This past week I have been trying to work stitches from SSS challenge. So far the stitches are easy. It is sometime since this challenge was worked. The working of this crown stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
It is a simple stitch, I wanted to get the rhythm of the stitch is the first row. Then started with varying the last stitch on this stitch arrangement. Short stitches were worked in the first variation, extra lengthy stitches in the second variation, the stitches are curved in the third variation, two stitches are worked instead of one in the fourth variation, the stitch goes under the central stitch alone in the fifth variation. Circled around the three stitches in the sixth variation, the seventh variation as linear stitch has half worked with herringbone stitch on one side, the crown stitch is worked in two shades in the eighth variation.
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Now experimenting with the three straight stitches starts-
Four stitches are worked instead of three on the first variation, then five stitches were tried in the second variation, the stitches are short in the third variation, longer stitches form the fourth variation,
In the last four variations the central stitches are different embroidery stitches- fly, detached chain, pistil stitch and berry stitch.
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I really enjoyed working this stitch sampler. The crown stitch gives scope for possibilities. The whole sampler-sss.79. crown stitch sampler

 

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When I first saw the working of this stitch, it looked like a variation of feather stitch. Further reading led to the idea of learning another new stitch. It does have common aspects with feather stitch. The working of the stitch is here on Queenie’s blog.
Started the first sample with the basic stitch, extended the space between two sides in the second sample, and worked the sides more closely in the third sample.
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The extensions are growing longer in the first sample, two extensions are worked together to form this variation in the second row.
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In the 1st sample, the stitches extending on both sides are worked slightly apart, making the line look  like wave. The second sample, I wanted to play with the extensions- make them vertical on one side, it did not work well.
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More extensions are added in the first sample. And I seem to have worked the fourth sample again in the 2nd row!
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The extensions are angled and are not worked in straight line in the first row. This variation is quite interesting.  Two Maidenhair stitch rows are worked together in the last sample.
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The sampler-
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It was an easy stitch to work. Whipping the stitch, adding french knots are two interesting additions to this stitch.

 

This is a very new stitch. I have never come across this stitch before, may be because this stitch belongs to counted thread category. The stitch is explained here on Queenie’s blog along with links.
This stitch involved four steps for its completion. The first sample is the stitch in different stages of progress. The polyester was not ideal for working this stitch. The second sample worked in cotton skein is the basic stitch.
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The stitches are worked with spaces in the 1st row. The tall and wide version of the stitch are alternated in the second row.
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The stitches are worked to create borders in this part of the sampler.
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In the first row, after working the half crosses, only the second and fourth steps of the stitch are worked alternatively, resulting in this sample.

In the second row, the half crosses are worked like this\ and /  alternatively and pulling stitches are worked on them. If this sample had been worked with spaces between stitches, it would have given a better view of the detail.
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The first and the third steps [half crosses] are worked with space in between them [not worked through the same holes] and the stitches were worked on them in the first row. The stitches are worked in two colours in 2nd row. Upright versions of this stitch were tried in the last part of the sampler.
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A stitch which adds texture, have to look into the ways of using it.

The whole sampler

SSS.74. Boucle stitch sampler

I started on this challenge quite  late thinking it was an easy one. But it was different in reality. the details of this challenge is here.
First it gave too many choices, I couldn’t decide which stitches to use for filling.
The shapes within which these stitches can be experimented. Random shapes or shapes as part of a design. I started with random shapes.
The fabric to work the challenge. A pink colour striped handloom fabric was chosen [thinking the lines can be used as marking]
The indecision went on and on, at last I started on the sampler last week.
The sampler
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Arrow head stitches worked in two directions are used to fill the first shape.
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Lacing the chain stitch rows started on the second motif.
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After lacing the rows, running stitch rows are worked between them.
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The third motif starts with herringbone squares.
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Squares made of arrow head stitches are worked in the spaces between herringbone squares.
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Vertical threads are stitched down with chain stitch rows.
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Lock stitches are worked over straight stitches on this 4th shape.
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Closed herringbone filling in two colours was worked on this zizzag shape.
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Double herringbone stitch rows are worked to fill the 6th motif.
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Still working on this sampler.

 

I have seen this stitch, but never thought of attempting it before. When it is introduced on SSS challenge, it is time to try it. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
After drawing some lines with pencil on this plain cloth, I started with the basic stitch, worked another row of the stitch to practice the rhythm of the stitch. The third row is alternate working of short and long chains.
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Tried working the chains on both sides in the first sample. This is interesting. Next trial is to work the alternate chains as berry stitches in the second sample. Extending the tail of alternate chains is tried in the next sample.
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Time to work the petal stitches in circles. Started with working the petals outwards, then inwards and the last one is the combination of working the petals inwards and outwards.
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The sampler
SSS.60.Petal stitch sampler
The sampler was worked with red cotton skeins, some were six strands and others four strands. Combining the petals stitches with other stitches will give so many decorative options.

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.