TAST Stitch 72

The stitch I propose for TAST Stitch 72 is known as Basque Stitch which is also known as twisted daisy border stitch. It is a sort of twisted chain stitch worked in line or circle a bit like a buttonhole stitch. You will find a tutorial for Basque Stitch here.

TAST Stitch 72 Traditional Spanish embroidered costume 1Basque stitch is known by that name because it is found on old embroideries from the Basque area of northern Spain.  Not that Basque stitch is confined to the one area, as you will also find it used on embroidery from Portugal and southern France.

As regular readers know in second half of 2016 I walked the Camino de Santiago across Spain. The route we walked passed through Basque country. One of the treasures of my camino was to encounter a local fiesta purely by chance. This fiesta was a local event, not something put on for tourists or bus tours as bus tours did not go through this village. This crowd had just tumbled out of the church and everyone was so busy talking to each other they did not notice us walking by.

Traditional Spanish embroidered costumeWhat I noticed is that many of the women of all ages still wore traditional costume and much of it was still done by hand. I could see that this was changing as some of the women had purchased machine embroidered or Chinese embroidered shawls but there were still traditional hand embroidered pieces also to be seen. This gave the fiesta a feeling of lived culture rather than a cultural display because of tourists. Anyway I thought I would share these photos taken by Jerry of The Fogwatch so that readers could see how in parts of the world embroidery is still very much alive and costumes such as these are worn on special day.

Ok back to TAST Stitch 72! Basque stitch creates a line of twisted loops which looks good on a curved line. Once you get the hang of the rhythm it is fun. I hope you enjoy learning it. As usual the tutorial for  Basque stitch can be found here.

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge TAST Stitch 72

All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, or share it on Facebook, Instagram etc or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Basque Stitch page with a link so people can come and see what you have done.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group and leave your photo there.  For Flickr people the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

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