If you enjoy TAST I regularly offer online classes. These are two that are currently available.
- The Artists Studio Journal: A Designers Workhorse will start May 22nd 2013.
- Sumptuous Surface Embroidery will start on 12th June 2013.
Follow the links for further details, requirements list and to book a place. If you are not sure how an online class runs visit this page for a description of how classes are run online.
Take a Stitch Tuesday this week is Raised cross stitch flower which I hope many people will enjoy.
Raised cross stitch flower is also know as whipped cross stitch because a foundation of cross stitch is whipped around in a circle. It is quick and easy to do and creates a very effective little rose. You can also use this as a silk ribbon stitch and many novelty threads come to life with this stitch.
How to work Raised cross stitch flower
First make an upright cross. Bring your needle out at the centre of the cross, under the cross bar and on the right hand side of the upright bar.
Commence whipping the bars of the cross by sliding your needle under the right hand spoke and passing the thread under the bar without picking up any fabric. This will whip the first spoke.
Turn your work 90 degrees in a clockwise direction to the next bar of the cross and repeat the action.
Continue around the cross in and clockwise direction.
As you work, pack the crossbars fairly firmly by pushing them to the centre in order to create a neat little round disk.
When done take the thread to the back as illustrated.
This sample was worked using perle # 5 cotton however experiment with threads as this stitch looks good worked in thicker threads and fine ribbon.
Novelty threads often look interesting so this is a stitch you can experiment with. You can also add a bead in the middle of the flower if you want to.
To demonstrate this I have worked this stitch in a few different threads.
The first is a light weight cotton knitting yarn that has a metallic blending thread through it.
This thread has the same thickness as a perle #3 cotton
This next sample is 6 strands of cotton floss. Since this thread is readily available most people have it but most people don’t think to use 6 strands of it!
You can use silk ribbon in and add a quick rose to silk ribbon embroidery. This sample is worked in 4 mm silk ribbon.
The last sample is a type of knitting ribbon. It is also about 4 mm wide and the ribbon is actually a tube. I call it tubular knitting yarn. It is very effective on this stitch too.
In the crazy quilting sample below the yarn was a crimped synthetic knitting yarn which looked like a type of chainette. You can see some of it threaded through arrow stitch, along the edge of lace. The colour worked well on the block so I used it for roses too!
Experimentation leads to some interesting discoveries.
How to join in on Take a Stitch Tuesday
It is not complicated. All you need to do is stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page.
Once you have worked a sample, photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week) and leave a comment that includes your web address. When you leave a comment include the http:// part of the address as then your address becomes a link and readers will be able easily visit and see your sample. Remember you can leave a comment about any stitch you have worked as long as it is listed on the TAST FAQ page.
Any special rules?
There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.
Further information about Take a Stitch Tuesday
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