Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 38

Todays stitch is Drizzle stitch. Drizzle stitch is used in Brazilian Embroidery and is a down right peculiar stitch with loads of personality! It stands free from the foundation fabric.  I have yet to show it to anyone without their reaction being one of first smiling then wanting to touch.

If using this stitch in Brazilian Embroidery you use rayon thread but you can work drizzle stitch in any thread and use it in any surface embroidery.

sample of drizzle stitch

When you first read the instructions, if you are kind, you will think there is an editing error. If you are not, you will think I am mad. Let me assure there is no error. In order to create this stitch you have to unthread and rethread the needle a number of times during the process of working. This feels counter intuitive particularly if you hate threading needles!

sample of drizzle stitch

This threading and unthreading does make it time consuming but Drizzle stitch it is worth the effort. It has a wonderfully organic feel to it which makes it ideal for the centre of flowers or situated in underwater scenes.

sample of drizzle stitch

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.

Further information

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

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38 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 38

  1. vero says:

    je viens de finir ce point qui est rigolo à faire

  2. Hi Sharon,
    I am practising this stitch on my sampler. the details are here-
    Thank you,

  3. libbyQ says:

    i have finally posted my stitch practices for weeks 35 through 38.


    the stockings are coming along nicely.


  4. http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/profile/JeanneMarieMellor
    Initially I thought, “oh no, this stitch is not for me”, because I like to split my stranded threads and mix them, which often means it takes a little doing to thread the needle once. But, I got out my no.3 soft sculpture doll needles and found repeated threading was no issue at all, just part of the process–And as Sharon mentioned, this stitch is worth the extra step. I LOVE this stitch!! I used it here to depict a weeping willow tree and mossy ground cover. Drizzle stitch is now definitely part of my growing repetoire. Thank You, Sharon!

  5. My drizzling is here, I liked it more than I thought I would as I hate threading needles.

  6. Ann says:

    I ended up not doing the drizzle stitch for week 38 because of all the threading and unthreading of the needle. For me, it’s challenging to thread the needle as it is (I think my vision is getting worse)…not to mention that I probably wouldn’t use the stitch again.

    Instead, I learned the whipped running stitch. It was easy to do and one I know I’ll use in the future:


  7. Carol Harper says:

    Here’s my drizzle stitch: http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2012/09/2012-a-year-of-challenges-week-thirty-eight.html

    But given how I feel about threading needles, I doubt I’ll use it much…

  8. Nalini Vasudevan says:

    I tried this stitch for first time. It is very fun and interesting.


  9. Jennifer says:

    my first attempt for TAST, second attempt in all 🙂

    I like this stitch – very pretty

  10. Annet says:

    It was fun experimenting with this stitch again, I wrote about it here:

  11. Lucy Landry says:

    Another fun stitch although rethreading the needle every time slows it all down quite a bit.

  12. I made three attempts with the Drizzle stitch, but I’m not pleased with any of them. Anyway they can be seen here:



  13. Claudia says:

    Here is my attempt on Drizzle stitch: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.co.at/2012/09/tast-38-drizzle-stitch-und-ein-wenig.html
    I have already used the stitch and I had fun using drizzle stitch again in my attempt..

  14. Stelliestessa says:

    Thank you for this very valuable series 🙂

    On the drizzle instructions, your 2nd par reads as “For all my you should do this and that it is not that hard to work and more than makes up for its fiddliness with effect.” Maybe it needs fixing?

    (I especially like the way you’ve grouped your stitches. When I’m learning a new stitch, it often helps me to follow those links and try a simpler one, or to remind me how the “base stitch” works. Thank you again!)

  15. Barbara/Hopscotch says:

    Here is my drizzle stitch, combined with last week’s cast on. They go really well together!

  16. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends, my posts for the weeks 37 & 38. Thank you all!.

  17. latha says:

    http://latha-mycreations.blogspot.com/2012/09/tast-week-38-drizzle-stitch.html Challenge stitch for week 38 – Drizzle stitch was intresting and fun to do. I like the stitch but find difficult it to get a design to go with it and came up with this . Funny face for a funny stitch !!!!

  18. Laurel says:

    Here’s my example of the Drizzle stitch. Once I got used to it, I found east and fun to do.

  19. Hello Sharon, had an inspirational moment with this one,
    Hope you like her ???
    You can view my sample here

    Just to let you know, I shall miss week 40…I’m away in Las vegas for my daughter wedding !! But you know me, I shall catch up !!!
    Chris richards

  20. Hi Sharon,
    I have posted to my blog, http://www.carorose.typepad.com
    and to the Flickr group


  21. Maureen says:

    I like this stitch and created a lamb. It wandered into my blog at

  22. Nancilyn says:

    My drizzles are Flickred, also pistils and a new photo of the sheaves.

  23. Naomi says:

    This is a pretty stitch, and quite intriguing. I like how these challenges are making me explore texture differently – and this is only my second TAST stitch!


    I made tiny roses for this one!

  24. Not the stitch of this week, but I finally did something with some of the earlier work, http://borduurblog.blogspot.nl/2012/09/een-lange-rij.html . It is not perfect and not everything is the same size. But is is better than waiting in a drawer. Another ten to go!

  25. I’ve completed my sample for this week, but I’m absolutely not proud of it. Drizzle are funny to stitch, but not inspiring.

  26. Angela says:

    I am loving these cast on stitches! I hope to learn more of them! Thanks

  27. Annet says:

    Here’s my weekly post with old drizzle stitches:
    In my TAST 2007 post I wrote about how I added beads to my drizzle stitches:

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