The idea of working the isolated shapes on a random design is growing slowly.
Started with some woven crosses, moved onto colonial knots [ which need more practice] and worked some isolated back stitches.
The design looks like this after working the outline with stem stitch and Pekinese stitch.
What if the name of stitches worked inside the design is forgotten at a later time. Better to work them separately and note them down. The last two samples on the right are back stitch squares, an idea to interlace through them is to be done.
After the interlacing.
The interlaced back stitch squares are inside the design now.
Some isolated triple chain stitches and arrowhead stitches are worked on the design.
The triple chain and arrowhead stitches are worked for future reference.
After working Algerian eye variation, a part of Breton stitch is taken for study.
Algerian eye outline on the design
The part Breton stitch used as linear stitch here.BTAST-2-13


At last I started working on 32nd week’s stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB – Cast on stitch.
This stitch is really tough, I had zero control over the tension, working, placement on these stitch attempts. With no idea forthcoming for the stitch sampler, I took an easy way to work this stitch with other stitches, One way to practice this stitch.
The stitch practice sessions resulted in this-

32.caston stitch sampler

The details-
1. While working the first three, I had no idea what was going on! The next few are combined with chain stitch, fly stitch and oyster stitches.


2.The other stitches are buttonhole , zigzag back and whipped wheel .


3. Cast on stitches worked with Algerian eye stitch, and then, two experiments of cast on stitches were bravely attempted


4.first one is another way to use this cast on stitch. Cast on stitches worked with buttonhole wheel variation and feather stitch.

32.caston st-4

5. herringbone ,Cretan, closed buttonhole and up and down buttonhole stitches are combined with cast on stitches in this part of the sampler.


Though it is a wonderful stitch, I need lots of practice to actually use this stitch on any embroidery projects.

This week’s challenge stitch of the TAST 2010 was very interesting.It blends itself to many possibilities. I tried only a few-

To start off, I tried this stitch for the first time.

next line, the narrow and wide version of this stitch is alternated.

3rd line-as you can see, one stitch is short  and next one long.

I tried varying the heights  of the stitch.

 In this- 2 lines of the stitch, facing each other.

Italian border st samp-1

 Next, just two lines of the stitch.

 this stitch is a trial of  decorative seam,just by adjusting the placement of the stitch.

Arranged the stitch in a semi- circle.

Italian border st samp-2

detached chain st ,fly stitch  are added to a line of this st.

The line is made of the stitch in 2 colours.

A line where I alternated between the basic stitch and its inversion, embellished with beads.

Laced this line with a thicker thread.

I whipped the last line of this stitch.

Italian border st samp-3


This is a very beautiful stitch., can be used in place of fly stitch as a decoration.

The stitch will look better if done on an evenweave.

 I keep changing the fabric, to see how each stitch appears on them.

And my personal library of stitches is also growing.

 My sampler-

Italian border st sampler