After working the last few samples the fancy bobbin edging sampler was completed.

2.31.142.fancy bobbin edging sampler

2.31.142.fancy bobbin edging sampler

This sample was worked with basic buttonhole stitch rows.

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2.31.142.faboed-11a

It was enhanced with fancy bobbin edging.

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2.31.142.faboed-11b

This sample is filled with freely worked fancy bobbin edging stitches.

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2.31.142.faboed-12

A variation of buttonhole stitches with fancy bobbin edging are worked on this sample.

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2.31.142.faboed-13

Bugle beads are used in this sample.

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2.31.142.faboed-14

In this sample after working buttonhole variations, the green stone is embellished with one row of  detached fancy bobbin edging worked over back stitch. This embellishing the stone idea was seen in Mary’s needle n thread site in one of her projects. I used a stone with holes which can be attached to the fabric before working the stitch.

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2.31.142.faboed-15

Sometimes it was interesting and stimulating, but at other times it was also demanding and draining. I used #7 crewel needle and chenille needle. The threads were taken from the used pile. With a very small stash of perle cotton or other kind of threads, I mainly use stranded cotton. On the whole it was an interesting project to work.

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TAST 2016.2.31.142.Fancy bobbin edging-3

I have been working on this week’s challenge stitch on TAST 2016 – fancy bobbin edging. This sampler is taking some time work. This design sampler was started with the thinking buttonhole edging would be faster and lots of variations can be tested. Only two or three samples are worked each day.

The next set of samples-

The centre of this sample is worked with a buttonhole filling. Fancy bobbin edging is worked on two buttonhole variations in green and yellow perle cotton.

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2.31.142.faboed-8

Fancy bobbin edging is used on basque stitch on this design. Basque stitch seems like a pretty buttonhole variation.

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2.31.142.faboed-9

The centre paisley is filled with buttonhole wheels. The inner outlines is worked with two rows of fancy bobbin edging facing each other. The outline in brown is worked with basic buttonhole stitch and the fancy bobbin edging is worked over it. The extra dimension produced in this method is interesting.

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2.31.142.faboed-10

I couldn’t work on this sampler today.

The idea of working on this design is to experiment the buttonhole stitch variations with fancy bobbin edging. In this sample scalloped buttonhole edging is worked in six strands of cotton skeins.

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2.31.142.faboed-7

Triangular buttonhole and buttonhole stitches worked in varying heights are tested on this design.

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2.31.142.faboed-8

Not much of a progress was made today. It is cloudy here.

This week on TAST 2016 challenge we have this decorative edge. It is an easy stitch to work. The working of the stitch is on Pintangle.
This sampler was started yesterday.
This time I decided to work the samples on a paisley design. The first sample is fancy bobbin buttonhole wheels on the outline worked in three strands of cotton skein and two rows of this stitch with perle cotton inside the paisley. The stitch does not look ornamental with three strands of cotton skein.

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2.31.142.faboed-1

This paisley is outlined with this stitch in six strands of cotton skein. This could be better.

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2.31.142.faboed-2

After working on these two samples yesterday, this morning started on the next sample. This sample is not fancy bobbin edging, but knotted buttonhole stitch. I noticed this mistake after working two samples.
May be it will be better to imagine this as fancy bobbin edging. The length of the stitches are smaller, the centre is worked in alternatively worked butthole stitches similar to feather stitch.

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2.31.142.faboed-3

I did not realize the mistake even on this sample.

The outline is worked in two colours alternatively, a variation of alternatively worked closed and basic buttonhole is worked inside the outline, next row of this stitch is worked in the spaces left by the earlier row. The centre line in yellow was worked by passing underneath the earlier row. These two samples are worked in six strands of cotton skeins.

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2.31.142.faboed-4

The inner curves are worked in this fancy bobbin edging with six strands of cotton skein. The outline is worked in perle cotton and whipped with cotton skein.

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2.31.142.faboed-5

The centre is filled with fancy bobbin edging, similar to buttonhole filling stitch. The scalloped outline is worked in stranded cotton. The paisley outline is worked in polyester thread. The idea for this fancy bobbin edging is crossed buttonhole stitch.

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2.31.142.faboed-6

Hoping to work on rest of the design tomorrow.

This year on TAST 2016 challenge there is a new variation of cable chain stitch which is the stitch of this week. I have not worked this stitch before, it is good to be working on this challenge. the working of this stitch is on Pintangle. The progress on this stitch sampler so far-

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1.24.interlaced cable chain stitch sampler1

Started with three the basic interlaced cable chain stitch samples by varying the distance between two rows of cable chain stitches. This fabric helps in maintaining the uniformity of the stitches which is crucial for the interlacing.

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1.24.incabchst-1

Worked some upright crosses over the interlacing on the first sample. this led to try working interlacing over the interlacing, the second sample is the interlacing in progress.

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1.24.intcabchst-2

Not a very successful experiment.

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1.24.intcabchst-3

Alternate interlaced diamonds are decorated with cross stitch in the first sample. novelty thread is used for interlacing in the second sample.

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1.24.intcabchst-4

Three rows of cable chain stitches are interlaced in this sample.

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1.24.intcabchst-5

Thinking of more options to work this stitch.

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.

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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.

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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.

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38.132.kiko’sst-3

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

I have not made  much progress on my UFOS  to write. to see others progress visit Pintangle.

We were on vacation to Chennai, India for two weeks. We visited Bangalore and some temples around our village with our family. Our family Deity [ AngallaParameswari], Avanivanallur, Alankudi [ Guru], SriVancheeyam [ Yamadharma], Ramaswamy[ Kumbakonam], Pattiswaram[ Durga], Suryanar Koil[ Sun], Vaitheeswaran Koil- were the temples . All the temples are centuries old, makes us feel and both proud to be a part of these and humble that how insignificant we are. This trip was more of a pilgrimage to offer thanks to God for looking after us during my hubby’s emergency surgeries. We also had Navarathri Festival during which we refrain from stitching. So lots of excuses for stitchfree vacation.
SharonB had asked about the length of my TAST samplers. The sampler are of 4 inches width. They are still individual pieces, which I am hoping to assemble together one day.
TAST sampler details– I started stitching TAST sampler in 2009, when the TAST challenge was restarted on stitchinfingers. I worked 16 of the challenge stitches. The total length of these 2009 year sampler is 14. 4 feet.
In 2010, I joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and worked 28 of the challenge stitches. the length of 2010 sampler is 23. 5 feet.
In 2012, joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and completed all the stitches. The length of 2012 sampler is over 40 feet.
In 2013 , joined the TAST challenge on Pintangle and completed all the stitches. The length of 2013 samplers is 32. 5 feet.
This year too, I started working the stitches as band samplers which is 15 feet in length. And after 22 weeks moved on to working the challenge stitches on some designs, these design samplers are of varying length and width. I have got the sampler fever again and plan to work the stitches which need catching up as samplers. The total length of all these samplers cross 125 feet at present.

Thank you, Sharon.
After returning to Muscat, deciding to catch up on Randje per week challenge and started these six edges,

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22-wipw-rwp-79to84-started

The outlining in chain stitch[green] for mirrors to be attached later  was worked on the cream tunic before I left for India.

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22-wipw-ct-1