The catching up on SSS challenge is still going on. The working of this stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with the basic stitch, I couldn’t get the rhythm, the stitches were looking more like cable chain stitches, towards the end the knots stayed in their right place. The second sample is worked with a space between two french knotted cable chain stitches.
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The chain stitches are worked alternatively long and short in the first sample. I tried making the french knots larger and the chain stitches smaller in the second sample.
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The alternate stitches are basic chain stitches in the first sample, zigzag french knotted chain stitch is worked as the last sample.
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The sampler-
SSS.63.French knotted chain stitch sampler
If the hoop had been tighter, the stitches would have turned better. This sampler was worked with perle cotton #8.

 

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Two days ago I started this linear stitch study sampler. Still not sure the way to explore these linear stitches.
Started with back stitch.
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Double back stitch, whipped back stitch, working crosses in between back stitches are the variations here.
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How to fill a shape with free style Cretan stitches was tried in the second sample.
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May be some decorative borders can be tried with these linear stitches.
The linear stitches worked on this sample are- herringbone, buttonhole and chain stitches.
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The centre is worked in coral stitch, with two rows of running stitches and stem stitch outlines are worked  in this sample.
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The base is Cretan stitch, with fly stitches in this sample, after outlining both sides with closed buttonhole stitch variation, worked rope stitches in light blue thread.
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The idea of working decorative borders with linear stitches might work.

 

Started with basic knotting over running stitch, decreased the length between the running stitches in the second sample.
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The knots are worked over two rows of running stitches, the size of the knots is slightly bigger. In the fourth sample, the knots are worked alternatively over two running and single running stitch, again the knots are more prominent.
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The running stitches are worked in an angle and the knots are worked over them in the first sample. The knots are worked over running stitch curve.
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Are multiple knots possible over running stitch? This was tried in the first sample. Two rows of knotted running stitches are facing each other in the last sample.
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The working of this stitch is on Queenie’s blog.The sampler-
SSS.59. knotted running stitch sampler

This time also it is an interesting concept on Beyond TAST challenge. The idea of layering the stitches is a new thing for me. Kutch work, mirror work, couching – on all these a certain amount of interlacing, layering were worked. But to work a piece with the main purpose of layering with stitches is different.
Sharon had started the flow with Rice stitch. I am keeping aside the possibilities of rice stitch and square boss stitch for the time being. Crewel embroidery details seems like a good place to start.
A linen bought from IKEA was prepared to work this sampler.
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The flower started with flat stitch in two shades of pink.
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Pistil stitches in blue worked over the petals.
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Outlined with chain stitch. The completed flower.
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Feather stitch and Satin stitches worked with basic stem stitch outline.
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Again outlining with chain stitch
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Buttonhole stitch around the feather stitch.
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After filling one half of the leaf with coral stitch, satin stitches are layered.
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Worked padded satin for the other part of the top leaf.
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After working the stem stitch, this sample is completed.
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Layering with stitches is a different angle which needs to be explored further.

 

This was a productive week.
The March and April black work mandala on MMM SAL was completed. The details and pictures will be posted later.
Some samples of Figure 8 knot stitch on SSS challenge was also tried during this week.
I had bought a ready to wear  printed Patiala salwar from FABINDIA. An ikat fabric was bought for the tunic. The combo.
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A yoke was embroidered and the tunic was also sewn. This was in 2014. This was also worn a few times in India, but when I wore this time, the tunic felt loose and short. This was brought back to Muscat.
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The idea of detaching the yoke and sewing it on to a peach fabric was implemented by the tailor. Now I want to work a buttonhole stitch  in peach colour around the inner circle, to match the peach tunic.
This linen fabric was bought in Dubai, IKEA. This fabric is to be used to work this month’s Beyond TAST challenge. It was cut to workable width and hemmed around the edges.
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The sampler started with a small flower.
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An interesting stitch which resembles the colonial knot, which I wouldn’t have known had I not joined this challenge. The working of the stitch on Queenies blog. Fearing the stitch on top may not hold intact the twist of the thread, I first tried it on a doodle cloth. The stitch was worked in perle cotton
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After this, confidently started on the sampler cloth with cotton skeins. Six strands were used to work these samples.
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I worked these stitches in a cluster and as a linear stitch.I like this stitch
SSS.57.Fig.8 knot stitch sampler

This is the last part of laid work embroidery on Beyond TAST challenge. This embroidery was quite interesting because- it was on my ‘to do’ list, the ground work for it was already done [adding the videos], it is a part of crewel work embroidery [which captivates me], the sampler cloth was ready with some designs, just copying the work from videos and the surprises and lessons learnt during the development of each design.
The designs-
Laid work with stranded cotton, and the work in perle cotton.
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Another interesting development of the design.
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Just diagonal weaving.
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Zigzag weaving
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We are back to laid work
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Whipping the threads both ways on this design
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I missed an intersection on this design. And the yellow thread is actually split stitch!
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The sampler cloth looks like this now. The traced designs can be tackled another time.
BeyondTAST18-Laidwork embroidery sampler