Here I sit in my twirly office chair, twirling around in all directions waving to everyone with a big silly grin on my face. Thought I might tie balloons to the chair but thought that might be going a bit far.
I know why you are here, so without any more silliness and rambling or even any fuss …
The first Take a stitch Tuesday challenge hand embroidery stitch is ….
Fly stitch! You will find directions on how to work Fly stitch in my stitch dictionary. Just follow the link.
The challenge is to either learn the stitch if you are a beginner
If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch a little further. Push the stitch in a creative manner. Experiment with it, such as arranging it in patterns, try working it different threads, try working it on different fabrics, or fabrics that have been hand dyed, space it closely together, or work it far apart, work it in a line of stitches that changes height, try working stitches in a circle, add beads, lace it with other threads, overlap them, over lap them with other stitches, use it to couch down another thread or ribbon. The list of what is possible goes on and on. No matter what you do with it explore the stitch.
The first image (above) is worked nearly entirely in Fly stitch. It is layers of fly stitch worked over layers of net to produce a watery effect.
The second you can see fly stitch stacked closely together and being used as leaves in a flower spray on crazy quilting.
This is fly stitch overlapping herringbone.
Here fly stitch is used to represent the leaves of a rose bud. The bud itself is made up of 2 bullion knots.
Here I have done the same to decorate a piece of lace on crazy quilting.
Here the ties of the fly stitch are not straight stitches but detached chain stitches.
Once again fly stitch has been used as twiggy bits in a flower spray in some crazy quilting.
I hope you have enjoyed the eye candy!
Extra spice for TAST 2012
This year I am going to add some extra spice to this challenge. At times I will feature highlights that participants have stitched as part of the challenge. These feature spots are to draw attention to particularly creative and interesting work. I think a series of TAST highlights throughout the year will be an inspirational series that hopefully will stimulate readers to experiment further with surface stitches.
This will mean some people’s work will be published here. Obviously if I feature a persons work I will credit them and link to their website. If you do not want your work to be featured in the highlights series please state this in the comment you leave. I am going to assume that if you dont say anything, I have your permission to feature your work here. You will have to say this each time you leave a link here as with over 500 people taking the challenge I have no chance of remembering something said at the start of the year, 6 months later. So if you dont want your work featured just say so in the comment you leave.
How to join in
Stitch a sample, take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on stitchin fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.
Any special rules?
There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.
Interesting work will be featured
Each week I will feature samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to creative and interesting work. This means some work will be re-published. I will credit and link to the owners website but I assume that when you leave your link here, I have your permission to feature your work. If you do not want your work to be featured please say in the comment you leave and I wont do it.
Further information on the FAQ page
If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.
You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges - Take a Stitch Tuesday category
Other groups and networks
You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page, stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. These sub groups are set up by the request of members you do not have join any of them.
Have fun! Hopefully there will not be too many tangles!