirblue-pat

Buttonhole stitch variations are worked over the pattern drawn.

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The small oval shapes were intended for detached chain stitches. I felt oyster stitch was  a better choice. It so happened while working on this stitch, SharonB announced oyster stitch on this week’s TAST 2016 challenge. These oyster stitches were worked in four strands of cotton skein.

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The triangular space around the mirror pattern was worked in herringbone filling.

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mirblue-det1

The space between the two outlines was worked in herringbone and fly stitch combination in pink and green.

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Zigzag back stitch was worked around the inner round. This was not part of the pattern.

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mirblue-3

Long tailed chain stitches in white thread were worked in between the buttonhole stitches. this detail was also not in the pattern.

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mirblue-4

The whole piece after working back stitches with white thread.

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mirblue-det3

A medium size round mirror was attached to the centre with shisha stitch.

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mirblue-5

Small square mirrors were attached with shisha stitch between the two outlines.

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mirblue-det4

After working the mirrors, small silver sequins with silver beads were stitched on to this piece. The mirror detail-

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mirror work on blue detail

The piece with completed embroidery.

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mirror work on blue

These embroidery exercises are very interesting. I started on the second page on the embroidery sampler book.
The first detail was worked in detached chain stitches and french knots.

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1ESBP-2d.chain,french knots

After working a few rows of satin stitches on this leaf motif, back stitches are used to work the outline and the lines on satin stitches.

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2ESBP-2satin,back, stem

Back stitch is used on this small leaf motif.

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