I think Queenie’s pearl stitches look better than mine.
Started the sampler with the basic pearl stitch as shown on Queenie’s blog. The next row of samples are individual pearl stitches. The pearl stitches are worked closer and apart in the third sample.
A set of five pearl stitches are worked alternatively up and down in the first sample. The pearl stitches are worked in a curved line in the second sample. Two rows of pearl stitches worked together in the third sample.
In the last two samples, worked smaller versions of pearl stitches. the narrow version had the tendency to curl.
The whole sampler.
SSS.62.pearl stitch sampler
An easy stitch to work. Can be worked to add textures too.

I have seen this stitch, but never thought of attempting it before. When it is introduced on SSS challenge, it is time to try it. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
After drawing some lines with pencil on this plain cloth, I started with the basic stitch, worked another row of the stitch to practice the rhythm of the stitch. The third row is alternate working of short and long chains.
Tried working the chains on both sides in the first sample. This is interesting. Next trial is to work the alternate chains as berry stitches in the second sample. Extending the tail of alternate chains is tried in the next sample.
Time to work the petal stitches in circles. Started with working the petals outwards, then inwards and the last one is the combination of working the petals inwards and outwards.
The sampler
SSS.60.Petal stitch sampler
The sampler was worked with red cotton skeins, some were six strands and others four strands. Combining the petals stitches with other stitches will give so many decorative options.

This is the continuation of the last post, where I had mentioned about two tops embroidered with same inspiration. In this post Iam detailing about the second top in yellow.
The fabric is hakoba in lemon yellow colour. For the embroidery I used light green handloom cotton with yellow stripes.
Though the same idea of line stitches and mirrors are repeated, the motif is a kutchwork square. The embroidery is worked in
Cretan st, running st,fly st,double running st,laced st, mirrors and kutchwork.
The collar-

yellow top-collar

The sleeves-

yellow top- sleeves

The top-

yellow top

Sometime ago I purchased a top from a store, which had a simple embroidery on it.
The top was block printed[black motifs on maroon fabric]. The collar and sleeves were attached with another block printed piece[ black on beige fabric] with designed lines. These kind of block prints are quite common in India. The embellishment – mirrors were attached springly to the designed lines at regular intervals.
After looking at it , I thought maybe a striped fabric can be used as a basis for embroidery. Line stitches can be worked with some mirrors. With this idea, I did two tops-one in blue and another in lemon yellow. In this post , I am giving the details of the blue top.
This blue top is hand woven ikat material- dark blue with beige . the striped fabric chosen was beige too.
The collar with line stitches and mirrors-

blue top-collar

the stitches used were- herringbone st,buttonhole st, running st, feather st,fly st[small motif] and mirror st. The same work is repeated on the sleeves-

blue top-sleeves

The embroidery was worked ,and then was attached to the top-

blue top

The yellow top on my next post.