A stitch a day is the way I have been working on this monthly challenge.
A shape made of cretan stitch and herringbone stitch combo was worked inside the design.
The detail of the stitched shape.
The sampler growing with some more stitches.
A herringbone and cretan combo again.
First sample is cretan tree shape and the second one is fly and scroll stitch tree shape.
These tree shapes were worked in triangular cretan, Algerian eye part and fly stitches.
Another motif worked with cretan stitch and buttonhole centre. the organic design is worked with up and down buttonhole stitch and detached chain stitch.
The first sample worked with berry stitch leaf with back stitch outline and the second sample is worked with queen stitch leaves.
The queen stitch is worked around the shape inside the design too.
A few more stitches to go.



This month’s challenge by Sharon is a new thing for me. TAST challenge was helpful in exploring and studying so many stitches.
While browsing the huge Stitch dictionary of Sharon, I lose the purpose of the challenge every time and keep looking at the eye candy!

Each and every time I read the instructions and guidelines for this month’s challenge, I don’t know where to start and how to go about it. Puzzling over is not really challenge I suppose. I have decided to take baby steps and see where it leads to.
Started with cretan stitch.
Explored further with other shapes.  Kutch work influence can be seen in these samples!
After interlacing the hexagon shape in the first sample, tried working the cretan stitches from the same point, but different angles in the second sample. The herringbone square is expanded in the third sample. Two interlocking herringbone triangles are worked in the green sample, this led to crossing at the centre the four herringbone stitches in the yellow sample. The last sample is Algerian eye worked with fly stitches.
Algerian eye worked with long tailed detached chains, pistil stitches and long tailed cross stitches.

The samples-

Filling a shape with other isolated stitches seems like an interesting concept.


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.

I am working on Beyond TAST, a stitch challenge by SharonB.

Kogin sampler
Time was spent on looking at kogin patterns and pattern darning. There are so many. This blog has lots of kogin patterns. Wonderful work.
I have this long term idea of doing embroidery samplers. This kogin embroidery can be one of them. After looking at the images of kogin, I made small start of drawing some patterns on 5mm graph paper. A sample-
This pattern drawing can be a continuous process, which starts now. By this way I am easing the pressure of working within a time frame.
The fabric chosen for this Kogin sampler is loose weave towel from India. It is most ideal for our climate, absorbs moisture, used as filtering soaked grains, dries up fast, totally useful even after it is torn actually. Now the new use of doing embroidery. It is not easy to handle this loose fabric, but hoping practice will make it easier. Yet to check the fabric count, but the weave is quite close.
I started the sampler yesterday. The progress-
Swedish Weaving
This embroidery also comes under running stitch style. Browsing the net  for Swedish weaving or huck embroidery was also part of this week’s occupation. Before even attempting to try the stitch, an idea of working a border on a small towel was implemented today.
The towel-
Starting the pattern
The completed towel-
BTAST-1-Huck- towel
More clear picture of the embroidery. The work was done with perle cotton.
Feeling quite satisfied, is all I can say.
Will continue this running stitch journey.


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

Happy New Year!
First post of 2018. It was a busy week, and it just flew away. As they say, ‘Time flies when you are happy’
All I remember is thinking, doing, relaxing, eating, exercising, browsing- sometimes doing two things together. Now, ready for another year.
There are two SALs that were interesting for me.

MMM blackwork
Every month there will be a black work design posted on the blog. For January I am planning to work on 16 count Aida[ I think]. More details as this project progresses.
This year this blog will post cross stitch borders on Saturdays. I may not work all the charts. This is yet to start, and my RPW 2017 alphabet SAL is yet to be taken to task!
Stitch Challenges
I have worked on chosen stitches. The details of those samples have to be posted. Waiting for Sunday for the next stitch.
Beyond TAST
This challenge is for stitchers who have worked the earlier TAST challenges. Sharon has given some guidelines. I have this small table cloth with 7 Aida panels.
1st idea- work some Sashiko patterns on them?
Blue ikat tunic
After working the outlines in white, I have started with the mirrors on this tunic project.
Along with the yellow table cloth, a small long stitch kit was lying around to be noticed. The UFO’s have also been waiting their turn. Let us see.

Bosnian stitch was 38th stitch on SSS challenge. An easy stitch, which can be a base for decorative seams. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
The first two samples are of the basic Bosnian stitch. I realized after the working the first row there was a mistake and worked it once more.
Double row of Bosnian stitches are worked in two ways this part of the sampler.
The angled stitches are long and this is wide version of Bosnian stitch in the first sample. The angled stitches are worked alternatively long and short in the second sample.
The Bosnian stitches are worked at same height in the first row and they are worked in dvarying heights in the last two samples.
The whole sampler
SSS.38.Bosnian stitch sampler
By varying the height, width and working isolated embroidery stitches, this Bosnian stitch is ideal for working decorative seams.