Last week’s stitch half bullioned chain stitch on SSS challenge was attempted, struggled and completed on Saturday. This week’s stitch looks a bit difficult, have to try after this weekend.
This week’s stitch on TAST challenge has closed herringbone stitch, which was worked on earlier challenge. This stitch was worked on allover continuous pattern, which did not require any variations. Posting on FB group page may not be necessary.
Project details
Cream linen tunic in kutchwork

The designing is nearing completion. Then begins the process on tracing. The pattern has three parts. Neck, and two borders. These have to be coordinated while tracing the pattern on the cream fabric. This fabric is a light weight soft cotton, easier for this work. The kutchwork design is drawn on 5 mm graph, so the embroidery may not be too thick worked with two strands of thread.
The simple embroidery on bright green tunic was completed. The tiny pleats are used as outlines and two borders were worked – back stitch in dark green and double cross stitch in light green threads.
Round mirrors were worked on the neck with pink thread. It feels good to work simple embroidery and complete the project in two days work. The green cotton fabric is not very soft, still looks bright. Have to see the effect after washing.
This week there was not much time to work the zardosi embroidery. I have started filling with the violet zardosi beads on the flowers.

Oyster stitch samples were worked during earlier TAST challenge. This week’s stitch on TAST 2017 challenge is beaded oyster stitch, the working of which is here on Sharon’s Pintangle.
All the samples are worked with four strands of cotton skein and glass beads. The first sample is the basic beaded oyster stitch. The second sample has three continuous beads after the oyster stitch. Two oyster stitches and two beads together, and this is repeated in the third row.
Zigzag beaded oyster stitch forms the first row in this part of the sampler. Instead of completing the oyster stitch with a bead, I worked the oyster stitch around a bead in the second sample. Isolated oyster stitches with three beads form the third row. Beaded oyster stitches are used to work flowers in the last set of samples.
This is the whole beaded oyster stitch sampler.
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I wanted to work the beads into the oyster stitch itself, but felt it would be hard to maintain the uniformity of the stitches and dropped the idea. Two more stitch samplers were also worked in India. Will post the details soon.

I liked working on this stitch. I have known the method of working these stitches, but never actually worked so far.Working on the TAST samplers is quite fasinating. While looking at the stitches and their variations makes me wonder , where to use these stitches, each and every stitch as a  uniqueness. I  had this idea of doing stitch samplers for many years, but always kept postponing it-maybe I couln’t imagine any use. but after I started them, I find that-

1.I can try my own colour combinations.

2.The variations are quite a challenge

3.Iam able to master these stitches

4.They are better than a sampler book.

5.I can explain by showing them.

6.G ives me   satisfaction.

7. Gets me new friends

 I love working on this  TAST challenge.

 This time I used pearl cotton to weave and whip the wheels. Easier for me, definitely the effect is better than cotton skeins.tast018

I wanted to try the half circle.tast019

I was trying for a flower, but looks like a spider.tast020

 Tried  as a line stitch.