When I decided to feature this stitch as the stitch of the week, I thought to myself I bet people take one look at this and squawk.
The stitch this week is Algerian eye stitch and although lovely in traditional embroidery I must admit that the stitch can be a bit pedestrian until you play with it.
You can elongate part of them, which is where I got the idea for the little flower motif.
Once you break out of the square you can literally start to think out of the box and change the shape of the stitch this means you can you can create things like hearts, of butterflies or bows or any other simple shape.
I think people will find this sample interesting as it is Algerian Eye stitch with a bead stitched in the middle.
This sample is stitched on 26 count linen in perle 12 cotton. It is not difficult to do. As I worked the stitch each time I went back into the center I took the needle through the bead.
If you pull the working thread as you stitch you can produce eyelets. This is a sample of different eyelets. This idea could be pushed as the holes produce one pattern while the stitching produces another.
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.