I have never worked couching stitch like this. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.

After posting the progress on Wednesday, I totally forgot  about this stitch till today.
A thicker needle would have been better. Stitching to complete this sampler today, may not have been an ideal way to study this stitch. The fabric was right for the stitch. The couched thread is six strands of cotton skein and the couching thread is three strands of cotton skein.
SSS.52.Underside couching
Need more practice to work this stitch neat.


This week was busy stitch wise. It was slow, but interesting too.
Stitch challenges
SSS Challenge
Last week’s stitch was an easy one. This week’s stitch is waiting to be started. Thinking about what fabric to use to learn this stitch.
Beyond TAST
It is hard for me to be creative, being a follower of rules, but I am slowly getting comfortable and have started enjoying the study of stitches. Everyday a stitch is studied on this challenge.
RPW 2018 is totally neglected for the time being. The black work mandala was completed.
The light green on the tree was completed.
The blue on the lake was started.
Red gaada tunic
The embroidery on the front neck is being worked now. Next work is the mirrors.
While browsing for embroidery stitches, an inspiration to work Kashmiri embroidery kept coming back. A cream tussar silk fabric is chosen for this tunic project.


The needlepoint tapestries are worked with this stitch. When this stitch became a part of SSS challenge last week, there was an anticipation to work a small flower in tent stitch. The days went by, realizing it is almost the end of the week, decided to work the stitch as sampler. The working is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with a single row of tent stitch, a slightly bigger version was tried in the second sample. Six strands of cotton skein was used to work the samples.
The diagonal working of tent stitch is the first sample. The second sample is the filling with tent stitch.
Tried some patterns in tent stitch in these samples.
The tent stitch sampler.
SSS. 51. Tent stitch sampler
It was an easy stitch to work, the anticipation to work a chart still remains there. God willing, another time it might happen.


This stitch on SSS challenge is the basic stitch with which the Bayeux tapestry was worked. The working is illustrated by Queenie on her blog. Having read about this tapestry on the net, I never would have thought about learning more about the embroidery, if it hadn’t been for Queenie.
Seeing the manner with which the elements of the tapestry were stitched, an idea of attempting the stitches on Indian folk art came to mind. Madhubani is a folk art from Bihar, India. Big tapestries, paintings, wall decorations, floor decorations, cushions, bags, boxes are embellished with this art form. The elements are taken from nature and mythology. If the depicts Krishna, Ganesha or Goddesses with nature elements it is Madhubani. And if the same art form is used for depicting the story of Rama it is Mythila paintings. These folk art forms are used for working Kantha embroidery also.
For this challenge two elements were chosen- lotus and fish. The pattern
Started with the first stitch on lotus and outlining with black thread. at this stage the fillings were worked first and the outlines later.
In this part the outlining preceded the fillings. It seems better this way.
The knowledge of working Kantha embroidery helped in working the curved filllings.
The whole project was worked with cotton skeins. Four strands for fillings, and 3 strands for working the stem stich outlines.
SSS.50.Bayeux sampler
Actually I enjoyed working this embroidery, seeing the fish growing gave sense of satisfaction. The Bayeux stitch and folk art are worth pursuing further.

This week was a stitch busy week. Without making a proper plan to work on embroidery samplers, somehow the project seems to have started.
Stitch challenges
SSS challenge
Last week’s stitch was colonial knot, which was  never worked before. This knot was tried with the help of instructions on Queenie’s blog. Yet to have an idea of how to use this knot. This week’s stitch is Bayeux stitch. I have read a little about Bayeux tapestry, but have not thought about the embroidery stitches on it. An idea to use this stitch on Indian folk design is in mind.
Beyond TAST
I am still working on Sashiko project and Kogin sampler on this challenge. Swedish weaving sampler is yet to be started. These embroidery samplers have been a dream for me. Instead of consciously starting this mega project, these attempts to learn and work new embroidery styles may help in seeing the realism of this idea.
RPW 2018
Randjes are being posted on the blog. A few of them are inspiration for kutch embroidery too. This is the progress on this challenge this week.
The black work motif of this month was completed. it will be posted soon on the blog.
Maroon and blue ikat combo tunic
This tunic project started with two shades of grey cotton skeins used for stitching- Cretan, buttonhole and leaf stitches on this motif, this week.
Red gaada
Closed cretan stitches are used to work the half circles on neck of this red /black tunic.
I do seem have fingers on too many embroidery work, but this is quite interesting. Whenever it gets boring, I can either shift to the next one, or write about the various ideas on my journal or set them aside and do something else.


This was a good week. We had harvest festival of our state- Pongal.
Stitch challenge
The MMM SAL is nearing the end. The photo taken few days ago.
RPW 2018
Last week was more progressive on this SAL. Nothing to report this week.
Stitch Challenges
Beyond TAST
The work of Sashiko patterns on yellow table cloth has moved to fourth panel.
A few kogin patterns were drawn on graph paper, and the Kogin sampler was started on a towel cloth.
Last week’s stitch was completed on time. And waiting for some idea to sprout on this week’s stitch. Some ideas for floral samplers are popping now and then.
The mirrors are blue ikat tunic is also nearing completion. Just a few more mirrors to work.
Maroon and blue ikat combo tunic
I had two fabrics- a blue ikat and a maroon handloom cotton. Before the tailor went on his vacation, a tunic was sewn with these two fabrics.
A small design from ‘Paisleys designs from India’ was taken, scaled and drawn. This will be traced on to the plain maroon fabric in the front of the tunic. The threads and the tunic.
These days I have started writing down ideas, inspirations. This is quite helpful. It is like an idea journal. It also keeps me on track.


When I saw this week’s SSS challenge stitch on Queenie’s blog, it got registered in mind as detached buttonhole stitch. Having seen this stitch as filling in crewel and stumpwork embroidery, and it was not part of TAST challenge, decided to work stitch samples as band sampler. Then, while actually referring to the tutorial of the stitch, I realized it was actually detached up and down buttonhole stitch. Now the excitement was much more, may be it will look like tatting or macramé, these thoughts went through the mind. The reality of actually working the stitches took all the air from my fantasy balloon.
Started the sampler with the way Queenie worked, and took it out the next day, only to start with my way. The first sample shows all the gymnastics of the needle. Decided to work another sample, this time in one way [my way]. This difference is because, many people have their own needle movements for buttonhole stitch. The way I work has become an habit now.
These two samples are detached up and down buttonhole stitches worked over two rows of running stitches [in the first sample] and over three rows [in the second sample]
Time to vary the running stitch rows. In the first sample, the running stitches are worked at two levels and this stitch worked over them. I like the wavy pattern. A one way running stitch with one space between the stitches, created the third sample and our stitch was worked over it. I seem to have got the rhythm of this stitch now and started flying high again.
Finding it difficult to explain the way the running stitches are worked in words, a small part of the base stitch variations are left bare. The second row is zigzag stitch and the last one is chain stitch.
I do like working this stitch, and this stitch can be used for adorning any simple stitch, working the stitch over zigzag and chain stitches is just example. The whole sampler.SSS.48.Detached up and down buttonhole stitch sampler