We are back in Muscat slowly flowing into routine. I am better now.
The SSS challenge and TAST challenge both have new stitches to work. The upright cross stitch is an easy one. I hoping to start on it tomorrow. After that I have to work on beaded oyster stitch on TAST challenge.
Before returning to Muscat, I managed to work on my friend’s saree. A kutch work line along the width of the saree, which could be more than 40 inches.
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The detail of the embroidery.
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The kutchwork line in two colours was worked on the sleeves of the blouse also.
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Nothing else was done other than this project and packing in Chennai, India. I have unpacked the fabrics bought in Chennai. Phew!! Some or most of them would require embroidery, which would be looked into during the next week. Lots of work to do.

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Interlaced running stitch is this week’s stitch study on Queenie’s Sunday stitch school challenge. The working is there on her blog.
TAST challenge has been running for ten years now. Running stitch was explored twice on it. First time the running stitch samples were simple and some samples  were taken after the idea of pattern darning. Second time around the running stitches were used on Kantha embroidery. Interlacing did not feature both times. I had bought this book some time ago, which had some options and project for interlaced and whipped running stitches. And Queenie was kind enough to include this stitch on SSS challenge.
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The explorations
The sampler started with simple interlaced running stitch and a row of simple whipped running stitch[ the decision to whip the running stitches just came on its own!] the rest of the samples are variations of interlaced running stitches.
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After working the running stitches in rows, this part of the sampler has running stitches worked to handle interlacing in different ways.
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In the first sample the running [?] stitches are worked vertically. The next two rows are interlaced and whipped running stitch combination.
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These samples are worked following the book mentioned above.
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With these samples this sampler was completed.

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This stitch has been on to do list for quite some time. Now it is introduced as this week’s stitch on Sunday stitch school challenge. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
The samples and variations of earlier stitches of this challenge were worked as band samplers. This being a linear stitch, it might be an echo of those samples. So, the idea is to work this stitch on a pattern for a needle book. After pondering over the designs, a European folk design was chosen. The stitch was worked with anchor cotton skein #46.
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Though it is the first time, this stitch was tried, it is an easy stitch to work. The repetitive movements were so relaxing, that I could enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the stitch. This is quite rare because, there is always a compulsion to complete a particular colour, design or project, that leaves me speculating whether that particular piece was gratifying by itself.
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It is easy to work this stitch on straight lines, curves, points. Two strands of skeins are used to work this stitch. More number of strands or perle cotton may give a bolder and brighter look.
Now this piece needs to be sewn into a needle book.

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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SSS.6.fosist-1

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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SSS.6.fosist-3

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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SSS.6.fosist-4

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

This is a stitch which I have been wanting to explore on a sampler. The working of the stitch, the tips to work are provided by Queenie, who is doing this Sunday stitch school, on her blog.
This is a versatile stitch. This stitch is used in so many ways over the years on my various embroidery projects. This was first stitch to be taught on our needle class in school to sew two pieces of cloth.
Now the details of the sampler-
The samples are worked in even weave cloth. It is easier to work this stitch on this cloth. The first is the basic back stitch, the second sample is back stitches worked with space between them. Looks like running stitch, but because of the way thread moves below the surface, it is more secure. The third sample are long and short back stitches worked alternatively.

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SSS2016.2.backst-1

This sample is zigzag back stitch. This version was used many times on my embroidery projects.

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SSS2016.2.backst-2a

The zigzag back stitch looks like this on the back, this makes another linear stitch, may not be as secure as two rows of back stitch, but will save some thread!

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SSS2016.2.backst-2b

The first sample is variation of zigzag back stitch. The second is the sample to show how the back stitch works on curves. This is the reason this stitch is used in  red work, black work, kantha work, cross stitch embroideries. There are countless possibilities to work this stitch.

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SSS2016.2.backst-3a

The back side looked interesting for these two samples too.

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SSS2016.2.backst-3b

Now starting with two rows of back stitch worked together.
After working two rows of back stitch in the first sample, the starting point of the second row in the second sample is the midpoint of the back stitch worked in the previous row. The second sample is called cable stitch, when there is no space between the rows and both rows are worked together as single linear stitch. In the third sample the back stitch rows are whipped together from left to right. The two rows of back stitch is laced in the fourth sample. Detached cretan stitch  is worked over the back stitch in the fifth sample. The sixth sample is the beaded back stitch.

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SSS2016.2.backst-4

The sampler is completed with these experiments, I have been itching to work back stitch samples from the time of TAST challenge.

SSS2016.2.Back stitch sampler

SSS2016.2.Back stitch sampler

After exploring the various stitches on TAST challenge, there is another interesting stitch challenge on Queenie’s blog. She is conveniently posting the stitches which were not part of the TAST challenge. A fine way to explore some other stitches. This idea was on my mind for some time, to explore the stitches from various books. Queenie is doing that now. It is like reading a book. Visit her blog to know more about this venture.
The first stitch- Anundsjö stitch is an easy one to start. It is hard to type the word, so it is just copied! There is another name for it- detached split stitch. This is the first time I have seen or heard of this stitch.

The sampler started with the individual stitches, then the same stitch is worked as linear stitch, the third row is an angled version of the individual stitches and in the last row, the securing stitch is worked at an angle.

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1.anunst-1

The picture is not very clear. Started this stitch as linear stitch in the first row and working the securing stitch on both sides alternatively. This gives an effect of barred alternative chain stitch.
The long and short version of the securing stitch is worked in the second row.
Each securing stitch is ended inside the previously worked split stitch in the last row.

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1.anunst-2

The zigzag version of the stitch is worked in the first row.
When the stitch is worked horizontally and the secure stitch is taken down vertically, it gives a T shaped stitch. This can be used as filling stitch also.
The split is made by pulling the stitch from two points in the last row.

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1.anunst-3

The detached split stitches are worked in three directions, the same treatment continues on the first row.
The second row is an inspiration from Queenie’s project on this stitch.
Two rows of this stitch are connected by another decorative stitch in another colour in the last row.

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1.anunst-4

I enjoyed working on this stitch sampler. Easy stitches lend themselves to more explorations. The full sampler.

1.Anundsjö stitch sampler

1.Anundsjö stitch sampler

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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mirblue-1

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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mirblue-2

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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mirblue-det2

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-

mirror work on blue detail

mirror work on blue detail

The piece with completed embroidery.

mirror work on blue

mirror work on blue