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.
sss-8-heachst-1
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.
sss-8-heavy-chain-stitch
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.

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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.

SSS.6.fosist-1

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.

SSS.6.fosist-2

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.

SSS.6.fosist-3

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.

SSS.6.fosist-4

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.

SSS.6.fosist-5

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.

SSS.6.fosist-view

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.

SSS2016.2.backst-1

SSS2016.2.backst-1

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

SSS2016.2.backst-2a

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!

SSS2016.2.backst-2b

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.

SSS2016.2.backst-3a

SSS2016.2.backst-3a

The back side looked interesting for these two samples too.

SSS2016.2.backst-3b

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.

SSS2016.2.backst-4

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.

1.anunst-1

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.

1.anunst-2

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.

1.anunst-3

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.

1.anunst-4

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-

mirblue-pat

mirblue-pat

Buttonhole stitch variations are worked over the pattern drawn.

mirblue-1

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.

mirblue-2

mirblue-2

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

mirblue-det1

mirblue-det1

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

mirblue-det2

mirblue-det2

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

mirblue-3

mirblue-3

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

mirblue-4

mirblue-4

The whole piece after working back stitches with white thread.

mirblue-det3

mirblue-det3

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

mirblue-5

mirblue-5

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

mirblue-det4

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

The TAST challenge has surfaced at last this year. It is rerun of the 2012 challenge. Still I like the idea of weekly stitch challenge. This fly stitch was part of an earlier TAST challenge too, I worked some samples when it was rerun on stitchinfingers community in 2008. The details of the samples are posted here.
I worked more samples in 2012. The details are posted here.
The method of working the fly stitch is posted on Pintangle.

For some time, an idea of working a sampler of various embroidery stitches was on my mind. After getting some input on this from Sharon and other members of TAST group on facebook, the first steps for this book has started. More details will be posted on its progress soon.
These are some samples of fly stitches used on various embroidery works.
Here the fly stitch is worked as linear stitch along with sequins.

01.fs

01.fs

Fly stitch are worked on printed border.

02.fs

02.fs

Fly stitch used on leaf design with stem stitch outline.

03.fs

03.fs

A fly stitch combination. I have used this on many projects.

04.fs

04.fs

Fly stitch worked in a circle with beads.

05.fs

05.fs

Fly stitches worked with Algerian eye stitch variation.

06.fs

06.fs

Fly stitch part of this stitch arrangement.

07.fs

07.fs

This fly stitch was worked to add beads in between the stitches.

08a.fs

08a.fs

After adding the beads.

08b.fs

08b.fs

Another fly stitch leaf with beads and stem stitch outline.

09.fs

09.fs

Individual fly stitches on design.

10.fs

10.fs

Fly stitches with back stitch centre.

11.fs

11.fs

Fly stitches with zardosi beads.

12.fs

12.fs

Fly stitch arrangement with sequins.

13.fs

13.fs

Fly stitch stems with mirrors and stones.
14.fs
There has been extensive use of fly stitch on these embroidery projects proving that it is a great stitch on its own and also enhances other stitches.

Some more samples of barb stitch. This stitch was worked as tree motif in the first sample. The buttonhole stitches were worked in a pattern to achieve this. The second sample can be worked as a broad border and a filling. Every fifth whipping stitch is dropped in the third sample.

44.138.barb st-4

44.138.barb st-4

These samples are barb stitch on buttonhole stitch variations-1. Up and down buttonhole rows. 2. Closed and crossed buttonhole rows.3. Top knotted buttonhole rows.

44.138.barb st-5

44.138.barb st-5

The first sample is combined with double lock stitch, this sample looks like lace when worked with polyester thread. The barb stitch is combined with knotted buttonhole band in the last sample.

44.138.barb st-6

44.138.barb st-6

The sampler was completed today.

44.138.Barb stitch sampler

44.138.Barb stitch sampler

So many possibilities can be tried with this easy stitch