ANNOUNCEMENT! What is happening with TAST next year? I polled the face book group and the majority of people wanted a break over that holidays. TAST will take a 3 week break over the holiday period. The last TAST Tuesday for this year will be December 15th. I will publish a challenge stitch on the 15th. We will take a 3 week break and return to the challenge on Tuesday the 12th of January.
This past year I have been working off the previous TAST list of challenge stitches. In that list the first 15 or so stitches are your basics. Once people have the basics down you can start having a heck of a lot of fun experimenting with stitches. Running through previous TAST can be a bit predictable however so from here on in I am going to offer them in a different order and even add some different new stitches to the list. I figure that will keep it interesting next year.
On another note I have been moving my stitch dictionary to here. I will create an index of stitches page soon so you wont lose the stitch tutorials in the archive. In order to create an index page however I need the tutorials to be here and I have been gradually rewriting the tutorials or adding new ones (such as last Fridays post). I have been enjoying myself updating examples etc. Anyway on to the stitch for the week.
Stitch 20 for Take a Stitch Tuesday is Butterfly chain which is a much under utilised decorative composite stitch. Once you start playing with it I am sure you will realise how versatile it can be and how much fun it is to do.
Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday so others can join in on the fun.
How 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 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 Butterfly Chain stitch page with your full web address. 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. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
Whipped Double Chain stitch is a variety of Chain stitch. You need to know how to hand embroider basic chain stitch as this variety is worked on a foundation of two rows of chain stitch. If you need a refresher you will find a tutorial for chain stitch here.
Whipped Double Chain stitch is useful if you want a very dramatic strong line that is still capable of following a curve easily.
How to work Whipped Double Chain Stitch
Work two rows of chain stitch a little looser than normal as the row will tighten slightly as you whip it. If the foundation rows are too tight the work will pucker. Make sure the chain stitches are sitting side by side and are the same size
Bring your whipping thread out at the start, in the middle of both rows. Pass your needle under the two loops of the chain stitch that sit side by side, in the middle of the row as illustrated. Pull your needle through. Take care not to pick up any of the fabric and use a blunt-ended tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.
Continue whipping the centre stitches along the line. As you can see it produces an attractive result!
If you have enjoyed Whipped Double Chain stitch you may also like to see the tutorial on Whipped chain stitch . There are two varieties in this tutorial and both create a raised line that can be used to emphasise a shape but is not as strong as whipped double chain stitch. So if you are looking for texture that is slightly softer check out that tutorial too.
Stitch 19 for Take a Stitch Tuesday is Bullion Knot. I know many people feel intimidated by this stitch but read the tips in my tutorial for Bullion Knot Stitch and hopefully they will help you. In the tutorial there is also many illustrations that will help you see where they can be used too! They are worth persevering with as the body of this praying mantis is made up of Bullion knots.
Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday so others can join in on the fun. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
Join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge!
If you are a beginner the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share what you do with beginners so they can see 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 Bullion Knot tutorial page telling us where the sample is.
For social stuff lots of eye candy and inspiration join the TAST facebook group . Other places online are the TAST Flickr group. If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.