Stitch 3 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is Fly Stitch. As I said last week, the hand movements for buttonhole and fly stitch are similar in the sense that the thread is looped under the needle. If you are new to embroidery, then thinking about what hand movement you need to make it helps you to learn. Grouping hand embroidery stitches in families – based on the type of hand movement you need to make –can be a very helpful way to think about them. Not necessary, but helpful.
I hope you find the sample interesting and be tempted to experiment a bit. How did I do it? There are about 5 layers of chiffon and netting that I stitched over, mainly using Fly Stitch. Much of the grass/reeds areas are also fly stitch. I mixed the thickness and type of threads to give variety and interest.
For those who have done TAST before, or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches, why not join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST is a season of 4-6 weeks that allows time to explore an aspect of a design, technique, style, or family of stitches. See the TAST FAQ for more details. I announced the current Beyond TAST challenge in Week 1 which will last for a month – which means this is week 3 of the “season”. See Week 1 for more details.
How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn Fly Stitch. So learn the stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy Beyond TAST or try Fly Stitch and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.
Where to share
Stitch a sample of stitch 3, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it in the TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment of the Fly Stitch page with your full web address. 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. 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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