Stitch combinations are interesting, and if the stitch itself can be worked differently, it gives more opportunity for learning and practicing the stitch. Today’s explorations-
The last part of the sampler-

12.60.diamond stitch sampler3

12.60.diamond stitch sampler3

The details-
6.In these samples, I tried isolating this stitch and working them in diamond and square shapes.

12.60.dia st-6

12.60.dia st-6

7.The same isolated diamond stitches are worked in the first row, the starting point of the following stitch is inside the preceding stitch. I tried working two diamond stitches together to form a broad seam, I got this idea from looking at Annet’s samples.

12.60.dia st-7

12.60.dia st-7

8.The diamond stitches are worked at angle in these rows, first row is to the right and the second row to the left. In these samples, I took an effort to stitch by angling the needle, whereas when I started this sampler, the stitches themselves angled in all directions-LOL!

12.60.dia st-8

12.60.dia st-8

9. In the first row, the diamond stitch is whipped on both sides.in the second row, rimjim thread is used to lace a diamond stitch row, Pekinese stitch is worked under the diamond stitch row in the third row. A beaded diamond stitch is worked in the fourth and last row. The idea for the last row was also from the same blog

12.60.dia st-9

12.60.dia st-9

The whole sampler-

12.60.diamond stitch sampler

12.60.diamond stitch sampler

While I was struggling with this stitch at the beginning of the sampler, the thought was to work some stitch combinations through which this stitch could also be practiced. But after the practice, I wanted to explore this stitch. Which made this exercise quite interesting.

I experimented this diamond stitch with other TAST stitches today.

12.60.diamond stitch -sampler2

12.60.diamond stitch -sampler2

3.The first row is with sheaf stitch and the second row is with Algerian eye stitch variation.

12.60.dia st-3

12.60.dia st-3

4.Two stitches were combined with diamond stitch in these samples. The first row the stitches are Breton stitch and pistil stitch. The second row was worked with two rows of arrowhead stitch and French knots.

12.60.dia st-4

12.60.dia st-4

5.Chain stitch line is worked between two rows of diamond stitch in this sample.

12.60.dia st-5

12.60.dia st-5

This week’s stitch on the TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB is diamond stitch. I had attempted it during the previous TAST challenge. I couldn’t make a neat work of the stitches then, and this struggle is continuing in this sampler too.
The sampler so far-

12.60.diamond st-sampler1

12.60.diamond st-sampler1

1.I started the first row to try this stitch first and found that learning this stitch is an ongoing process. LOL! I tried working alternate diamonds [!] nearer to each other in the second row. Then thought working all the four knots together could be the problem and tried three knots in the third row.

12.60.dia st-1

12.60.dia st-1

2.Smaller version of diamonds are worked in the first row, two rows of diamond stitches are worked together in the second row. Small and large diamonds are alternated in the third row. And the diamond stitches are worked with varying heights in the fourth row.

12.60.dia st-2

12.60.dia st-2

I’ll try some stitch combinations, while practicing this stitch.

After working three more samples I completed this stitch sampler today.

7.55.buttonholed herringbone-sampler3

7.55.buttonholed herringbone-sampler3

9.Sheaf stitches and wheat ear stitches are added to a row buttonholed herringbone in this sample.

7.55.bu.h.bone-9

7.55.bu.h.bone-9

10.The buttonhole stitches are worked with green glass beads in the first one. I worked three rows of herringbone stitches and the buttonhole stitches are worked over them. This looks like cutwork embroidery and opens more possibilities. But I wanted to finish this sampler today!

7.55.bu.h.bone-10

7.55.bu.h.bone-10

The sampler-

7.55.buttonholed herringbone-sampler

7.55.buttonholed herringbone-sampler

I enjoyed working with this stitch. A great stitch for decorative purposes.

I tried some more variations of this stitch today. The second part of the sampler-

7.55.buttonholed herringbone-sampler2

7.55.buttonholed herringbone-sampler2

The details-
From this sample, I discarded the twine and started working with the same variegated cone threads for the herringbone stitches.
5.The thread got twisted too much in the first variation of this stitch. I tried working over and under another row of buttonholed herringbone, but made a mistake, still I feel this variation will work out well when worked properly, hope someone tries this!

7.55.bu.h.bone-5

7.55.bu.h.bone-5

6.Two rows of buttonholed herringbone worked in different ways here-

7.55.bu..h.bone-6

7.55.bu..h.bone-6

7.Tried some motifs with this stitch-

7.55.bu.h.bone-7

7.55.bu.h.bone-7

Combination with other stitches
The first row, this stitch is combined with buttonhole variation and Cretan stitch. In the second row, pistil stitches and buttonhole wheel variations are worked in the valleys of this stitch.

7.55.bu.h.bone-8

7.55.bu.h.bone-8

I worked the herringbone stitches with a twine. But the thread is seen through the buttonhole stitches. I realized that after working on these samples.
The details-
2. The stitch is worked with varying heights in the first variation. Half buttonholed herringbone are worked in the next variation.

7.55.bu.h.bone-2

7.55.bu.h.bone-2

3.Two rows of buttonholed herringbones are worked together in two ways in this part of the sampler.

7.55.bu.h.bone-3

7.55.bu.h.bone-3

4.Single stitches are worked underneath the line of buttonholed herringbone in the first variation, single buttonholed herringbone are worked vertically in a line in the second variation.

7.55.bu.h.bone-4

7.55.bu.h.bone-4

This week’s composite stitch is buttonholed herringbone on the TAST 2013 Challenge by SharonB. This was part of an earlier TAST challenge. I had worked a few samples at that time. They are here.
This stitch though interesting, it takes some time to work. And the ideas of varying this stitch are not many at this stage!
Just to kick start the sampler, tried two samples today- wide and narrow versions of this stitch.

7.55.bu.h.bone-1

7.55.bu.h.bone-1

This is another modification of squre herringbone stitch and is part of this week’s TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB.

After working square herringbone sampler, I did not enough energy to work this sampler. The treatment with other stitches was already done, so I tried varying the basic square herringbone and the lacing in these samples. on one sample, I worked interlaced stitch.

6.54.laced square herringbone sampler

6.54.laced square herringbone sampler

I tried working some more motifs with this stitch. The motifs

5.53.square herringbone- motif sampler

5.53.square herringbone- motif sampler

5. In this part of the sampler, Patterns are worked by combining the basic square herringbone in different ways.

5.53.sqh.bone-5

5.53.sqh.bone-5

6.In this part the square herringbone are worked over other stitches- Algerian eye, sheaf, buttonhole eyelet cup, detached chain, buttonhole square and half chevron.

5.53.sqh.bone-6

5.53.sqh.bone-6

7. Some more stitch combinations were first worked on paper.

.53.sqh.bone-7 ideas

.53.sqh.bone-7 ideas

8.These were tried on sampler, the details of other stitches are- fly, detached chain, oyster, pistil, Italian border and triangular feather.

5.53.sqh.bone-8

5.53.sqh.bone-8

9.These combinations are- french knots, Cretan variation, sheaf variation, double cross and buttonhole wheel variation.

5.53.sqh.bone-9

5.53.sqh.bone-9

The stitches on these samples are- wheat ear, up and down buttonhole and Algerian eye. The fourth one is formed with four square herringbone stitches.

5.53.sqh.bone-10

5.53.sqh.bone-10

With these motif variations this stitch sampler is completed –

5.53.square herringbone -sampler

5.53.square herringbone -sampler

The square herringbone was an easy stitch and working other stitches with this stitch was interesting. Helped in learning more about creating motifs with stitches.

Muscat is celebrating it’s annual festival this month. We went to Naseem garden yesterday to watch the shows. The laser show and the fireworks were extraordinary, never have I seen anything like this in my life .
The sampler did not progress much today. Just worked two square herringbone stitches, one over the other in different ways.
The first set-

5.53.sqh-bone-4a

5.53.sqh-bone-4a

The second set-

5.53.sqh-bone-4b

5.53.sqh-bone-4b