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.
WIPW174-peachtoyk-1
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.
WIPW174-peachtoyk-2
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.
WIPW174-BTAST18-4-1
The sampler started with a small flower.
WIPW174-BTAST-4-2

 

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A lovely name for detached  triple chain stitch. The method of working this stitch is on Queenie’s blog. Working this way gives more dimension to an ordinary detached chain stitch. So I worked the stitch on satin cloth, pattern taken from old pattern book.
The flower in two shades of blue with four strands of cotton skein.
SSS.44. milfleur-1
The stems are worked in outline stitch.
SSS.44.milfleur-2
The leaves are again  worked with mille fleur stitch.
SSS.44.milfleur-3
Added small pearl beads inside the flowers.
SSS.44.milfleur-4
This project was completed just before the tailor left for vacation. The worked satin fabric was sewn on the towel by him.
SSS.44.mille fleur stitch
The old patterns which have detached chain options can be used for this stitch. Another option  is using this stitch with ribbon embroidery. A pretty and easy stitch for textural embroidery.

 

I am still catching up on TAST stitches. Kiko’s flower stitch tutorial is here on Pintangle. Though this was part of earlier TAST challenge, it was not explored then. At that time I was terrified of bullion knots.
This stitch is combined with other stitches in this pattern sampler.
Kiko’s flower stitches are worked with- chain stitch, herringbone stitch, buttonhole stitch and feather stitch.

38.132.kiko'sst-1

38.132.kiko’sst-1

The other stitches in this second part of the sampler are- woven chain stitches, triple chain stitches, french knots and coral stitch.

38.132.kiko'sst-2

38.132.kiko’sst-2

This part of the sampler is decorative florals made of kiko’s flower stitches and other stitches. the details of other stitches.

38.132.kiko'sst-3

38.132.kiko’sst-3

These florals started with cretan stitch ring, french knots centre and berry stitch petals.

38.132.kiko's st-4

38.132.kiko’s st-4

First sample has square herringbone and pistil stitches, second sample is made of basque stitch ring and the Algerian eye stitch forms the centre for the third sample.

38.132.kiko's st-5

38.132.kiko’s st-5

The first sample has arrowhead ring, slipped detached chain stitch ring is the base for the second sample and whipped square and a variation of kikos flower stitch [the buttonhole stitches after the first buttonhole stitch are shorter , making the bullion stitches angled] form the third motif.

38.132.kiko'sst-6

38.132.kiko’sst-6

After working two more samples  with buttonhole stitch, fern stitch and fly stitches ,the sampler was completed.

38.132.kiko's flower stitch sampler

38.132.kiko’s flower stitch sampler

This cannot be called a simple stitch, but it was easier than I expected. One tip- it is best to work the other stitches first [especially the chain stitches] because the thread gets entangled over this textured stitch.

If it was tough to maintain the rhythm of this beaded knotted band in a line, it was much harder to work it around shapes, but it was interesting too.
The band is worked over straight stitches in leaf shape [?] in the first sample, beaded knots worked on buttonhole stitch variation in the second sample. the band are worked around Algerian eye stitches in the third sample. Chain stitch is worked in the centre of the band in the fourth sample. Band worked over satin ribbon couched with straight stitches.

43.137.beadknbholeband-4

43.137.beadknbholeband-4

Before working the band, the leaf and Algerian eye looked like this.

43.137.beadknbholeband-4a

43.137.beadknbholeband-4a

Other stitches are worked with these beaded zigzag bands in this part of the sampler- pistil stitches, fly stitches and cross stitches. The fly stitches are lengthened to work the beaded zigzag band.

43.137.beadknbholeband-5

43.137.beadknbholeband-5

The sampler was completed with these samples. I enjoyed working this band, though the way the beads and knots behaved were totally unpredictable. Sometimes I wanted to avoid the knots after adding the beads, which I did at some places, this was also interesting.

43.137.beaded knotted buttonhole band sampler

43.137.beaded knotted buttonhole band sampler

This long named stitch needs to be practiced to be worked comfortably. I am yet to reach that level.
The tutorial for this stitch is available on SharonB’s blog.
I started this sampler with some variations of straight stitch bands.

43.137.beadknbholeband-1

43.137.beadknbholeband-1

Working this stitch given by Sharon in the first sample, moved to stitching beads to the lower part of the stitches in the second sample. The beaded knots are alternated in the top and bottom stitches in the third sample [I wonder, whether this can be understood, if not see the picture].

43.137.beadknbholeband-2

43.137.beadknbholeband-2

Single row of this stitch is worked over shorter straight stitches in the first sample. Three beaded knots worked together is the variation in the second sample. The third sample has long and short straight stitches worked alternatively, and the fourth sample has angled straight stitches, beaded knotted buttonhole stitches are worked over them…[Phew!]

43.137.beadknbholeband-3

43.137.beadknbholeband-3

Moving on to work this stitch on leaf and circular shapes

The working of this stitch and its beaded version are on Pintangle. I worked this stitch sampler in polyester threads. They did not behave very well with thread tension, so I have wobbly or very tight stitches which do not look pretty. I started this sampler by working a few rows of straight stitches.

42.136.knholeband-1

42.136.knholeband-1

The first few rows worked with knotted buttonhole band. These are the results of the combination of learning the stitch, maintaining the thread tension and the crazy thread itself. These knots turn around in all directions!

42.136.knbholeband-2

42.136.knbholeband-2

After working on the angled straight stitches, two straight stitches were worked together with this stitch instead of one at a time in the second row. Two rows of knotted buttonhole bands worked together in the next two samples. The stitch worked in a curve in the fifth sample.

42.136.knbholeband-3

42.136.knbholeband-3

The stitch is laced with pink thread in the first sample, the stitch is worked over  straight stitches of varying heights in the second sample, the zigzag version was tried in the third sample. I like this one.

42.136.knbholeband-4

42.136.knbholeband-4

The knotted buttonhole band worked over other stitches- arrowhead stitches, cretan stitch [ zigzag version tried again] , straight and long tailed detached chains and two rows of buttonhole stitches[ zigzag version ]

42.136.knbholeband-5

42.136.knbholeband-5

With these samples this stitch sampler was completed.

42.136.knotted buttonhole band sampler

42.136.knotted buttonhole band sampler

This stitch would have looked better if they were worked with # 5 perle cotton. In the zigzag version the thread was kept left and right alternatively. I feel the zigzag version adds a decorative and textured effect to plain stitches. Though itching to try more, I do have to catch up on other stitches.

The working of this stitch is on Pintangle.
This is also a simple stitch with lots of possibilities. In this piece I did not do much of experiments. An element of a traditional Indian design was chosen to work this stitch.

36.130.double lock stitch1

36.130.double lock stitch1

An outline with whipped and laced buttonhole stitch was also tried on this piece. It was started with buttonhole and straight stitches.

36.130dlockst-1

36.130dlockst-1

Straight lines were stitched to work the double lock stitch.

36.130.dlockst-2

36.130.dlockst-2

The side motif with two versions of double lock stitch worked in variegated perle cotton # 5.

36.130.dlockst-3

36.130.dlockst-3

Double lock stitch and some textured stitches inside the paisley.

36.130.dlockst-4

36.130.dlockst-4

Trials of alternating whipping and lacing. The first one on the left was chosen to work this piece.

36.130.sample outline

36.130.sample outline

The final result.

36.130.double lock stitch2

36.130.double lock stitch2

This pattern was not ideal to work variations of double lock stitch. But working on this, helped in experimenting a new way to work this buttonhole stitch outline. The lock stitch was instrumental in bringing out this idea, I suppose.