Everyone appears to be enjoying these slightly more complex stitches. I am also enjoying following the links left in the comments each week
I thought this week I would introduce a rather obscure stitch and see what people could do with it. This week the challenge stitch is bonnet stitch. Jan Eaton in her Complete Stitch Encyclopedia states that she found this stitch in a 1923 issue of Embroidery Magazine.
Some stitches you look at the directions and they look distinctly uninspiring. Bonnet stitch is such a case. It looks like a double buttonhole or I call it a herringbone with its knickers in twist. Try it out I think it will surprise you.
The sample on the left is Bonnet stitch worked as an isolated stitch. It is not normally worked in this isolated manner but the advantage to seeing this first up is that you can easily see the construction of the stitch.
It looks best in a thread with firm twist. So if you are one of those folks using up old stranded embroidery threads I can only encourage you to buy some perle thread. You can buy it online easy enough and one or two skeins is not expensive. Many of the surface stitches look nothing in stranded threads but work them in a thread with a firm twist and they come alive. You are doing yourself a huge disservice if you never try other threads.
This sample is of different threads. The first row is cotton Perle 8, the next rayon thread, followed by silk and the last row being a metallic.
It is interesting if you work it at different angles or use it to couch heavy threads to the fabric.
You can work this stitch in rows or use it to fill and create shapes. Wide rows are useful to create broad lines or placed side by side to create patterns.
For traditional embroiderers this stitch looks great worked row upon row I have even used it as a canvas stitch filling doing this.
Rows can be worked easily on a curve. It can be worked in freeform manner to produce organic lines used in floral motifs as a textured looking line.
You can easily work this stitch in a circle.
Click through to the directions on how to do the challenge stitch bonnet stitch in my stitch dictionary.
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 to this page and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample. If you leave a comment elsewhere on Pintangle people are likely to miss it.
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
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
That’s the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge stitch this week … Enjoy!