I have a request! Can people please remember to link back to here so others can find the challenge too? I have a had an email from a lady saying she kept hearing about TAST but could not figure what it was, then a few days later I got a second email saying more or less the same thing! So I am going campaign and asking please when you speak of TAST explain you are talking about an internet challenge called Take a Stitch Tuesday and link back to here. Many of us assume everyone knows but it is not the case. Not a week goes by without someone writing to say they have just found my site. So for anyone who first encounters the term TAST it must feel a bit like there is an IN crowd and an OUT crowd. So my request is to include people, dont assume folks know what you mean and please take time to link so they can discover the challenge. Big thanks to everyone who does it!
This week the stitch is a very simple filling stitch called cloud filling. At first glance it looks like a ho-hum filler but it is amazingly useful.
This stitch is quick and easy to work and simple as I have taught it to children.
If you change the threads can be very interesting.
I have used it on things like Christmas decorations, crazy quilting to block in areas, cushions and bags in a simple band with a few beads, and even as a band for a border stitch!
The grid that you lay down first is traditionally a simple straight stitch but if you want to take it into the realm of contemporary embroidery you can use other stitches.
For instance I have used detached chain stitch as the foundations stitches in the sample above. Other stitches you can use are bullions, block of straight stitches or even things like beads. Anything that will act as tie for the lacing will work.
If the contemporary touch is your style you can also add beads in the spaces between the laced thread.
How to work Cloud Filling Stitch
This stitch is usually worked on evenweave fabric and count the threads to keep the foundations stitches evenly spaced.
Work lines of small vertical straight stitches in a grid like manner with every alternate row off set as in the illustration. Do not work these stitches too tight as you will be threading another thread under these stitches.
Thread your second thread in a blunt needle. You can use the same thread, or a thread of a different colour or thickness.
Bring your needle up on the top row as illustrated. Pass the needle under the first stitch and pull it through then pass the needle under the first stitch on the row below and pull it through.
Note you are not taking the needle through the fabric but threading the thread under the foundation stitches.
Continue in this up and down manner until the row is laced.
The second row of lacing is the mirror image of the first.
Continue this lacing row upon row until the area is done.
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How to join in
Stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page. There are no rules but please link back here.
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. Include the http:// part as then your address becomes a link. Readers can easily visit you, and see your sample.
You can leave a comment about any stitch you have worked as long as it is listed on the TAST FAQ page.
Stitches in the challenge so far
A list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.