Without further fuss, this week the challenge stitch is Palestrina stitch. Directions are in my stitch dictionary so just follow the link.
It is a stitch that looks quite complex but once you are in the swing of it is enjoyable and relaxing.
This stitch is a textured stitch which holds a curve well. If you click on the image to the left it will take you to a larger view.
The thickness of your thread will change the look of this stitch.
Most of my samples are worked in perle #5 cotton but I often try it in thicker yarns (like knitting wool!) of perle #3 cotton.
You can change the size of the arms to create patterns.
I really like it because it forms a ridge of knots. It can be worked with the bars quite small so that on the finished stitch you do not see the arms. In this sample Palestrina is worked in Ecru perle #3 thread and forms a line of knots. This is sample is a freeform pattern of straight stitches, Palestrina knot and French knot stitches.
For new hands this stitch works best in a thread with firm twist although most thread types are suitable and you can be quite creative with this stitch. This sample worked in perle #5 thread on Linen cloth.
As I have already said Palestrina stitch is a textured stitch which holds a curve well.
If you widen the stitch it becomes very interesting. For instance you can change the length of the arms, swing them from side to side and generally have fun with them.
If you work the stitch on a curve and change the size of the arms it becomes very twiggy and organic which makes it ideal in floral sprays etc.
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.
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 in the feature.
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
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