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.
SSS.31.braid stitch bag

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Bosnian stitch was 38th stitch on SSS challenge. An easy stitch, which can be a base for decorative seams. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
The first two samples are of the basic Bosnian stitch. I realized after the working the first row there was a mistake and worked it once more.
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Double row of Bosnian stitches are worked in two ways this part of the sampler.
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The angled stitches are long and this is wide version of Bosnian stitch in the first sample. The angled stitches are worked alternatively long and short in the second sample.
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The Bosnian stitches are worked at same height in the first row and they are worked in dvarying heights in the last two samples.
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The whole sampler
SSS.38.Bosnian stitch sampler
By varying the height, width and working isolated embroidery stitches, this Bosnian stitch is ideal for working decorative seams.

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.

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