This is a very new stitch on SSS stitch challenge. The working is explained on Queenie’s blog. I have a good respect for bullion stitch by not attempting it often. Sometimes these stitch challenges don’t help. This is one such time.
Starting the sampler, each and every twist on bullion had a mind of its own. During the earlier days of learning bullion stitches [most times the trials were abandoned] it seemed to prove that bullions are not my friends. After attempting and working some bullion stitches on TAST, a long distance relationship has emerged. Meaning- Looking at bullion stitches does not scare me. Their beauty is well appreciated.
A wretched attempt this time around-
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Another row was tried again, during half way some of the half bullioned chain stitches looked passable. May be it is possible to work this stitch. The second row is a version long and short version of the stitch. The alternate stitches are chain stitches in the third row. The zigzag version is worked in the fourth row.
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The plain part of this stitch is whipped in the first sample. I tried working the bullions alternatively on bottom and top in the second sample. Some detached chains, long tailed detached chains, twisted chains and Q stitches are worked with half bullions in the last sample.
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The sampler is done!SSS.28.half bullioned chain stitchsampler

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A simple stitch with a long name is on SSS challenge this week. The working is on Queenie’s blog. These stitches were not part of TAST challenge. She has been posting stitches in alphabetical order till last week. It is interesting to learn new stitches and explore them. This week’s stitch is taken from Japanese embroidery book by Sadako Totsuka.
The sampler started with the basic stitch, the way it is worked by Queenie.in the second row, the buttonholed legs are shorter than the simple buttonhole legs. In the third sample the angled buttonholed legs are longer. The buttonholed legs are alternatively long and short in the fourth sample.
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I wanted to combine this stitch with other buttonhole stitch variations. The first row is a combination with closed buttonhole, the second row was worked with the thinking that it is knotted buttonhole, but realized after checking it is actually sailor’s edge stitch with long legs, buttonholed stitches are combined with that. In the third row, this stitch combined with top knotted buttonhole. The fourth sample has crossed buttonhole with this stitch.
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I started with the combination of this stitch with fancy bobbin stitch in the first row, knotted buttonhole stitch in the second row, sailor stitch in the third row and variation of up and down buttonhole stitch in the fourth row.
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The first sample is with picots, it does not look that impressive, still it is a stitch combo. The straight line is whipped [or laced?] in the second sample. I was itching to buttonhole the straight line from the minute I read the name of the stitch, it is done in the last sample.
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It was interesting to study and explore this stitch. The completed sampler.

SSS.27.buttonholed buttonhole stitch sampler

This zigzag stitching was tried on many stitches- chain stitch, back stitch, running stitch, buttonhole stitches. In fact one of the variation tried on various stitch explorations is this zigzag version of the stitch. This time around on SSS challenge we have just the basic zigzag stitch, which I have never tried before. The working is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with the basic zigzag stitch in the first sample. The individual version of zigzag stitch was tried in the second sample, this uses more thread in the back. a closely worked zigzag stitch is worked in the third sample.
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The zigzag stitches are long and narrow in the first sample, after working the wider version of this stitch in the second sample, the wider and narrower versions are alternated in the third sample. The fourth sample is long and short zigzag stitch.
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After working X-ray stitch and Y stitch, it was tempting to work Z stitch. This first sample is more of a variation of back stitch. After this three rows of zigzag stitches were worked  upright cross stitch, weaving and chain stitch are worked over the crosses in dark blue thread.
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The sampler is completed with these samples. The samples are worked with polyester thread.

SSS.26.zigzag stitch sampler

We have another new stitch on SSS challenge this week-Y-stitch. The working is on Queenie’s blog.
The sampler starts with the basic Y stitch. The Y stitches are worked closer in the second sample. The twisted chains are extended in the third sample. The fly stitches are longer in the fourth sample.
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It is time to work the Y stitches horizontal. These horizontal Y’s are the first sample row. The Y stitches are worked first from left to right and from right to left to make a double row of Y stitches in the second sample.
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An easy stitch to work. This stitch can be used as filling an empty space. This also gives rise to the idea of working two different stitches together. It will be an interesting exercise. The whole sampler.SSS.25.Y-stitch sampler

This seems like a new found stitch on SSS challenge. The working is on Queenie’s blog. This is extension of cross stitch or ‘X’ stitch.
After working the cross stitches in variegated thread, the straight stitch rays are worked in orange thread.
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Some more variations of rays on this part of the sampler. Angling the rays add another dimension to this stitch. The possibilities become more.
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This sampler is completed with these samples.
SSS.24.x-ray stitch sampler
By arranging the stitches in a systematic manner we can fill large spaces on fabrics. Very useful stitch and opens up the mind to work these rays on other stitches.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge was an easy one. The working on Queenie’s blog. Easy stitch does not mean more options for variations. The sampler started with ideas of variations to be worked on these running stitch rows.
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The first row is the basic whipped running stitch. The running stitches are long in the second row and whipping is done over them. The third row has small running stitches worked at equal intervals and whipping is done over them. I noticed that when the running stitches are medium or long, the whipping twists them a little bit. But when the running stitches are small, they stay horizontal while whipping. What  a great discovery!
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The running stitches are long and short alternatively and whipping is done over them in the first sample. The whipping continues on the following samples where the running stitch rows are more than one. Two adjacent rows of running stitches are whipped together in the second sample. Two rows of running stitches with space between them are whipped in the third sample. The fourth sample has up and down running stitch over which the whipping is done. The same idea is extended in the fifth sample to work whipping on four rows of running stitches. After working a simple running stitch row, another row of running stitches are worked at angles over them[ for assistance see the running stitch sampler], then they are whipped in the last sample.
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Three rows of whipped running stitches is the first sample. After working three rows of running stitches, the last row alone is whipped in the second sample [I saw this sample on a book]. Alternate running stitches are whipped in the last sample.
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The whipped running stitch sampler.
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Yes it was easy working on this stitch sampler. The running stitches are worked in perle cotton and the whipping is done with polyester thread.

This week’s stitch on SSS challenge is vault stitch. The working of this needlepoint stitch is on Queenie’s blog. I have never heard of this stitch. It goes by other names too [ex] fan vaulting, Church roof stitch… I was trying to find this stitch on the net, but was not very successful.
The stitch consists of two parts, one worked vertical and second part horizontal. First I thought this was just a variation worked by Queenie, then realized the stitch is completed only after working both parts.
The sampler is started with the basic vault stitch. In the second sample the horizontal stitches are narrow. The third sample is a variation- the horizontal stitches are worked wide and narrow alternatively. In the fourth sample, the vertical stitches are short.
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In the second part of the sampler, the first row is vault stitch worked in two colours. The two threads were worked continuously by parking aside the non-working thread. The vault stitch is outlined with running stitch in the second sample. Three arrangements were tried with vault stitch in the last part of the sampler.
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It was interesting to arrange the vault stitch in the last part of the sampler.
SSS.22.Vault stitch sampler
With these samples vault stitch experiments are over.