This week the challenge is stem stitch, and with this week we pass a marker of sorts. From this point on, we are well past the basic stitches and from now on as the year progresses the stitches will become more complex or be less well known. But that is what is coming up, for this week we we look at a well known, and well loved stitch.
Stem stitch is used as a linear stitch to outline designs and like its name suggests to work stems in flower sprays. You will find directions on how to do stem stitch in my stitch dictionary
The sample above I used stem stitch to pick out the design on the lace. I used a metallic thread in very small stitches as the lace is about half an inch wide or one and half centimetres wide. The thread was sewing machine thread. The edge of the lace was whipped and the central pattern was outlined in stem stitch.
In this sample I used stem stitch to outline the crab.
Once again the challenge is:
For new hands to learn the stitch
If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012. If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!
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 include it.
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. All these sub groups are set up at request of members.