This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is satin outline stitch. The working is on Queenie’s bog.
Patience is required to work this stitch neatly or at least evenly. With tired eyes and restlessness, that quality was absent. There is just a satisfaction of working this stitch.
I tried this stitch on matti cloth first.
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Thinking it might turn out better on plain sampler cloth. The first row is worked on four strands of cotton skein for split stitch, and the same thread is used for reinforcement and the satin stitches are worked in perle cotton#8. The second row also the threads are used in the same way, except while starting the satin stitch I did not stitch through the cloth, just went under the running stitches, the satin stitches are too mobile. Seeing it is not working, continued with inserting through the cloth. The thread used in this row is 6 strands of cotton skein. The curved third row is worked with satin outline stitch in six strands of cotton skein and completed with stem stitch in perle cotton. The last one is trying this stitch on a spiral design.
SSS.19.Satin outline stitch
As mentioned earlier, it requires patience. I may have to try this stitch some other time, with more light.

I am still in India. While working on the kutchwork design on orange and yellow tunic, this Q stitch came on SSS challenge. Feeling this stitch would be easy to try, I jumped over two previous stitches and started this stitch sampler. The working of the stitch is here on Queenie’s blog.
I started with the stitch looking like ‘Q’s. being the stitch name. In the second sample the chain stitch horizontal and the stitch extended upwards. The third row samples are V- shaped Q stitches, not a successful effort. The chain stitches twisted.
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The extensions of the chain stitches are long and short alternatively on the first row. The chain stitch themselves are long and short alternatively in the second row. The third row is an attempt of Q stitch worked on twisted chain.
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In the first row when I worked the chain stitches in an angle, the extensions were worked horizontal. This helped the chain stitches to behave. Double rows of Q stitches are worked in the next two samples. And chain stitch extensions are on both sides. The same idea of working the extensions on both sides is carried over and worked alternatively in the last sample.
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The completed sampler.
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It is an easy stitch to work. Can also be used as decorative stitch with other stitches.

It has been more than two weeks since I came to India. It is hard to find time to do embroidery. Another Sunday has come and gone and next stitch was also announced. At last a few samples of Norwich stitch could be worked. The working of this 14th stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
To understand the stitch, the first row of samples were worked. The next row of samples are worked over five holes with a hole left untouched, still in the mode of familiarising  with the stitch. The third row has Norwich stitch worked over four holes.
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It was time to try the upright version of this stitch on the first set of samples. What if two colour threads are used alternatively? The basic crosses are worked in one colour and the overlapping crosses are worked in another colour. The third row has bigger Norwich stitch samples worked in two colours. A few trials of Norwich stitch were done in the last row.
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The whole sampler. It is hard to think about variations in Chennai with so many activities.SSS.14.norwich stitch sampler

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.
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Transferred to the fabric.
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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.
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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.
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Ninth and tenth samples have french knots, satin stitches and mountmellick stitches.
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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.
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The whole mountmellick stitch sampler.
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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,

Stitch challenges
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The band sampler of last week’s lace stitch along with a few NESSAL black work borders was completed. This week’s stitch is mount mellick stitch. I have not worked this stitch before. I have always wanted to learn other embroidery techniques. This mount mellick embroidery is one of them. Taking the opportunity given by this challenge, an idea of working a sampler of some stitches of this embroidery along with this week’s stitch as come up. The shapes are drawn on paper and traced on a beige fabric. Hoping to start the work tomorrow.
TAST
This week’s stitch is a beautiful stitch with a long name- buttonholed cable chain stitch. The samples were worked on earlier challenge. The link was posted on FB group page yesterday.
I have started the embroidery with gold metallic thread on this green fabric.
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I am going to India for a whole month on this Saturday. Four weeks is too long to be without stitching. Just sorting through the projects to take at least two of them to India. Really hoping not to buy tunic fabrics for embroidery.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is lace stitch or three sided stitch. This stitch comes under pulled thread embroidery. The working is on Queenie’s blog. Earlier in this challenge we had four sided stitch. The samples of four sided stitch were worked as any counted thread stitch and not as pulled thread work. Needing to expand my skill, I have decided to work this stitch as pulled thread work.
Started to learn this stitch on mati cloth. The fabric is far more accommodative than I expected.
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Then tried the stitch on a linen bought from IKEA. This is not the effect I want.
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Mati cloth it is.
An idea to work the samples along with some borders seems like a good one at this point. Maybe it is better to work within a specified area. Then what about looking for some frames which can be used for this?
The frame
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Measured the area to be worked and started with the first sample.
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The pattern for this. It is the basic three sided stitch. The black dots are were the fabric is pulled and create holes.
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Two rows of three sided stitch worked together looks like this-
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The pattern
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The idea for this sample occurred while learning the stitch on matti cloth.
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The pattern. Each hexagon need not be connected. That’ll make another variation.
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Three sided stitch worked on both sides of this black work pattern.
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The pattern
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These squares are not connected.
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The pattern
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The stitches are worked diagonally.

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The pattern
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The sampler is completed. A picture of the sampler was also taken. It was not easy to insert the sampler inside the frame. The problem was not foreseen. After uploading the images, noticed that the sampler image was blurred. I did not want to take it out and insert it again. The framed sampler-
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It was very exciting to work on this sampler. I had tried pulled thread work when working on sumptuous surfaces class. But three sided stitch was tried for the first time on this challenge.
The matti cloth cooperated well.
The stitch itself is versatile.
I could work on another Stitch A Long in this project which was not happening for quite some time.
It was interesting learning process to fit the sampler within  the frame.
I could complete the work.

It was a good pastime to see designed stitch samplers on the net. Even though this is small piece I am happy to do this.

Stitch challenges
The knotted satin stitch of last week on SSS challenge was started on a peacock design on linen fabric. This will take a while to be completed. This week’s stitch on this challenge is lace stitch or three sided stitch on pulled thread embroidery. The samples are to be worked on small area within a frame. It’s started today.
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NESSAL
Some bands will be taken from this stitch along to work with lace stitch.
TAST
This week Algerian eye stitch is on TAST challenge. The samples were worked on earlier challenge. The link to the samples on this blog was posted today morning on FB group page.
The stitch challenge stitches are taking up most of the time this week. The cross stitch borders were completed on Aida fabric for navy blue polyester linen tunic.
This fabric is benarasi georgette in green.
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Benarasi means a type of weaving on different fabrics. Silk, tussar, cotton, georgette , chiffon, crepe, wool are all woven in this type. It is from Varanasi [in northern India] or Benaras as it is called.
An embroidery with stones and zardosi beads will be worked around the neckline on dark green fabric. The design is ready to be traced.