Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 28 is Vandyke Stitch which is one of those useful hand embroidery stitches that is traditionally used as a border stitch but you can use it in other ways. For instance, if you like working floral motifs by varying the width you can create nice leaf shapes that have a central line up the spine of the design. Vandyke Stitch is also a very versatile stitch. One way I use it is to vary the length of the arms you can create interesting waving lines and shapes very easily. I have also used it to couch down novelty threads using just one side of the stitch to secure the novelty yarn.
I hope you enjoy stitch 28 of the TAST challenge. You will find a tutorial for Vandyke stitch here
Dont forget all stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.
Where to share
Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Vandyke Stitch page with your URL. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.