Along with working the variations of two rows of this stitch together, a few more samples were added to this sampler.

36.84.spiked knotted cable chain st-sampler2

36.84.spiked knotted cable chain st-sampler2

4. Two rows of spiked knotted cable chain stitches are worked together in these samples, the third sample is laced with rimjim thread.

36.84.spkncachain-4

36.84.spkncachain-4

5. A single line of this stitch is laced with rimjim in the first row. The oyster part of this stitch is extended with a small straight stitch in the second row. The buttonhole stitches are worked at an angle in the third row.

36.84.spkncachain-5

36.84.spkncachain-5

6. Basque stitches are incorporated into this stitch in the first row. Detached chain stitches and cretan stitch are worked with this stitch in the last two rows.

34.86.spkncachain-6

34.86.spkncachain-6

This stitch looks difficult, but actually is quite easy. The polyester thread which was used for this sampler also co-operated in the process. I liked this stitch. The sampler-

36.84.spiked knotted cable chain sampler

36.84.spiked knotted cable chain sampler

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Very interesting stitch, the working of which is available on SharonB’s blog. It has three stitches combined-twisted chain, oyster and buttonhole. The buttonhole stitch helps the wrapping oyster stitch stay in place.

After learning this stitch the practice was done on the sampler-

36.84.spiked knotted cable chain st-sampler1

36.84.spiked knotted cable chain st-sampler1

1.The first row was worked looking at SharonB’s pictures. From the second row, I worked this stitch the other way, which was somehow easier for me. The spikes are of varying heights in the second row. The stitches are worked as close as possible in the third row.

36.84.spkncablest-1

36.84.spkncablest-1

2. The stitches are worked slightly apart in the first row, and are worked far and near alternatively in the second row. The needle is inserted slightly away for the twisted chain and thus getting another spike in the bargain in the third row.

36.84.spkncablest-2

36.84.spkncablest-2

3.The buttonhole stitches are worked on both sides in the first row, a curved line was tried in the second row, and up and down buttonhole was worked on the third row.

36.84.spkncablest-3

36.84.spkncablest-3

Time to try two rows of this stitch[ too long to type!] worked together. Tomorrow?

A few more variations of this stitch were worked on the sampler today.

38.86.turkman st sampler2

38.86.turkman st sampler2

4.I started working long turkman stitches in the first row, then tried to work the long and short version in the second row and pathetically failed! To compensate for that I tried twisting the bottom feather stitches in the third row – this row soothed me a bit.

38.86.turkst-4

38.86.turkst-4

5.Two step closed feather stitches are worked on the bottom and basic closed feather stitch  was worked on the top on the first row. Gaining some confidence, I worked two step feather stitches on top and bottom in the second row. The third row has up and down feather stitches worked at the bottom.

38.86.turkst-5

38.86.turkst-5

6.Detached chain stitches are worked over the middle thread in the first row. Arrowhead stitches and pistil stitches are worked over turkman stitch in the second row. Alternate tiurkman stitches are tied down in the last row.

38.86.turkst-6

38.86.turkst-6

This is an easy stitch to work, I like the braided look when the stitches are worked closely. The stitch sampler was completed after working these samples.

38.86.turkman stitch sampler

38.86.turkman stitch sampler

This week’s stitch on the TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB is turkman stitch or closed feather stitch. No doubt, this is a simple stitch to work. The stitch samples are worked on gray fabric with holes.
The sampler till now-

38.86.turkman st sampler1

38.86.turkman st sampler1

1.The basic turkman stitch is worked in the first row, followed by a wider version of this stitch. I tried working the stitches very closely to get a braid effect in the third row, not neat but not bad either, I would say.

38.86.turkst-1

38.86.turkst-1

2.The wider version and the narrow version are worked alternatively in the first row. Both edges are whipped in the second row, the inner stitch alone is whipped in the third row.

38.86.turkst-2

38.86.turkst-2

3. the turkman stitch is laced with the lacing thread twisted decoratively outside the stitch in the first row, and lacing thread goes up and down once [like weave] in each stitch in the second row, in the third row, I tried to change the direction of the inner thread by alternatively changing the journey[top first, then bottom, bottom first and then the top]. Explaining this is difficult, working it is not. Try this out.

38.86.turkst-3

38.86.turkst-3

We were on a trip these past three weeks, so I did not work any of the TAST stitches during that period. The working of this is on SharonB’s blog. I had worked this stitch during an earlier challenge with different threads. This time around. the stitches are all worked with perle cotton and cone threads[polyester].
Raised cup stitches are worked with other TAST stitches in this sampler. The sampler with other TAST stitches-

37.85.racupst-stitches

37.85.racupst-stitches

The sampler after working the raised cup stitches-

37.85.raised cup stitch sampler

37.85.raised cup stitch sampler

Raised cup stitches are worked with-feather stitch, stem and detached chain stitches, fly stitches and woven detached chain stitches.

37.85.racupst-1

37.85.racupst-1

Raised cup stitches worked on – three rows of herringbone stitches, buttonhole variation, Vandyke stitch, wrapped coral  and buttonhole wheel

37.85.racupst-2

37.85.racupst-2

These raised cup motifs are worked with- pistil stitches, Italian border stitch, buttonholed bullion and french knots.

37.85.racupst-3

37.85.racupst-3

A great stitch for decorative purposes, I like this stitch.

I had worked this stitch sampler during an earlier challenge. The method of working this stitch on Sharon’s blog. I have tried some stitch combination this time. Annet has also posted some of this stitch explorations on her blog.
Now for the details of this stitch sampler-
1.Two siennese stitches are worked together on the bar in this first row. I tried to work this stitch over the arrowhead stitches in the second row. This idea can be worked better! The third row has chain stitch over siennese stitches.

35.83.siennese st-1

35.83.siennese st-1

2. The first row of siennese stitches worked on both sides was taken from Annet’s idea. She has also drawn how it was worked. The second and third row have two ways of working siennese stitches over buttonhole stitch and basque stitch.

35.83.siennese st-2

35.83.siennese st-2

3.The siennese stitches are worked over- chevron stitch, cretan stitch and feather stitch variation.

35.83.siennese st-3

35.83.siennese st-3

4.Berry stitches are worked between siennese stitches in the first row, Pekinese stitch variation or lacing and pistil stitches are worked with siennese stitch in the second row and zigzag coral stitch and french knots are worked with siennese stitches in the third row.

35.83.siennese st-4

35.83.siennese st-4

This stitch sampler was completed with these stitch combinations.

35.83.siennese sitch sapler

35.83.siennese sitch sapler

The stitch was easy but it was hard to fix the loop in the centre. I enjoyed working on this sampler.

The sampler was completed after working some stitch combinations. Working this stitch in a straight line is skill I am yet to acquire!
7.The Spanish feather stitch rows are combined with detached chain stitches and whipped and laced running stitches.

34.82.spfeast-7

34.82.spfeast-7

8.zigzag chain stitch, slipped detached chain stitches ,french knots and fly stitch variations are worked with spanish feather stitch in this part of the sampler.

34.82.spfeast-8

34.82.spfeast-8

The whole sampler with not straight Spanish feather stitch samples-

34.82.spanish feather stitch sampler

34.82.spanish feather stitch sampler