Stitch 28 of Take a Stitch Tuesday 2016

TAST2012logoTake a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 28 is Vandyke Stitch which is one of those useful hand embroidery stitches that is traditionally used as a border stitch but you can use it in other ways. For instance, if you like working floral motifs by varying the width you can create nice leaf shapes that have a central line up the spine of the design. Vandyke Stitch  is also a very versatile stitch. One way I use it is to vary the length of the arms you can create interesting waving lines and shapes very easily. I have also used it to couch down novelty threads using just one side of the stitch to secure the novelty yarn.

I hope you enjoy stitch 28 of the TAST challenge. You will find a tutorial for Vandyke stitch here

Dont forget all stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the  Vandyke Stitch page with your URL. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

 




Step by Step tutorial for Fancy Herringbone Stitch

Fancy Herringbone Stitch is a fun and easy to work variety of Herringbone, It is good to use as border and crazy quilters love it as it works up like a braid. When lacing this stitch use a tapestry needle so that you avoid splitting the thread on the foundation row.

How to work Fancy Herringbone Stitch

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 1Start by working a line of herringbone stitch. If you need a bit of reminder on how to work Herringbone stitch you will find a tutorial here

Tie each crossed bar top and bottom with a small upright cross stitch. Work the bottom of the cross vertically and top of the cross horizontally. No not work the cross stitches too tightly as you will be lacing through these stitches and you need to leave a little slack to be able to do this.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch2Work the lacing from left to right. Bring your lacing thread out at the bottom left hand corner of the line of stitches. With your needle point upward take it under the top horizontal bar of the first cross stitch.

 

Move to the next cross on the bottom line of the herringbone stitches. With your needle pointing downward thread it under the horizontal bar of the cross stitch.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 4Take your needle back to the first cross and pass it under the cross stitch again so that you have a complete loop as illustrated.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 5Move to the top line of the cross stitches that are tying the herringbone. Choose the second cross along as illustrated and with your needle pointed upward, pass your needle under the bar.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 6

Move to the left and with your needle pointed downward pass your needle under the cross bar of the stitch as illustrated.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 7Move the bottom of the line and repeat this lacing pattern to the end of the line.

Step by step fancy herringbone stitch 8Fancy Herringbone Stitch is a decorative stitch. It forms a strong but pretty line. It is also fun to work in different threads and you can lace this stitch using many novelty threads.
I hope you enjoy it and you can use it in you surface embroidery.



Stitch 27 of Take a Stitch Tuesday 2016

Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 27 is Bonnet Stitch. I know some people will have not heard of Bonnet stitch and once a reader thought I had invented it but it is not the case as Bonnet stitch is a stitch that has been revived. It was originally documented in a 1923 copy of Embroidery Magazine, then in the 50’s it was published in  The Constance Howard Book of Stitches(Page 56)  and then in Jan Eaton’s Complete Stitch Encyclopedia (page 30) which was published in the 80’s. I know…a bit stitch geeky … but I am verified stitch spotter! Anyway it is an interesting stitch and I think readers will find it intriguing.
 Bonnet stitch sample 4You can create patterns if you work this stitch row upon row or in this case in rows back to back but Bonnet stitch also looks great worked in circles and spirals.

Bonnet stitch looks best in a thread with firm twist like a cotton perle. I really recommend that for surface embroidery people try using some cotton perle thread. If you don’t have a needlework shop near you there are many online outlets that you can use. Learn to experiment with other threads as often what looks flat and listless in stranded cotton floss comes to life if you use a thread with firm twist.

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online then leave a comment on the Bonnet Stitch  page with your full web address so that people can visit and see what you have done.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  Use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.