The last part of this stitch sampler done in 2010.

31.79.26.chained cross st-sampler4

31.79.26.chained cross st-sampler4

7.Chain are worked over three straight stitches in the first sample. The second sample is similar to the first with the straight stitches emerging from the same point and their inverted version is also worked in the end of the row. In the third sample, after working the straight stitches, the chains are worked to form a pattern. The fourth sample has three chain worked over slanted straight stitches.



8. The chains are worked to form a pattern over large cross stitches in the first sample. Ablong tall cross stitches are again crossed with horizontal chains in the second sample, the third sample is a pattern worked with vertical chains over ablong crosses. Chains are worked over ablong wide crosses in the fourth  sample. Chains with long tails are worked over ablong wide crosses in the last sample.



This was really a long sampler, after writing these details I don’t have anything to write about this stitch!
The second half of the sampler.

31.79.26.chained cross stitch sampler2

31.79.26.chained cross stitch sampler2

The third part of the earlier chained cross stitch sampler-

31.79.26.chained cross st-sampler3

31.79.26.chained cross st-sampler3

5.The upright version of chained cross stitch is worked in the first sample, the regular version and the upright version are alternated in the second sample. Two rows of upright chained cross stitch are worked together in the third row. The half cross stitch and the chain are angled away and worked horizontally in the fourth row. Two chains are worked over long half crosses in the third row. The half crosses were worked first, then the chains were worked on them.



6.Chained cross stitch is worked in the type of herringbone stitch in the first sample, can be chained cross herringbone, a long name for a simple stitch! Closed version of the same stitch is worked in the second sample. The half crosses were at a steep angle and the chains were at 45* angle in the third sample. The chains are worked at an angle crossing the straight stitches in the fourth sample. The chains are worked over three half crosses in the fifth sample. The half crosses emerge from the same point and chains were worked over them in the last sample.



Most of the samples the half crosses or straight stitches wre worked in arrow and chains were worked over them.

The second part of the earlier sampler-

31.79.26.chained cross st-sampler2

31.79.26.chained cross st-sampler2

3.The longer version of this stitch is worked in the first row. A pattern is worked in the second row with long chained cross stitches. I don’t remember what mess this third row is! And I think the fourth row is an attempt to work the long and wide version of this stitch in a zigzag manner. The last row in this part of the sampler is a pattern worked with long and square chained cross stitches.

31.79.26.chcross st-3

31.79.26.chcross st-3

4. In the first row, the long and short version of chained cross stitch stitches are worked alternatively. In the next two samples, chained cross stitch rows are laced with rimjim thread. This stitches worked in zigzag manner is whipped with yellow cotton skein [6 strands] in the fourth sample. Rimjim thread is couched down with chained cross stitch in the last sample.



The first half of the whole sampler

31.79.26.chained cross stitch sampler1

31.79.26.chained cross stitch sampler1

This week’s stitch on SharonB ’s TAST 2013 stitch challenge is chained cross stitch. I had worked this stitch sampler after the TAST 2010 [this was the 26th week’s stitch then] challenge. I did not post the details of this sampler on my blog. I ‘ll start with the details now.
This is the first part of the sampler worked .

31.79.26.chained cross st-sampler1

31.79.26.chained cross st-sampler1

1.I started with individual chained cross stitches, moved to work this stitch in a continuous the third row the chains are worked with different colour thread. Twisted chain stitches are worked over half crosses in the third row.



2. In the first row, half cross stitch was worked first and the chain stitches just go around the starting point of the next half stitch.[the chain stitches did not stay there, they just moved half way across the next stitch!]. In the second row the chain stitches are worked half the length of the cross stitch. Alternate chained cross stitches are worked in different colour in the third row. Wider version of the stitch is worked in the fourth row. Two colours are threaded together into the needle to work the fifth row. last row is chained cross stitch worked at different heights.



How lazy am I? the tast2010 is on its 37th week , and Iam posting  the stitch from 21st week.

 the stitch is quite simple,done properly looks like a tulip.Mine was everything else but Tulip.let’s see the stitch samples- chain-1

first I tried the stitch, used different colours and angles to form a line,with  cretan stitch, and inside 2 lines of arrowhead stitch.

slip de chain-2

I tried to do geometrical [triangle?square?diamond?] shaped motifs with this stitch. One important thing is that- our focus should be on the idea behind this sampler rather than the sampler itself!

slip de chain-3

Now the stitch is  in a line,then they are facing away from each other,arranging themselves inside feather stitch,falling in a line of  laced buttonhole.later 2 times falling in line[ this could be used  as  filling stitch also].

slip de chain-4

The stitch and its inverse in a row with a straight stitch thrown in between.the stitch on top of fan shaped buttonhole stitch, in between buttonhole wheel stitch,Thought this stitch looked like a fish, made  them swim on 6 rows of running stitch[ this can also be filling stitch]

slip de chain-5

The stitch done inbetween cross stitches,then some individual variations of the stitch, used twisted chain stitch and arranged some beads.

slip de chain-6

These two motifs I can wholly agreed to have copied the ideas of fellow members of the TAST 2010 challenge from flickr.

 the samplers now-

slip de chain st sampler -1

slip de chain st sampler-2

slip de chain st sampler

 I enjoyed doing this stitch, though I couldn’t stick to my 4 inch  sampler, trying more variations kept me on the track.

The 20th week stitch of  the stitch challenge-TAST 2010 is buttonhole wheel cup.

Earlier in  this challenge, we had done raised cup st and buttonhole bullion flower st. So I am not left with many choices for variations.the stitch sampler-

 I started with making some individual variations-

Buttonhole wheel cup st-1

Added-Spider’s wheel,2 rows of buttonhole wheel, palistrina st, detached chain,fly st and quarter buttonhole wheel cup[Can I call it that?]-

Buttonhole wheel cup st-2

3 wheels touching each other,bead in the centre, beads outside the st,oval version of the stitch.After these experiments,I started arranging this stitch  in lines,

Since it took 2 journeys to complete the stitch,I made short rows.

Half buttonhole wheel, quarter wheel,variation of quarter wheel,half wheels arranged front and back.

buttonhole wheel cup-3

Here I did up and down version,tried weaving around the quarter wheel variation,then kept adding half wheels, to form a row, later made 3 cuncurrent wheels .

buttonhole wheel cup-4

Half wheels go around the stitch to form a pattern[?], My idea of using this stitch as a leaf , fell flat because, I used violet colour thread. Now for the full sampler-

buttonhole wheel cup st sampler


 Though I tried a few variations,the overall effect is not very neat

Less of – patience,or mastery over the stitch,or creative energy,or correct thread tension.

Anyone or combination of the above could be the reason.

After saying this, I ‘ll move on to the next stitch-

Slipped detached chain

Iam participating in the stitch challenge  TAST2010 by Sharon.B

the 18th week stiitch is wave stitch,it appears similar to cloudfilling , which was also in this challenge.

 This is a filling stitch.And Iam doing band samplers. So, I made thin rows of this stitch-

 Started with the basic stitch,

Then went on to see how this stitch will look shaded.

wave st samp-1

On this row I started with single strand of cotton skein, and kept adding more thickness ,while I went down.

 Now In this ,the 1st line was normal, but I made the stitch on the 2nd line short and long.

I tried making some pattern with this stitch and detached chain stitches.

Wave st samp-2

 To form this row, 2 lines of this stitch is made with space inbetween.Then a small straight st is added there,to work the pink 2 lines of this stitch again.

 I got the inspiration from  sample  done  on the flickr galery of this challenge.She had done this stitch in free form, -first I  decreased the height of the stitches on the subsequent lines and on the right side, I increased the height of the stitches.

Wave st samp-3

 In this row I decreased the number of stitches to half on the second line.

Now, I increased the numder of  stitches on the subsequent lines.

Wave st samp-4

I tried varying the height of the stitches on the second line, As you can’t say it is pretty, I added some detached chain.

Instead of moving as a wave on the 1st line,I  did one stitch straight  and the next stitch slant.I followed this pattern on the second line too.

Wave st samp-5

On this row fly stitches are added  to the valleys made by wave stitch.

I became real adventurous now, added same detached wave on the second row . [was not a great idea.]

I wanted to do some diamond patterns with this stitch.

Wave st samp-6

Now I shouted ‘ENOUGH’ and did a row  of what this stitch is meant for- filling stitch.

 Added some fly stitches,upright crosses, small squares, straight stitches,detached chain on the free spaces.

wave st samp-7

With that I finish this sampler-

Wave st sampler-1

which is continued-

Wave st sampler-2

Though I have done a few trials of this stitch,The actual working of the stitch is not very  perfect., A marked fabric would have helped, maybe.

Anyway , Let’s move on,

This journey is quite long.