I certainly enjoyed visiting and oggling all the samples created last week in fact there was a little too much time online. But who can resist eyecandy. It will be interesting to see what people do this week.
This weeks Take a stitch Tuesday challenge hand embroidery stitch is ….
Buttonhole stitch! You will find directions on how to stitch Buttonhole stitch here in my stitch dictionary.
Once again if the challenge is for new hands to learn the stitch or if you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner.
Never underestimate a basic sttich. Experiment with it as the upright lengths can also be varied to form shapes.
Just by changing the base line and the length of the arms you can create shapes.
Rows of the stitch can be built up to create patterns or it can be worked back to back.
Play with the spacing working the upright parts closely together, or work them further apart.
Try working it different threads, on different fabrics, or fabrics that have been hand dyed or add beads, overlap lines of the stitch, or use it to couch down another thread or ribbon.
Of course this is popular stitch used in crazy quilting.
No matter what you do with it explore the stitch.
If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge that is great and feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people (I am sure folks learn most form the eye candy provided by the community) but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new! It is a challenge after all.
Interesting work will be featured
As explained last week at times I will feature samples that some participants have stitched as part of the challenge. These feature spots draw attention to particularly creative and interesting work. This will mean some people’s work will be re-published here. Obviously I will give credit 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. Please state your wishes each week if you want to bow out as with so many people taking the challenge I have no chance of remembering something said at the start of the year, 6 months later.
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 and enjoy your stitching!