This week the challenge is an embroidery stitch called Basque stitch.
As the name suggests, this stitch is found on old embroideries from the Basque area of northern Spain you also find it used on embroidery from Portugal and southern France.
Once you get the hang of the rhythm of this stitch it is very relaxing and enjoyable to to work.
The first sample is worked in a circle. When worked like this it takes on the form of a flower which is ideal in floral motifs. It is very effective if you work in a thread like perle cotton #5 and fill the middle with beads!
This is a stitch that is absolutely marvellous on a curve. This sample was worked on a piece of cotton batik and I just picked out the curve of the printed pattern.
This sample on linen has three basque stitches hanging off a stem stitch to form a little flower. You can of course add more like beads or simple straight stitches to the flower but I have left it ‘half done’ so the stitches are easily identified. It is stitched in a thread the same weight as DMC cotton perle #8.
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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 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