This is another new stitch for me in this SSS challenge. The working is on Queenie’s blog. This is last week’s stitch, it took a while to complete the sampler.
This mountmellick embroidery is one of the many types of embroidery I have been planning to learn and execute. This challenge is used to work some samplers of new stitches and new embroideries.
After knowing the stitch of the week on this challenge, some browsing for the embroidery began on pinterest board. A few samples of  mountmellick stitch and other stitches were chosen.
Different shapes were drawn to work these combinations.
SSS.13.moumst-pat
Transferred to the fabric.
SSS.13.moumst-fpat
The first sample is outlined with mountmellick stitch and filled with back stitch and French knots. Detached chain stitches were worked around in circle and outlined with mountmellick stitch in the second sample, after filling the third sample with mountmellick stitch rows it is outlined with Portuguese stem stitch, the inner spine of the fourth sample is worked with two rows of buttonhole stitch and the outlie is worked in mountmellick stitch.
SSS.13.moumst-1,2,3,4
After outlining the fifth sample with mountmellick stitch straight stitches are worked. The spine in the sixth sample is worked with mountmellick stitch with detached chain and French knots and outlined with stem stitch. The seventh sample is a combo of fly stitch variation and mountmellick stitch.mountmellick stitch is combined with Danish knots on the eighth sample.
SSS.13.moumst-5,6,7,8
Ninth and tenth samples have french knots, satin stitches and mountmellick stitches.
SSS.13.moumst-9,10
Three rows of mountmellick stitches are worked with pistil stitches on eleventh sample. The mountmellick spine on twelfth sample is outlined with chain stitch. Mountmellick stitch veins are outlined with feather stitch in the thirteenth sample.wheatear stitch forms the spine of this mountmellick stitched outline of the fourteenth and the last sample.
SSS.13.moumst-11,12,13,14
The whole mountmellick stitch sampler.
SSS.mountmellick stitch sampler
I like the texture produced by this stitch. It is easier to manage than palestrina knot stitch. Since mountmellick embroidery is worked in white threads on white fabric, I wanted a sampler with totally different effect. Perle cotton #8 cooperated very well with the working of this stitch. I understand why I face problems with polyester threads. It is long way to go on this mountmellick embroidery journey, just feeling happy to have started this at this point,

The working of this week’s stitch is on SharonB’s blog. I worked this isolated stitch with other TAST stitches in this sampler.

42.90.twisted satin with bead sampler

42.90.twisted satin with bead sampler

1.The twisted satin stitch with beads are worked with stem stitch curve, herringbone stitch, buttonhole wheel, Algerian eye and fly stitches,

42.90.twsatbead-1

42.90.twsatbead-1

2.The other stitches that form the motifs in the first row are, bullion knots, French knots, pistil stitches and arrowhead stitch worked as a star. The second row has chain stitch circles, Italian border stitches, basque and buttonhole stitches worked in circles. The twisted satin with beads are worked with these stitches.

42.90.twsatbead-2

42.90.twsatbead-2

3. Set of five and eight twisted satin with beads are  worked in the first two samples, Cretan stitch worked as a triangle and square herringbone are other stitches in the next two samples in the first row. The second row has detached chain stitches, set of three beads, woven cross stitch and chevron stitch worked as a square

42.90.twsatbead-3

42.90.twsatbead-3

Before working the beaded twisted satin stitches, the other stitches were worked on this sampler-

42.90.twsatbead-basic

42.90.twsatbead-basic

I prefer to work the satin stitch with tapestry needle and perle cotton or the cone thread and the beads with thinner thread. It is time consuming, but better than trying to insert the bead to a thicker needle. Maybe, after working with # 5 perle cotton I could change my view.
For now looking forward to the next week’s stitch and catching up with last week’s twisted satin stitch.

These samples are worked by varying the height of the stitches and keeping the number of stitches from three to seven. The first sample is worked vertically and the rest horizontally. I like this stitch worked in conical shape with a twist in the middle.

28.76.vanst-6

28.76.vanst-6

This was an easy stitch to work, but needed to effort to maintain evenness of the stitch which I couldn’t achieve in most part of the sampler. The smaller versions look better.

The whole sampler.

28.76.vandyke stitch sampler

28.76.vandyke stitch sampler

I was on vacation when this stitch was announced on TAST 2013 stitch challenge by SharonB. I had worked this stitch during a previous TAST challenge, still I want to explore this stitch some more.

28.76.vandyke st-sampler1

28.76.vandyke st-sampler1

1.In the first sample, one side of the central chain stitch is whipped. In the second sample, a wide version of Vandyke stitch is worked and pink thread is woven through it.

28.76.vanst-1

28.76.vanst-1

2. I worked Vandyke stitch as leaves and stems and various TAST stitches to create these motif patterns. The other stitches used here are-
Detached chain stitch, woven detached chain stitch, french knots, Italian border stitch, raised cross stitch flower, pistil stitch, stem stitch [stem], buttonhole wheel, bullion knot, whipped wheel, laced square herringbone, slipped detached chain, cast on stitch and arrowhead stitch. phew!

28.76.vanst-2

28.76.vanst-2

After working the last few motifs, this sampler was completed today. The second part of the sampler-

49.buttonhole eyelet flower2-sampler2

49.buttonhole eyelet flower2-sampler2

4.The motifs have other TAST stitches, chain, basque, up and down buttonhole and the last one with Algerian eye stitch.

49.buteyeflower2-4

49.buteyeflower2-4

I was planning to skip this stitch sampler, because it was already done before. But realised the joy of working the variations every week was definitely worth than the difficulty of the stitch. The knowledge and the skill  gained cannot  be  easily dismissed.
Now,I have to catch up on magic chain  stitchand portugese border stitch.

The idea of using other stitches to work these flowers was first drawn on paper-

49.buttonhole eyelet flower2- pattern

49.buttonhole eyelet flower2- pattern

The sampler after working the buttonhole eyelets[or wheels?]

49.buteyeflowerst-eyelets

49.buteyeflowerst-eyelets

I worked the middle row today-
3. The other stitches used in these motifs are pistil and arrow

49.buteyeflowerst2-3

49.buteyeflowerst2-3

The sampler so far-

49.buttonhole eyelet flower2-sampler1

49.buttonhole eyelet flower2-sampler1

2. Some more samples of buttonhole eyelet flower. Detached chain stitches are worked in the middle flower.

49.buteyeflowerst2-2

49.buteyeflowerst2-2