The 46th week stitch of the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB is checkered chain or magic chain. Earlier in this challenge, when chain stitch was announced, I chose four types of chain stitches from the earlier TAST challenges. This stitch was one of them.
This time around , I thought of working this stitch on a design . five colour combinations were used to work this sampler. The first colour- combination was deep green and variegated green thread.



The second combination was deep green and mustard yellow thread.



This part was violet and deep pink combination-



The next combination was violet and light majenta combination.



The last combination was medium blue and majenta combination.

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46.checkered chainst2-designsamplera

A different view

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46.checkered chain st2-designsamplerb

This is for anyone interested in this pattern.

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46.checchain st2-pattern

This week’s open base needle woven picot of the stitch challenge by SharonB is very similar to last week’s stitch.  I thought, the variations would be very similar,So this stitch sampler was done  tomaintain the rhythm of the challenge.
Details- the samples on the left are combinations of open base needle woven picot with bullion, Cretan and buttonhole stitches.
The sample on the right are combinations with closed base needle woven picot, stem stitch and cross stitch . base needle woven picot

I was away on holiday, when this stitch was announced on the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB. I had worked this stitch sampler during the previous TAST challenge, the details are here.
This time buttonhole wheel cup stitch was worked with other TAST stitches. Before working the buttonhole wheel cup, the other stitches were worked in cotton floss.

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The completed sampler-

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The details-
1. The other stitches are detached chain , fly , herringbone, pistil, feather and cast on stitches.


2 . Basque , Algerian eye, crossed and normal buttonhole variation, in the first row. The second row has- zigzag chain, two buttonhole wheel cups with wheat ear and Italian border stitch variation with French knots. And in the third row, Italian border stitch, running stitch and knotted loop stitch.


3.In the first row, bullions are worked in the centre, buttonhole open wheel cup is the  sample in the middle  and in the third sample green beads are added around this stitch. Running stitch is worked around three buttonhole wheel cup stitches and buttonhole wheel variations are worked with stem stitch in the last sample.


This sampler was more about working of this stitch with other stitches to form different decorative arrangements. The idea was drawn on paper –


Then later incorporated with appropriate embroidery.

Still not comfortable with this difficult stitch, I worked few more samples and completed this sampler.  but Iam  still in the learning process of this stitch.

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The details-
4. The first motif is worked with buttonhole wheel surrounded by drizzle stitches. In the next sample, whipped wheel and drizzle stitches are worked together.


5. The borders are worked in drizzle stitches, basque stitch and bonnet stitch combinations. The four individual drizzle stitches are outlined with buttonhole, stem, chain and running stitches. The next two are worked with beads.


6 the first one is drizzle stitch  with Palestrina knot, in the second sample, the drizzle stitches are worked inside fly stitches, the third sample is Pekinese stitch and drizzle stitch combination.


Though a great dimensional stitch, it is not an easy stitch to work, even after putting in lots of effort towards, casting on and repeated threading , the stitch placements were  not under my control, that really frustrated me. But I had a good practice of this stitch.

The 38th week stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB is drizzle stitch. I had conveniently missed this stitch during the previous TAST challenge. It is a difficult stitch, both the casting on stitches and threading the needle took all my attention, that I did not care how the stitch turned out. This sampler is about drizzle stitch practice and not exploration. This stitch is worked with other stitches.

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The details-
1. The first one is worked with upright cross stitch, the second one with Algerian eye stitch, the third one with cross stitch, the fourth one with three bullion and the last one is worked with detached chain stitches.


2. The stitch combinations in this row are- fly stitch, herringbone, Palestrina knot, feather stitch and oyster stitch.


3. In this part of the sampler, the drizzle stitches are worked with  other stitches as filling.
Cross stitches, fly stitches and French knots.


After working some borders with this needle woven picot and other stitches, the sampler was completed. The sampler-

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The details-
16. In the first row, the woven picots are worked between bonnet stitches, in the second row with cable chain stitch and in the third row with buttonhole variation.

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17. the first row, the woven picots are with basque stitch, second row has Pekinese stitch and woven picots, the third row hedebo stitch, instead of beads, there are needle woven picots.

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This is a wonderful stitch, though I was practicing the stitch throughout the sampler! Wish I get to use this stitch on my projects.

I tried a few motifs with needle woven picot leaf stitch and other stitches.

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The details-
13. the motif on top is worked in the centre with five needle woven picots and outlined with oyster stitches. The motif in the left is worked with isolated knotted loop stitch and the right motif is worked with fly stitch.

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14.The centre of the motif on the top is worked in satin stitch. The picots are worked in perle cotton and cone thread alternatively. The woven picots are worked over cretan stitch variation in the bottom motif.

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15.the centre of the top motif is worked with crossed buttonhole and buttonhole variation, the picots are worked over the crossed stitches. The next motif is a combination of needle woven picots and detached chain stitches.

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I could work on few samples today. The sampler-

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10.In this part of the sampler, the first motif is with French knots and  in the second one , needle woven picot is worked with Algerian eye stitch variation.


11. the first row is outlined with stem stitch and the curves are worked with chain stitch in the second row.


12. Though I haven’t started last week’s buttonhole wheel cup , it is used in this row with needle woven picot leaf stitch.


Today I worked this stitch with few more TAST stitches. The progress on this sampler is very slow.
I am still in the learning process.

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The details-
7. in the first sample, I worked two straight stitches , and then started the picot, including the straight stitches into the weaving process. The second sample is worked with Italian border stitch.

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8. these two motifs are with buttonhole and whipped wheel stitches.

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9. needle woven picots with triple pistil stitches are worked in this motif.

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It looks as if this this stitch challenge will continue next year also. I am looking forward to learn and explore more stitches.
This week’s stitch is needle woven picot leaf stitch on the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB.
We had holidays last week, which we spent by visiting some countries in eastern Europe. I did not work last week’s buttonhole wheel cup stitch.
This stitch is a new one for me. I am still familiarizing myself with this stitch. Going around the needle , weaving and maintaining the thread tension will require lots of practice. Since no ideas to explore this stitch seems forthcoming, the trials of this stitch will be made with other stitches. The stitch trials have progressed so far-

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1. This stitch is worked with half chevron stitch.


2. three needlewoven picots with up and down buttonhole stitch.


3.woven picots with feather stitch.


4.needle woven picots are worked with herringbone stitch.


5. three needle woven picots on feather stitch variation.


6. needle woven picots in two colours over wheatear stitch motif and leaves and flower[!] worked in this stitch over butterfly chain stitch.

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